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Cat Lovers Smarter Than Dog Lovers? Study Arrives With Controversial Conclusion, But Is Consistent With Prior Results

Cat Lovers Smarter Than Dog Lovers? Study Arrives With Controversial Conclusion, But Is Consistent With Prior Results | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

Ah, but what about people who are loved by dogs versus those loved by cats? Just asking. Meanwhile, enjoy the story.

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Most of us prefer dogs over cats, but what does that say about us? This is some fun stuff.

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The Most Controversial Maypole in American History

The Most Controversial Maypole in American History | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
It caused a major uproar in 17th-century Massachusetts
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The story of a merry New Englander and the Broody Puritans who wanted no such frivolity. Needless to say, the merry guy ended in the stocks. Yes, even back in the 17th Century I could have written a novel called Broody New Englander. 
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10 Cocaine and other Drug Products of the Past (Cocaine Products, Old drug products) - ODDEE

10 Cocaine and other Drug Products of the Past (Cocaine Products, Old drug products) - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Cocaine, morphine, and even heroin were seen as miracle cures when they were first discovered.
Substances prohibited today were legally available in the past, so until the late 1800, manufacturers proudly proclaimed that their products contained such drugs. Today we present you ten of this incredible old ads. (Cocaine Products, Old drug products)
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As a kid, I was given paregoric as cough medicine. I don't remember if it helped my coughing, but it sure made me feel better. 92 proof with an opium kicker. Funny thing, I didn't grow up an addict or a drunk, but I still cough a lot—a little thing called allergies. 

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The disturbing thing scientists learned when they bribed babies with graham crackers

The disturbing thing scientists learned when they bribed babies with graham crackers | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
How researchers convinced babies to abandon their morals
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Who can resist a story of babies and graham crackers? Not me, especially when it involves psychology and a morality play. Meanwhile, what it says about the capacity to bribe humanity is fascinating. My big question, what would other primates do? I hope some creative comparative psychologist figures out how to test chimps, orangoutangs, bonobos and others. That would be fascinating. 
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Here's the Real Reason We Associate 420 With Weed

Here's the Real Reason We Associate 420 With Weed | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Why April 20 is a celebration of cannabis culture and how 420 became associated with marijuana smoking.
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I'm not a pot smoker, but I do believe in ending the War on Drugs. Anyway, I was fascinated that a  populist holiday could emerge this way, so for those of my friends who want to light up, wishing you a great high. 
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Justin Trudeau Explains Quantum Computing, And the Crowd Goes Wild

Justin Trudeau Explains Quantum Computing, And the Crowd Goes Wild | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
But should we really be so impressed by a politician’s grasp of basic science?
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It's great to see a political leader who has at least a basic understanding of and thinks about science and technology. Go Mr. Trudeau. 
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13 Delightful Family Cosplays (cosplay, families, people, cute, geek, costumes) - ODDEE

13 Delightful Family Cosplays (cosplay, families, people, cute, geek, costumes) - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
We love good cosplay, and it only gets better when you start adding more people to the theme. Here are some amazing groups that prove the family that cosplays together stays together. (cosplay, families, people, cute, geek, costumes)
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I was never one for dress-up, but these families sure look like they're having fun. 
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This App Connects Surplus Food To People In Need

This App Connects Surplus Food To People In Need | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
“Hunger is pervasive. It’s a horrible thing that is hidden in every city, in every neighborhood.”
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A small ray of good in a world that is too often consumed by greed and in which many are in need. 
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Python caught in Malaysia could be the longest ever recorded

Python caught in Malaysia could be the longest ever recorded | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Local authorities say snake is initally estimated at 8m long, beating the previous Guinness world record for a snake of the same species called Medusa
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Now that's a big snake. WOW!
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When first ladies meet: An awkward post-election White House tradition

When first ladies meet: An awkward post-election White House tradition | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
What happens when it’s time to hand over the keys to 1600 Penn to a new family.
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A fascinating look at a corner of history that we don't usually bother with. You won't learn anything important about the world in this article, but it will entertain. 
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Kim Philby, British double agent, reveals all in secret video - BBC News

Kim Philby, British double agent, reveals all in secret video - BBC News | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A previously unseen video of infamous double agent Kim Philby describing his career as a Soviet spy is uncovered by the BBC.
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If you remember the "Cold War" this is one fascinating walk down memory lane. 
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Thank God for Coffee. No, Really.

Thank God for Coffee. No, Really. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Out of the many products we consume daily, coffee has one of the greatest stories.
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A great bit of history for my favorite beverage. OK, there's a bit of marketing in here; obviously Starbucks had something to do with it and I don;t think Columbian is the best coffee in the world, but get past the hype and it's still the terrific story of COFFEE. 
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6 creatures from fairy tales that actually roamed the Earth.

6 creatures from fairy tales that actually roamed the Earth. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Scientists found a unicorn in Siberia. Kind of. This might help prove something cool about our favorite fairy tales.
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Who can resist a good fairy tale? So let's explore some of those great monsters. And mind you don't step in the unicorn droppings. 
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5 Recipes That Make Use of Your Leftover Cadbury Creme Eggs

5 Recipes That Make Use of Your Leftover Cadbury Creme Eggs | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
We shudder to think of a Cadbury Egg going to waste.
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After all think of those poor bunnies having to lay eggs just for you. Oh, and Happy Easter. 
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At Virginia home of President Monroe, a sizable revision of history

At Virginia home of President Monroe, a sizable revision of history | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Discovery, revealed on the former president's 258th birthday, shows his "modest" home was probably anything but.
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That's an humble guest house? Looks rather a good home to me. Still, I guess when you have wealth and slaves, you need a grand home and of course labor is no problem. Anyway, I do love history and especially when corrections come along. 
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The sinister, secret history of a food that everybody loves

The sinister, secret history of a food that everybody loves | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The ancient history of the potato could change the story of civilization
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This is a fascinating piece of anthropological writing. Did what was being farmed affect the complexity of ancient cultures? The tubers, such as potatoes, versus the grains, such as corn: an interesting effect. 
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Scientists Have Discovered a 600-Mile Coral Reef

Scientists Have Discovered a 600-Mile Coral Reef | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
It’s at the mouth of the Amazon River.
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Not as diverse or colorful as other great reefs, but still significant and already endangered. Preserve nature; let us be stewards of the Earth not just parasites.
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5 things you may not have known about Ben and Jerry before their protest arrest.

5 things you may not have known about Ben and Jerry before their protest arrest. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Beyond an incredible knack for inventing ice cream flavors you didn't even know you needed, Ben & Jerry's touts a long and proud history of social consciousness and responsibility.
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I'm not even that big on their ice cream, but these two guys are really outstanding examples of what American capitalists can be, decent, creative, willing to give back; and of course their from New England. 
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Why Bosch’s Hell feels so real: The answers lie in Freud, Jung and the humble cronut

Why Bosch’s Hell feels so real: The answers lie in Freud, Jung and the humble cronut | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
On the 500th anniversary of the painter's death, we examine why this specific vision of eternal damnation endures
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We can talk psychoanalysis or we can just recognize that creepy exists when we desperately want to make sense of that which defies us, that which we should be able to make sense of but can't quite. Either way, if you love the speculative and the "horror" inducing, this essay is worth reading and Bosch's work is more than worth viewing. 
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This study 40 years ago could have reshaped the American diet. But it was never fully published.

This study 40 years ago could have reshaped the American diet. But it was never fully published. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A fuller accounting of the results of a massive government-funded experiment on fatty foods challenges the conventional advice about what is healthy, and what is not.
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So it isn't quite so clear that cholesterol kills or that using saturated fat is much worse than vegetable oils; what does this tell us about science and nutrition. For me it indicates that mostly we all need a balanced and reasonable diet without being preoccupied with government guidelines. Second, it suggests that the process by which knowledge is disseminated in our society is very flawed. Meanwhile, mangi in su because life is short and should be lived to the full. 
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How an Internet Mapping Glitch Turned a Random Kansas Farm Into a Digital Hell

How an Internet Mapping Glitch Turned a Random Kansas Farm Into a Digital Hell | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Why people living on a farm in the geographical center of the United States were repeatedly accused of crimes they did not commit.
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There is obviously a great short story here. Meanwhile, for those who are computer nerds, this tells you something about the limitations of technology. 
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What I Learned From Tickling Apes

What I Learned From Tickling Apes | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Humans aren’t so special. Animals think much more deeply than we imagine.
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Are other species closer to human than science has wanted to admit? I found this paragraph particularly important. "One reason this whole debate is as heated as it is relates to its moral implications. When our ancestors moved from hunting to farming, they lost respect for animals and began to look at themselves as the rulers of nature. In order to justify how they treated other species, they had to play down their intelligence and deny them a soul. It is impossible to reverse this trend without raising questions about human attitudes and practices. We can see this process underway in the halting of biomedical research on chimpanzees and the opposition to the use of killer whales for entertainment."
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Dung clue to Hannibal's Alpine crossing - BBC News

Dung clue to Hannibal's Alpine crossing - BBC News | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Scientists may be closer to revealing the route taken by Hannibal as he crossed to Alps to attack ancient Rome.
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Shit, microbes, and archeology: what a fun read for lovers history. 
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An artist created itty-bitty paintings every day for a year. Here are 15 of them.

An artist created itty-bitty paintings every day for a year. Here are 15 of them. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Tiny masterpieces.
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I post this for the sheer pleasure of it. 
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Sorry, 42: Council apologizes for Phillies' race-baiting of Jackie Robinson

Sorry, 42: Council apologizes for Phillies' race-baiting of Jackie Robinson | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Sixty-nine years ago, Jackie Robinson faced some of the most abhorrent racism of his baseball career during a game against the Phillies, when the team's manager led the players in hurling taunts and racial slurs. - Tricia L. Nadolny, Philadelphia Inquirer
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I love a good baseball game and consider Jackie Robinson one of my heroes. That said, it is good to know that after 69 years the city of Philadelphia is trying to make amends. It's also a crying shame that it took so long. If we are still dealing with issues from the integration of baseball, what does that say about us as a nation? Slow? Yeah, certainly that. But more? By the way, if you like a good baseball story, you might read Horatio at the Game, one of the shorts in "Sweet and Sour" available on Kindle. 
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God Is a Question, Not an Answer

God Is a Question, Not an Answer | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
How can atheists and believers stop acting like enemy combatants in a spiritual or intellectual war?
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What could be better on an Easter Sunday than to ask not only if there is a god but also how we should think about that go's existence. Here is a great essay that will help both believers and atheists to frame their views. 
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