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Dogs Poop in Alignment with Earth's Magnetic Field

Dogs Poop in Alignment with Earth's Magnetic Field | For Friday | Scoop.it
Dog doo north.
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Extensive research establishes that dogs “prefer to excrete with the body being aligned along the North-south axis under calm magnetic field conditions.”


Man's best compass.

 

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Funny amazon product reviews

Funny amazon product reviews | For Friday | Scoop.it

"Gone are the days of biting off slice-sized chunks of banana and spitting them onto a serving tray…. Next on my wish list: a kitchen tool for dividing frozen water into cube-sized chunks.”

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You'd buy a banana cutter based on that review, right?

 

Browsing and shopping online is going to be so much more fun!

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US Gov petitioned to build a Death Star

US Gov petitioned to build a Death Star | For Friday | Scoop.it
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A petition in the US to get the government to begin work on building a Death Star by 2016 has passed the 25,000 signature threshold. So it the White House will, at least, need to consider it.

 

 

One journalist has suggested that putting "guardrails around any of the facility's seemingly endless number of bridges, spans, shafts and pits" might be sensible. Although that would add to the $852 quadrillion estimated cost, that's 13,000 times the GDP of the entire planet.

 

 

Now's your chance to make any submissions for the design.

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Damn you all to hell - Charming response from Tom Hanks to a request for an interview

Damn you all to hell - Charming response from Tom Hanks to a request for an interview | For Friday | Scoop.it

"Letters of note" is a great site. And this little letter from Tom Hanks is very charming.

 

It also goes to show how a well-considered gift can be just the thing.

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Movember United Kingdom

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Movember, the month formerly known as November, is a moustache growing charity event held during November each year that raises funds and awareness for men's health.

 

The rules for 'tache growing are fantastic:

There is to be no joining of the mo to the sideburns (that’s considered a beard)

There’s to be no joining of the handlebars to the chin (that’s considered a goatee)

and each Mo Bro must conduct himself like a true gentleman.

 

Support our Mo Bro Tony Blackburn here: http://mobro.co/5385121

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High Diving Giraffes

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I just saw this brilliant short film at the Interfilm Festival in Berlin. It is somehow mesmerising - giraffes as you've never seen them before!

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Get insulted by Shakespeare

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It turns out that it is a lot of fun to be insulted repeatedly by the bard.

 

Or at least I can't stop clicking the "Insult me again" button.

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Rap the News

Rap the News | For Friday | Scoop.it

Auto-generated raps of BBC news - a new way to experience your daily overload of news media. Some of them are quite funny.

 

Listen to the audio at the bottom of the post.

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We are almost certainly living in a computer simulation Or ...

We are almost certainly living in a computer simulation Or ... | For Friday | Scoop.it

We are almost certainly living in a computer simulation OR some other baffling assertion is true.

 

I should never have scooped the piece about physicists testing if we are living in the matrix. Now people are sending me more references to papers on the topic - I am being sucked into a vortex of arcane reasoning and research.

 

Take this paper for example. It reasons (carefully and seriously) that  "at least one of the following propositions is true:

(1) the human species is very likely to go extinct before reaching a “posthuman” stage;

(2) any posthuman civilization is extremely unlikely to run a significant number of simulations of their evolutionary history (or variations thereof);

(3) we are almost certainly living in a computer simulation."

 

But what does it mean?

 

The conclusion is clear (like crsytal): "It follows that the belief that there is a significant chance that we will one day become posthumans who run ancestor-simulations is false, unless we are currently living in a simulation."

 

hmm...

 

And as the paper's abstract points out "A number of other consequences of this result are also discussed."

 

Come and join me in the vortex ... anyone?

 

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Do we live in a computer simulation?

Do we live in a computer simulation? | For Friday | Scoop.it

 

Physicists have proposed a method to determine if the universe is a simulation.

 

This story gave rise to the most entertaining online discussions of the week - at least it's entertaining for geeks like me.

 

The idea that we live in a simulation is a common theme of science fiction movies and books, e.g. the Matrix.  Now physicists are proposing a way to test whether we are or are not part of some form of computer programme.

 

Have a read of the comments under the article. My favourite bit is when the computer folks get involved. There is lengthy discussion of whether the other side of the sun (or other stars) are rendered in this simulation we may be part of - it would be very wasteful of resource they argue. Brilliant.

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