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A classic skit. Some people have no idea how offensive they are until you turn it around on them. And the real kicker is that turning it around often doesn't even get the point across. -via Daily Picks and Flicks
Trolltunga is an odd rock protrusion jutting out over Ringedalsvatnet, a lake in southern Norway. The name means "the troll's tongue." Would you be willing to sit on the end? He promises not to eat you.
Sugar isn't always sweet, especially when Darwin's involved. Entomologists at North Carolina State University showed that when glucose is used in roach-bait poison, cockroaches evolve to dislike sweets:
Glucose sets off bitter receptors in roach taste buds, causing roaches to avoid foods that bring on this taste-bud reaction. This aversion has a genetic basis and it eventually spreads to offspring, resulting in increasingly large groups of cockroaches that reject glucose and any baits made with it.
In normal German cockroaches, glucose elicits activity in sugar gustatory receptor neurons, which react when exposed to sugars like glucose and fructose – components of corn syrup, a common roach-bait ingredient. Generally, roaches have a sweet tooth for these sugars. [...]
Glucose-averse roaches that were forced to taste glucose refused to ingest the sugar, akin to a child who spits out her bitter-tasting food.
These tiny cups by German designer Hanna Kruse are topped with geometric wire grates to support and show off small objects like jewellery, flower heads or leaves. (more...)
Tavis Smiley, my favorite talk-show host, presided over his 2,000th episode Friday night on PBS.
It's a remarkable achievement, in his 10th season, given the range of his guests -- actors, politicians, academics, musicians, authors, athletes, CEOs and others. It takes a great deal of preparation, intelligence and curiosity to talk show after show to icons who are so accomplished in their fields.
That, of course, is Smiley's job.
But what separates him from his peers is Smiley's generosity of spirit.
He asks good, sharp questions and he allows his guests -- and you get the feeling he looks at them as his guests in his home -- to speak their minds.
He doesn't cut them off. He doesn't look for arguments. He doesn't ask them "gotcha" questions, in an attempt to extract splashy press-release fodder. He doesn't need to do that, anyway.
Smiley wants to UNDERSTAND what makes his guests tick, what has made them achieve so much and how they regard themselves. It makes for a lively discourse. He holds conversations, not interviews, not interrogations.There is also a sense of fun -- thanks largely to Smiley's charismatic cackle. He is having the time of his life, and we can enjoy it, too, watching at home on TV.
I know what I'm talking about. I was lucky enough to appear on his show last Oct. 29, to talk about my new book, "Forget About Today: Bob Dylan's Genius for (Re)Invention, Shunning the Naysayers, and Creating a Personal Revolution" (http://jonfriedman.net).
When my publicist at Penguin asked me what I wanted to accomplish in the public-relations, I said I wanted to appear on Tavis Smiley's show, above all. It's cool to go on your favorite talk show and sit in that chair, when so many of your favorite people have appeared.
He was as nice and personable off camera as he seems to be when he is doing the show. Plus, you won't find a more professional, solicitous staff of people than the men and women who work with him.
My favorite Tavis shows feature creative spirits. But there are too many for me to recount here. Recently, I remember special moments with Matt Damon, Don Was, Carole King, Harrison Ford, Ry Cooder, Sally Field and Jeremy irons. And that is scratching the surface.
Who else but Tavis could get Prince to laugh out loud on TV?
Maybe the single most classic moment was when Denzel Washington told the public-broadcasting audience, "Keep the faith" (Smiley's signature line) -- "but send the money!"
When you watch night after night, you'll notice that Tavis is pleased to showcase people who may not be household names. What matters is that enjoy talking with him, they have something to say and memorable stories to tell. He gets inside people's heads -- on the show and at home.
And one more thing: Tavis always keeps the faith.
Last time Will Smith was on the Graham Norton Show, he led the audience in a rap-along
Last time Will Smith was on the Graham Norton Show, he led the audience in a rap-along
Cassette Is Not Dead refurbs cassette tapes into handsome lamps. They operate on a barter economy -- send them 40 homemade mix-tapes and they'll send you a wallet made from one tape; send them 80 pre-recorded tapes and they'll send you a box lamp. Alternatively, you can buy the lamps for cash.
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"President Obama’s conciliatory gesture toward the press this week — a review of Justice Department investigations involving journalists — struck some national security reporters as closing the door after the sources have already bolted," writes Elizabeth Haughey in the New York Times. And this just as news breaks at CNN that US Attorney General Eric Holder was personally involved in the Justice Department's decision to seek a search warrant for Fox News reporter James Rosen's private e-mails. So, wait, why again is Holder now tasked with reviewing the DoJ's policies involving journalists?
A hedgehog in Bude, Cornwall, England, was taken to the vet because he was so big and round that he couldn't walk or curl up. Veterinary staff were puzzled, because the huge hedgehog was of normal weight. An x-ray revealed that the animal was, indeed, inflated. Veterinary surgeon Adam Revitt said he had never seen a case of "balloon syndrome" before.
Balloon syndrome occurs when bacteria gets into a wound and gives off gas that becomes trapped under the skin, Mr Revitt explained.
He added: "This is the first case I had ever seen. It is uncommon. There are very few things published about it.
"Without the treatment it couldn’t breathe and would probably have died."
Revitt used a syringe to slowly deflate the hedgehog over about five minutes. The animal is now on antibiotics and is recovering nicely. Link -via Arbroath
Previously at Neatorama:A similar case from 2007.
A single surface model made by Alan Bennett in Bedford, United Kingdom. It consists of three Klein bottles set inside each other to produce, when cut, three pairs of single-twist Mobius strips. A Klein bottle has no edges, no outside or inside and cannot be properly constructed in three dimensions. (Source)
A single surface model made by Alan Bennett in Bedford, 1995. It consists of a sphere with three interlinked loops the equivalent of three interconnected Klein bottles. (Source)
A single surface glass vessel made by Alan Bennett in Bedford, United Kingdom. It consists of a triple loop Klein bottle which when cut gives a pair of five-twist Mobius strips. (Source)
View those and many more neat Klein bottle images over at this Dark Roasted Blend post aptly titled Topological Marvel: The Klein Bottle in Art - Thanks Avi!
Andrew Garfield has apparently been spotted playing basketball with local children while wearing a Spider-Man costume.
Though his face cannot be seen, multiple people recording the court action have claimed he was taking a break from shooting the blockbuster sequel to last summer's superhero hit.
Garfield's co-star and girlfriend Emma Stone was also supposedly caught on camera looking after a dog.
"This is the real deal," said one YouTube uploader. "Andrew Garfield, taking it to the hole, buries the jumper on the two kids."
The Amazing Spider-Man 2, currently filming in Manhattan, is scheduled for release on May 2, 2014.
Sally Field, Martin Sheen, Shailene Woodley, Felicity Jones, Paul Giamatti and BJ Novak will feature in the movie alongside Garfield and Stone.
The actress adopted the little boy from Ethiopia last November and has named him Yoby, a nickname of Eyob, which is his given name.
She told More magazine in March that despite the challenges that come with being a single mother, she has no regrets.
'Being a single mom is challenging, but never in a million years would that have stopped me. You get an idea in your head and you’re going to do it,' she said.
She admitted her hectic filming schedule made things difficult.
'The schedule is insane to the point where I lose a lot of sleep at night worrying about how little time I have to sleep and mostly what little time I have to be with my son,' Connie says.
But she did acknowledge how lucky she is to be able to bring him to work with her each day.
'The flip side of that is, he’s doing great. He comes to the set every day,' she said. 'As working moms go, at least I have that luxury.'
UPDATE: E! News had a preview of the video tonight.
Also Kelly Clarkson says fuck no to American Idol
Michelle Dockery just finished a long day of filming at Highclere Castle, the Hampshire, England country house that always looks so lovely on 'Downton Abbey' even though most spring days there, like this particular one, are wet and windy. Before heading off to a late dinner with 'Downton' creator Julian Fellowes ("I'm going to try to find out some story lines, but it's like getting blood out of a stone, Dockery good-naturedly complains), the Emmy-nominated actress took a break to talk to The Envelope about where her character, Lady Mary, might be heading in the wake of the shocking Season 3 finale death of her beloved husband, Matthew (Dan Stevens).
So how far along are you in shooting the new season?
We're almost halfway through. We're filming episodes 5 and 6.
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"I would tease Matt about which flavor lip gloss he'd like for me to use."
– Michael Douglas, on preparing for his love scenes with Behind the Candelabra costar Matt Damon, to PEOPLE
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