Archive for August, 2012
Tags: city scape, Colin Rich, dusk, night, NightFall, nightlife, nocturnal, photography, scenery, sundown, video
Tags: Arthur Stone, blue Monday, depression, employment, Friday feeling, Monday, Psychology, research, Stony Brook University, weekend, work
We may say we hate Mondays, but research suggests Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays are equally loathed. US investigators who looked at a poll of 340,000 people found moods were no worse on Mondays than other working days, bar Friday. People were happier as they approached the weekend, lending support for the concept of “that Friday feeling”. The report authors told the Journal of Positive Psychology that the concept of miserable Mondays should be ditched.
Tags: conservative, convention, curse, Florida, funny, GOP, humor, Jewish, Politics, Republican, Tampa, Yiddish
Tags: botany, David Gilichinsky, environment, frozen tundra, germinate, ice age, Kolyma River, plant science, Russia, Russian Academy of Sciences, science, Silene stenophylla, Svetlana Yashina
After more than 30,000 years, and some care from Russian scientists, some ancient fruits have produced this delicate white flower. These regenerated plants, rising like wintry Phoenixes from the Russian ice, are still viable. They produce their own seeds and, after a 30,000-year hiatus, can continue their family line. The plant owes its miraculous resurrection to a team of scientists led by David Gilichinsky, and an enterprising ground squirrel. Back in the Upper Pleistocene, the squirrel buried the plant’s fruit in the banks of the Kolyma River. They froze. Over millennia, the squirrel’s burrow fossilised and was buried under increasing layers of ice. The plants within were kept at a nippy -7 degrees Celsius, surrounded by permanently frozen soil and the petrifying bones of mammoths and woolly rhinos. They never thawed. They weren’t disturbed. By the time they were found and defrosted by scientists, they had been buried to a depth of 38 metres, and frozen for around 31,800 years.
Tags: corny, funny, groaner, humor, joke, pic, picture, pun, tearable puns, terrible puns