Five quick tips that can help you determine if that science article is actually nonsense. Common sense, but most people are clueless.
The abandoned mansion that inspired the phrase 'Keeping Up With the Joneses'. Awesome.
10 incredibly interesting maps that prove our planet still has plenty of uninhabited places. Of course, the conditions may not be such that people could flourish there, but an interesting map nonetheless.
Creepy abandoned Connecticut opera house. It has a jail and offices in the darkness under the stage - how dreary and abysmal. And remnants of crime scenes still on the floor - creepy! I wonder how the inmates felt about hearing the music above their heads all the time. It would drive me nuts.
Answer these non-political questions and they will guess your brain's political ideology. Interesting. My results: 54% republican, 46% liberal, which is surprising, because I am definitely more liberal.
If you want your children to survive the future, send them to art school. An article that makes some excellent points. Technology will make many jobs obsolete at some point.
The definitive political orientation test. My result: Left Collective. "You're on the left and collective quadrant of the political compass! You value the role of big government in providing all citizens with essential services and you believe that government's job is to guarantee equality. You favor higher taxes on the rich and believe in more publicly funded programs for the disadvantaged. You're sceptical of the free market and you think that too much individualism is dangerous. You hold many communitarian values and you support limiting certain individual freedoms for the good of society. You're compassionate, idealistic and deeply dedicated to your community! You're a proud bleeding heart!" This is pretty accurate for the most part.
What is your brain good at? My result: Creative Thinking. "You can easily visualize objects in three dimensions. You tend to think best when you are moving and you are likely to be particularly skilled at working with your hands. You may enjoy building models and making maps."
Say these 8 things to your child everyday and it will change their life. Good advice; it certainly would have made a difference to me when I was young.
Quiz: What are your five dominant character traits based on your visual preferences? My result: strong character, reasonable, sociable and extraordinary! (Wait - that's only 4.) Due to your strong character, you are a role model for many. You stay true to your principles and have the guts to stand by it. It's in your nature to stand up for the weaker ones, cause justice is one of your main concerns. You can't take conflicts very good. If two people are fighting, you are usually the impartial third party trying to meditate between the two and restore the harmony for the greater good.
Take a very interesting picture storytelling psychological perception test that has been used to determine personality characteristics since the 1930s. My result: Realist. "Based on what you saw in these images, you are the realistic type. Some would say you are pessimistic because you can identify the cause of many unpleasant situations, correctly evaluate the current state of events and predict how they would turn out, based on your practical, logical and solution-oriented thinking. Basically, you see things just as they are and this doesn't make you a pessimist. You can successfully accept that sometimes things don’t go as we want them to in life and you can easily adapt to that. You’re smart and introspective: you tend to think of more than others do and can appreciate some alone time. You are independent and persistent, you fight for what you believe in, making you an inspiration to others."
How OCD are you? I wasn't surprised to find out I am 90 - 100% OCD! Fortunately, my s.o. is the same way. I hate it when things don't match, are out of place, or are in disarray. If my environment is neat and organized, it helps my mind be the same way. I make my bed as soon as I get out of it. Speaking of which, see why this Navy Seal thinks making your bed is one of the most important things you can do each day. He makes some excellent points.
The entire history of the world in one chart. Amazing. Click here for the article, and click here to save the chart.
An excellent article appeared in the Washington Post about the dangers of focusing on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) as opposed to a broader liberal arts education. Being a philosophy major, I agree that focusing too much on specific technical disciplines rather than a more well-rounded education does not put future generations at advantage in the world; students should be taught how to think creatively and critically and not be limited to learning specific technical skills.
How should you channel your pain? Me: Make something beautiful (art). Funny thing is, I only paint when I am happy. I have tried to paint angry and didn't like the results. Depressed doesn't work either. I think art therapy is great for a lot of people, but that's not the case for me.
Research shows that intelligent people stay up late, do more drugs, and have more sex. You don't say? Good to know my debauchery has a positive side.
These 7 things are supposed to happen to you when you die. Some are consistent with my near death experience.
New study links social anxiety to being an empath. This is interesting, because I have been complaining lately about feeling other people's emotions. Something happened to me in 2013 that caused me to experience this occurence, and that is when I started having social anxiety and needed to omit some stimuli from my life (for example, I watch little t. v.).
100 questions that will transform your life. A lot to think about.
NASA's Kepler discovers first Earth-size planet in the 'Habitable Zone' of another star.
Danish writer Mikael Wulff and cartoon artist Anders Morgenthaler – the creative duo known as Wumo – have created a brilliant series of graphs that illustrate some of the basic painful truths of everyday life in the Western world. Their graphs and diagrams are snarky and sarcastic but, for the most part, true. This, coupled with their simple and official-looking design, makes them hilarious.
How much common sense do you have? My result: 90th percentile.
Which old Chinese proverb describes your life? My result: "Love is not about possession, it is about appreciation." "You are one of the few people who actually has a good perspective on love. In the past, you were in some not-so-great relationships with people who saw you as an object. You had to mostly agree with what they said, and you didn't feel like most of your wishes were addressed. It was tough to break out of this cycle, but ultimately you've managed, and now you know that a lover shouldn't treat you like an object, but as a whole person. You should be appreciated for the amazing person that you are."
This is really cool - look up any day to see what the world was like on that day (what day of the week it was, what song was #1, what was in the news, what movies were popular, etc.). I found out that I was born on a Tuesday, among other things.
These facts will destroy your perception of time. Interesting.
Stroke has a new indicator. Take a minute (that's all it takes) to read this - it could save a life.
There are 338 drive-in theaters left in the U.S. Click here to find out where they are.
How ruthless are you? Me: quasi-ruthless. "You are pretty ruthless - but only when it's absolutely necessary. The fact that you had to think twice about some of those questions, and not answer yes or no means that you have some dark and twisted things going on in that head of yours. The good news is you are focused on success, self-improvement and getting ahead in life, just try not to act out on those violent, revenge seeking impulses of yours."
What kind of grammar nerd are you? Me: the Pedant's Grammarian. "You may drive your friends and family nuts, but you would make Strunk and White proud. You love enforcing rules just about as much as you love the rules themselves. For you, grammar truly is one of life's greatest joys."
Find out the #1 song on the day you were born. "Honky Tonk Woman" by the Rolling Stones was the #1 song on the day I was born.
The 20 coolest towns in the U.S. I was happy to see, but not surprised, that Asheville, NC made the list. We loved living there.
Which Keirsey Personality Type are you? Professor David Keirsey divided all of humanity into four key temperamental groups: Guardian, Idealist, Artisan, and Rational. His personality groups represent key human archetypes found throughout history and his test is the most widely used assessment test in the world. My result: Idealist. "You're an Idealist! Idealists are abstract and compassionate day dreamers, activists, writers, diplomats, counsellors and healers. You're the magician or medicine man of all the personality types. You're a deeply emotional and abstract thinker with cooperative and communitarian goals. You long for deep, meaningful relationships and you constantly contemplate how you can help the common good. You're guided by strong personal ethics, and you often have an ideology, cause, or way of viewing the world that you take very seriously. You're easy going until someone challenges your values, at which point you can be the fiercest of opponents. At heart, you're a natural healer with a great depth of empathy for those around you. As an Idealist, you're in impressive company! Martin Luther King Jr., Gandhi, Eleanor Roosevelt, Princess Diana, and Oprah are all famous examples of Idealists!"
18 things highly creative people do differently. I was pleased to discover I do most of them.
How good are your emotional instincts? This one is really interesting - you have to choose people by looking at their faces based on your instincts. My result: "You have the absolute best emotional instincts! You are very mature and smart, and you know how to interpret your feelings into actions, and trust your inner voice. You have the unique and special skill that lets you know when you can trust certain people and when you need to stay away from those who won't do you any good. So far this skill has gotten you very far in life, and we're sure that the best is yet to come for you! So keep on trusting your instincts and the world will keep smiling at you!"
Is your brain more female or male? My result: 25% female; 75% male. "Although your mind is dominantly male, your mind's female side is the one that keeps you going! Life hasn't always been good to you, you are no stranger to failures and struggles, but throughout all that heartache, you still remain optimistic, positive, and hopeful that you will make your dreams come true in the end. We have faith and a little scientific knowledge that proves you will succeed!"
Which major psychological trait dominates you? My result: Openness. "OPENNESS signifies that you appreciate art, emotion, and adventure. You are inquisitive and unbiased, and your unusual ideas continuously nourish your intellectual curiosity. Your creative, imaginative, independent spirit indicates a clear preference for novelty and a variety of activities. You’re quick to understand things, full of ideas, and take your time to reflect on things. Your score marks a tendency to be aware of your feelings, and shows that you are most likely to hold unconventional beliefs."
What do the pictures you choose say about you? My result: artistic adventurer. "You are very artistic and you crave adventure. You strive to be a good natured person. You like to put others before yourself, but you have to remember it's always good to treat yourself also. You love nature and animals, and to be outside all the time. You have a fierce side as well, but only to the people that deserve it. You have trust issues, because you have been hurt so many times. You have a great sense of humor and there should be so many more people out there that are like you. You are one of a kind."
6 foods you're reheating all wrong. French fries, pizza, and steak are three.
What happens when you reply to Tinder guys with nothing but Ayn Rand quotes? Funny.
What song will be played at your funeral? Take this quiz to find out. My result: "Always Look On The Bright Side of Life" by Monty Python. "Some of the lyrics from 'Always Look on the Bright Side of Life' that will be about your life: 'When you're chewing on life's gristle / Don't grumble, give a whistle / And this'll help things turn out for the best / And... always look on the bright side of life'. Loved ones at your funeral will hear this song and remember your fun sense of humor and how you didn't take yourself too seriously. You will be remembered for your easy laugh and funny stories about you will be told."
I took an "Are you a psychopath?" quiz and it said I "COULD be" one. Between that and the "Sadistic Personality" result I am a little concerned!
An ink blot test (Rorschach Test) gauges a persons personality characteristics, emotional functioning, and can even detect underlying thought disorders. Take the ink blot test to find out who you are! My result: sadistic personality disorder. "You may have Sadistic personality disorder! Sadism involves gaining pleasure from seeing others undergo discomfort or pain. The opponent-process theory explains the way in which individuals not only display, but also take enjoyment in committing sadistic acts. Individuals possessing sadistic personalities display recurrent aggression and cruel behavior. Sadism can also include the use of emotional cruelty, purposefully manipulating others through the use of fear, and a preoccupation with violence. Comorbidity with other personality disorders. Sadistic Personality Disorder is often found to occur in unison with other personality disorders. In fact, studies have found that sadistic personality disorder is the personality disorder with the highest level of comorbidity to other types of psychopathologic disorders. However, sadism has also been found in patients who do not display other forms of psychopathic disorders. Studies have found other types of illnesses, such as alcoholism, to have a high rate of comorbidity with sadistic personality disorder. If you feel you have this disorder, you should go get some professional help. It always helps to discuss your problems, no matter how big or small they are, to someone who can be objective and give you an honest and intelligent advice. Stay strong and remember to never act on any impulse that you haven't given long thought about if you feel it's a dangerous one." Wow. O.k., so these tests are more for fun than to be taken seriously.
What are you most inclined to be addicted to? Take this quiz to find out. My result: gambling. "You're a risk taker, a thrill seeker, and true gambler at heart. You're an adventurous personality! There's nothing you won't try and you pride yourself on the risks you take. You have a wanderlust that few can understand and you're always looking for something to challenge yourself. Your losses are big, but your wins are even bigger. Your flight to Vegas is waiting!" Ha. Gambling is about the only thing I am NOT addicted to. I always calculate the odds and determine it's a waste of money. I do like roulette, though. That's what I played in Vegas. I always quit when I am ahead.
9 chivalrous habits of a true gentleman that make women melt. Really good advice for you men out there.
The secret life of passwords. Interesting discussion about how passwords played a role on September 11th when businesses and people were destroyed. Even then life had to go on.
What color is your aura? Take this quiz to find out. My result: Purple. "Having a purple aura means that you are sensitive and wise. You have great artistic and mental abilities, as well as being in harmony and comfort with yourself. Purple is one of the most spiritual auras, so you have a great awareness of yourself and perhaps of things all around you. Congratulations! You are an amazing individual."
A man with Asperger's builds - for his cats - 100 yards of overhead catwalks in his house and carved through the walls to create passageways for them. Awesome! He has an important message: that his Asperger's doesn't have to be a liability - it can be an asset.
Interesting perspective on standardized tests - the SAT, specifically. I have always thought that SAT scores were not a reliable way to assess a student's performance in college. The article also mentions some interesting facts about the "Big Three" colleges (Yale, Harvard, and Princeton).
What color is your soul? Take this quiz to find out. My result: Silver. "Silver souls are rare but they're also a level above everyone else. As a silver soul, you're wickedly smart, but you have a little bit of shyness that comes with the gift of intellect. You see the world in a sane and honest way so it's hard to be so sure of everything. Your brain excels at understanding problems that are fascinating and intriguing. Your mind is immersed in solving interesting challenges and exploring uncharted lands. You have an extremely high chance of affecting humanity in some enormous way!"
What word in the dictionary best describes you? Take this quiz to find out. My result: Fascinating. "Your genuine humility totally makes you stand out in a crowded room. Everyone looks up to you and you're extremely smart, but you're still approachable due to your warm demeanor. Your elegance, class, and down to Earth attitude is truly humbling to anyone who experiences it."
What would the new year be without a silly quiz? What famous poem was written about you? Take this quiz to find out. My result: "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost. "It brings you pleasure to find adventure wherever you can. You love to explore, the mysteries of life, land, and sea. The legends of old and promise of knowledge keep you traveling on and on.
'I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.'"
What is your inner nationality? Take this quiz to find out. I am French: "To say you understand people and care for others charitably would be an understatement. You are the kind of gem that people spend years trying to find. A deeply compassionate soul, you love and help others altruistically. You have a genuine affection that is easily recognizable and highly commendable. Honestly, we'd all want nothing more than to have more of you in this world!"
13 gifts to keep loved ones safe this year. A few are lame, but there are some really good ones. I especially like the "Killer Ring" and "Wild Kat Self Defense Keychain". The portable car battery charger is great too.
10 choices you will regret in 10 years. Good list.
30 fascinating historic photos you probably had no idea existed. I've seen the Billy the Kid photo before, but the rest I hadn't. Highlights: the glasses John Lennon was wearing when he was shot; priest praying for Titanic victims before they are buried at sea; the unbroken seal on King Tut's tomb; and Che Guevara and Fidel Castro fishing.
I've posted a link to a performance by this 13 year old before ("If I Were a Boy"). Here she kills one of my favorite songs, "I'd Rather Go Blind" by Etta James.
What crime did you commit in a past life? Take the quiz to find out. I love these silly quizzes. Me: Bank Robber in the Wild West. "You were a true American outlaw in your past life! You and your gang of robbers were notorious criminals of the Wild, Wild West! Your face was on every wanted sign along the American frontier. Even under pressure from law enforcement, you and your band of rebels were not deterred! You were able to pull off several bank robberies throughout the Western United States throughout the late 1800's until a fellow bank robber ratted you out to the authorities in an attempt to collect a bounty on your head! You were thrown in jail, but managed to escape and became a fugitive on the run!"
What's your soul karma? Take this quiz to find out. My result: Wild Karma: "You have Wild Karma! You're here to experience, explore, break rules, go crazy and live life to the fullest.You've suffered enough in past lives, and now its your turn to have fun! Your karma has given you plenty of opportunities to live it up and we say: keep it up! You have a true wanderlust and you're always ready to try something completely different! Never hesitate to experience something new because your karma is all about adventure and exploration. The more you explore, the happier you'll be! Are you ready?" Damn skippy!
Someone posted this on Facebook - a short animation that shows what drug addiction is like. Very interesting.
What is your true personality? Take this quiz to find out. My result: The Leader. "As you probably already know, you are a born leader! You are a very charismatic, passionate, mature and calculated person. You are always there when people need you, you always know the right thing to say, and you are always able to help. Your sense for leadership has gotten you far in life: You have a great career, amazing family and lifelong friends, but you are no stranger to hard times as well. You’ve had more than enough struggles through life, and although it seemed very daunting at the time, your good spirit and amazing set of skills has always helped you to overcoming them."
30 things to start doing for yourself. Good article.
Woman in Paris makes her tiny apartment (200 sq ft) seem almost roomy. Very cool.
Take this quiz to see what political party best represents your views. My results: 100% Democrat. I don't understand how any woman could vote Republican. No one is going to tell me what to do with my body.
Ever wonder how many days have passed since a certain date? Now you can easily get that answer on this website. 16,495 days have passed since I was born. Pretty cool.
What is the true meaning of your birthday? Take this quiz to find out. I got Supreme Intellect: "You are remarkably brilliant. You are very thoughtful and you can solve hard problems without a flinch. Your friends know that you can help them out with the things they consider hard, but sometimes you don't want to be bothered. You focus deeply on the things you consider important in life. But everyone agrees that you are an extremely fascinating person!"
Personality test. I took the official Myers-Briggs test in the early 90s and was an INFP. When I took the information test today I got ESFJ. Hmmm...
Which 80s t.v. girl are you? I am the Sophisticated lady: "You are the matriarch of the Huxtable Household, Ms. Clair Huxtable! A stern yet caring mother figure, your magnetic and nurturing nature pulls others to you. You have a knack for seeing the potential in others, and strive to help others whenever possible. Politics may get on your nerves, but you have a genuine sense of equality both in governmental politics and societal standards, which carries through all the way down to your relationships at home. The latter is, above all else, what matters to you most, your loved ones."
Which Jung archetype best describes you? Take the quiz to find out. Mine is the sage: "According to Carl Jung, the sage represents wisdom and the search for truth. You are wise beyond your years, patient and a deep thinker. You're driven by a thirst for knowledge. One of your greatest fears is being ignorant, misled, or duped. You're incredibly intelligent but you risk over analyzing until you're incapable of actually making a decision. You're an old soul and wise beyond your years, but Jung would tell you don't get lost in the clouds!"
Photographers sneak into London's underground world. Very cool article.
Personality traits for first, middle, last, and only child. Mine is pretty accurate (last).
What country best fits your personality? My result was France, and it's pretty accurate: "You are a romantic who enjoys strolling through cobblestone streets and markets. You are inspired by art and architecture, and thrive being surrounded by other artists and intellectuals. You enjoy the bustle of a city, but also love spending time in the warm countryside, sitting at a cafe, and having a glass of wine or coffee. Your soul is nourished by being in nature, and by having deep meaningful conversation about love, art, and the meaning of life."
A map that indicates how much countries welcome foreigners. Was surprised America wasn't more friendly.
A map demonstrating racial tolerance. Countries in blue are the most tolerant of other races, red the least.
Quick IQ Test. I got a 140, which is supposed to be good, but I am bad with numbers. I have avoided math at all costs throughout my scholastic career. The highest I have scored on an IQ test is in the 150s. I tried taking a Mensa pre-test once and really bombed it.
This website is entertaining. See if your favorite celebrities are gay or straight (and the percentage they are such).
Regardless of where you stand on the climate change debate, this video is interesting. A guy with a marker and a whiteboard simplifies the alternatives. Skip to 1:28 and watch from there. Worth 5 minutes of your time.