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June 30, 2014 at 4:04 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Exclamation Marks have taken over on the internet: “A few weeks ago, I was trying to figure out a happy hour destination with a good friend who was in town for a short time. Every suggestion I sent was met with, “Sure” or “Okay,” unaccompanied by any punctuation. After a few rounds of this, I got pretty annoyed. Why does she seem so unenthusiastic? Does she even want to meet up with me? After a minute, I realized why the interaction bothered me: My friend didn’t use a single exclamation point(!). The exclamation mark, once reserved for expressing joy or excitement, now simply marks baseline politeness and when we see a text or email that lacks it, we instinctively wonder what’s up. This is partly explained, research suggests, by the fact that it’s a lot harder to get across tone in written conversation — particularly when it’s abbreviated — as compared to vocalized interaction.”

A real hog heaven in the Bahamas: “The swine like nothing more than a trot along the beach then a swim in the tropical surf. Pig Island, or Big Major Cay as it is officially known, is blessed with a natural water spring and is sheltered by a string of neighbouring islands that protects it from waves caused by tropical storms. The pigs are thought to have been introduced to the island by passing sailors who may have thought they would make a good food source. The pigs will run into the water and actually swim out to the oncoming boats to get food from the occupants. ‘It is strange enough to see pigs laying around on tropical beaches of white sand but to see them then charge into the water to greet oncoming boats is just bizarre.’ The pigs are so successful in their enterprise that they are now living the dream by raising their family of eight on a tropical island in the Caribbean with nothing to do but eat, sleep and swim.

Why Does Everyone Look Hotter in Sunglasses?: “Because they really do make your misshapen face look better. Put on a pair of sunglasses, and voilà – instant symmetry! The dark lenses cover up any asymmetrical oddities around your eyes, and research on facial attractiveness shows a clear link between symmetry and our perception of beauty. As an added bonus, Brown pointed out, sunglasses provide a kind of scaffolding effect, imposing the appearance of an external, extra-chiseled bone structure on top of your relatively softer-featured face. Mystery: Many of the snap judgments we form about people come from looking them in the eyes; shade yours, and you’re instantly a more intriguing presence. “The eyes are such a tremendous source of information — and vulnerability — for the human being,” Brown explained. Eye contact helps us form judgments about someone’s intelligence, confidence, and sincerity, and sunglasses keep us literally in the dark about forming those perceptions about a person.”

Facebook experiment finds that friends emotions affect ours even from a distance: “Facebook conducted an experiment among nearly 700,000 users to gauge how posts on the site affect people’s moods. The social media giant manipulated news feeds of just over 689,000 users to highlight either positive or negative items and then monitored responses over the course of a random week. It found that negative posts elicited a swell of positive responses, but also that a reduction in positive news led to more negative posts, according to the results of a study published this week in PNAS Journal. ‘This tested whether exposure to emotions led people to change their own posting behaviors, in particular whether exposure to emotional content led people to post content that was consistent with the exposure,’ the study said. Researchers found that negative posts are met with encouragement, but a reduction in happy posts was met with a surprising amount of negativity.”

Hidden amid the foliage and scrap metal, abandoned fleet of WWII fighter planes lie rotting in the backwoods of Ohio: “With their livery almost obscured by rust and moss these abandoned metal skeletons are all that remains from a fleet of World War Two fighter planes. The aircraft lie rotting at an abandoned graveyard in Ohio, America, amongst overgrown foliage and scrap metal. They were lovingly collected by scrapyard worker Walter Soplata in his back garden in Newbury, Ohio, from the late 1940s, after he launched a one-man mission to save them from being dismantled and discarded. He began to buy up the former war planes in a bid to give them a more fitting final resting place. After Mr Soplata’s death in 2010 the aviation graveyard was kept a secret by relatives fearing scrappers. Around 50 engines and 30 aircraft currently lie in the cemetery of wreckage – concealed by foliage and shrubbery”

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