Body image

The report also mentions a particularly fascinating study in which college students were put into dressing rooms and asked to "try on and evaluate" either sweaters or bathing suits. Then the subjects were left alone for 10 minutes, while still wearing the sweaters or the bathing suits, and asked to complete a math test. The women wearing swimsuits did "significantly worse" than their sweater-wearing counterparts; among men, there was no difference in performance. The APA concludes that this study demonstrates that "thinking about the body and comparing it to sexualized cultural ideals disrupted mental capacity" -- which happens more frequently in young women than in men.

The Most Annoying Things About Windows Vista

Here's the scoop. It doesn't look like I'll be upgrading anytime soon.

The times, they are a-changing

Daylight savings time is starting three weeks earlier and ending one week later this year. To help your computer cope with the emotional trauma, visit Microsoft's Daylight Saving Time Help and Support Center.


Check out this post on vampire bats.

Shelling a lobster

A new super-high pressure machine can separate lobster meat from the shell without cooking the lobster. Pretty nifty.

Hiding Your Valuables

A conversation with a (supposed) burglar about where to hide your valuables.


I haven't had a good turtle post lately, so here's a cutie for you to enjoy. It was born in 2004 in England. Apparently each head controls a different side of the body, and sometimes they don't agree on where to go. Interestingly, it's a genetic condition, not a problem with incubation like conjoined twins in humans. And it sure is cute!