O.J. caught stealing, again

O.J. Simpson was caught stealing cookies from his prison cafeteria.

Fox News reported that guards caught the 66-year-old with a stash of cookies — oatmeal — beneath his shirt, as he walked from the cafeteria to his cell.

“O.J. just stood there with a goofy grin on his face as the guard kept digging inside his shirt and throwing the cookies on the floor,” the source said, first to the National Enquirer.

This is NOT an Onion story. However, it is sourced from the National Enquirer and Fox News…so, you know.

Also, can someone check on Cookie Monster? Is he OK? I hope he’s sticking to milk cause OJ will kill ya.

Why does beer foam when you tap the bottle top?

You know that thing where if you tap the top of someone else’s bottle of beer with the bottom of your bottle, their beer foams all over the place? Yeah, scientists have figured out why that happens.

After a sudden bump against a bottle’s mouth, back and forth movement of compression and expansion waves will cause bubbles to appear and quickly collapse.

The team’s investigation of beer bottle-fluid interactions demonstrated that the cavitation-induced break-up of larger ‘mother’ bubbles creates clouds of very small carbonic gas ‘daughter bubbles’ which grow and expand much faster than the larger mother-bubbles from which they split. The rapid expansion of these daughter bubbles gives the foam buoyancy.

Again, I am glad that scientists are spending their time doing important work.

Great Tailed Grackle

May 10, 2014 at 9:00am • 2 comments

Great Tailed Grackle

Why we yawn

Researchers from the University of Vienna, Austria, and the Nova Southeastern University and SUNY College at Oneonta may have discovered why we yawn, and why it may be contagious.

While most research on contagious yawning emphasizes the influence of interpersonal and emotional-cognitive variables on its expression, this report adds to accumulating research suggesting that the underlying mechanism for yawning, both spontaneous and contagious forms, is involved in regulating brain temperature. In turn, the cooling of the brain functions to improve arousal and mental efficiency. The authors of this study suggest that the spreading of this behavior via contagious yawning could therefore function to enhance overall group vigilance.

It’s currently 4:40am and I’ve been yawning like crazy. I tend to think that has more to being tired than warm, but what do I know?


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Richard Gere gets his “street Oscar”

Richard Gere, while playing a homeless man wandering the streets outside of Grand Central Terminal, received a bag of food from a kind stranger.

“I saw him. He looked like a natural homeless guy. He didn’t seem like he was acting. He was an excellent homeless man,” said Mizan Rahman, 44, who sells newspapers on Park Avenue near East 42nd Street.

A similar incident happened to Andre Royo on the streets of Baltimore while filming The Wire

Once, a man pressed a package of heroin into the hands of Andre Royo, the actor who plays the sympathetic junkie and police informant Bubbles, saying, “Man, you need a fix more than I do.” Royo refers to that moment as his “street Oscar.”

and to Sir Ian McKellen

The 70-year-old actor is rehearsing Waiting For Godot in Melbourne, Australia, and was sitting in his tramp costume having a break when a passer-by gave him an Australian dollar.

Update: The Post has identified the woman who gave Gere some food…she’s a tourist from France, of course.

Headlines that can’t be used

“Heds Will Roll” is a Tumblr of headlines that editors wrote that can’t be used.

With headlines like

Hey, Hey, We Were Monkeys!

A story about a scientific breakthrough concerning evolution and DNA


Do the Reich Thing

An article about the lessons Japan can learn from Germany in overcoming its World War II legacy


St. John’s Erection a Miracle

A former copy editor at Pacific Stars and Stripes writes:

This hed never made it into the paper but it was a big hit on the copy desk. It also fit the one-deck, three-column space perfectly.

The story was about how the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York was still in the process of being built (in 1984) and had been continuously been worked on.

how could I not add this to my daily reading?

New Yorkers start their day later than all other U.S. cities

Nate Silver at FiveThrityEight looks at when U.S. cities get to work, and New York is the latest.

These cities break down into three rough categories. First are those like New York, San Francisco and Boston, which are home to a lot of young, creative professionals. Next are college towns such as Ithaca, N.Y. (Cornell University); Lawrence, Kan. (the University of Kansas); and Logan, Utah (Utah State University). Finally are cities such as Atlantic City, N.J., Orlando, Fla., and Miami, whose economies are associated with recreation, tourism and gambling. A quarter of the workforce in Atlantic City doesn’t begin its workday until 11:26 a.m. or after.

I like how Nate claims to not be a morning person, but the article was posted at 7:01am. I’m going to assume it was a scheduled post. For the record, my work day officially starts at 9:30am, and if I do a quick shower and half a shave, I can get out of bed at 8:00am and be at work with time to spare — assuming the MTA has the 4, 5, & 6 trains running well.

Best 100 animated movies

Time Out New York brings us the top 100 animated movies of all time.

Then again, as we polled over 100 experts in the field—from directors like Fantastic Mr. Fox’s Wes AndersonIce Age and Rio’s Carlos SaldanhaWallace & Gromit’s Nick Park, to critics and hardcore fans alike—it became clear that animation doesn’t just mean kids’ and family movies. Worldwide innovators have adapted the form to include action, politics, race and sex. Animation has grown up, sometimes uneasily, right before our eyes.

Most of the problems I have with the list are probably based on emotions, so I won’t go into it. However, since I already own most of the top 10, I might as well watch them in order.

Jazz isn’t dead. It just smells funny.

— Frank Zappa