If intergalactic vacations ever become a thing, you might want to avoid the planet WASP-12b.
This planet orbits it's star closer than any other known planet. It is about 2.1 million miles away compared to Earth’s 93 million mile distance from our sun. The smallest portion of it's atmosphere could overcook you.
The planet’s average temperature is about half the temperature of the surface of the sun or twice as hot as lava. It also sprints around it's star. One year on the planet (a full rotation about it's star) is equal to one Earth day.
In the 1960’s, Milgram conduced an experiment to test the power of authority and the limits of obedience.
The participants of the experiment were asked to administer electrical shocks to human beings in another location. The people being shocked were not actually being shocked; they were actors who had to respond as the voltage the participant thought he/she was administering increased.
The actors screamed, cried, and begged for it to stop as the voltage increased. The participants of the experience were obviously uncomfortable with inflicting pain upon other human beings but continued to do so anyways because the psychologist who was overseeing the experiment told them to. Sixty percent of participants inflicted the maximum dose.
They tested this experiment with many different types of overseeing psychologists. What they found was that the results did not vary significantly on whether these authority figures were male, female, tall, short, etc. All they needed was that clean white lab coat.
Over the years, art has become a lot more daring. The definition of art has broadened and the limits of artists have been stretched. Chris Burden is a big fan in involving himself in his art; essentially, being both the artist and the subject matter (kind of like in a selfie). However, his artwork is not immortalized on canvas or in stone; it’s experienced.
He once asked his friend to shoot him with a rifle (which he did) and nailed himself to a car in the name of art. This most notorious piece was one he produced in 1975. He placed himself under a glass sheet next to a clock and lay there completely immobile in a notorious art gallery. He intended not to move until a visitor of the gallery helped him. He lay there for two days-without any water, and having pooped in his pants-and no one did more than politely nod at him. Eventually, a gallery attendant got nervous and left a glass of water next to him, at which point he broke down and ended the show.
The creator of Peter Pan gave the rights to a children's hospital so they would always collect the royalties and fund the hospital!
Peter Pan is also known as the boy who wouldn’t grow up. He is obsessed with preserving the innocence and light-heartedness of his childhood at the expense of personal maturity. His story shows us that perhaps growing up is underrated and maturity isn’t so bad. And so does the writer of Peter Pan, J.M Barrie.
In April 1929, Barrie specified that the copyright of the Peter Pan works should go to the nation’s leading children’s hospital, Great Ormond Street Hospital, in London so that they could remain open from the royalties from the story. Instead of wallowing in immaturity like a significant number of people who experience sudden and mass fame, Barrie realized that there was a world and people beyond himself.
Not surprisingly, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) is not BFF’s with Gordon Ramsay (Person for the Unethical Treatment of Everything in Existence). In 2007, he cooked horsemeat on this TV show, “The F-World” and it was on.
PETA representatives responded by dumping a ton of manure outside his London restaurant, Claridge’s. More recently, PETA released an undercover video filmed at Hudson Valley Foie Gras factory in Sullivan County, New York, which supplies at a restaurant under Ramsay’s name in Manhattan. The ducks are shown suffering under deplorable conditions, being fed grain by tube down their throats meant to fatten their livers.
PETA has often been called a “radical” group. That may be true, but notice how it’s one of the only animal rights group that we actively talk about and that isn’t afraid of stepping on toes of the elites.