The quality of a performance does not drive the amount of applause an audience gives, a study suggests. Instead scientists have found that clapping is contagious, and the length of an ovation is influenced by how other members of the crowd behave. — BBC News - Clapping reveals applause is a ‘social contagion’
While putting sunscreen on his nose during the Puerto Rican Day Parade, Weiner joked that photographers could get “a good shot of me lubing up. —
Anthony Weiner Has an Adorable New Excuse — Daily Intelligencer
All this points to my theory that he’s not serious about winning this time, just getting all the good jokes out of the way this time. Next time he can be all “Nah, I talked about all that shit last time. now I’m for real.”
so many adams
For awhile, I would try to wink at cameras. I don’t know. to make it seem like they captured a moment. but at a certain point you realize the moment they capture was a stroke or orgasm, so you stop.
Great historical perspective, esteemed journalists.
Actually, he decided to evoke emotions like fear, disgust, sadness, and pain, photographing each emotion as it flickered across a person’s face. Pain he managed to bring about with electrical shocks. He brought out disgust in people by having them put their hands in a bucket of frogs. And then he grabbed a white rat, and told his subjects that, without any training, they had to behead it. At this point, it would have been helpful for a review board to step in. If I were on that board my first question would have been, “Exactly what emotion to you think would be brought on by ‘rat beheading’?” I’m not a particularly complicated person, but I think that my emotions at having to behead a live, struggling rodent would be, at best, mixed. Fortunately for Landis, if not for either the human subjects or the rats, no one stopped him, including most of the subjects. One third of the people enrolled in the experiment complied, beheading the rat as best they could. If they didn’t comply, Landis beheaded the rat for them. Right in front of them. And took a picture. — The psychology experiment that involved real beheadings
Lateline - 04/06/2013: Prosthetic pinkies in demand for ex-Yakuza -
There is a market in Japan for creating prosthetic pinkies for ex-yakuza who want to go straight because, fucking weird that’s why the end.