fatti interessanti


Have a quick look at these very interesting facts;

1. ‘A website for adulterers reports a 10-fold increase in sign-ups following Mother’s Day. Likely the most famous (or infamous) adulterer web site, http://www.ashleyMadison.com reports that on an average Monday, about 2,500 women join their website, but that on the Monday following Mother’s Day, that number goes up by a factor of 10. The site’s owners say that this increase probably has nothing to do with mom having a bad Mother’s Day — rather, they argue that mom has probably been unhappy for a long time.

2. The results of history’s first clinical trial were entirely useful and completely ignored. Clinical trials today are a multibillion-dollar business, and history traces them back to a Scottish doctor named James Lind. In 1747, Lind believed that the scurvy that was killing sailors had a dietary cause, so he put six sets of sailors on six different diets. The pair receiving oranges and lemons (vitamin C) fully recovered, but Lind’s findings were ignored by the British Admiralty for almost six decades.

3. We don’t “see stars” after a hit to the head – we see neurons firing spontaneously. When we “see stars” after getting hit in the head or even after standing up too quickly, what we’re actually seeing are neurons in the brain’s visual cortex that have undergone a drastic change in their levels of oxygen. The head’s movement forces blood in and out of tiny capillaries, and the neurons closest to those blood vessels will fire off before other neurons. Our brain’s visual cortex can’t make much sense of these independent and isolated signals except to interpret them as forms of light (Stupid stupid stupid brain).

4. The same man who invented the lie detector also invented a famous comic book heroine. In 1915, William Marston, a Harvard grad student, invented a machine that measured one’s blood pressure along a graph that corresponded to the person being asked certain questions. Thus, Marston became known as the father of the polygraph. However, according to History Channel Magazine, Marston also believed men were destined to destroy civilization and that women needed to assume power. To support this idea, in 1941 his other invention debuted in D.C. Comics: Wonder Woman (I seriously doubt the lie detector now).

5. The Seven Deadly Sins began as the Eight Evil Thoughts. Contrary to popular assumption, the “Seven Deadly Sins” did not originate in the Christian Bible; they don’t even appear in the Bible. Rather, they were hatched by a 4th century Greek monk and initially they were eight and included vainglory, sadness and fornication. Over the next several centuries, both popes and poets reshaped the sins that are said to earn the sinner eternal damnation into wrath, greed, lust, envy, sloth, gluttony, and pride.

6. Scrabble was invented by an unemployed architect in 1938. Today owned by Mattel, Scrabble got its start in the 1930s when Poughkeepsie, New York, resident and unemployed architect Alfred Butts created a letter/word game called LEXIKO. He used the front page of The New York Times to determine values per letter, basing them on frequency analysis. Butts failed to interest game makers until he met entrepreneur James Brunot and together they made Scrabble — a word, by the way, which means “to grope frantically.” Today, the game has sold more than 100 million sets in 29 languages and spawned a host of copycats (Remember what I told you suckers about education and employment?).

7. The average length of an adulterous affair is two years. According to the infidelity statistics compiled at infidelityfacts.com, affairs last two years, slightly more than half of all American marriages end in divorce, and a surprising 17% of people polled admitted to some form of infidelity (physical or emotional) with a brother or sister-in-law (The last bit had better be referring to white people only, or I swear to God………!)

8. The most money paid for a cell phone number is $2.75 million. According to the 2009 Guinness Book of World Records, a charity auction held in the Arab Emirate of Qatar in 2006 sold off the Qatari cell phone number 666-6666 to an anonymous bidder for a record 10 million QAR ($2.75 million USD), hmmm!

9. Practicing yoga can get you out of prison early in some places. Specifically in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh: According to Sanjay Mane, that state’s Inspector General of Prisons, yoga is reducing sentences for those willing to practice it. The logic behind the move is that yoga is not only good for fitness but it also has a way of reducing stress and allowing the prisoner to learn how to better control his behavior. (Practicing Yoga in Luzira prison will get you fucked!)

10. No evidence exists to support the idea that a person should drink 8 glasses of water each day. Despite widespread acceptance, and despite the fact that many health professionals give this advice to patients, there is no clinical evidence behind this advice. Recently, Discover Magazine postulated that this misinformation may derive from a 1945 report that urged people to drink “one milliliter of water for each calorie of food” they eat, but while this totaled about eight glasses of water, the report also mentioned that some of that water is already in the food people eat (But it has been scientifically proven that a liter of beer a day is good for men and a glass of wine for women).

11. The memory storage of the human brain is estimated to be around one million gigabytes. According to Paul Reber, a psychology professor at Northwestern University, the human brain’s approximate memory storage, if considered in computer terminology, equals about a million gigabytes, or 2.5 petabytes. Reber admits that the estimation is loose at best, but he notes that in order to fill 2.5 petabytes of memory, you would have to “leave a TV running continuously for 300 years (I am sorry I called the brain stupid earlier, it’s the shiiieet!)

12. The “Human Camera” can draw a massive cityscape from memory after just 45 minutes. Stephen Wiltshire, the “Human Camera,” has a rather severe form of autism, but his memory is astounding. He has been flown by helicopter over both Rome and London, seeing the cities from above for no more than 45 minutes, then sat down and over the course of three days, drew the entire cityscapes from memory (Bad  bad mother fucker this one!).

I have to give props where they are due, we have to respect Mr. Stephen Wiltshire so he is going to be our special feature today.

Wiltshire was mute and at the age of three when he was diagnosed as autistic. The same year, his father died in a motorcycle accident. At the age of five, Stephen was sent to Queensmill School in London where he expressed interest in drawing. He began to communicate through his art. At the age of eight, he started drawing imaginary cars and post-earthquake cityscapes.

His teachers encouraged his drawing and with their aid Wiltshire learned to speak at the age of nine.[2] When he was ten, Wiltshire drew a sequence of drawings of London landmarks, one for each letter, that he called a “London Alphabet”.

In 1987, Wiltshire was part of a BBC programme The Foolish Wise Ones. A collection of his works, named Drawings, was published that year. Wiltshire can look at a target once and then draw an accurate and detailed picture of it. He once drew the whole of central London after a helicopter trip above it. He can also make imaginary scenes like St. Paul’s Cathedral surrounded by flames. In 2003, there was a major retrospective in the Orleans House gallery in Twickenham, London.

Stephen’s work has been the subject of many TV documentaries. Oliver Sacks, a neurologist, writes about him in the chapter “Prodigies”, in his book An Anthropologist on Mars.

Wiltshire’s books include Drawings (1987), Cities (1989), Floating Cities (1991), and Stephen Wiltshire’s American Dream (1993). His third book—Floating Cities (Michael Joseph, 1991)—was number one on the Sunday Times best-seller list.

Between 1995 and his graduation in 1998, Wiltshire attended the City and Guilds of London Art School in Lambeth, South London.

In May 2005 Stephen produced his longest ever panoramic memory drawing of Tokyo on a 10-metre long canvas within seven days following a short helicopter ride over the city. Since then he has drawn Rome, Hong Kong, Frankfurt, Madrid, Dubai, Jerusalem and London on giant canvasses. When Wiltshire took the helicopter ride over Rome, he drew it in such great detail that he drew the exact number of columns in the Pantheon.

In 2006, Stephen Wiltshire was awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire for services to art. In September 2006 Stephen opened his permanent gallery in the Royal Opera Arcade, Pall Mall, London.

On February 15, 2008, ABC News named him Person of the Week. In his first intimate interview with The Independent in 2009 he revealed his dreams, aspirations, idols and biggest regrets.

In July 2009 he was an ambassador of the Children’s Art Day in the United Kingdom. His work is now popular all over the world, and is held in a number of important collections.

In October 2009 Stephen completed the last work in the series of panoramas, an 18ft memory drawing of his spiritual home, New York. Following a 20 minute helicopter ride over the city he sketched the view of New Jersey, Manhattan, the Financial District, Ellis Island, Statue of Liberty and Brooklyn over 5 days at Pratt Institute, the world-famous college of art and design, in New York.

Below are some of his brilliant works:

Also, you can visit this link http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/10/26/autistic-artist-stephen-w_n_334703.html and watch a video stream of Mr. Stephen Wiltshire.

I am truly humbled by his Autistic supremacy! (I am also dying to mention that the fact that he is Black makes me extremely happy, but I fear I might sound racist so I’ll leave that out).




~ by arthurscount on May 26, 2010.

3 Responses to “fatti interessanti”

  1. Wow, I think this blog gets my vote for the wildest of the week. My head is spinning a little from all the facts, and the amazing panoramas; Mr Wiltshire is most certainly a genius.
    Thanks for such an enjoyable trip.
    x Lisa

  2. wow…amazing and shocking facts right there..and i would settle for infamous ashley madison RIP.wow stephen wiltshire is something else

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