February 9, 2005 

MADNESS OR GENIUS?

After a couple of years out of the spotlight, the man who built a suit of armor which could withstand an attack from a grizzly bear is back with his latest wild invention. Troy Hurtubise, who became infamous after the movie Project Grizzly documented his seven-year quest to build a grizzly-proof suit (check it out at www.nfb.ca/grizzly), has now created a beam of light which can see through walls. Dubbed "The Angel Light," Hurtubise says the concept came to him in a series of recurring dreams in which the mechanics of the device were shown to him. "I had the same dream about that three times and by the third time I had it in my head and I started to build it," he says. After spending $30,000 of his own money, plus $40,000 which he claims to have received from unidentified scientists at MIT, the Angel Light can now see through walls as clearly as looking through a window. Of course, it would be nice if someone from the scientific community would test the thing. According to Gary Dryfoos of MIT, there's a Nobel Prize waiting for Hurtubise if his machine actually works. (baytoday.ca)

TODAY IS JUST MILDLY DEPRESSING, WITH A SLIGHT CHANCE OF ANGST

Congratulations! The fact that you're reading this means you've survived the most depressing day of the year. This according to psychologist Dr. Cliff Arnalls from Cardiff University, who devised a highly scientific formula in order to discover that Monday, January 24, was the most depressing day of the year. The equation, [W+(D-d)]xTQ MxNA, analyzes factors including the crappy weather (W), leftover debt from holiday shopping (D), and the amount of time which has passed since you failed to quit a bad habit (Q). (Yahoo News UK)

I'LL DRINK TO THAT!

More good news from the "It's my life so I'll do what I want" files: A study of over 4,000 women, carried out by researchers at Wake Forest University in North Carolina, has found that having one or more alcoholic drinks a day helps prevent the cognitive decline related to aging. "In our study, older women who drank moderate amounts of alcohol tended to perform better on tests for cognitive function and dementia," said Mark Espeland, who headed the study. The research concluded that having one or more drinks per day could give you a 40 percent lower risk of significant mental decline over the years. (Betterhumans.com)

EXPERTS AGREE: WE'RE EITHER RIGHT OR WRONG

Check out bigbrainboy.com, where someone managed to grab a photo of their television set while CNN showed a picture of Osama bin Laden with the enlightening caption "Experts agree: Al Quada leader is dead or alive." No shit, Sherlock! I guess CNN is trying to cover all the angles in order to escape the possibility of their "experts" being wrong. As whoever posted this gem said, "This does rule out the terrifying possibility of an unkillable zombie Bin Laden though." Whew ...

HAVE A RUFF FLIGHT

As the standard of living for North American pets keeps outpacing that of most of the world's children, here's just one more perk of being a rich dog rather than a poor human. Midwest Airlines announced last week that they will begin rewarding travelling pets with frequent flyer miles. The "Premier Pet Program" will reward your pet with a free roundtrip flight after flying with their owners three times, which is a far better deal than frequent flyer rewards for people. "We decided that it was high time to throw a bone to our frequent customers--and their best friends," chortled the CEO of Midwest.

A HEALTHY HABIT I CAN EASILY CONTINUE

More good news for us slackers: last week we learned that laziness might help us live longer, and this week the BBC reported that not bothering to make the bed in the morning might be healthy for us. Research done at Kingston University in England found that dust mites are less likely to live through the day in the warm, dry conditions of an unmade made, but thrive in the cool moistness underneath the sheets and blankets of a properly made bed. Less mites in your bed reduces the chance of developing or aggravating asthma and other respiratory illnesses. The doctor who led this research claimed that "something as simple as leaving a bed unmade during the day can remove moisture from the sheets and mattress so the mites will dehydrate and eventually die." (BBC)

Get waaaay more bizarre news at www.curioustimes.com.

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