# The Funny Part of It

Here’s Why You’re Still Single Based On Your Myers-Briggs Personality Type. Real use of a cat. Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal. International Guidelines For Problem Solving. Americans Were Asked To Place European Countries On A Map. Here’s What They Wrote: How sure are you of your geographical knowledge?

Buzzfeed recently put Americans’ geographical knowledge to the test with a survey in which participants had to write in countries’ names on a blank European political map. Unfortunately, they didn’t fare too well, but some of their responses are hilarious (or hilariously mis-informed). But don’t be so quick to judge Americans – when Buzzfeed posted a similar survey testing Brits’ knowledge of the 50 United States, they also came up short. On the one hand, knowing a country’s states is different from knowing independent countries, but on the other, some U.S. states are larger than some European nations, and some U.S. states have larger economies than some European nations.

The gaps in these survey-takers’ knowledge also speak to historical and political realities. Psychologically Flawed. What to do if your p-value is just over the arbitrary threshold for ‘significance’ of p=0.05?

You don’t need to play the significance testing game – there are better methods, like quoting the effect size with a confidence interval – but if you do, the rules are simple: the result is either significant or it is not. So if your p-value remains stubbornly higher than 0.05, you should call it ‘non-significant’ and write it up as such. The problem for many authors is that this just isn’t the answer they were looking for: publishing so-called ‘negative results’ is harder than ‘positive results’. The solution is to apply the time-honoured tactic of circumlocution to disguise the non-significant result as something more interesting. The following list is culled from peer-reviewed journal articles in which (a) the authors set themselves the threshold of 0.05 for significance, (b) failed to achieve that threshold value for p and (c) described it in such a way as to make it seem more interesting.

Cinq bonnes raisons d’investir dans la culotte antiviol. Comparaison des supporters belges et français. Charlie Brooker: Wondering what to give up for New Year? A few suggestions. No, no, no.

Photograph: Matthew Chattle / Alamy New Year's resolutions work like this: you think of something you enjoy doing, and then resolve to stop doing it. Smoking, for instance, or drinking, or shunting fistfuls of salted butter down your ravenous maw each morning. By denying yourself some of your few remaining pleasures, you hope to extend your lifespan, so you can spend extra decades forlornly wishing you were smoking or drinking or gorging on butter instead of slowly withering to death in a self-imposed prison of abstinence. Stop being lazy, you tell yourself. Or you could do what I'm doing this year: setting New Year's resolutions for everyone in the world except me. 1 Stop creating "Keep Calm and Carry On" variants The original wartime Keep Calm and Carry On poster, rediscovered more than 10 years ago by the owner of Alnwick's Barter Books and digitally touched up by Chris Donald, erstwhile editor of Viz, is an amusing yet poignant instant design classic.

Charlie Brooker: How to fix the missing British summer – and other irritations. Apologies for swearing in an opening sentence, but have you seen the shitbastard sky we've been having lately?

In case you don't recognise it at first glance, it's that bruise-coloured ceiling of floating misery that has been remorselessly flinging cold water over everyone and everything in the nation for weeks now. There's moss growing on the inside of clouds up there. The British summer has long been a work of bleak fiction but this year it morphed into full-blown dystopian satire. Oh, there are flashes of blue here and there, but they function much like the speedboat prize at the end of a vintage episode of Bullseye: nothing but a cruel reminder of what you could have won.

So the weather turns nice for 25 minutes in the late afternoon. On and on it goes. How to fix it? Here's a suggestion. OK – I concede that the weather is a big thing to fix, and consequently it's unlikely someone as mud-brained as I could possibly come up with a workable solution. Yeah you did. Isaac's Live Lip Dub Proposal.

### Memes

Creative Dad Takes Crazy Photos Of Daughters. If you are tired of posed, stiff and cheesy family portraits, then take a look at these incredibly creative pictures taken by Jason Lee.

Jason who is a wedding photographer started taking photos of his two little daughters back in 2006 when his mom was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma. The girls were constantly sick, with colds and coughs so he couldn’t always bring them to visit their grandmother. Jason wanted her to be able to see her granddaughters without catching their kid germs so he started a blog where his mom could see what was going on in their lives. Existential Deconstruction. Am. Te leuk, voor iedereen die onderzoekspapers schrijft of leest: wat er staat en wat het echt betekent… Facebook History of the World. Challenge - I Told My Kids I Ate All Their Halloween Candy.