OOOOOMMMMMM MY GOD WE'RE GETTING BOMBED!
Great news! The endless wars in the Middle East will soon be over thanks to yogic flyers who are planning to build a "shield of invincibility" around Israel. A retired colonel from the Israeli army is spearheading this latest plan, which hopes to bring enough yogic fliers to the Middle East in order to bring peace to the region once and for all. This scheme is based upon the mathematics of Transcendental Meditation, which claims that if a number of people equal to the square root of 1 percent of a country's population can all meditate together, they will affect the collective consciousness of the area enough to end all war. Based on that logic, the Israeli contingent of yogic fliers needs about 265 people to build what they call a "shield of invincibility" around their country. So far, 20 are on board ... Good luck! (Yahoo News)
STILL THINK YOUR JOB SUCKS?
India's Medical Council will be investigating three doctors who were caught on film offering to amputate the healthy limbs of beggars in order to "help" them get more donations from passersby. The bizarre scenes were secretly filmed by the CNN-IBN news channel as part of their attempt to expose an India-wide network of what they call "beggar mafia dons" who force beggars to hand over the money they earn on their turf. According to this report the mafia routinely maims beggars in order to maximize revenue. On one of the filmed scenes a doctor asks for 10,000 rupees (approximately $215) to amputate a lower leg from an otherwise healthy beggar. He then suggests chopping three fingers from the man's hand because, he advises him, "if there are two beggars in front of you and one of them is lame, you will give the money to the lame beggar." (Reuters)
THE REAL REASON SCIENCE GEEKS ARE SO SMART
Experiments at the University of Vienna have discovered that sharing a bed reduces brain power in men. Women don't seem to have the same problem, but men who were tested in mental agility tests scored far poorer after sharing their bed with a partner than when they slept alone. The effect was noticeable regardless of whether or not the men had sex during the night. (The Daily Mail)
IT'S OFFICIAL: OLD MARRIED PEOPLE ARE BORING
The previous story reminded me of research carried out a few years ago by a psychologist in New Zealand who studied the lives of 280 great scientists and found that over two-thirds of them made their greatest contributions to science before the age of 30. After more number-crunching he discovered that great scientists who got married saw an immediate and substantial decline in their creativity. "Scientists rather quickly desist (from their careers) after their marriage, while unmarried scientists continue to make great scientific contributions later in their lives," said Dr. Satoshi Kanazawa. His research found similar effects on the creative output of married musicians, painters and writers. Most interestingly, the mind-numbing effects of marriage also hinders criminals, who tend to stop committing crimes after tying the knot, whereas criminals of a similar age who remain single continue in their lives of crime. The doctor theorizes that there is a "single psychological mechanism" that is responsible for both the competitive edge among young men to fight for glory and to gain the attention of women. (ABC News)
YOUR DISEASE IS HIDING UNDER ALL YOUR FAT
As if you don't have enough medical concerns if you are overweight, a new report in Radiology Journal has found that increasing numbers of Americans are too fat to fit into X-ray machines and are not receiving a proper diagnosis of their conditions. Not only are many Americans too large to fit into medical scanning devices, but the ultrasound waves are unable to penetrate through large amounts of fatty tissues and so are unable to create an accurate image. According to this report, the number of overweight patients who were unable to fit into X-ray machines has doubled in the past 15 years. (BBC)
THE FUTURE IS PHAT
Speaking of fat, among the many predictions tossed around at last year's convention of the World Future Society was the news from Thomas T. Samaras, a science and medical researcher from San Diego, who claimed that based on current trends, 100 percent of Americans will be obese within the next 100 years. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
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