Apr 30 07 · site news, humor

Case of the Mondays? (0)

I don’t know about you, but the morning is always when I’m at my least productive. It’s not that I’m especially lazy or incapable of operating before noon, but I just seem so scattered, so overwhelmed with different projects and leftover remnants of to-do lists from the previous day that I find it difficult to get started.

With that, here are some links for your viewing pleasure.

GetANewBrowser: Check out this site for some “monday” office humor.
CNN Money: 20 Jobs with the Fastest Growing Salary
The Might of Mother Nature: The most feared elements in nature, beautifully captured.
EWeek: 12 Ways To Be A security Idiot

And yes, the links are quite random today.

Apr 11 07 · humor, scientific

Do you Shiver? I do. (0)

Post-micturition convulsion syndrome, also known as piss shivers or pee shivers, is a phenomenon where one feels a shiver running down the spine following urination. This is a form of myoclonus. It is experienced mostly in males.

Although no serious studies have been conducted on the matter, the most likely explanation concerns the body’s autonomic nervous system (ANS). The ANS is comprised of two systems: the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS), and the sympathetic nervous system (SNS).

It is the SNS which acts to control bladder function; it makes sure that the bladder is relaxed and that the urethral sphincter is contracted. Part of the SNS response causes the brain to produce a number of chemicals, including the catecholamines epinephrine, norepinephrine, and dopamine. It is a switch to PNS, and the resulting switch in catecholamine production which most likely produces the shiver.

So I’m producing dopamines when I pee? I was wondering why I liked using the bathroom so much.

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Apr 10 07 · culture, comic, humor

Heat Vision and Jack; (0)

In 1999, Ben Stiller set out to make the worst superhero television pilot imaginable. The premise was absurdly bad: An astronaut, Jack Austin (Jack Black), flew too close to the sun, his brain expanded—”like cookie dough”—and he became three times smarter than the smartest man on earth, though only when the sun is up.

“Heat Vision” (Voiced by Owen Wilson) is his motorcycle, sidekick, and unemployed best friend, formerly known as Doug. Heat Vision was transformed from human to motorcycle by character actor Ron Silver. Not a character named “Ron Silver,” but the actor who is purported by the credits to be playing himself. Silver is a “former astronaut,” NASA operative, and “gifted actor” trying to find Jack and so NASA can extract his brain and study it.

The pilot was never picked up…probably for being too awesome.

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Apr 08 07 · create, humor

Press Button, Receive Bacon. Enjoy Bacon. (0)

A search of the keyword “bacon” on flickr.com produces 16,950+ results that range from photos of bacon sandwiches to bacon-wrapped-just-about-anything to pigs to an elevator with walls that look like bacon to clouds that someone thought looked like bacon to a kookaburra bird eating bacon to bacon grafitti to “bacon dispensers” (pictured here - “Press Button, Receive Bacon, Enjoy Bacon”).

Thanks to flickr, I’ll never again be able to look at a hand dryer with a straight face.

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