An Interview with Dr. Cruelty regarding the supervillian sense of humor:
No, I'm sorry, I still don't—
They're stuck in a pit! They can try to get out but they can't! They will surely die down there, poisoned by snakes! They're trapped!
Right, I understand that but—
It's hysterical, come on! They. Can't. Get. Out.
4. File away for New Years, how to make the McNuggetini (via and recipe)
5. In case you missed them: Gapminder added FAO agricultural data to their visualizer; the FAO's Hunger Report; IFPRI's 2009 Hunger Index.
6. Steven Rattner's behind the scenes account of the auto bailout is worth a read.
7. Charlize Theron one ups Bill Easterly and makes out with the highest bidder to raise money for Africa. Now there's a slippery slope . . . .
Here's what the researchers concluded: Using a high-speed camera that photographed people flipping coins, the three researchers determined that a coin is more likely to land facing the same side on which it started. If tails is facing up when the coin is perched on your thumb, it is more likely to land tails up.
How much more likely? At least 51 percent of the time, the researchers claim, and possibly as much as 55 percent to 60 percent — depending on the flipping motion of the individual.
In other words, more than random luck is at work.