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Random stuff that I came across that caused me to raise an eyebrow (my left one as I can't raise my right!!)
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A data genius computes the ultimate American road trip

A data genius computes the ultimate American road trip | Random Things of Interest | Scoop.it
Who needs an atlas when you have an algorithm?
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HideMyAss! Your secret’s safe with Jack

HideMyAss! Your secret’s safe with Jack | Random Things of Interest | Scoop.it
Jack Cator was 16 when he started HideMyAss! – now it’s a multi-million-pound global business
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What the World Will Speak in 2115

What the World Will Speak in 2115 | Random Things of Interest | Scoop.it
English will still dominate a century from now, but it will no longer share the planet with thousands of other languages. Instead, expect fewer but simpler modes of oral communication on every continent.
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An interesting read when you consider the multicultural world we live in and the impact of social media and digital communications on the written word & colloquialisms.

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Google News will shut down in Spain following new copyright law

Google News will shut down in Spain following new copyright law | Random Things of Interest | Scoop.it
Google News, the Internet giant's news indexing and search service will soon shut down in Spain, the company announced in a blog post today. The news comes of the heels of a recently passed copyrig...
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Public Restrooms No Germier Than Your Home, Study Finds – WebMD

Public Restrooms No Germier Than Your Home, Study Finds – WebMD | Random Things of Interest | Scoop.it
But you should still wash your hands, experts caution
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For $29, this wearable has 'no display, no lights, no gimmicks' -- but it could be indispensible

For $29, this wearable has 'no display, no lights, no gimmicks' -- but it could be indispensible | Random Things of Interest | Scoop.it
Bob Olodort spent years working as a consulting designer for Samsung, in the years before the iPhone turned the phone industry upside-down. Four times a year, he'd visit Samsung headquarters in Sou...
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Sip Smarter with the Viora Coffee Lid

Sip Smarter with the Viora Coffee Lid | Random Things of Interest | Scoop.it
After nearly 30 years, the to-go cup cover gets a redesign with craft brew consumers in mind
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Banned in Turkey, Twitter offers SMS workaround (Update)

Banned in Turkey, Twitter offers SMS workaround (Update) | Random Things of Interest | Scoop.it
Twitter has been banned entirely in Turkey, according to a report from Istanbul-based media outlet Today's Zaman. In response, Twitter's official policy account offered Turkish users a workaround: ...
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Human Ashes Converted Into Priceless Diamonds - PSFK

Human Ashes Converted Into Priceless Diamonds - PSFK | Random Things of Interest | Scoop.it
Algordanza is a company that lets people preserve the memory of their deceased loved ones in a new way.
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Our IQs Are Climbing, But We’re Not Getting Smarter

Our IQs Are Climbing, But We’re Not Getting Smarter | Random Things of Interest | Scoop.it
There has been a significant rise in IQ scores over the past century, but tests show that doesn't mean we're getting any smarter.
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12 Stunning Portraits Of New York's Neo-Burlesque Dancers (NSFW)

12 Stunning Portraits Of New York's Neo-Burlesque Dancers (NSFW) | Random Things of Interest | Scoop.it
“ Burlesque dance is the perfect marriage of vaudevillian spectacle and striptease.”
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The Emoji Keyboard

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Designers at Disk Cactus have imagined the Emoji Keyboard : a keyboard for Mac that we cover entirely of emojis’ touches with a silicone film that will ex
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Disney's $1 Billion Bet on a Magical Wristband | WIRED

Disney's $1 Billion Bet on a Magical Wristband | WIRED | Random Things of Interest | Scoop.it
The Magicband wields access to the park, replacing virtually every transaction you’d make inside. Bob Croslin If you want to imagine how the world will look in just a few years, once our cell phones become the keepers of both our money and identity, skip Silicon Valley and book a ticket to Orlando. Go to…
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Would you courier strangers' stuff on your flight for $500? This startup certainly hopes so

Would you courier strangers' stuff on your flight for $500? This startup certainly hopes so | Random Things of Interest | Scoop.it
Carry is like an Airbnb of the courier sphere. Travelers enter their start point, end point, dates, the size of package they're willing/able to carry, and how much money they're willing to carry it...
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Texting Turns 22

Texting Turns 22 | Random Things of Interest | Scoop.it
Half a lifetime ago a 22-year-old Neil Papworth sent the first ever short message service (SMS). His fifteen-character missive – ‘merry christmas’ –..
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Londoners unwittingly give up their first born child for free WiFi

Londoners unwittingly give up their first born child for free WiFi | Random Things of Interest | Scoop.it
It was part of an experiment into the dangers of public WiFi use.
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Say 'no' to interruptions, 'yes' to better work

Say 'no' to interruptions, 'yes' to better work | Random Things of Interest | Scoop.it
Modern office workers are expected to multitask regularly, often juggling multiple projects and priorities over the course of a day. Studies have shown that the typical employee in an office environment is interrupted up to six times per hour, but how does that impact the finished product? New research evaluates how ongoing interruptions can negatively affect the quality of work.
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This is real: Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 5 is now called ‘Terminal Samsung Galaxy S5’

This is real: Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 5 is now called ‘Terminal Samsung Galaxy S5’ | Random Things of Interest | Scoop.it
Samsung is pushing the practice of renaming structures after corporations to a ridiculous degree. The company has gone beyond the usual target and has instead invaded one of the busiest transport hubs in the world.
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Champagne-and-Viagra Ice Cream: Nothing Could Possibly Go Wrong

Champagne-and-Viagra Ice Cream: Nothing Could Possibly Go Wrong | Random Things of Interest | Scoop.it
A British ice cream maker managed to simulate the experience of popping bottles and popping boners with a new flavo(u)r called The Arousal. Key ingredients: Champagne and Viagra.
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Those Who Get It

Those Who Get It | Random Things of Interest | Scoop.it
This illustration by David Shrigley made me smile.
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Stared at this for 2 minutes!

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MIT psychologists claim to have devised the world's most dastardly difficult tongue twister. The phr

MIT psychologists claim to have devised the world's most dastardly difficult tongue twister. The phr | Random Things of Interest | Scoop.it
MIT psychologists claim to have devised the world's most dastardly difficult tongue twister. The phrase, "pad kid poured curd pulled cod," may be nonsensical, but test subjects found it nearly impossible to repeat.
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Girl Guides: 'Body image fears' see girls as young as seven go on diet - Telegraph

Girl Guides: 'Body image fears' see girls as young as seven go on diet  - Telegraph | Random Things of Interest | Scoop.it
“ One in five girls aged seven to 11 say they have been on a diet because they are “overly scrutinised and judged on their appearance”, according to a landmark study from Girlguiding.”
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