Statistics And Other Lies

The Mathematics Of Prison

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Fri, 2008-04-25 22:00.

Americans, perhaps like all people, have a remarkable capacity for tuning out unpleasantries that do not directly affect them. I'm thinking here of wars on foreign lands, but also the astonishing fact that the United States has become the world's most jail-loving country, with well over 1 in 100 adults living as slaves in a prison.

Florida bans fake testicles

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Fri, 2008-04-25 17:39.

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Reuters) - Senate lawmakers in Florida have voted to ban the fake bull testicles that dangle from the trailer hitches of many trucks and cars throughout the state.

Republican Sen. Cary Baker, a gun shop owner from Eustis, Florida, called the adornments offensive and proposed the ban. Motorists would be fined $60 for displaying the novelty items, which are known by brand names like "Truck Nutz" and resemble the south end of a bull moving north.

Advertisement: Smugglers Wanted, Drug Trafficing Experience A Plus

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Fri, 2008-04-25 17:02.

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - Guatemala is investigating radio advertisements seeking elite ex-soldiers, who have been known to work for drug cartels, to smuggle goods into Mexico, officials said on Thursday.

The ads were broadcast in the lawless northern jungle region of Peten, home to a tough military training center for Kaibil soldiers, infamous during Guatemala's civil war as a brutal guerilla-fighting, special forces unit.

Ever Wondered What It's Like Not To Have Sex For 70,000 Years?

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Fri, 2008-04-25 16:36.

A fish species, which is all female, has survived for 70,000 years without reproducing sexually, experts believe.

Scientists from the University of Edinburgh think the Amazon Molly may be employing special genetic survival "tricks" to avoid becoming extinct.

The species, found in Texas and Mexico, interacts with males of other species to trigger its reproduction process.

The offspring are clones of their mother and do not inherit any of the male's DNA.

Why Is Porn Industry No Longer Recession Proof?

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Thu, 2008-04-24 10:13.
Economists are citing some dire portents of a recession these days, but they've missed one indicator I find especially disturbing: The porn business has suddenly gone flaccid.

The drop in porn rentals and sales is worrisome on several fronts: Till now, porn has been a recession-proof business. Further, with the country already in a dispirited mood, the fact that porn has gone limp may indicate a true plunge in consumer confidence.

Italian Mafia Starts Faking Olive Oil

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Thu, 2008-04-24 09:38.

Italian police have arrested 39 people and seized truckloads of fake olive oil destined for the United States, Germany and Switzerland to be sold at a big profit.

Police said on Monday they seized 25,000 litres of the fake oil. The gang was adding flavouring and colourants to vegetable oil and slapping false labels on to bottles that claimed the contents were extra-virgin olive oil.

The Sciense Of Piss

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Wed, 2008-04-23 20:29.

Medieval physicians believed that they could diagnose disease by holding up a flask of the patient’s urine to the light and squinting at it. According to scientists at Imperial College London, they could have been on to something.

Your Brain Likes Fair Play

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Tue, 2008-04-22 18:17.

Fairness makes us happy:

Brain reacts to fairness as it does to money and chocolate, EurekAlert: The human brain responds to being treated fairly the same way it responds to winning money and eating chocolate, UCLA scientists report. Being treated fairly turns on the brain's reward circuitry.

"We may be hard-wired to treat fairness as a reward," said study co-author Matthew D. Lieberman, UCLA associate professor of psychology...

Why Did Warren Buffet Sell His Second Home In California?

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Tue, 2008-04-22 10:45.

From an interview with Warren Buffet in Fortune Magazine: What Warren thinks...

Scientists take control of flies' brains to make females behave just like males

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Tue, 2008-04-22 10:16.

Scientists have been able to take control of flies' brains to make females behave just like males.

Researchers genetically modified the insects so that a group of brain cells that control sexual behaviour could be "switched on" by a pulse of light.

The team was able to get female fruit flies to produce a courtship song - behaviour usually only seen in males.

The study, published in the journal Cell, suggests that the wiring in male and female flies' brains is similar.

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