Critics blame television for everything from obesity to the murder rate. While TV is easy to criticize, and much of the criticism is justified, we also need to keep in mind that television benefits society in many important ways.
Today, the average American watches close to four hours of TV each day. Based on this, by age 65, the average U.S. Citizen will have spent nearly 9, nonstop, 24 hour-a-day years glued to “the tube.”
TV is something everyone in the household enjoys, even kids, and most surprisingly is that most kids prefer watching TV than spending time with their dads!
54% of 4-6 year-olds who, when asked to choose between watching TV and spending time with their fathers, said they would prefer to watch television.
Parents might want to try to find a way to spend quality time with their kids.
He was born Samuel Clemens, but we know him by his pen name, Mark Twain.
He’s famous for his novels The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
Twain was very accomplished in fields other than writing, too. For one, he was a talented inventor. Twain invented and patented several things, including a scrapbooking technique.
It was his love of the ladies that led to his most lasting invention. He designed the bra strap clasp.
It’s an elastic strap with a clasp that holds loose garments together, such as vests, pantaloons, or other garments.
He meant for the straps to be detachable, and usable on various pieces of clothing.
Twain said, “The advantages of such an adjustable and detachable elastic strap are so obvious that they need no explanation.” So, there you have it. Thank you, Mark Twain for such a helpful invention that is so practical it needs no explanation.
Kids these days, with their video games. And their stolen cars. And state-crossing joyrides. Okay, so this one’s actually a bit out of the ordinary.
Beth Robinson, a 13-year-old girl who lives in Houston and enjoys playing games on her Xbox 360, befriended 12 year-old Dylan, a fellow gamer from Hodgenville, Kentucky.
The two would spend hours playing games and hanging out together over the system’s Xbox Live online service.
Upset after her father took away the Xbox, Beth grabbed the keys to her brother’s 2011 Nissan Versa, swiped her mother’s ATM card and headed out to meet Dylan. In Kentucky.
Amazingly, Beth made it all the way up to Nashville, Tennessee before she was stopped by a state trooper who had been alerted that she might be passing through.
Jason Rohrer, has developed a game designed to be played by people he’ll never know.
Rohrer hasn’t played it himself, he says, and has buried the game, designed to survive thousands of years, in the Nevada desert, making it likely that no one will ever play it.
It’s called A Game for Someone. The game was inspired by ancient board games like Mancala, as well as the architects and builders who, over hundreds of years, constructed religious cathedrals that they themselves would never set foot in, never see completed in their lifetimes.
If it all turns out as planned, people in the future will be able to have a little bit of fun with something made in our lifetime. How cool is that?
For a statue of George Washington! In 1921, the state of Virginia sent a replica of a statue by Jean-Antoine Hudon.
The city of London decided to put that statue in Trafalgar Square, one of London’s most well-known tourist attractions.
There was only one problem: George Washington had publicly said that he would never set foot on English soil. Erecting a statue of his likeness on English soil would’ve violated his desires.
Instead, Virginia sent a bunch of American soil along with the statue.
The ‘English’ soil was replaced with this ‘American’ soil, and the statue rested on top of it.
If you’re not familiar with Trafalgar Square, it’s one of Central London’s major tourist attractions and public squares.
The square was built to commemorate the Battle of Trafalgar, and displays monuments in honor of many British Naval heroes, and other pieces of contemporary art.
How could a simple button on their search page lose them money? The answer is actually quite simple.
The “I’m feeling lucky” button allows users to be taken directly to the first search result, which means the user completely skips all other search engine results and pages.
How could this lose them money? According to statistics around 1% of all searches done on Google use this button, completely skipping all possible advertising.
This results in the company losing around $110 million dollars in potential profits!
So why does the company keep an option that looses them a massive amount of profit?
Simply because people like it and it keeps them coming back! Recently, however, Google featured their Nexus 7 tablet on their homepage, making it the first time any advertising has been featured on their homepage.
Hell’s kitchen can surely make your life a living hell on and off screen. Can you imagine all the psychological stress that Gordon Ramsay’s leaves on his contestants?
The stress is so bad that they are sent for a psychiatric evaluation after show is done. And not only that, these contestants need to be pampered after so much stress, and that is why they are sent to a “beautiful house”.
It’s basically a spa; they get back rubs, eat and get pampered… A LOT. Some contestants call it decompression before you go back into society. The show can be so stressful that Gordon Ramsey even has bodyguards on set to prevent incidents.
Among the things contestants are required to do is disconnect from the outside world. Computers, personal electronics, phones or even newspapers are not allowed while the show is being filmed.
Just imagine the horror!
Scientists have determined a giant gas cloud is on a collision course with the black hole in the center of our galaxy.
The two will be close enough by 2013 to provide a unique opportunity to observe how a super massive black hole sucks in material, in real time. The gas cloud will essentially be ripped apart.
This will give astronomers more information on how matter behaves near a black hole.
Astronomers have determined the speed of the gas cloud has increased, doubling over the past seven years, and is now reaching more than 8 million km per hour.
The cloud is estimated to be three times the mass of Earth and the density of the cloud is much higher than that of the hot gas surrounding black hole.
But the black hole has a tremendous gravitational force, and so the gas cloud will fall into the direction of the black hole, be elongated and stretched and look like spaghetti.
While you probably use plastic bags to carry your food, a fungus by the name Pestalotiopis microspora could probably use it as food!
Discovered in the Ecuadorian rainforest by a group of Yale student researchers led by Scott Strobel, it’s the first fungus species that is able to survive exclusively on polyurethane.
That’s the material used to make garden hoses, furniture, disposable spoons, etc.
Not only is this a scientific breakthrough, but also an environmental one. While polyurethane is easy to produce, durable, and cheap, we have no way of recycling it.
However, the fungus is able to consume polyurethane in anaerobic conditions. Aka: The conditions found in the bottom of landfills.
This makes them the prime candidates for bioremediation projects.
Finally, there may come a day when you can ask for plastic at the grocery store without feeling that pang of guilt.
These guys are known as the Amazon river dolphins, and guess what?
They live NOT just in the Amazon, but also in the Orinoco and Araguaia/Tocantins river systems.
They’re notable and easily recognizable because theirskin has a pinkish hue. However, there are other cool things about this animal:
There are officially two recognized species of Amazon river dolphins. They’re part of the folklore of the people who live around them.
Local folklore speaks of ‘encantados,’ shapeshifters who look like dolphins by day, but spend their nights seducing people and having illegitimate children with humans.
Deforestation and other human made natural disasters are endangering the pink dolphin, so it’s important for everyone to be aware that we’re endangering the life of such an awesome creature.