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Jan 13

Monkeys Learn to Recognize Themselves in a Mirror – And Promptly Check Out Their Butts



What would you do if you saw yourself in a mirror for the first time?

When, after weeks of training, rhesus monkeys learned the true identity of their reflections, one of the first things they did was check out all the locales on their bodies they’d never before seen — and we mean every intimate nook and cranny.


Click the video below to watch a Monkey checking out its butt:


Jan 9

Man fired after not coming to work for 24 years



Shri A.K. Verma, an executive engineer with India’s Central Public Works Department (CPWD), took an earned leave in December 1990 and never came back to work.

Now, after 24 years and one month, he has been fired by the CPWD “for unauthorized absence from duty.”

Verma sought extensions of his initial leave, but they were not granted; however, he still refused to come to work. In 1992, an inquiry was launched against him; in 2007, charges were brought against him by the then-minister of urban development.

Yet he was still not terminated — until now.

The Indian bureaucracy is known for being painstakingly slow — in fact, it’s the “worst in Asia,” according to a 2012 report from Hong Kong-based Political and Economic Risk Consultancy.

India’s labor laws are so restrictive, Reuters reports, it is very difficult to fire a public official for anything besides criminal misconduct.

But things are shifting. Shortly after taking office in March 2014, India’s Minister of Urban Development Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu directed a review of cases such as Verma’s, which had been sitting in a drawer since 2007.

In 2014, India launched a fingerprint scanning program to control the work hours of public servants, and real-time results are posted online.


SOURCE: http://mashable.com/2015/01/09/man-fired-24-years-no-work/?utm_cid=mash-com-fb-main-link

Jan 8

Research Says Men Who Take Selfies Have More Psychopathic Tendencies


Beware of the Tinder match who posts a lot of selfies.

New research from a team at The Ohio State University shows men who take frequent selfies display higher than average psychopathic tendencies, while those editing their photos before uploading are more self-objectifying.

Whether the pictures were edited or #NoFilter, both selfie-posting groups were more narcissistic than the average male.

The team, led by researcher Jesse Fox, asked 800 men between the ages of 18 and 40 to respond to a digital survey about social media use and anti-social behavior.

Before you start worrying you’re dating the next Ted Bundy, however, you should note all personalities were within the range of normal behavior.

Elevated psychopathic traits don’t necessarily make you a cold-blooded killer.

What’s most interesting about Fox’s conclusions is her revelation men actually do self-objectify fairly often, especially in such an image-obsessed culture.

Because self-doubt and constant nitpicking can lead to self-harm and body dysmorphia, Fox hopes to gain a better understanding of the way selfies and social media change male behavior.

In a press release, Fox said,

We know that self-objectification leads to a lot of terrible things, like depression and eating disorders in women…

With the growing use of social networks, everyone is more concerned with their appearance. That means self-objectification may become a bigger problem for men.

Her next project? A comparable selfie study involving exclusively women, which she says is already revealing increased narcissistic traits.

Blame that front-facing camera all you want, but your personality changes a little with each selfie you snap.

Jan 5

What States Did the Most People Move In and Out of in 2014?

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United Van Lines just released its annual report on which states had the most people move in and out of in 2014.

 And for the second year in a row, a lot of people moved to Oregon and very few people moved out.

66.4% of the moves involving Oregon were people moving in.  South Carolina was second, at 61.4% inbound moves . . . North Carolina was third, at 60.5% . . . Vermont was fourth, at 59.4% . . . and Florida was fifth, at 58.9%.

On the other side of things, New Jersey had the WORST rate . . . 64.9% of the moves involving New Jersey were people LEAVING.

The rest of the bottom five are:  New York, with 64.1% outbound moves . . . Illinois at 63.4% . . . North Dakota at 60.5% . . . and West Virginia, at 60.1%.