Woman Who Ruined Ecce Homo Fresco Now Wants Copyright Money. You read that right: the little old lady who ruined the fresco now demanding a cut of the takings from the collection box that the church authorities have placed near the painting.
Greece's Everything Must Go! Sale. In an attempt at making up for the financial crisis it's facing, Greece officials are selling anything that's can be sold, including islands. Maybe they'll actually start charging taxes next.
Greece has announced it will sell anything it can do without -- and in the case of the debt-choked nation that means letting go of islands, royal palaces, prime real estate, marinas, airports, roads, the state-owned gas company, lottery and post office. Indeed anything, really, that can be sold.
Are you British? Born in the 60s or 70s? Devoted Fan of Duran Duran? Science Says You're Likely to Kill Yourself. Although I'm kidding about Duran Duran, according to researchers from the U.K., men born in the 60s and 70s are more likely to commit suicide "because of attitudes around the role of men at the time."
It said there was a huge gulf in the rate between people in the poorest and richest parts of society, with the most deprived areas having by far the highest rates.
The report said such men were part of a "buffer generation" between strong and silent fathers and progressive sons and "struggled to cope" with changes in society.
A sense of shame and defeat "especially for working class men" in not having a job or providing for the family, a reluctance to talk about emotions and a greater tendency to turn to drink and drugs were also cited as reasons.
Her Car is 82. She's 102. Been Driving For 80 Years. And not only that, she also changes her own oil and sparkplugs.
She started driving at the age of 8 on her family's big dairy and potato farm west of Detroit.
She suffered her first crash at the age of 10. She was cruising around in her dad's Overland touring car when she couldn't quite navigate a turn and bumped into the barn.
"I'm a little short," she says. "I tried to put on the brakes and I couldn't. That was a disturbing development in our family."
Apple's New Map Service Sucks According to the Guardian, Apple's iOS6 "loses train stations, shrinks tower and creates new airport." Truly magical.
Within minutes of the launch of the iOS6 operating system, which comes preloaded with Apple Maps, users were reporting that London had been relocated to Ontario, Paddington station had vanished, the Sears Tower in Chicago had shrunk, and Helsinki railway station had been turned into a park.
Dublin, meanwhile, has been gifted a previously undiscovered airport. The Republic's justice minister, Alan Shatter, in whose constituency the imaginary airport has been located, has already made arrangements for Apple to be informed of the error.
Airfield, a 35-acre greenfield site with working farm, formal gardens and cafe, has been designated as an airport by the Apple database, which has labelled it with the aeroplane icon it uses for genuine aircraft landing spots.
Slate also has this amusing article about it:
When Apple updated its mobile operating system yesterday, iPhone, iPod, and iPad users found a brand-new maps app. The new iOS6 offering loads more quickly than the Google Maps-powered version it replaced. It includes turn-by-turn navigation. And it's terrible -- at least, for many users.
The new app no longer offers directions via public transit, which was perhaps the most useful feature for urbanites. Type in an address, and your phone would guide you: Take the X bus to the Y train to the Z stop. No squinting at bus schedules in the dark. No need to stitch together a bunch of subpar third-party apps to do it for you. It was the golden age of getting around. Now, it's over.
"When did bare breasts become taboo in Western civilization?" Apparently, about 3,000 years ago.
Some historians believe that these ancient women went topless only during religious rituals -- bare-breasted, buxom goddesses have been worshipped since the dawn of civilization -- but some of the artworks depict everyday activities, suggesting that bare breasts may have been commonplace. Just across the Mediterranean, ancient Egyptian women sported elaborate dresses that could either cover the breasts or leave them exposed, depending on the whim of the designer. Over the next few centuries, however, breasts become strictly private parts. Ancient Athenian women were wearing flowing, multilayered robes that concealed the shape of the bosom by the middle of the first millennium B.C. Spartan attire was more risqué, exposing the female thigh, but breasts were always covered.
Bus Driver Stops Bus, Gives Homeless Man His Shoes. He felt that the homeless guy needed them more than he did.
The bus driver jumped off the bus to chat with a man that looked to be down on his luck; by all accounts, a homeless man. I first thought the driver was going to offer the man a ride until our driver took off his own shoes and gave them to the man on the sidewalk.
That is when I realized that the man the driver was chatting with was barefoot. The bus was dead silent. I think we were all stunned and speechless. As we proceeded to our next stop, one of the passengers got up and said to the driver, that was the most amazing thing she had ever seen; and then she asked him, why did he do that?
The bus driver answered because he couldn't stand the thought of that poor man walking without shoes. Wow! No judgement; it was just, "Here buddy you need these more than I do."
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