Saturday, October 23, 2010

Not Your Average Horoscope Reading

*Disclaimer: Take this article as it is. I thought it was interesting, you can decide its credibility.

As explained in the article "The Zodiac Signs of Serial Killers", author Robert Melkonyan states the following:
"It has been established that zodiac signs directly correlate to the type of crime they are likely to commit; additionally, the sign can, in a way, determine the crime likely to be committed"

According to the FBI website (, Cancers are the most booked criminals and are the most dangerous of zodiac signs. The list of signs in descending order of most crimes committed is as follows: Cancer, Taurus, Sagittarius, Aries, Capricorn, Virgo, Libra, Pisces, Scorpio, Leo, Aquarius, and then Gemini.

I will leave you with the link to the full article, but here is a FackSnack about each sign:

Cancer: mainly passion killers (kill multiple times and usually leave a marking) and tend to be mentally unstable
Taurus: usually involved in money laundering (and very clever)
Sagittarius: con artists, robbers, and thieves (tend to not hurt their victims)
Aries: hired to do their crimes
Capricorn: mostly involved in organized crime and are more sadistic than Scorpio
Scorpio: hot tempered
Virgo: burglars and hackers
Libra: are corrupt people
Pisces: mainly involved in drug-related crime
Gemini: doesn't take things seriously; con artists and thieves
Leo: get involved in crime for the sole reason of getting recognition
Scorpio: contract killers
Aquarius: hackers and hustlers, and con artists involved in manipulation

So there you have it, take this information however you like. I hope that you found it just a wee bit more interesting than your average horoscope reading.

PS: remind me to watch out for Cancers, yikes!

To read the article please click here

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Shoes Reach New Heights

Athletic Propulsion Labs (APL) has created a $300 shoe that increases your vertical jump. APL was founded by twins Adam and Ryan Goldston who combined their passion for basketball and their father's experience in the shoe industry to make this remarkable product. A spring based system is used to increase lift.

Unfortunately, the NBA has decided to ban APL's shoes due to its ability to increase vertical jump. It has been said that an average athlete can increase his/her jump by about 3.5 inches and an elite athlete can increase his/her jump by up to 8 inches! The NBA made the following statement Tuesday:
"Under league rules, players may not wear any shoe during a game that creates an undue competitive advantage"

In addition, apparently many NBA players (including about 30% of the rookies) expressed interest in the shoe. Too bad they will not get the change to wear them. Below is a video by Sports Illustrated to test the APLs. Take a look and tell me what you think...

(Click on " Video" to view)

Friday, October 8, 2010

Drug Yourself Monogamous

Did you know that only about 3% of mammals are monogamous? What if something could be done to alter this? An extensive study on prairie voles (aka furry creatures above) has lead to some very interesting findings with regards to the neuroendocrinology of social bonds.

Prairie voles are one of the few mammals that practice monogamy. A study on these little guys have provided scientists with a new understanding of the hormones oxytocin and vasopressin.

"Work with voles now suggests that these hormones are involved in the development of monogamy."

Furthermore, Larry Young (a neuroscientist who studies prairie voles) claims the following:

"pair-bonding in humans (as in voles, one of the few other monogamous mammals) can be enhanced or suppressed by tinkering with brain hormones like oxytocin and vasopressin" (and predicts that we’ll be seeing new drugs to do just that

Inspiration for this post came from this excerpt in Jodi Picoult's "House Rules" [a book a highly recommend]:

"Let me stop you for a minute and just talk about prairie voles. They are part of only a tiny fraction of the animal kingdom that practice monogamy. They mate for twenty-four hours, and then, just like that, they're together for life. However, the montane vole- which is a close relative, sharing 99% of the prairie vole's genetic makeup- has no interest in anything except a wham-bam-thank-you-ma'am one-night stand. How come? When prairie voles have sexual intercourse, the hormones oxytocin and vasopressin flood the brain. If the hormones are blocked, prairie voles behave more like slutty montane voles. Even more interesting, if prairie voles get injections of those hormones but then are prevented from having sex, they still become slavishly devoted to their would-be mates...

The opposite, though, isn't true. You cant give a shot of hormones to a montane vole and make it lovesick. It just doesn't have the right receptors in the brain." -pg 399

Sooooo, do you think that in the future we may be able to drug ourselves monogamous? Would we even want this? What will TLC do with its shows devoted to polygamy?!


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