Just when you thought arachnids couldn’t be more cringe-inducing. According to researchers at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, the brains of tiny spiders are so large that they fill all their body cavities, and as a last resort, seem into their legs.
As spiders get smaller, their brain proportionality gets bigger, leading to more and more cerebral overflow. Some of the tiniest, most immature spiders have bulging deformed bodies. The bulge contains brain matter. According to a staff scientist, the smaller the spider, the more it has to invest in it's brain, meaning that very tiny spiders are able to weave more complicated webs and perform fairly complex behavior.
The super-educated folks at Oxford are in a bit of a rut and are requesting the talents and capabilities of the human community. They have released high quality images of clay tablets covered in Proto-Elamite, a script used over 5000 years ago in what is now Iran.
One of the major reasons the tablets have been so difficult is because they are likely full of mistakes, meaning that it is hard to detect patterns. Will this crowd sourcing work and spark a chain reaction? Well, if future archeologist are ever able to deceiver twitter and Facebook records, they'll be the ones to know.
Nice to see the people in charge of national security keeping it classy.
President Sukarno ruled Indonoesia from 1959 to 1966 and was deemed pro-Communist by the CIA. In an effort to provide an intelligent response to Sukarno regarding this opinion of his, the CIA produced a porn film starring a Sukarno look-alike. The plot (or any semblance of a plot that porn films have) consisted to Sukarno first rejecting a woman and the succumbing to her seduction.
The film was affectionately titled “Happy Days.” The purpose of it was to degrade Sukarno’s image to his people. The film went as far as production, still were made, but unfortunately, the CIA could not finish.
The toilet paper is often taken for granted nowadays, but it is a precious commodity. If it did not exist, our existence would be a lot more annoying. It was invented by a paper maker named Joseph Gayetty in 1857. However, it was only made widely available in the 1920’s due to patent complications.
Original advertisements for the product used the tagline “The greatest necessity of the age” as if the human race was not functioning without toilet paper for all of these millennia. It was followed with “Gayetty’s medicated paper for the water-closet.” Twenty-six billion rolls of toilet paper, worth about $24 billion, are sold in the US alone. Americans use an average of 23.6 rolls per capita a year.
We’ve all seen those TV shows in which Japanese women have their faces painted white and wondered what exactly that thing is that makes them look like ceramic dolls. Well, turns out that the answer to that is poop. The poop of a specific type of nightingale, the Japanese bush warbler, is appropriately called uguisu no fun (literally ‘nightingale feces’) in Japanese and is often used as form of beauty treatment. Applying uguisu no fun on your skin has been known to make skin softer and brighter.
This ancient Japanese technique is migrating westwards. High-end spas in New York and other Americans cities that probably don’t let any kind of wildlife within a 5 mile radius of them, are beginning to offer uguisu no fun facials. Some companies charge up to $180 for one treatment. So, would you pay $180 for magical poop on your face?