February 2009 Archives

Remembering the Presidents with a Mnemonic

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Verse I
Memorizing presidents is gonna take some effort
We'll start with George Washington, Adams, and Thomas Jefferson
Then James Madison and James Monroe
Then John Quincy Adams like his father before

Next up we've got some interesting folks
Named Jackson, Van Buren, Harrison, Tyler, and Polk
The next four presidents that we'll examine
Are Taylor, Fillmore, Pierce, and Buchanan

Get the rest of the lyrics at: http://www.educationalrap.com/130/44-presidents.html


Researchers Try to Cure Racism

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Wired Science reports, " The results are still preliminary, have yet to be replicated, and the real-world effects of reducing bias in a controlled laboratory setting are not clear. But for all those caveats, the findings add to a growing body of research suggesting that science can battle racism.

"Any time you can get people to treat people as individuals, you reduce the effect of stereotypes," said Brown University cognitive scientist Michael Tarr. "It won't solve racism, but it could have profound real-world effects."

Misheard Lyrics - Pearl Jam

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I never really listen to the lyrics in songs. To me they are just another instrument of sorts. It is a good thing that I never tried to listen to these lyrics.

The person posting the video here states, "The quintessential misheard lyrics song! A true 90's classic, this may be one of those rare songs that NOBODY has ever really heard the true lyrics!!! It may even be a mystery to the band! "

There is ambiguity in what we hear, when we see the pictures and words, which are in a different modality, we resolve the auditory ambiguity with the visual information. This video is hysterical! 

Freudian Slip - About Peanuts.

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HuffingtonPost reports, "In an honest but funny (and by funny I mean hilarious to my 12-year-old self) mistake, CNN's Zain Verjee got tongue tied when talking about airline peanuts and used the term "airline penis" instead."

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Punishment in Action

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During a German television song contest (akin to "American Idol") a sequin-clad male host was standing next to his female counterpart ready to announce the latest contestant scores and said, "The two most beautiful points, from my beautiful Czech colleague Susanne, remain here..."

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Huffington reports, "The doors to the woman's flight had already closed, so Cathay Pacific wouldn't let her board. As a result she threw a three-minute tantrum screaming, "I want to go, I want to go" in Cantonese. Her original flight was bound for San Francisco, the airline said it put her on a later flight to Los Angeles."

It turns out she was trying to see her sister who was serously ill.

Smarty Pants Dance

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My sister sent this - Can you Identify the ABC's of Behavior Modification?

Another Good Psychology Blog

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I liked this image from the site...

The link here goes to part of PsyBlog that has a guide to psychology blogs - read the rest of the site as it is very interesting and has great content.


Mind Hacks

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Neuroscience and psychology tricks to find out what's going on inside your brain. They have a great blog to keep you informed.


Building The Impossible

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M. C. Escher's "Relativity" appears here as a 3-D representation made with Lego blocks (no trick photography... it's all real), by Andrew Lipson and Daniel Shiu. You can also learn about their fascinating construction details.

Grand-Illusions Toy Store

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Welcome to Grand Illusions...

...the site for the enquiring mind. There are new and amazing toys in the Toy Collection, all with video clips to show them in action, and a unique collection of toys you can buy in the Toy Shop.



Chart of Charts

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