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Seat’s Taken! A Study of Antisocial Traveler Behavior. Remember the last time you got on a train, only to find all the seats occupied by people … and their bags?

Seat’s Taken! A Study of Antisocial Traveler Behavior

Boy, bags really do like aisle seats, you may have said to yourself. Or maybe you just shook your head and moved on to the next car, annoyed by the passive-aggressiveness of it all: “Seat’s taken!” The bags scream in silence, while their owners turn and stare out the windows. You might deplore such behavior when you’re the one schlepping down the aisle in search of an open seat, but admit it, you’re probably guilty of piling your suitcase next to you too, when you’re the first on board.

So why do we do it? (MORE: The Upside of Gossip: Social and Psychological Benefits) That’s the question Yale University doctoral student Esther C. Kim cataloged these various habits over two years of research. (MORE: Is Your Cell Phone Making You a Jerk?) With nonsocial transient behavior, however, “respect is not a concern,” Kim writes.

These peevish schemes are particular to travelers, Kim found. Lesson821.jpg (JPEG Image, 670 × 3092 pixels) - Scaled (24%) The Creepiest Flower on Earth. 15 Cute Animals That Will Cause You Horrible Harm. When we think of animals that will destroy us, rend us limb from limb, and leave us in a bloody mess, we usually thing of the huge and horrifying.

15 Cute Animals That Will Cause You Horrible Harm

Which means we forget about the real threats: the tiny, the cute, the gorgeous. The animals at which we ooh and aaah over, but are deadly, poisonous and generally all around nasty. And, after writing this list, I've come up with two pieces of advice. 1) Never go in the water. 2) Never visit Australia. Combine the two, and it's even more true: never go in the water in Australia! Seriously, terrifyingly deadly critters everywhere. 15. Not everyone's particular cup of tea, but many people keep rats as pets, and they're remarkably hygienic. 14. Puffer fish are hilarious and adorable just on general principle. 13. Lionfish aren't so much cute as stunningly beautiful. 12. Oh, dolphins, lazy stoners of the sea. 11.

These snakes are gorgeous and reclusive animals, that hang around the southern reaches of the United States. 10. 9. Look at this thing. Animal Gender Roles Explained in Adorable Cartoons. While arguments about gay people getting married tend to center on the so-called “natural” state of the human family, a quick peek around the animal kingdom reveals that sex and animal behavior don’t always break down into neat “one male, one female” units.

Animal Gender Roles Explained in Adorable Cartoons

And even in cases where animals do pair off to produce offspring, the burden of child-rearing doesn’t necessarily fall to the partner with two X chromosomes. Humon, the artist behind the webcomic Scandinavia and the World, uses cartoons to explain animal mating habits that fall outside the bounds of “traditional marriage” by anthropomorphizing the players in her trademark adorable style.In Scandinavia and the World, Humon portrays different countries as people, much like in the manga Hetalia. In her animal gender roles series, she takes a similar approach, portraying various animals as humans so that we can imagine how their family and mating structures might look among our own species. 7 Innocent Gestures That Can Get You Killed Overseas. If you've ever had your penis cut off and/or been executed while on holiday, you'll probably know that it's easy to offend people from other cultures. Unless you learn the ways of the place you're visiting, even the most well-meaning tourist can regularly find his oesophagus stuffed with burning goat.

But surely just plain common sense and good manners will save you, right? Wrong. Extend Your Hand, Palm Outward in Greece What you think you are saying: "Phew! What you are actually saying: "Phew! What the hell? SHIT, is what we're saying here. If you really want to piss a Greek person off, you can go for the double moutza, which features both hands splayed above your head. Give the Thumbs-Up In The Middle East What you think you are saying: "Ayyyyy! What you are actually saying: "Ayyyyy! What the hell? The thumbs-up sign has been confusing people for thousands of years. Finish Your Meal In Thailand / The Philippines / China What you think you are saying: "This is a delicious meal.

25 Everyday Things You Never Knew Had Names. 9 Most Devastating Insults From Around the World. A responsible traveler won't set foot in another country without knowing how to viciously insult the people in their native language.

9 Most Devastating Insults From Around the World

Odds are, you won't even make it out of the airport before a situation arises that requires obscenities. But "obscenity" is an ever-moving target. It's an amalgamation of cultural taboos, the impact of current events and your mom. Accordingly, every country has developed a uniquely beautiful set of curses and insults that set it apart. While some insults are broadly accessible, like your mom, others will require a little background for the new student. "Suck butter from my ass" (Chupe mantequilla de mi culo) Who Said That? Dear God Why? Other helpful Spanish phrases: When dookie is used for even the most pedestrian exclamations, more heated applications escalate the filth factor pretty rapidly: "I shit on your dead" (Me cago en tus muertos) "I shit on God" (Me cago en Dios) "I shit in/on your whore mother" (Me cago en tu puta madre) And the list goes on.

Emperor Norton. Born in England, Norton spent most of his early life in South Africa.

Emperor Norton

He immigrated to San Francisco in 1849 after receiving a bequest of $40,000 from his father's estate, arriving aboard the steam yacht Hurlothrumbo.[5] Norton initially made a living as a businessman, but he lost his fortune investing in Peruvian rice.[6] After losing a lawsuit in which he tried to void his rice contract, Norton left San Francisco. He returned a few years later, laying claim to the position of Emperor of the United States.[7] Although he had no political power, and his influence extended only so far as he was humoured by those around him, he was treated deferentially in San Francisco, and currency issued in his name was honoured in the establishments he frequented. Early life[edit] Norton was born in England, but scholarly works disagree as to the date and town of his birth. Declares himself emperor[edit] Norton in full regalia Norton's Imperial acts[edit] Later years and death[edit] Legacy[edit]

Beyond Pink and Blue: A Look at Gender Colors. It goes beyond culture.

Beyond Pink and Blue: A Look at Gender Colors

There is science behind the gender-relationships when it comes to colors. A study by John Hallock compares the color preferences among various demographics and takes into account information collected from 22 countries. Our friends at KissMetrics put together this informative infographic that tears down the gender barriers to reveal what really goes on in visualizations. Click any portion to enlarge. Colors by Gender The Color Purple - The most notable gender difference can be seen in the color purple. Blue Reigns Supreme – Both males and females like the color blue, which receives favor with 35% of female respondents and more than half of the male respondents.

A Closer Look In 2007, Doctor Anya Hurlbert and Yazhu Ling created an experiment to explore how men and women differ in their perceptions of color. Results of the Experiment The experiment showed that men and women both preferred blue out of the sets of colors. Color Naming: Men Keep It Simple. Family tree of the Greek gods. Greek Gods Family Tree / Genealogy. Doing homework? Your teacher has already seen this. See Theoi; it has properly-sourced information.

Known errors: Generally inconsistent sourcing. This chart was made in 2004, and Wikipedia was treated as a primary source. Hyperion is also a Titan. Microwaved Ivory Soap. When I came across the idea to microwave Ivory soap on The Cyber School Mom Diary’s fantastically comprehensive Supermegatotally Thrilladelic Not Bummer Summer list, I was instantly intrigued.

Microwaved Ivory Soap

“What happens when you microwave Ivory soap?” I asked. “Try it and see!” Chrissi told me. “It doesn’t damage anything and it’s cool.” I immediately added it to our summer fun list and once Wyatt saw it he was dying to see what happened. Soap! It definitely did not disappoint. We started off with a hunk of plain old Ivory soap . How cool is that? I’d also like to take a moment to note that I’m mortified by how dirty my microwave is in this picture. Anyhoo, the kids were thrilled by this project and have been begging me to do it again since the first exciting result. Have you ever microwaved Ivory soap? If you’re visiting Wendolonia for the first you may be interested in checking out some of my other kid-centric posts: Welcome To The English Language - Steven Humour. Types of Goths. That Dude was on Star Trek?

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10 Creepy Plants. We spend a lot of time here at Cracked pointing out horrors of nature that slither on the land and lurch through the sea.

10 Creepy Plants

But staying under the radar in nature's landscape of nightmares is the twisted carnival of things that grow out of the ground. Like ... Bleeding Tooth Fungus The bleeding tooth fungus looks kind of like a wad of chewing gum that leaks blood like a rejected prop from The Shining. They're also called the strawberries and cream, the red-juice tooth, and the devil's tooth. Oh, and they are listed as "inedible," which implies that someone attempted to eat one at some point.

Chinese Black Batflowers There's a good reason that Batman uses bat imagery to strike terror into the hearts of Gotham's criminals, rather than, say, some kind of shrew. It is kept as an ornamental plant by gardeners who prefer to cultivate nightmares, and have the balls to live in the presence of a plant that looks like it crawled out of a Bosch painting and wants to plant its young in their head. Phallus Museum. Intimate Clock.

I can sleep through anything.

Intimate Clock

Cicadas, alarm clocks, car alarms, rock concerts, crying babies, even gun shots (I live in a bad part of town). One time my apartment building burned down to the ground and I had to be carried out by a hunky fire fighter. I slept through the whole ordeal, even when he was forced to administer CPR due to the fact I wasn’t breathing.

*Wink! * This is The Little Rooster. David Bowie Spider. The International Hedgehog Association. Science Fiction Books. Recently, someone asked Reddit for a list of the best science fiction books of all time. Being a fan of sci-fi, and wanting to expand my own reading list, I thought it would be helpful to tally the results and preserve them here for future reference. I've also included selected quotes from the comments, as well as my own notes on the books I've already read. PS: All book images in this post are copyright Amazon, and were retrieved using my Big Book Search Engine. So, without further ado, here are the Greatest Sci-Fi Books of All Time, ordered by upvote count: Dune Frank Herbert - 1965 "There's a reason it's the global top selling science fiction book of all time.

" - NibblyPig If you have a chance, track down the excellent full cast audiobook (unabridged!) The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams - 1979 "I really love the cool combination of humor, philosophy, and sheer nuttiness of the entire series. " - Scarbrow Ender's Game Orson Scott Card - 1985 Foundation Trilogy Isaac Asimov - 1942. Art 1. Optical Design. Melissani Undercover Cave and Lake. One of the Ionian islands in Greece, Kefalonia is definitely the greenest and greatest. There’s great quantity of gorgeous nature and breathtaking landscape there. Vacationers and travelers who arrive here are fascinated by the magnificent rugged mountain ranges and also the valleys in between them which are full of number of vineyards.

Just one of Kefalonia’s many well known sightseeing and tours points of interest that travelers can enjoy during their vacation is Melissani Lake. This massive underground cave was formed around one thousand years ago when the ceiling of a huge cave system broke down and tumbled in the sea beneath it uncovering the clear blue waters on the wonderful sunlight above. Whenever the sunshine its light arrive at the water from the large hole on the caves ceiling and the developing display of aqua blue natural light moving over the water is a thing that all travellers must see.

The Ten Most Revealing Psych Experiments. Psychology is the study of the human mind and mental processes in relation to human behaviors - human nature. Due to its subject matter, psychology is not considered a 'hard' science, even though psychologists do experiment and publish their findings in respected journals.

Some of the experiments psychologists have conducted over the years reveal things about the way we humans think and behave that we might not want to embrace, but which can at least help keep us humble. That's something. 1. 'Lord of the Flies': Social Identity Theory The Robbers Cave Experiment is a classic social psychology experiment conducted with two groups of 11-year old boys at a state park in Oklahoma, and demonstrates just how easily an exclusive group identity is adopted and how quickly the group can degenerate into prejudice and antagonism toward outsiders.

Researcher Muzafer Sherif actually conducted a series of 3 experiments. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Turns out that it's all about framing. Rosenhan experiment. The Stanford Prison Experiment. Meaning of Dreams Graph. 10 Psychological Experiments That Went Horribly Wrong. Pumpktris: A Fully Playable Version of Tetris Inside a Carved Pumpkin.