August 26, 2016

Miscellany #46

The Olympic medal for kindness

Rare Pierre de Coubertin medal awarded only 17 times is given to the NZ and US runners who fell and helped each other to carry on,  American Abbey D'Agnostino and Nikki Hamblin of New Zealand were both awarded the extremely rare medal after displaying the 'Olympic spirit and fair play' after helping each other finish the 5,000m.  They were 3,000m into the race when the American appeared to clip Hamblin's heel, sending both tumbling to the ground but instead of appearing frustrated that their dreams of glory were apparently over, they helped one another to carry on.

 Olympic Medal For Olympic Spirit

Beer Archaeologist: How Alcohol Shaped Our Civilization

Due to its nutrtiional value and mind-altering effects, alcohol provided "incentives for hunter-gatherers to settle down and domesticate grain". So to drink that beer, they set up villages and new societies. They would also use alcohol in religious ceremonies and as medicine. As such, according to the scientist, "The beginnings of civilization were spurred on by fermented beverages."...paradoxically beer is healthier (of course, if used in moderation). It kills bacteria and could have been a safer drinking choice than "raw water".

Bride Walked Down the Aisle By Man With Her Father’s Heart.

Jeni Stepien’s father was murdered in 2006.  His heart was later given to Arthur Thomas, who waited 16 years to have a heart transplant.  On Friday, the day before her wedding, Stepien met Thomas for the first time. She was able to feel her father’s heart beat for the first time in 10 years.  “What greater honor could a person have than walking the daughter of the man who’s given his heart to him,” Thomas told reporters. “I can’t imagine a greater honor.”

 Jeni Stepian Father's-Heart Arthur Thomas

Gross 'black slime' creeps over Washington DC's most famous monuments - and no one knows how to get rid of it

It's called biofilm which only needs nutrients and a surface to grow. The National Parks Service has hired scientists from all over the world to find a solution.  Black slime goes global from Italy to Cambodia

Timeless tips for "simple sabotage" from the CIA 

In 1944, the OSS (the precursor to the CIA) produced a document called the Simple Sabotage Field Manual. It was designed to be used by agents in the field to hinder our WWII adversaries. The CIA recently highlighted five tips from the manual as timelessly relevant......

Eight brilliant true stories about Bill Murray

After the New York premiere of Hyde Park on Hudson, Murray and the film-makers took questions from the audience. The film stars Murray as the crippled US president Franklin D Roosevelt, and one scene shows FDR swimming, his horribly wizened legs dangling under the water. According to US GQ, one audience member wondered how the special effects department had managed to make the limbs look so hideous. As the giggling from the stage quickly made apparent, no special effects were involved. Murray let the laughter die down. “That,” he said after a long pause, “is acting.”

Couples risk their lives to be VACUUM-PACKED in plastic bags for bizarre photos that are all the rage in Tokyo .

Photographer Hal Kawaguchi smothers couples in lube before vacuum-packing them in plastic bags and keeps  a paramedic on hand to make sure the partners aren't suffocated during the session.

 Vacuum-Packed Couple

Fisherman found giant 34kg pearl and kept the two-foot long gem under his bed for TEN YEARS as a good luck charm

He didn't know the potential eye-watering value of $100 million and kept it as a 'good luck charm' in his rundown wooden home.  But a fire at the property earlier this year forced him to have a clear out and move house.  The fisherman handed it in to the stunned local tourism officer in remote Puerto Princesca who verified that it had been found in a giant clam.

 Giant Pearl $100Million

Circle of Hotness This is hysterical.  Jen explains why 86 degrees isn't so hot on the Circle of Hotness.  YouTube video at the link.


YouTube video at the link.

Some dogs are terrible at playing hide and seek

 Hide+Seek Dog

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