Statistics And Other Lies

World's Biggest BBQ

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Mon, 2008-04-14 10:14.


MONTEVIDEO (Reuters) - More than a thousand barbecue fanatics in Uruguay grilled up 12 metric tonnes (26,400 lbs) of beef on Sunday, setting a new Guinness world record while promoting the country's succulent top export.

Army personnel set up a grill nearly 1 mile long and firefighters lit six tonnes of charcoal to kick off the gargantuan cookout.

46 per cent of couples disagree about online porn

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Mon, 2008-04-14 08:29.

Research undertaken at Oxford University suggests that an increasing number of people are spying on their partners online.

One in five couples admitted to reading a partner's emails or text messages, and 13 per cent examined their partner's internet browsing history. More than 2,400 individuals were questioned in the research.

Six per cent of the couples had met online, of which over a third had met at an internet dating site and 19 per cent in a chat room.

What job descriptions really mean

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Sun, 2008-04-13 11:38.

“Competitive Salary”
We remain competitive by paying you less than our competition.

“Join our fast-paced company”
We have no time to train you.

“Casual work atmosphere”
We don’t pay enough to expect that you will dress up; a couple of the real daring guys wear earrings.

“Some overtime required”
Some every night and some every weekend.

“Duties will vary”
Anyone in the office can boss you around.

Why Things Cost $19.95

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Wed, 2008-04-09 18:45.

Ever wondered why retailers price goods at $4.99 rather than $5.00? Here is the best scientific explanation I read:

Why Things Cost $19.95, by Wray Herbert, SciAm Mind Matters: ...[M]ost of us are motivated by the desire for a fair deal, and we employ some sophisticated cognitive tools to weigh offers, fashion responses, and so forth—all the to-and-fro in getting to an agreement.

Bank safety box termites eat up trader's life savings

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Tue, 2008-04-08 11:02.
Dwarika Prasad (Pic: Prashant Ravi)
Mr Prasad had saved up for his old age (Pictures: Prashant Ravi)

A trader in the Indian state of Bihar has lost his life savings after ter

Blogger Dies From Blogging Too Much. And No, It's Not A Joke.

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Sun, 2008-04-06 10:48.

SAN FRANCISCO — They work long hours, often to exhaustion. Many are paid by the piece — not garments, but blog posts. This is the digital-era sweatshop. You may know it by a different name: home.

A growing work force of home-office laborers and entrepreneurs, armed with computers and smartphones and wired to the hilt, are toiling under great physical and emotional stress created by the around-the-clock Internet economy that demands a constant stream of news and comment.

Is Voting Rational? Yes, Scientists Say.

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Sat, 2008-04-05 19:17.

Voting as a rational decision, by Andrew Gelman and Noah Kaplan, Vox EU: About fifteen years ago, I attended a lecture by venerable pollster Mervyn Field, who told us that when he started in the business in the 1950s, there was a lot of concern about nonvoters. What was going on with these people who were too alienated to participate in society in this most basic way? But, recently, Field continued, the question has become, Who are these “voters”? What makes them tick?

Globalizing Soccer

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Fri, 2008-04-04 20:48.

How does globalization reshape wealth and opportunity around the world? Is it mainly a force for good, enabling poor nations to lift themselves up from poverty by taking part in global markets? Or does it create vast opportunities only for a small minority?

To answer these questions, look no farther than soccer. Ever since European clubs loosened restrictions on the number of foreign players, the game has become truly global.

Researchers crack Aztec symbol code

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Fri, 2008-04-04 12:49.

It has long been a mystery of Aztec arithmetic: What is three arms plus five bones?

Now researchers know: Five hearts.

The odd symbols had been noted for centuries - thousands of them appear in Aztec property registries that were created around 1540. But no one knew value of the symbols or how they were used to represent the size of land plots for tax assessment and other purposes.

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