RememberingOctober 4, 2015 at 3:32 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
Odd news from around the world
Workers are more productive if they work SIX hours: “Swedish bosses have found that employees are happier and more productive when working a six-hour day. Research by two technology startups shows that energy levels drastically increased in the office when hours were reduced. Linus Feldt, CEO of Stockholm-based app developer Filimindus told Fast Company: ‘I think the eight-hour workday is not as effective as one would think. ‘To stay focused on a specific work task for eight hours is a huge challenge. ‘In order to cope, we mix in things and pauses to make the workday more endurable. At the same time we are finding it hard to manage our private life outside of work. Filimundus switched to a six-hour day last year and Mr Feldt says that change had provided employees with better stamina. He said: ‘My impression now is that it is easier to focus more intensely on the work that needs to be done and you have the stamina to do it and still have energy left when leaving the office.’ In the UK, the average workday is currently 8.7 hours.”
Is this the world’s most inaccurate exhibition ever? “It seems a curator at this ‘educational’ museum decided against fact-checking one of their exhibits. A New Zealand tourist has documented the bizarrely inaccurate ‘Window of the World’ museum in southeast China’s Shenzhen province, which details a fictional race of people with cultural traits from all over the world. The ‘Maorish’ people hail from Sydney, speak Hawaiian and don the traditional tattoos of Indigenous New Zealanders-according to the baffling exhibit. The exhibit features a sign depicting native New Zealanders-Maoris- and native Hawaiians-Kanaka Maoli-against the backdrop of the Sydney Opera House. Another sign reads ‘Maorish Dwelling House,’ and an image shows a crowd watching what appears to be a performance inside a hut with the word ‘Aloha’ emblazoned on the wall. ‘“Aloha, bro” is a common greeting of the Maorish people,’ the user who posted the images added. Commenters have voiced their shock at how the museum could have misconstrued so much information.”
The mystery of ‘crow funerals’ solved: “Crows mourn their dead to try and learn about potential dangers to their own lives, researchers have found. They found the birds can even remember an animal or person seen with a dead crow. The birds were also able to easily distinguish between people of hawks carry dead crows and other birds. ‘The funeral behaviour of crows is so widely observed, and people often asked about it – but we haven’t known what was happening,’ Kaeli Swift at the University of Washington, who led the research, told Dailymail.com. ‘The discovering bird (usually the territory holder) would scold and typically attract 5-11 additional birds. ‘The mob would stick around for 10-20 minutes, scolding loudly and gradually growing more silent and dispersing before all but the territory holders were left.’
The shocking moment a spearfisher looks underwater just in time to see a SHARK coming at him: “An Australian man has filmed the shocking moment he shot and killed a bronze whaler shark that got too close to him while spearfishing off the coast of Queensland. Dangling in clear blue waters, the footage shows two men with spearfishing gear carefully watch a school of three or more of the sharks swim back and forth ten metres beneath them. In the space of a few moments, the spearfisher peers underwater with his goggles just in time to see a huge shark heading straight for him. He instinctively shoots it above the snout and between its pectoral and dorsal fin with his speargun. The bronze whaler immediately reacts to the shot, writhing in the water briefly before becoming deadly still. The man watches on as the immobile shark lurches downwards and continues to sink into the depths of the ocean, as its glowing white belly slowly disappears.
Impatient Israeli man crushed by faulty elevator: “An Israeli man trying to escape a stalled Brooklyn elevator suffered a gruesome death early Friday after the lift suddenly dropped and pinned his head between its roof and the floor. Investigators believe the elevator inside The Espoir building in Williamsburg was overloaded with about 14 people when Eran Modan, 37, made his doomed bid to escape about 4:15 a.m., sources told the Daily News. A security video that captured the stomach-churning mishap shows the elevator lurch down onto Modan just as he was trying to climb out into the lobby, sources said. “His head was out and his body was in,” said the victim’s friend and roommate Mona Zarrin Ramsdell, tears streaming down her cheeks.”
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