Vampire Weekend at the Deck the Hall Ball 2013 Meet and Greet (Photo via 107.7 The End) (Thanks to sharwk for the heads-up!)
Scientists Discover Happiest Puppy
Twice in the past editors at The Fluffington Post have thought they had discovered the happiest dog on earth: once a year ago and then again four months ago. Not so, say scientists at Sapienza University of Rome, who point to Ellie, whose happiness levels are off the charts.
"Ellie may literally be the happiest dog alive right now," said researcher Salvatore Magliocco. "Ellie’s showing extremely elevated levels of serotonin and an increased number of endorphins. She’s just really happy, all the time."
Off the charts happy, according to Magliocco, who says that Ellie’s general mood is unprecedented. When compared to other dogs on record, Ellie is nearly twice as happy by most metrics.
"She never seems sad," he said. "We’d expect this amount of happiness to come with some manic tendencies, but she’s all peaks, no valleys. This is just one happy dog!"
Ezra’s tweet tackles the ways in which we identify ourselves with regard to the things we appreciate and enjoy as observers. By setting up three parallels that acknowledge the passage of time and the emergence of maturity, Ezra exposes the tendency of humans to watch ourselves as we grow and to label the beginnings and ends of our development. Scholars of popular culture can easily recognize what Ezra means with terms such as “fanboy,” “fangirl,” and “fanfic,” but understanding of such concepts is not necessary in order to understand his implications. Ezra’s fanboys and fangirls begin as small, arbitrary, inconclusive beings. As they transform into Fan Men and Fan Women, not only are their titles given more visual prestige and consideration, but their lives of “fic” become lives of “nonfic,” symbolizing a change from adolescent wonder to the reality of adulthood.
And I know I’m not your type, cos I don’t shun the daylight. But, baby, I’m willing to start.—
Arctic Monkeys, You’re So Dark
Date a girl who runs. Date a girl who likes animals. Date a girl who has blue spiky hair and can break the sound barrier. Date Sonic the Hedgehog.
Iceland grieves after police kill a man for the first time in its history
December 5, 2013
It was an unprecedented headline in Iceland this week — a man shot to death by police.
"The nation was in shock. This does not happen in our country," said Thora Arnorsdottir, news editor at RUV, the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service.
She was referring to a 59-year old man who was shot by police on Monday. The man, who started shooting at police when they entered his building, had a history of mental illness.
It’s the first time someone has been killed by armed police in Iceland since it became an independent republic in 1944. Police don’t even carry weapons, usually. Violent crime in Iceland is almost non-existent.
"The nation does not want its police force to carry weapons because it’s dangerous, it’s threatening," Arnorsdottir says. "It’s a part of the culture. Guns are used to go hunting as a sport, but you never see a gun."
In fact, Iceland isn’t anti-gun. In terms of per-capita gun ownership, Iceland ranks 15th in the world. Still, this incident was so rare that neighbors of the man shot were comparing the shooting to a scene from an American film.
The Icelandic police department said officers involved will go through grief counseling. And the police department has already apologized to the family of the man who died — though not necessarily because they did anything wrong.
"I think it’s respectful," Arnorsdottir says, “because no one wants to take another person’s life. “
There are still a number of questions to be answered, including why police didn’t first try to negotiate with man before entering his building.
"A part of the great thing of living in this country is that you can enter parliament and the only thing they ask you to do is to turn off your cellphone, so you don’t disturb the parliamentarians while they’re talking. We do not have armed guards following our prime minister or president. That’s a part of the great thing of living in a peaceful society. We do not want to change that. "