A psychologist at Radboud University in the Netherlands, along with his student and collaborator, Sander Arons, clothed 2 plastic women identically in tight black tops and dark skirts and then drove them to the homes of blind men.
The researcher set one so that they have a waist-to-hip ratio of 0.7 and the other so that they have a vase to hip ratio of 0.84. The lower ratio represents an ideal; a slim but curvy physique. The higher ratio represents the shape of an average woman.
The blind men were told to touch the women and focus their hands on their waist and hips. The breasts on both figures were the same in case the men reached too high. They were then told to score the attractiveness of the bodies. Like a majority of sighted men, they preferred the mannequins with the 0.7 ratio.
Erno Rubik is the man responsible for the challenge and/or nuisance that is the Rubik’s Cube. He was both a sculptor and an architect. He spent his free time (while working as professor at the Academy of Applied Art and Design in Budapest) designing puzzles that would make his students think in new ways about 3-dimensional geometry.
Just before his 30th birthday, Rubik created the first prototype for what we know of today as the Rubik’s cube. He spent a month trying to solve it and found that it was a simultaneously fun, fascinating, and frustrating activity. When he handed the cube of to others, they felt the same way. He soon realized that he had stumbled upon something extraordinary…
A new study of teen sexting reveals that 28% of teenagers have at some point texted a fully-nude picture of themselves. Socioeconomic trends had nothing to do with this. Parents with a high school diploma were only 2% more likely to have kids who sext than parents who had college degrees.
Under most existing laws, teenagers can be prosecuted for creating and distributing child pornography for sexting. If they court of law were to actively seek people out, several million teens could be prosecuted.
Some way that this is a positive policy as it prevents teenagers from making “irresponsible decisions,” others say that it does absolutely nothing, and some say that laws of this nature should not exist because teenagers should have the right to explore and express their sexuality.
When he went deaf, Beethoven hacked the legs off his piano and wrote music by feeling the vibrations!
At the age of 28 years, Beethoven experienced a musician’s worst nightmare; losing his sense of hearing. He tried every treatment available but could find no fix. Through the last 10 years of his life, Beethoven heard absolutely nothing.
However, he decided that he couldn’t let something like a loss of hearing impede his ability to compose great music. Since he couldn’t listen to the music, he decided that he would use a different sense to experience it.
He cut off the legs off his piano so that he could play it sitting on the ground and discern various sounds based on the vibrations they created on the floor. Some say that he knew his music so well that he could probably hear it in his head.
For some, the period of Lent is a time of abstinence, reflection, and minimum indulgence. For others, it’s a time to find loopholes. You see, salted fish is the only meat dish allowed to be consumed at the time. However, because nobody wants to eat salted fish for 40 days non-stop, the Catholic Church has made some slight changes to the definition of “fish.”
The puffin, for example, can now be considered a fish because of it's ability to swim in the sea. Additionally, beavers, turtles, and other aquatic animals can be considered fish and therefore kosher to enjoy fresh served during Lent.