- Breakfast, lunch and dinner: Have we always eaten them? | BBC News
Similar to the way we now sleep, our eating habits have evolved in line with economic demands.
- Why You Always See Crushed Stones Alongside Railroad Tracks | Gizmodo
In case you ever thought about this while taking the train.
- Why do aircraft still have ashtrays in the lavatory? | Fear of Landing
“…despite the prohibition, there is always the risk that a passenger will smoke anyway, and hidden away in the lavatory is the only real place someone might hope to get away with it. Surveys have shown that it continues to be a problem, despite years of prohibition and warnings in bold red fonts. When the fire alarm kicks off and the cabin crew start banging on the door, a panicked passenger should not be tempted into shoving the cigarette into the paper towel dispenser”.
- Unplanned Freefall? Some Survival Tips | The Free Fall Research Page
In the oft-chance that someone does stub out her/his cigarette on something that isn’t an ashtray and you find yourself freefalling from a mile high in the sky.
- Could the eagles have flown Frodo into Mordor? | Sean Crist’s Homepage
And finally, while we’re still on the topic of flying – a speculative question regarding Frodo’s journey through Middle Earth.
Category - Shared Items
- Get a life | The Economist
First, reframe the way you view work; think about how to work less instead of how to work more.
- The surprising history of the to-do list and how to design one that actually works | The Buffer Blog
Second, make a list of things you need to do.
- That unbearable lightness of being | The Economic Times
Third, “prioritise and then prioritise again and again — till it hurts”.
- Make time for the work that matters | TODAYonline
Fourth, “decid[e] which tasks matter most to [you] and [your] organisations; and drop or creatively outsourc[e] the rest”.
- How much can an extra hour’s sleep change you? | BBC News
Fifth, get seven and a half hours of sleep each night.
- The psychology of language: Which words matter the most when we talk | The Buffer Blog
“By always focusing on ‘How will this make someone feel?’ whenever [we wrote] even a single line, we immediately improved the amount of responses we got from our users”.
- The Power of Names | The New Yorker
“…words carry hidden baggage that may play at least some role in shaping thought. What’s surprising, perhaps, is how profoundly a single word can shape material outcomes over time”.
- The Power of a Word | The Dilbert Blog
Observe how an argument is transformed when a loaded word is substituted with another word that reframes the discourse.
- What It Should Have Been: Edition #3 | Vox Nostra: A Voice Of Our Own
Part of the Disabled People’s Association, Singapore’s public education initiative on the use of proper terminology to describe people with disabilities. Find out more about how this started here.
- Are You a Language Bully? | Slate
“Those who engage in public corrections of this sort often are looking to feel good about themselves, and…displays of language all-knowing-ness provide a ready-made, two-pronged opportunity to do so. ‘The way we evaluate our competence is relative to other people,’ he says. ‘If I need to feel good about my language skills, one way that I could do that would be to give myself evidence that my language skills are awesome. Another is to give myself evidence that other people’s language skills suck. So by putting down other people, I can feel better about myself.'”.