August 26, 2015

Miscellany 19

25 Maps That Will Change The Way You See The World in an entertaining YouTube video

The Bestseller Book That Didn’t Exist: how the author of a beloved Christmas classic pulled off the Hoax of the Century

How talk radio pioneer and story teller Jean Shepherd  (and his devoted fans) concocted a wildly preposterous hoax – and succeeded beyond their wildest dreams.

The Power of the Post-it From Harvard Business Review

Imagine that you really need to convince someone to do something, such as following through on a task. You might be surprised to learn that one of the best ways to get someone to comply with your request is through a tiny nuance that adds a personal touch—attaching a sticky note.

How Febreze works

Febreze banishes bad odors by using air-freshening molecules that form a cage to trap smelly compounds, making them 'invisible' to your nose.  Odor neutralizing sprays contains a type of chemical called cyclodextrin which is shaped like a cage and can trap odor molecules in the air.  Once captured compounds that cause odors can't reach smell receptors.  A video released by the American Chemical Society explains how odor neutralizing sprays work

Delinquent dog walkers beware The Spanish city of Tarragona

The city plans to start DNA testing dog droppings to catch owners who fail to clear up after their pets. Tarragona official will work to create DNA database of registered dogs. Droppings found on street or parks can be matched through database. Caught pet owners will cover cost of DNA testing as well as paying fine.

The Wolfpack: 'In our heads, we could go wherever we wanted'

Forbidden from leaving their New York apartment, the Angulo brothers learnt about life only from movies. The Wolfpack explores what happened to them when they broke free.

The filmmaker Crystal Moselle remembers the first time she saw the Angulo brothers, walking down First Avenue in April 2010, wearing shades and identical suits, à la Reservoir Dogs, their long black hair down to their waists. “It felt like coming across a lost tribe from the Amazon”, she says. The resulting documentary that she made about them, The Wolfpack, which won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance earlier this year, falls somewhere between François Truffaut’s L’enfant sauvage (1970) and Jean-Pierre Gorin’s Poto and Cabengo – the 1980 documentary about the Georgia twins whose childhood was so secluded that they invented their own language to communicate with one another.

Men in shorts Adolf Hitler Had This Photo Of Himself Banned as "beneath one's dignity".


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