20 Scientifically-Proven Signs You're Smarter Than Average Psychology Today According to Psychology Today, people who use more drugs are more intelligent. "Intelligent people don't always do the right thing," they write, "only the evolutionarily novel thing." According to a study conducted by National Child Development, "more intelligent children in the United Kingdom are more likely to grow up to consume psychoactive drugs than less intelligent children." The chart on the left shows the findings of the study. "Very bright individuals (with IQs above 125) are roughly three-tenths of a standard deviation more likely to consume psychoactive drugs than very dull individuals," says Psychology Today.
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Coffee Time Challenges As many of you know, I proudly work at facebook. 1) Two Bases Challenge: Find three digits X, Y and Z such that XYZ in base10 (ten) is equal to ZYX in base9 (nine)? Click for hint There are more elegant ways to solve it, but the solution set is so small, you might as well just brute force it. Click for solution 2) One Million Challenge: Write 1,000,000 as the product of two numbers; neither of which contains any zeroes. What are the prime factors? 3) High Product Challenge: Use the digits 0-9 to create two numbers. Bigger numbers go at the front. 4) Exactly a third Challenge: Arrange the numerals 1-9 into a single fraction that equals exactly 1/3 (one third). 5823 / 17469 or 5832 / 17496 5) Three dice Challenge: I roll three dice, and multiply the three numbers together. You should be able to do this without a computer! 6) Word Doc Challenge: I open up a Word document and type all the numbers 1-10000, separated by spaces, (I did not use any 'thousands' punctuation; just raw numbers). 7) Legs 28 dogs
10 Metal Covers of Non Metal Songs Music There are many genres of music and, as a result, many fusions. We have all heard of the rap-rock hybrids emerging today. Original: Tears for FearsCover: Disturbed Their 2000 album The Sickness was Disturbed’s debut album, and contained their first hit ‘Down With the Sickness’. Original: CameoCover: Korn 1986 saw the release of funk/R&B group Cameo’s Word Up! Original: Wu-Tang ClanCover: System of a Down [WARNING: offensive language.] Original: Afrika BambaataaCover: Rage Against the Machine The 80′s were a good decade for coverable music, as evidenced by 1983′s Renegades of Funk. Original: BerlinCover: System of a Down I hate to hit you guys with more SoaD already, but this their last cover on this list. Original: EurythmicsCover: Marilyn Manson Again with ’83! Original: GenesisCover: Disturbed Another Brick in the Wall Original: Pink FloydCover: Korn It is hard to cover 3 songs in one, especially songs so beloved and popular, but Korn rose to the challenge and put their best foot forward.
BitTorrent Based DNS To Counter US Domain Seizures The domain seizures by the United States authorities in recent days and upcoming legislation that could make similar takeovers even easier in the future, have inspired a group of enthusiasts to come up with a new, decentralized and BitTorrent-powered DNS system. This system will exchange DNS information through peer-to-peer transfers and will work with a new .p2p domain extension. In a direct response to the domain seizures by US authorities during the last few days, a group of established enthusiasts have started working on a DNS system that can’t be touched by any governmental institution. Ironically, considering the seizure of the Torrent-Finder meta-search engine domain, the new DNS system will be partly powered by BitTorrent. In recent months, global anti-piracy efforts have increasingly focused on seizing domains of allegedly infringing sites. The Dot-P2P project was literally started a few days ago, but already the developers are making great progress.
Neil deGrasse Tyson Lists 8 (Free) Books Every Intelligent Person Should Read A Reddit.com user posed the question to Neil deGrasse Tyson: “Which books should be read by every single intelligent person on the planet?” Below, you will find the book list offered up by the astrophysicist, director of the Hayden Planetarium, and popularizer of science. Where possible, we have included links to free versions of the books, all taken from our Free Audio Books and Free eBooks collections. Or you can always download a professionally-narrated book for free from Audible.com. Details here. If you’re looking for a more extensive list of essential works, don’t miss The Harvard Classics, a 51 volume series that you can now download online. 1.) 2.) 3.) 4.) 5.) 6.) 7.) 8.) Tyson concludes by saying: “If you read all of the above works you will glean profound insight into most of what has driven the history of the western world.” He has also added some more thoughts in the comments section below, saying: Thanks for this ongoing interest in my book suggestions. H/T goes to Galley Cat
Celts Diachronic distribution of Celtic peoples: core Hallstatt territory, by the 6th century BC maximal Celtic expansion, by 275 BC Lusitanian area of Iberia where Celtic presence is uncertain The Celts (/ˈkɛlts/, occasionally /ˈsɛlts/, see pronunciation of Celtic) or Kelts were an ethnolinguistic group of tribal societies in Iron Age and Medieval Europe who spoke Celtic languages and had a similar culture, although the relationship between the ethnic, linguistic and cultural elements remains uncertain and controversial. The earliest undisputed direct examples of a Celtic language are the Lepontic inscriptions, beginning in the 6th century BC. Continental Celtic languages are attested almost exclusively through inscriptions and place-names. Names and terminology Continental Celts are the Celtic-speaking people of mainland Europe and Insular Celts are the Celtic-speaking peoples of the British and Irish islands and their descendants. Origins Overview of the Hallstatt and La Tène cultures:
Top 10 Misinterpreted Song Meanings Music Inspiration for song lyrics can come from an infinite number of places, but sometimes the ambiguity of their meaning is the best part. Here are 10 well known songs that fans have misinterpreted over the years. Bob Dylan Mr. Misconception: A song about drugs As evidenced in the movie Dangerous Minds, this song has widely been speculated to be an ode to mind-altering drugs, with Mr. Bryan Adams Summer of 69 Misconception: Autobiographical band story In the summer of 1969, Bryan Adams was 10 years old. Queen Bohemian Rhapsody Misconception: Describes singer’s struggle with AIDS Queen’s classic was once rumored to reference Freddie Mercury’s battle with AIDS. Police Every Breath You Take Misconception: Sweet love song Arguably the Police’s most popular song, Every Breath You Take has been played during countless weddings and on request lines due to the widely held belief that it is a gentle love song. Dave Matthews Band Crash Into Me Misconception: Sexy love song Eagles Hotel California Tom Petty
IQ.ORG The State is a condition, a certain relationship between human beings, a mode of behavior; we destroy it by contracting other relationships, by behaving differently toward one another....We are the state, and we shall continue to be the state until we have created the institutions that form a real community and society of men. Gustav Landauer, Schwache Stattsmanner, Schwacheres Volk!, June, 1910 Wed 29 Aug 2007 : Iirrationality in argument The truth is not found on the page, but is a wayward sprite that bursts forth from the readers mind for reasons of its own. Often we suffer to read, "But if we believe X then we'll have to Yet just as we feel all hope is lost and we sink back into the miasma, back to the shadow world of ghosts and gods, a miracle arises; everywhere before the direction of self interest is known, people yearn to see where its compass points and then they hunger for truth with passion and beauty and insight. Sat 16 Jun 2007 : Nataliya (with apologies) link
10 Essential Books for Book Nerds What makes a book nerd? Reading a lot of books — and liking to talk about said books — is a major requirement, of course, but there’s often something a little more nebulous involved: book nerds are the kinds of people who get a little thrill when walking into a bookstore, who press volumes into their friends’ hands with serious promises of life changing moments, who are fascinated by following the many tangled threads through authors and literature, happily wandering wherever they might lead. Robin Sloan’s recently published Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore is a book for such people — if you can’t already tell from the title. If you count yourself among them (or are looking for a gift for the same), we’ve put together a list of books you might want to consider taking a look at. Click through to read through our list of essential books for book nerds — and since you’re probably not a true book nerd if you’re satisfying with ten, add your own picks to our list in the comments! Mr.
Free Online Student Organizer | Schoolbinder The Legend of Captain Jack: From Birdy to Sparrow In the late 16th century a young boy collecting scraps of wreckage from the docks wondered if he’d ever leave Faversham in the borough of Kent, the hottest place in the entire United Kingdom. It was a marshy place of little importance to anyone but the brigand. Its docks were a haven for smugglers and pirates and other such unsavory folk. That boy was John Ward, whose dreams would one day come true, though perhaps not in the way he had wanted; he would become Jack Birdy, the most fearsome pirate in the world, and towards the end of his life, Yusuf Reis, penitent Muslim, wealthy beyond any man’s dreams, spending the remainder of his life in his Tunisian palace. The legendary Captain Jack Birdy, once sung about by every balladeer in England, might have all but been forgotten, yet his memory remains as the spirit behind the fictional character Captain Jack Sparrow played by Johnny Depp in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” film franchise. “You see, mate. “Oh dear me. “No, you dinghy rat! “ ?