This newsletter is a collection of things I have found in the last month that I enjoyed, found interesting, or simply wanted to share.
Friedman inserted a screw into the straw toward the top (see image). Then he wrapped dental floss around the paper, tracing grooves made by the inserted screw. Finally, he removed the screw, leaving a accordion-like ridge in the middle of the once-straight straw. Voila! he had created a straw that could bend around its grooves to reach a child’s face over the edge of a glass.
Friedman filed for the patent on a “Drinking tube” in 1936.
The main object of my invention is to provide a soda straw or similar drinking tube with a flexible section so positioned that the tube may be bent during use without substantially reducing the diameter of the straw.
- USA Athlete’s Scars
- The Slick Science of Making Olympic Snow and Ice
- The Olympics’ Never-Ending Struggle to Keep Track of Time
- How Many Calories Olympians Eat
- Why Ice is so Slippery
- Ride With an Olympic Bobsledder
- A Bit of Science Behind the Role of the Athlete’s Brain in Sports
Set, Put, Run
HER birthday: must set plans in motion. Run a bath, put on cologne, set the table. High anxiety. Run down list: set watch again, put water in glasses, set flowers. Run to the window — phew! Watch her put a finger to the doorbell. Such joy! What timing! And just as the sun sets, too!
Thus does an evening beckon, full of pleasantry and promise. But as described here it notes events in a manner of considerable interest for the lexicographer. For scattered within the vocabulary of this 54-word drama are 11 uses of the three most complex verbs in the English language: “set,” “put” and “run.”
Reason to Forget
In the internet age, recall memory — the ability to spontaneously call information up in your mind — has become less necessary. It’s still good for bar trivia, or remembering your to-do list, but largely, Horvath says, what’s called recognition memory is more important. “So long as you know where that information is at and how to access it, then you don’t really need to recall it,” he says.
Research has shown that the internet functions as a sort of externalized memory. “When people expect to have future access to information, they have lower rates of recall of the information itself,” as one study puts it.
Around The Web
- What Smoking 300 Cigarettes Does To Your Lungs
- Swat at a Mosquito and It Could Remember You for Days
- Fonts of a Huy Fong Sriracha Hot Sauce Bottle
This book is atop almost every ‘greatest books’ list I have ever seen.
Man’s Search for Meaning
Man does not simply exist but always decides what his existence will be, what he will become in the next moment.
By the same token, every human being has the freedom to change at any instant. Therefore, we can predict his future only within the large framework of a statistical survey referring to a whole group; the individual personality, however, remains essentially unpredictable. The basis for any predictions would be represented by biological, psychological or sociological conditions. Yet one of the main features of human existence is the capacity to rise above such conditions, to grow beyond them. Man is capable of changing the world for the better if possible, and of changing himself for the better if necessary.
– Viktor Frankl
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