Day one: Brought to the Stanford campus with other four-year-olds for “tests” starting tomorrow. All very mysterious. Something about marshmallows. Nobody will say what, exactly. Maybe new kind of marshmallow? Even yummier? I resisted the urge to cry when parents left, but some of the other children did not.
Day two: Wild speculation in dorm last night; all of it wrong. Some predicted there would be ponies made of marshmallows, others thought we would live in a marshmallow house. Then one boy, Brad, began laughing and shouting, “Pee marshmallows! Poo marshmallows!” until the discussion fell apart.
This morning, teacher ladies explained. If we do not eat one marshmallow for [...]
This week the guys decide to take a look at three products defining the future of technology: The iPhone 5, MakerBot and Google Glasses. Before anything of substance is discussed though some housekeeping takes place in the form of Tim being admonished for last week's episode and Steven Tyler leaving the show. Later Tim is compared to a low-rent Watson who can't wait an extra day for his iPhone 5 to arrive, followed by discussion of texting via morse code and the time Tim was stuck up in the crow's nest of a cruise ship.
Moving onto MakerBot, Tim and Tom pitch the idea making robots with feelings so [...]
Researchers worldwide have been conducting many critical studies on the science of comedy this past year, giving hope to all that a cure for cancer will never, ever be found. Here are some of the more extraordinary findings that will forever impact what it means to laugh.
- A study called “The Cultural Currency of a ‘Good’ Sense of Humour” in the British Journal of Sociology found that comedy solidifies the levels of social hierarchy. People with money feel that their highbrow jokes about rich people things make them better than lower-class people, whose humor about everyday things like beer and rocks and arm hair are ”ignorant” and “thick.” Said [...]
I can barely sit through an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm without feeling humiliated for Larry David; now I can blame science when I have to leave the room eight times. In a study on cringing published this week, scientists discovered that "vicarious embarrassment" is linked to the brain's "pain matrix," which registers physical as well as mental discomfort; it also tends to fluctuate depending on the viewer's level of empathy. I guess what they're trying to say is: if you can sit through an episode of the British Office and not want to cover your eyes, you must be some kind of monster.
Guys! Great news! Science wants you to keep reading this site instead of doing work as it will make you better at doing work: Research found that a brief break to watch a genuinely funny internet clip creates a positive mood which in turn leads to greater creativity.
And scientists believe many people subconsciously tune in to classic clips like the couple recreating Dirty Dancing at their wedding just to get into a good mood so they can do their job better. They may also need the lift from a spot of online humour to rejuventate their creative juices after a few dull hours tied to their desks.