YOUR STINKY McJOB ISN'T SO BAD AFTER ALL
For all you new grads out there, you might want to face the reality that not everyone is going to succeed in an admirable career filled with respect and dignity. Alas, some of you are going to end up being profiled in magazine articles with titles like "The Top 10 Worst Jobs in Science," as seen in Popular Science Magazine. Yes, you, too, can become a whale-feces researcher (a shitty job, literally), forensic entomologist (solving murders by studying the maggots which infest dead people), Olympic drug tester (watching grown men pee for a living), or an Elephant Vasectomist (no, really ...). But the No. 1 worst career choice is the Hazmat Diver, a truly foul job that entails swimming through the most toxic filth on the planet including sewer systems, nuclear reactors and oil spills ... and then cleaning it up. (Popular Science)
FOR SALE: ACRES OF PET ROCKS
Don't give up on your harebrained schemes to make some easy cash just yet. Take your inspiration from Dennis Hope, the man who started selling acres of moon land in 1967 and has raked in over $9 million so far. Despite the fact that nations are prohibited from owning land on the moon by the United Nations Outer Space Treaty, Hope insists that nothing in the treaty exempts individuals from owning the moon. "It was unowned land," he says. "For private property claims, 197 countries at one time or another had a basis by which private citizens could make claims on land and not make payment. There are no standardized rules." According to Hope, his empire includes 95 different planetary bodies and seven trillion acres of land with a total worth of about $100 trillion. Despite his vast imaginary wealth, Hope's claims aren't likely to be legally recognized. "The moon is a common property of the international community, so individuals and states cannot own it. That's very clear in the U.N. treaty," says Ram Jakhu, a director of the International Institute for Space Law. "Individuals' rights cannot prevail over the rights and obligations of a state. No one owns the moon. No one can own any property in outer space." Nevertheless, you can go buy your acre of moon land for $19.95 at www.planetaryInvestments.com. (Discover Magazine)
THAT SNOOZE BUTTON MIGHT SAVE YOUR LIFE
Running out of excuses for sleeping in every morning? Here's a good one: Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have discovered that sleep deprivation stresses your heart and raises the risk of cardiovascular disease and death caused by heart failure. (AFP)
OUR LIVES WOULD BE A LOT MORE FUN IF THEY WERE WRITTEN BY A TEAM OF COMEDIANS
Brace yourself for this shocker: College kids believe that fictional fathers in TV sitcoms are more loving and supportive than real dads. Believe it or not, the study carried out at Marymount Manhattan College in New York found that students rated TV dads better than real dads in every category, including such qualities as support, guidance and acceptance of other family members. The study also found that kids blame constant work demands for their fathers' inability to live up to the standards set by the idealized fantasies of sitcoms. (USA Today)
AMERICA'S GOT B.O.
For the fourth time in six years, Phoenix, Ariz., has come out as the winner of the coveted Top 100 Sweatiest Cities in America list. The annual ranking is based on the amount of sweat a person of average height and weight would produce walking around for an hour in the average high temperatures during June, July and August in each city. With an average daily high of 93.3 degrees Fahrenheit, the study calculated that the residents of Phoenix each produce about 26.3 ounces of sweat per hour, meaning that the entire city could fill 53,000 beer kegs with sweat in one hour. Delicious! (Reuters)
I-READ-IT-ON-THE-INTERNET-SO-IT-MUST-BE-TRUE FACT OF THE WEEK
Ten percent of all traffic accidents in Athens, Greece, are caused by motorists looking at scantily clad models on roadside billboards.
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