Tuesday, September 8, 2009


Rent movies from a vending machine? C’mon. The first attempt in 1982, called Video Droid, failed. But it’s working now at Redbox, where you can rent movies for a buck. That sound you hear Friday night is 80 transactions every second. Ka-ching.

Take a confederate to lunch. Not that kind – a friend. If your lunch pal is fat, you’ll eat more. If your friend is skinny, you'll eat less. I don’t know how it works if you take a yankee.

Cirque du Soleil. Can’t pronounce it. Can’t spell it. But dearly love to watch its beauty unfold. The “circus of the sun” began outside Quebec in 1984 with 20 street performers. No lions, nor elephants, nor animals of any kind other than human. Twenty-five years later, the group employs 4,000 people and launches nearly 20 productions in 40 countries throughout the world. But this is what you will remember – they throw wild staff parties.

A new study shows that dogs and young human babies both make the same classic error in [Piaget's] famous psychology experiment -- while wolves raised by people do not. The dogs, not as swift as (but perhaps more respectful than) the wolves, are brighter and more discriminating than the babies. Of course, the babies were not respectful either.

There are at least 35 versions of Little Red Riding Hood. The European version tells the story of a little girl who is tricked by a wolf masquerading as her grandmother, but in the Chinese version a tiger replaces the wolf. In Iran, where it would be considered odd for a young girl to roam alone, the story features a little boy. Contrary to the view that the tale originated in France shortly before Charles Perrault produced the first written version in the 17th century, researchers have found that the variants shared a common ancestor dating back more than 2,600 years. Don't get me started about Cinderella. There are 300 versions of her story.

1 comment:

Colleen said...

Those were fascinating. Thanks!

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