Part 1 in a series. Click here for Part 2: 5 More Mind-Bending Optical Illusions
Think you see the world as it is? Think again. As discussed in an earlier post, our brains filter input from the senses, piecing together a world that differs from reality. To shake up the old blogging formula (and to make room for these theoretical math midterms currently dominating my life), I’ve compiled a list of some of the coolest optical illusions on the web. Aside from being awesome, these give insight into how the brain interprets visual cues. I’ll be back soon with the science behind the coolest ones.
5. Peripheral Drift
The textbook “motion where there is no motion.” Tried and true. A classic.
Posted in Psychology, Science
- Tagged Brain, Cognitive Science, Entertainment, Illusions, Lists, Nerd, Optical, optical illusions, Perspective, Science, Top Ten, Tricks
One of the hardest parts about being a science writer is combating the misconceptions floating around the internet. Whether simple misunderstandings or deliberate twisting of facts, these ideas spread like wildfire, embedding themselves deep in people’s minds. To make matters worse, companies, media personalities, and demagogues contribute to the blaze, either spreading faulty information or deliberately lying to their audiences. Instead of picking apart their claims one by one, I’ve decided to list some of the worst offenders and their most outrageous claims. Without further ado, here is Part I of the most egregious anti-science companies and individuals. Enjoy and please share!
Hold on, you say. What is my favorite juice company doing at number five? Allow me to explain. Pomegranate juice is chock-full of beneficial minerals and antioxidants, which is a major selling-point. That was not good enough, however, for the marketing team at POM. In order to sell more bottles, POM claimed its juice fights against prostate cancer. They are now embroiled in a nasty lawsuit with the FDA, which is working to prevent liars like these from undermining the food market.
Pomegranate juice: better than an IV and only half the calories.
Posted in Evolution, Nature & Biology, Science
- Tagged Bill O'Reilly, Colbert, Congress, Lists, Lying, Media, politics, Pomegranates, Religion, Science, Vaccines
Part 1 in a series. Click here for Part 2: How Google let’s you see into people’s minds
We all have embarrassing questions. You know, the ones you secretly want to ask but wouldn’t be caught dead with your name on them. Fortunately, the internet gives us the anonymity to seek answers without the embarrassment of the real world. In fact, these nameless forums provide the perfect social experiment. What do people want to know? What are they afraid of? Google’s search suggestions offer some fascinating results. Here are five of the most amusing and revealing patterns.
5. Black people are confusing
Despite almost every fact and years of societal progress, black people apparently remain mysterious. Many internet searchers wonder how black people’s bodies function or whether they exist at all. Assuming that most of these results are from non-black users, it seems we are curious about people who look different.
Posted in Psychology, Science
- Tagged culture, Entertainment, Experiments, Funny, Google, Humor, Lists, Love, Questions, Race, Science, Sex
The Internet is an incredible place. In it you can find all the news, games, and The Weekly Show blog posts to fill your wildest dreams. Scattered throughout the interwebs also live a collection of amazing photographs, ones that allow us to peer into hidden moments of history. Here is a collection of mind-blowing historical photos. As always, please share if you enjoy the post, and leave your thoughts in the comments section below. Let me know if you would like more content like this in the future! Click on a photo to expand it and view it in the gallery.
A film icon is born as a video crew films the MGM credit sequence (1928).
The Great Sphinx circa 1880. This is one of the earliest known photographs of the statue.
The Woodstock opening ceremony (1969).
German soldiers in gas masks and body armor man an anti-aircraft gun (circa 1918).
Mahatma Gandhi as a young attorney (1893).
A California factory worker who soon began a new life as Marilyn Monroe (1944).
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. removes a burned cross from his lawn as his son looks on (1960).
Japanese samurai (circa 1870).
Nagasaki, Japan, twenty minutes after the dropping of the atomic bomb.
A Native American surveys the newly completed transcontinental railroad, 1868.
Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife in 1914, the day of their assassination.
The 1912 World Series (Boston Red Sox bested the New York Giants in seven games).
New York’s Times Square in 1911.
The Titanic sets sail on her maiden voyage in 1912.
Posted in Photography
- Tagged Art, culture, Education, Events, History, Interests, Life, Lists, Perspective, Photography, Photos, War
Even if you’ve never taken a stroll through Facebook, you’re probably aware that some of its users can be ridiculously annoying. From friends and coworkers who insist on relaying every tidbit of their daily adventures to crazy hot girls who turn out to be spammers, this social network can be a trying place. Below are the ten most annoying people in your Facebook feed—every Facebook user will encounter at least one of these people in their career, guaranteed. Leave your favorite (or least favorite) users in the comments section below! Enjoy and please share! Click here for numbers 10-6 and here for the most annoying people on Twitter!
5. The creepy person who won’t stop sending you friend requests
Posted in Cool Misc.
- Tagged Annoying People, culture, Entertainment, Facebook, Friends, Humor, Internet, Lists, Media, Opinion, Social Media, Top Ten, Twitter