6 Ridiculous Myths About the Middle Ages Everyone Believes When you think of the Middle Ages, chances are you picture gallant knights sitting astride brilliant destriers galloping through a sea of plagues, ignorance, and filth. And you can hardly be blamed for that, when everything from the movies you watch to your high school history teacher (who was mainly the football coach) has told you that ... #6. Scientific Progress Was Dead Getty The Myth: They call it the Dark Ages for a reason. Getty"No, we can't cross the ocean there, don't you see that sea monster in the way?" The Reality: Aside from the fact that, as we've already explained, most people in the Middle Ages did not think the Earth was flat, the church wasn't responsible for killing science -- to the contrary, it was largely responsible for saving it. After the barbarians invaded Europe and Rome went the way of the dinosaurs, the Catholic church was the last remaining aspect of Roman culture in Western Europe. SjuPfft, like people are going to want to learn a whole other set of characters.
The Inspiration Paradox: Your Best Creative Time Is Not When You Think A bus company in China has launched a new “safe driving” campaign by suspending bowls of water over their drivers. To avoid getting wet, drivers must drive gently. In today’s technology-obsessed world, this solution is elegantly primitive. You might imagine that this simple yet ingenious idea was conjured by someone functioning at their very best, that such “aha insights” come when innovators are at their peak. Not so. Numerous studies have demonstrated that our best performance on challenging, attention-demanding tasks - like studying in the midst of distraction - occurs at our peak time of day. In a study I conducted, for example, participants were given three related cue words (e.g., SHIP OUTER CRAWL), and were required to find their common link (SPACE). But distraction is not all bad, and Wieth and Zacks have demonstrated that we can use our increased susceptibility to distraction at off-peak times to our advantage. Insight problems involve thinking outside the box.
5 Amazing Performances From Actors Who Weren't Acting We believe it was Frank Capra who said, and we're paraphrasing here, "If you want to film someone looking genuinely terrified, you have to scare the shit out of them. If you want your actors to cry, make them sad. And above all else, never tell them what's going on." Directors have been taking those wise words to heart ever since. #5. Previously on Alien, an astronaut was face-raped by an alien. What sells that scene isn't the creature effects, or the fact that if you were an audience in 1979, it was the absolute last freaking thing you expected to happen right then. If you think the other actors' horrified and shocked reactions were convincing, it's probably because they, like their characters, had absolutely no idea what was about to occur. "Yeah, I'm looking forward to many more long days of shooting." So the rest of the cast showed up on set knowing only that the script for this particular scene read, "The thing emerges." "Hey, it does have teeth and a moving head!" #4. #3.
8 Things Vietnam War Movies Leave Out (By an Enemy Soldier) Even if your knowledge of the Vietnam War comes exclusively from Hollywood films and Texan textbooks that only refer to it as "that one the good guys lost," you've probably heard about the Viet Cong. They were a bunch of jungle-fighting guerrilla warriors who killed American boys via night-time ambushes and terrifying traps. Well, that's one side of the story. #8. U.S. I became a Viet Cong guerrilla in the late 1950s, when I was 15. Via Medicinthegreentime.com"Everybody stop the colonial exploitation for a minute and scrunch up!" I was just mad at how the South was pushing all of its excess money into the major cities like Saigon. The French, who had controlled Vietnam since the 1800s, always saw the locals as "lower," and we never forgave them for refusing to give us independence. Via War Remnants MuseumBanner politics don't really leave a lot of space for nuance. Once the fighting started, a lot of people died, well over a million on our side alone. #7. #6. With pee. #5. Via Cat-uxo.com
5 Things You Didn't Know: The Cold War The term “cold war” goes back to a 14th-century medieval writer named Don Juan Manuel, who referred to the uneasy peace between Muslims and Christians in Spain. But it was George Orwell, in a piece titled “You and the Atomic Bomb,” who applied the term as we know it best to the protracted economic, geopolitical and ideological battle between the United States, the Soviet Union and their shifting allies. The precise dates of the Cold War are the subject of debate, though most agree that it began at some point in the summer of 1945 and continued until the collapse of the Soviet Union at the end of 1991. Whatever the case, it dominated global politics and culture for the entire second half of the 20th century, and its effects are ongoing. To bring you up to speed, we present five things you didn’t know about the only war that categorically could have ended all wars through total and complete annihilation -- the Cold War. 2- It was predicted by Adolf Hitler Why is it Searched?
6 Ridiculous History Myths (You Probably Think Are True) Everybody knows that people in the past were insane. They wore funny hats, used words like "wherefore," and don't get us started on the pants. But some of the historic anecdotes we love repeating again and again simply aren't true. As convenient as it may be to think of our ancestors as murder-happy torture enthusiasts, they were crazy, but they weren't that crazy. Gun Fights in the Violent Wild West The Insanity: A gloriously mustached man sits at a card game in an old saloon, surrounded by cowboys and surprisingly fresh-faced prostitutes. The cowboys and prostitutes go back to their drinks, well-accustomed to this sort of random violence, as the man nonchalantly twirls his pistol and says: "Guess he couldn't read my poker face." A typical western saloon, moments before everyone in the room shot each other. A hundred years of Westerns have taught us that this is how you lived and died in the Wild West. But in Reality... How many murders do you suppose these old western towns saw a year?
Rubber hand shows brain can be fooled on skin colour - life - 02 July 2012 Taking pointers from rubber hands, psychologists have shown that racial differences really are only skin deep. When someone sees a rubber hand being stroked while their actual hand is hidden from view and stroked simultaneously, they can begin to "embody" it – to feel that the rubber hand is their own – and lose feeling in their real hand. But can you embody a rubber hand of a different skin colour from your own? Manos Tsakiris and colleagues at Royal Holloway, University of London, induced the illusion in 22 white participants, using both white and black rubber hands. Objective measures suggested otherwise, though. Surface features The team also tested changes in skin conductance – a measure of stress – when the subjects saw a needle being stuck into the embodied rubber hand. "The processes that are involved in the illusion aren't particularly sensitive to the skin colour of the hand," says team member Harry Farmer. More From New Scientist Norovirus sandwich, anyone? More from the web
5 Bizarre Dinosaurs You Didn't Know Existed Admit it, everything you know about dinosaurs you learned from watching Jurassic Park. Or, possibly, you learned it while paying attention in school. That's never really been our scene, but to each their own. But no matter what route you took, there's a good chance your education was less than adequate. If that wasn't the case, you'd already know about these ridiculous dinosaurs that history seems to have forgotten ... #5. Homestead.com Look, we're all adults here. Oh, you thought we were going to mention the shiny red shaft and matching set of testicles that's taken up permanent residence on this absurd dinosaur's stupid head? To be fair, the dinosaur in this picture is actually a toy. See? #4. Dinossaurosecia You know how people like to make fun of the T. rex because it has those stupid little arms that would be completely useless in a fistfight? What the hell are those things? #3. Critters.Pixel-Shack No, seriously, we're asking. #2. Wikipedia #1. Dinopedia
cracked To badly paraphrase Douglas Adams: Anything invented before you are 35 is awesome, but anything that comes around after that is scary. It's the natural order of things. Our parents barely understand email, I have no idea why Snapchat is appealing, and one day you will be suspicious of your child's holodeck. This has been going on forever. A few months ago I told you about four things that freaked people out when they were first introduced. But sex, women, and kitchen utensils have brought society to the brink of collapse more times than that. #4. Robert Klein/iStock/Getty Images There wasn't one general moral panic over the fork so much as a 600-year slow burn of derision. So why did people fear the fork so much? slate.comTo be fair, it does look a lot deadlier than that knife. The proof that forks were evil came early. That story was still being told in churches 200 years later. Eventually, forks were introduced to France. This immoral cutlery took even longer to catch on in England. #3.
The Unknown Cold War The modernizing of China and the dissolution of the Soviet Union over the last two decades have led to the release of hundreds of millions of pages of formerly top-secret archival documents. These documents—transnational cables, transcripts, diplomatic reports, and internal memoranda—are giving the West a new view of Sino-Soviet and inter-Soviet relations. They also hint at the dangers that might have been. Historians are collecting and translating provocative accounts of the Cuban Missile Crisis and other flash points in the Cold War. The Wilson Center and The George Washington University are partners in an ongoing NEH-supported collaboration to train high school teachers in recent advances in Cold War historiography and to build a website to store and display online resources. “Archives are a repository of a nation’s truths,” says Nancy Meyers, project associate at the Cold War International History Project. “Primary matter is hard for high school students to use.
5 Ridiculous Sex Myths From History (You Probably Believe) Since the sexual revolution of the '60s, we tend to think that sexuality from the Baby Boomers back to the beginning of time was a long history of repressed urges, prudish fundamentalist restrictions and brutal rape politics. But it turns out that a lot of what BBC dramas tell you about sex in history is just a fanciful cover for sex lives that didn't differ that much from our own. Myths that persist to this day include ... #5. When you think about the Victorian era, you probably remember a whole bunch of jokes about how women couldn't show their ankles without it being considered indecent exposure. Queen Victoria is rumored to have told her daughter to "just lie back and think of England" when the princess was concerned about having to fulfill her wifely duties on her wedding night. GettyWe can barely conceal our boners right now. The Reality: It's true that Victorians weren't exactly into halter tops and assless pants. GettyShe has a dozen live eels stuffed under that corset. #4. #3.