Monday, March 16, 2009

Information and Amazing Stories

The Untold Story of the World's Biggest Diamond Heist. The man who made off with up to $100 million in gems tells how he did it.

The Cocktail Party Effect. Our ability to hear one voice when many are speaking is a testament to the brain's talents.

What Sells in a Recession: Canned Goods and Condoms. Restaurants and theaters suffer while we're staying home and canoodling.

Eight scientists who became their own guinea pigs. because even professional experimental subjects have their limits.

The Homeless in Motels. Formerly middle class families can keep a roof over their heads, but as the "hidden homeless", they don't get much help.

Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories has a handy wallet-sized decoder for South Indian restaurant menus. I always just assumed I would like what they brought, but now I can know what it is.

Consumer Reports has a list of the best and worst used cars to look for. Good luck finding any of the best models available; people tend to hang onto good cars. (via Consumerist)

20 Things You Didn't Know About Time. In many ways, it's more flexible than I imagined.

How Science Fiction Found Religion. Age old themes are learning to fit comfortably in futuristic fantasies. (via Metafilter)

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