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January 29, 2007


Why Do Racists Have Low IQs?

January 25, 2007

Studies going back over 50 years have repeatedly arrived at the same conclusion — racists have lower IQs than non-racists. Interesting list of works cited.

“Studies going back over 50 years have repeatedly arrived at the same conclusion — racists have lower IQs than non-racists. The average intelligence quotient (IQ) of all members of the human race is 100 on the Stanford-Binet scale, as illustrated in the bell curves in the figure below. The average IQ of racists is up to 4 IQ points less than this (Montagu 1952 & 1988, Allport 1946, Frenkel-Brunswick and Sanford 1945). The reasons this is true are not entirely clear. Does racism attract the unintelligent or do the unintelligent default into racist mentalities? An exploration of this phenomenon can be most informative.”

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My Boom Boom Is Unavailable

January 25, 2007

Get your own damn BBQ

January 22, 2007

The crazy world of viral videos?

January 22, 2007

By now you’ve heard of the trick of putting Mentos into a 2 litre of Diet Coke? You’ve most likely seen the video below of 2 guys and their Venitian-esqe water show (you should have, it’s been viwed over 10 million times).

The cool thing about this video, is that it has boosted the sales of Mento’s by 15%. The Mento’s people couldn’t be happier and have in fact hired these guys to do more videos, and placed them on their website. They see the benefit of viral videos and are using it to their advantage. On the flip side, Coke put out some boring corprate speak press release that said something to the effect of “We encourage people to use our products responsibly and in the intended manner.”… blah blah blah – you get the point.

Although coke dosen’t necessarily need this video to boost it’s brand awareness, and some might even argue that it could hurt it, the fact is that viral videos are now having huge impacts on marketing and advertising campaigns.

Just last week there was another you tube video that had become viral.

I gotta admit that I was fooled on this. Even though I thought it was a bit fishy (mostly because I couldn’t believe there are people this materialistic), I chalked it up as genuine and just a poor reflection on our youth.

Then I find out this weekend that it’s part of a new promotion for Domino’s “$9.99 Anything Goes” promotion. They are offering any topping pizzas for $9.99 and giving away cars and other stuff through a partnership with ebay.

The luck person was able to “Buy It Now” for $9.99


What American accent do you have?

January 19, 2007

To most Americans, an accent is something that only other people have, those other people usually being in New York, Boston, and the South. And of those other people, half of the ones you meet will swear they “don’t have an accent.”

Well, strictly speaking, the only way to not have an accent is to not speak. If you’re from anywhere in the USA you have an accent (which may or may not be the accent of the place you’re from). Take this short quiz and you’ll find out just which accent that is.


The Dog Who Loved to Suck on Toads

January 19, 2007

A dog may be man’s best friend. But one dog, Lady, decided she needed more friends — and she found plenty in the knot of toads living at the local pond. A suburban family’s secret struggle with an uncommon addiction comes to light in this personal essay by NPR’s Laura Mirsch.

Lady “was really perky, and happy, and generally excited to see you when you came in the door every day,” recalls Andrew Mirsch.

But that was before the Mirsch family moved into a new house.

“We noticed Lady spending an awful lot of time down by the pond in our backyard,” Laura Mirsch recalls.

Lady would wander the area, disoriented and withdrawn, soporific and glassy-eyed.

“Then, late one night after I’d put the dogs out, Lady wouldn’t come in,” Laura Mirsch says. “She finally staggered over to me from the cattails. She looked up at me, leaned her head over and opened her mouth like she was going to throw up, and out plopped this disgusting toad.”

It turned out the toads were toxic — and, if licked, the fluids on their skin provided a hallucinogenic effect.

What followed was the Mirsch family’s quest to stop their cocker spaniel from indulging herself. But it wasn’t easy. Lady was persistent, and resourceful.

The situation seemed to resolve itself when the toads went into hibernation for the winter.

But when they returned, so did Lady — and with a vengeance.

“We couldn’t keep our dog’s addiction a secret any longer,” Laura Mirsch says. “The neighbors all knew that Lady was a drug addict, and soon the other dogs weren’t allowed to play with her.”

In the end, Lady seems to have found a way to manage her problem.

“She seems to have outgrown the wild toad-obsessed years of her youth,” Mirsch says, “and now only sucks on weekends.”

Click here to hear the whole thing.