Parasites and sex typically aren’t two things you want to think about together, but according to new research parasites might be responsible for sex as we know it.
PhysOrg reports that Indiana University biologists have affirmed the “Red Queen hypothesis” — the idea that human beings reproduce through sex because we’re, well, keeping up with the parasites, the ones that threaten to potentially harm us.
The hypothesis gets its name from a line in Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass: “It takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place.” Read more… Keep reading »
Synesthesia is a neurological condition wherein your senses become scrambled and one sensory experience becomes confused with another. So those who suffer from it may “see” sound or “hear” smell. This short film by video team Terri Timely attempts to capture the condition, in an arresting, musical, food-obsessed way. [YouTube
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This a-hole took screwing around at work to a whole new level: Stephen Pottinger, an employee of the Houston Independent School District, is in trubs for signing up his co-worker for a mail order bride website. During company hours. “He had mentioned that he wanted to get back into dating,” Pottinger said. “We have a long-standing joke that when [the co-worker] starts talking, a lot of people start falling asleep. So I said, ‘Maybe you should start dating someone who doesn’t speak any English. They can just nod and smile.’” So the Michael Scott of Texas signed his colleague up on a website that matches Russian women with American men and forwarded responses to the guy during work hours.
Well, that is quite the prank. Keep reading »
I am sorry to break it to you, kiddo. When the dog poop disappeared from the backyard? That was your mom. And when the doo doo vanished from the sidewalk? That was your dad. They only told you the Poop Fairy existed to see the glimmer of joy in a young one’s eye, to expand childhood ever-so-slightly further. Really, the Poop Fairy was just a ruse just like Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny.
All this is to say, please clean up after your dog. [Jefferson County Sheriff's Office] Keep reading »
Ugh, this is such an awful story. A 39-year-old father took his son to a Texas Rangers baseball game in Arlington, TX, last night, and when outfielder Josh Hamilton (left) tossed him a foul ball, he fell 20 feet to his death trying to catch it. A man sitting near Shannon Stone tried to grab him by the leg as he fell over the railing, but wasn’t able to keep ahold of him. “He went straight down,” Ronnie Hargis said. “I tried to grab him, but I couldn’t. I tried to slow him down a little bit.” Keep reading »