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Archives for December, 2006

My oh my oh my, parrots really are the cause of so much human suffering aren’t they? I couldn’t wait to post this until Friday Grey Matters, well, because Irene Pepperberg’s interview will be featured this week (a long time coming, but we finally had a little chat Sunday night). So stay tuned for that,…

Remember that scene in ‘Karate Kid’ when Daniel-San walked in on Mr. Miyagi trying to catch a fly with a pair of chopsticks? In response to Daniel-San asking what the heck he was doing, Mr. Miyagi replied cryptically, “He who catch fly with chopstick can do anything.” (Or something like that.) Oh, Mr. Miyagi’s wise…

Students: How Much Debt Are You In?

This generation of students will graduate with more student loans and debt than any previous to it (adjusted for inflation, of course). Rising school costs, living costs in college towns, and credit card debt may all be to blame. I came across a state-by-state interactive map over at USA Today, which breaks down the average…

Debunking the Magic Toothpick Trick

First, watch this: I saw that on Yahoo last night and thought it would be kinda fun to try to figure out how it was done. Here’s my guess. So, first of all, it seems that there are 5 toothpicks, broken in half (but not completely in half). The wood has been compressed due to…

This sounds eerily similar to another kind of ‘forced identification’………. When radio host Jerry Klein suggested that all Muslims in the United States should be identified with a crescent-shape tattoo or a distinctive arm band, the phone lines jammed instantly. The first caller to the station in Washington said that Klein must be “off his…

So, some Dutch psychologists have released the results of a study that indicates living in urban areas raises the risk of suffering from bulimia, but not anorexia. They found women in cities were five times more likely to have the binge-and-purge illness than those who live in villages and hamlets but that there was no…

Move over Judas Priest! Make way for HateBeak! HateBeak is a ParrotMetal band with, you guessed it!, a African Grey as the lead “vocalist.” From HATEBEAK’s site: Face-crushing guitars, head-pounding drums, bass so low you’ll vacate your bowels, and vocals so scorching, so extreme they simply can’t be human! They’re not. This death metal outfit…