Why Indians don’t rob banks

December 31, 2014 at 12:30 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A very funny man — Gabriel Iglesias. The last line is the best

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

The key to keeping your New Year’s resolutions? An early night: Lack of sleep wipes out willpower, study finds: “Planning on giving up smoking, losing weight or spending less money in 2015? Then get more sleep. A study has shown that our failure to stick to New Year’s resolutions each year is simply down to tiredness. Researchers found that those who got less than seven hours of sleep each night were far more likely to have weak willpower. Professor Richard Wiseman, a psychologist at the University of Hertfordshire, claims that tiredness erodes self-control. There have been a number of studies that have looked at the role that sleep can have on people’s ability to focus and concentrate. A group at the University of North Carolina found that nurses who slept less than seven hours of sleep tended to be less professional the next day, intentionally working slowly and engaging in discussions about confidential information. Another study from Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech found that students who went to bed later through the course of a week tended to cheat more in a trivia quiz.”

British bureaucratic logic again: “A cycling lane in Bristol has been likened to an obstacle course as it weaves its way round several trees and lamp posts. Bristol City Council painted white lines on a section of pavement in Nelson Street to create a contra-flow cycle lane, allowing bike riders to pedal against the prevailing traffic in relative safety. The council moved the cycle lane from the roadway due to building works which narrowed the width of the carriageway forcing them to move the facility which allowed riders to pedal the opposite way to traffic. However, the strangely shaped cycle lane is not the oddest in Britain, where there is one of just six feet in length.”

Who says crime doesn’t pay? The luxury yachts, cars and homes worth more than £22m were seized from some of Britain’s biggest drug dealers, fraudsters and tax dodgers: “It reads like a shopping list of a super-rich international playboy, from yachts, classic cars and jewellery to luxury homes in Knightsbridge, Dubai and Spain. But the £22million catalogue of riches have been seized by prosecutors this year from some of Britain’s biggest drug dealers, fraudsters and tax cheats. Investigators working around the globe have vowed to pursue criminals even after they have been caught and convicted, insisting they will ensure ‘crime does not pay’. The Crown Prosecution Service has released details of the vehicles, houses and property taken from just seven criminals which it is claimed could be used to fuel more crime. They include high-end properties worth millions of pounds”

Women happiest at 38 and men at 40: Study of over-70s finds loving relationships are more important than money or material gain: “You’d think the carefree days of childhood would rank as most people’s happiest. But in fact men are happiest at 40 while women are most content at 38 when they are fit and healthy and have good friends. A survey revealed that the best moments in life are the birth of a first child, your wedding day and the birth of grandchildren. The findings, from a poll of 1,000 people aged 70 and over by the insurance firm Beagle Street, show that loving relationships are more important than money or material gain. The most common regrets were choosing the wrong career and not pursuing lifelong dreams. The research involved quizzing 1,000 ‘life experts’ aged 70 or older who have the benefit of life experience and hindsight. They were asked about their happiest moments and their biggest regrets in life. Other happiest moments to make the top ten included the day you retire, moving into a new home, seeing your child’s first steps and meeting the man or woman of your dreams.

Is this the end of the bulb? The ‘lightpaper’ that can turn ANYTHING into a light: “Researchers have revealed lightpaper, a way to print sheets of ‘paper’ infused with tiny LEDs. They say it can be applied to walls, and even printed onto other objects – turning anything into a light. Lightpaper is manufactured by mixing ink and tiny LEDs together and printing them out on a conductive layer. That object is then sandwiched between two other layers and sealed. The tiny diodes are about the size of a red blood cell, and randomly dispersed on the material. When current runs through the diodes, they light up. The breakthrough has been likened to the emergence of 3D printing, and the firm behind it admits even it isn’t sure how it will be used. The world’s thinnest light, it is printed and flexible, Rohini, the firm behind it says. ‘Today’s lighting methods require soldering LED to circuit boards – now you can just print light on what you want’. The firm has shown off wallpaper , car logos and even snowboards with display using the paper built in.”

And don’t forget to catch up with all the Strange Justice before you go.

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