Friday, May 12, 2006
- Researchers at the National Institutes of Health Animal Center in Maryland say primates have the same alcohol habits as humans, down to after-work cocktails, social drinking, and drinking after stress. [Discovery Channel]
- Freeze! And step away from that Strawberry Cornetto™! UK lawmakers have given their local authorities broad power to ban ice cream trucks from school zones, in an effort to limit children's caloric intake. [BBC]
- Guardian UK: Your discarded boarding pass may tell identity thieves much more than you suspect.
- The CTA Tattler has the scoop on the new aisle-facing-seats ("New York Style") CTA trains, coming to Chicago by 2009. We can't wait. And yes, we are being sarcastic.
- How tall can the world's tallest buildings get? According to WIRED, human physical tolerance to heights will likely stop the size race before architectural limits do. [Wired News]
- Watch: Artist David Normal's "Bicycle Ride," a fanciful computer animation commemorating the 100th anniversary of Dr. Albert Hoffman's "accidental" discovery of lysergic acid diethylamide.
- [Thanks to Dajvid!] Those wacky Brits love their Stilton so much, they've concocted a perfume that incorporates the aroma of that pungent queso:
The Stilton Cheese Makers Association plans to introduce Eau de Stilton sometime this year or early next year. The scent has the "earthy and fruity" aroma of the blue-veined cheese but is unlike the smell of "old socks" that some people associate with Stilton, the maufacturer claims. One female Stilton employee told AFP: "I've had the perfume on all day and none of the men complained."Note to you trendy types: if you wear this, you will be very unpopular on the "L," even if the seats face do each other.
- The New York Times reports on Mumbai's (The City Formerly Known As Bombay) Mango Mania, soon coming to the US thanks to a "mangoes for nukes" deal. Seriously:
The Indian wing of DHL even offers a courier service specifically for mangoes, although the United States has long been absent from its list of destinations because of its ban on Indian mangoes. But the ban should soon be lifted as part of a deal struck by President Bush on his March visit to the country, which will also give India easier access to nuclear technology. Quid pro quo, as far as many Indians are concerned. "The U.S. is looking forward to eating Indian mangoes," he said at a press conference, cheering up a local press that he had earlier disappointed by not seeming too well-versed about cricket and Bollywood, two other Indian passions.
- If you don't like hip-hop, are you a racist? Slate's John Cook examines the "blacklisting" of Magnetic Fields' Stephin Merritt after his comments on disliking the genre were allegedly misconstrued by two journalists - a former Slate music commentator and a Chicago Reader columnist.