Well, That’s Fast

Amuse yourself at the gym today by seeing how many times in a row you can run 100 meters in 17 seconds. It’s pretty easy to begin with! If you can do it 422 times in a row—without breaks—then congratulations, you can run a marathon as fast as Eliud Kipchoge did this morning. — Kieran […]

Who We Punish

Missed this good tidbit from a FiveThirtyEight article I put up earlier: There are many different personal factors that affect how people evaluate the evidence for or against a political scandal and what they think should be done about it. Gender — both the politician’s and the voters’ — is one example, said Nick Vivyan, […]

Yard Signs and Tan Suits

Per FiveThirtyEight: One man’s vandalism is another’s political dissent. Back in 2012, researchers from Kent State University presented survey respondents a hypothetical news story: A partisan political group has been caught swiping yard signs and defacing campaign ads. Then they asked the respondents to rate both the seriousness of crime (which, technically, it is) and […]

394 Year Old Bonsai Tree

This bonsai tree, currently housed in the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington, D.C, was planted in 1625, it’s 394 years old and survived the bombing of Hiroshima, still growing today https://t.co/stvHtY4J3w pic.twitter.com/9PJHbInyuc — Massimo (@Rainmaker1973) September 30, 2019

Seagulls

Per Reddit: Seagulls are sensitive to human gaze and change behaviour when being watched, suggesting that they have theory of mind, the capacity to infer the mental states of others, or associate being watched with being chased away. Truly difficult to find the right words here. I remember a seagull stole food from me when […]