Richard Wilkinson ~ Economic inequality harms societies

Using historical data, Richard Wilkinson illustrates how income disparities WITHIN a society are strongly correlated with poorer general health, shorter lifespans, increased violence, less upward mobility, and much, much more. Quite shocking. Economic inequality...

3,000-year history of the hoodie ~ Paola Antonelli explains

The history of the hoodie has more significance and substance than I expected. Design curator Paola Antonelli takes us on a brief, 3-minute tour of the hoodie's 3,000-year history that includes tales of the Grim Reaper, monks, athletes, superheroes, and Travon Martin.

Bruce Springsteen – You Never Can Tell…what’s gonna happen

Totally Boss response to fans' request to play a song Bruce and the band had not played in a long while. I loved every second of how they worked that out...on stage...in front of the audience. Fantastic! As someone on Facebook commented: "I wish I had 1/10th as much...

Playing video games can improve brain function

Gamers are saying, "We told you so!" Parents are saying, "WTF!?" According to recent studies, playing video games can increase brain function and improve: creativity decision-making hand-eye coordination night vision But at what cost? According to one analyst, if you...

Julia Child’s kitchen at the Smithsonian

Via Julia Child’s Kitchen at the Smithsonian [3,759 × 1,557] - Imgur.

Boyfriend X.0 to husband 1.0

Received this on some email chain or something. I've read other variations, but this is one of the funniest 🙂 Dear Tech Support, Last year I upgraded from Boyfriend 5.0 to Husband 1.0 and noticed a distinct slow down in overall system performance particularly in the...

Fuck “handicaps” ~ Drummer wanted ~ Dean Zimmer answers the call

Apologies for the NSFW language used in this post. If you read it, you'll see it's not gratuitous; it's appropriate for the context. Leave me a nasty comment if you don't agree. ~BZ Dean Zimmer found a "Drummer Wanted" ad and decided to try out for the spot....

A reminder about the illusion of framing

John Green reminds us that the people we admire (maybe even feel envious of) may not have it all together like we imagine. And that's okay. We all try to put our best "frame" forward, hoping no one will tilt the camera in a direction that reveals something we're not...

With Kit, Age 7, at the Beach

I discovered this poem by William Stafford a few years before becoming a father. I remember it striking a chord in me then. I read the poem again after becoming a father...and by the last line I was weeping... With Kit, Age 7 at the Beach By William Stafford We would...

“How reddit saved my life” ~ Crowd-sourcing a medical diagnosis

I thought this was really cool how, after doctors were unable to make a diagnosis of his condition, this guy was able to diagnose the problem with help from the reddit community. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgMCj1FeH6o Crowd-sourcing a medical diagnosis may be...
You are my forever

You are my forever

At some point, while submariner Mikhail Averin waited at the bottom of the Bering Sea to be rescued, he wrote this short letter to his wife. No one has forever... But I wanted more. I wanted to give you more...more babies. Love our son and the baby for both of us....

Glorious Octopus Image

Glorious Octopus Image

I bumped into this image of an octopus recently and had to share. Such a striking, symmetrical geometry to this octopus' pose. Totally mesmerizing.

Domesticated foxes ~ Are they like dogs?

Domesticated foxes ~ Are they like dogs?

I'd watched a documentary some years ago about a Russian scientist who, in 1959 or so, started trying to domesticate foxes in hopes of discovering how wolves were domesticated into dogs. Surprisingly, the answer to that question still remains a mystery. This video...

Old insults with class ~ by redditor Jesse_James

Old insults with class ~ by redditor Jesse_James

Found this thread of old insults while browsing reddit post What old insults need to make a comeback? My favorite contribution was a long list of insults from famous politicians, authors and the like curated by redditor Jesse_James.