Thursday, January 03, 2008

Author George MacDonald Fraser Dies

The Associated Press: Author George MacDonald Fraser Dies: "Author George MacDonald Fraser Dies"

Damn. If you've never read any of the Flashman books (and have any interest in history), pick one or two up. They're amazing.

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Wednesday, January 02, 2008

You really can't make this stuff up - Two Men Shot Trying To Create Gun Tattoo

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ER and lust in the ER

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I've seen a fair amount of discussion on the medical blogs whether these stories are true or not,
but there are definitely some amusing ones.

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Sunday, December 30, 2007

The 2007 Ignoble Awards

Improbable Research

I think that my favourite this year is "LINGUISTICS: Juan Manuel Toro, Josep B. Trobalon and Núria Sebastián-Gallés, of Universitat de Barcelona, for showing that rats sometimes cannot tell the difference between a person speaking Japanese backwards and a person speaking Dutch backwards.
REFERENCE: "Effects of Backward Speech and Speaker Variability in Language Discrimination by Rats," Juan M. Toro, Josep B. Trobalon and Núria Sebastián-Gallés, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, vol. 31, no. 1, January 2005, pp 95-100"

Who knew that rats had so many language problems?

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