Frivolous Friday – a bit like liquorice allsorts!

Sorry guys, but first up is for the girls (mainly)!

Ladies, if you haven’t ever experimented with real makeovers, today you can do it without spending a cent, without having to get the makeup on or off, and it’s as simple as loading up a photo and playing!  Go here for hours (really? maybe minutes) of free fun trying on new looks without the fear that it’s actually happening in the real world.  OK so I really hate the ‘choose a star’ to look like aspect, but what a hoot if you have a spare few moments!

And now for something completely different – AllPysch Online, the Virtual Psychology Classroom.  If you’ve ever wanted to recap on your old psych 101 learning, you can head into here and take one (or more) of the ‘academic’ tests, like this one on research methods (go on, see if you can beat my score – 80% first up!)  There are a nice set of online games for fun and wasting time, especially if it’s wet over the weekend.  And of course there are heaps of online texts – all free, and although not updated since 2004 (:-(), hopefully the majority of them will still be relatively accurate.

OK, this one is for the boysgeekgadgets at GeekAlerts! You have got to be amazed at the inventiveness of some of these people (who would have thought you needed a mini UV ray detector to carry around on your keyring?

Now for this last shot – never ever forget this when you complain about having no room in the car, OK?

Well, maybe not quite the last thing – here’s everything you needed to know about liquorice allsorts, and here’s a link to more and a picture to boot.  nomnomnom

Freaky Friday

Quick post today for Friday Funnies…I’ve been playing around with flash photography today (off camera flash or strobist) shots, so not a lot of time for interweb crawling.

Curious facts to start the post: (surprise your colleagues at YOUR Christmas function this week!)
Did you know:

  • The average person laughs 13 times a day.
  • Do you know the names of the three wise monkeys?
    They are: Mizaru(See no evil), Mikazaru(Hear no evil),
    and Mazaru(Speak no evil)
  • Women blink nearly twice as much as men.
  • German Shepherds bite humans more than any other breed
    of dog.
  • Large kangaroos cover more than 30 feet with each jump.
  • A whip makes a cracking sound because its tip moves
    faster than the speed of sound.
  • Two animal rights protesters were protesting at the
    cruelty of sending pigs to a slaughterhouse in Bonn.
    Suddenly the pigs, all two thousand of them, escaped
    through a broken fence and stampeded, trampling the
    two hapless protesters to death.
  • If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has
    both front legs in the air, the person died in battle;
    if the horse has one front leg in the air, the person
    died as a result of wounds received in battle; if the
    horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died
    of natural cause.
  • The human heart creates enough pressure while pumping
    to squirt blood 30 feet!!

Remember, you read it here.

Fascinating facts about my favourite drink (no, not gin)
Caffeine is the common name for 1,3,7-trimethylxanthine. When purified, caffeine produces an intensely bitter white powder that provides a distinctive taste in soft drinks. The word “caffeine” came from the German word kaffee and the French word café, each meaning coffee.

After ingesting caffeine, it is completely absorbed within 30 to 45 minutes, and its effects substantially diminish within about three hours. It is eventually excreted so there is no accumulation in the body. Caffeine has been shown to affect mood, stamina, the cerebovascular system, and gastric and colonic activity.

Caffeine is naturally found in certain leaves, seeds, and fruits of over 60 plants worldwide. The most common sources in our diet are coffee, tea leaves, cocoa beans, cola, and energy drinks. Caffeine can also be produced synthetically and added to food, beverages, supplements, and medications.

Back in 1928, caffeine was shown to have no significant impact on urinary output. Subsequent studies have shown that caffeine-containing beverages did not impact urinary output any differently than other beverages.

Caffiene is OK to have if you experience pain – it can help especially with migraine, offsetting some of the drowsiness that occurs with some medications.

——–>>>>> can you see him???


***hint***He’s just about the size of a coffee bean.

And now for something rather more freaky – take a look at this illusion, and hand on heart tell me that it doesn’t make you feel kinda strange…


Have a wonderful weekend – and don’t forget to come back on Monday.

psssst! how many shopping days until Christmas?!!

Five frivolous Friday follies

Friday is a day to get ready to relax.  For your Friday frivolity, here are some things YOU can do to brighten up your day!

Spam Tales

Compose a tale made entirely of SPAM!

‘This is to inform you – what could be better than playing with the casino’s money?
In order to receive uninterrupted service I want you to assist in donating and distributing these funds to charity in your region on behalf of my humble self and my late husband.  I am Mrs. Marina Litvinenko, wife of Alexander Litvinenko, a former Russian security officer who died in a London hospital after apparently being poisoned with the highly-toxic metal thallium by Mr Lugovoi,a Russian Government Paid agent.
To restore access, please click on this link and sign in!’

Have you heard of googlism? Go here to find out – you type in your search term, and this wonderful page will list sometimes-meaningful facts about a person, place, or thing you type in, by looking at the pages Google finds under that search term. I typed in ‘Friday’ and this is what it gave me…

friday is a
friday is top surfing day
friday is deadline to submit nominations for los alamos medal
friday is geek appreciation day?
friday is move
friday is march 29
friday is farmer’s market day on broad street
friday is push
friday is dead
friday is home
friday is longest day this year (more…)

Frivolous Friday – tidbits and trivia for your entertainment!

I love my Fridays. On Friday I do most of my university work and so I can spend a whole day reading articles and writing and generally getting immersed in what I love best. Do you know anyone else who gets high on the thought of spending hour after uninterrupted hour surrounded by information?! It’s a bit hedonistic for me to even consider entering a library – oh the bliss!!

But occasionally, as you know, I peek out from behind my tower of papers and enter the weird world of trivia and humour. So, behold! A couple of things I found on the net over the past few days…

Firstly, we know that boys have boy germs and girls have girl germs, and this is why they never have anything in common until just after puberty – then it’s all on. But did you know that girls are evil? Here is the mathematical proof:

Some words of wisdom to the men in our lives (guys, if you do this she’ll be YOURS, I mean it!)

Feel like wasting a little time in the name of research?

Did I say wasting? should be spending or investing some time in research – but who am I kidding?
I came across this website last night, after I’d been out dancing for a couple of hours and needed to wind down… Anyway, it’s a legitimate research site from Aberdeen University, looking into a bunch of topics, but the one that was fun for me (sad creature that I am) is all about faces.

If you go to this page you can spend ages ‘creating’ an average face from the many that are already loaded onto the page – and see how the ‘average’ face always looks more ‘beautiful’ than the individual ones. There is a link to information on facial symmetry, attractiveness, and integrating social cues when judging attractiveness.

You can also ‘make a baby’ from a shot of ma and a shot of pa – creating a ‘morph’ of the two!!

And if you’re smart, you can do this at work – and say that you’re actually contributing to serious research. So what are you waiting for?

Friday funnies!

I hadn’t originally planned it this way, but Friday is a day to celebrate the end of the working week for most of us, and a chance for me to show some of my ‘other’ selves to the world.
Sometimes I show a cartoon I’ve come up with, and sometimes I link to silly things – last weeks’ trivia post has generated so much traffic to the site, I had no idea!! And of course, LOLCats features on occasion! I try to make some vague link to health but at other times I think I’m just attempting to maintain my own mental health…

Have you seen these bumper stickers?
“I took an IQ test and the results were negative.”
“Ever stop to think, and forget to start again?”
“He who laughs last, thinks slowest”

A Few Daily Affirmations for the Unstable

  • I no longer need to punish, deceive or compromise myself. Unless, of course, I want to stay employed.
  • A good scapegoat is nearly as welcome as a solution to the problem.
  • As I let go of my feelings of guilt, I can get in touch with my Inner Psychopath.
  • I have the power to channel my imagination into ever-soaring levels of suspicion and paranoia.
  • Today, I will gladly share my experience and advice, for there are no sweeter words than “I told you so.”
  • I need not suffer in silence while I can still moan, whimper and complain.
  • As I learn the innermost secrets of the people around me, they reward me in many ways to keep me quiet.
  • I assume full responsibility for my actions, except the ones that are someone else’s fault.
  • I honor my personality flaws, for without them I would have no personality at all.
  • The first step is to say nice things about myself. The second, to do nice things for myself. The third, to find someone to buy me nice things.
  • Just for today, I will not sit in my living room all day watching TV. Instead I will move my TV into the bedroom.
  • Why should I waste my time reliving the past when I can spend it worrying about the future?

Overheard in a doctor’s office:
‘Doc I put my back out last night when I took the rubbish out’
Doc says ‘Haven’t you heard of recycling?’
—think about it, think about it!

And I HAD to leave you with this one…
more cat pictures

Health trivia – or how to impress your friends with useless knowledge

It’s Friday here, and after a week where my internet access was disrupted, my plans to write about assessment fell apart, and I am thoroughly fed up with winter, it’s time for TRIVIA!!

Some health trivia links to astonish and dismay your friends with your rivetting knowledge of useless information about human health (and other topics!).

Oh, you will find that loads of these links are set up for kids: but who can’t admit to still being a kid?!

Health trivia starts with ‘How many hairs are in one eyebrow?’ – of course the answer depends on whether you wax, pluck or have ones that meet in the middle… The answers to this quiz are provided.

This one’s not a quiz, just a list of startling facts like Dentists have recommended that a toothbrush be kept at least 6 feet away from a toilet to avoid airborne particles resulting from the flush. ewwww! I didn’t need to know that!

The facts in this list will astound you and your friends – try this one for size: If you were freeze dried, like coffee, 90% of your weight would be the real you, and 10% would be the little critters that call your body their home? Personally I prefer my coffee hydrated and full of caffiene!

Now if you ever needed a reason to watch movies, this quiz will give you plenty! It’s about the health conditions characters in the movies have lived with – like do you know what disease Nicole Kidman’s character in the movie Moulin Rouge died from? I do, I do, I do!!!

Now this one’s absolutely fascinating – the health benefits of spicy food – again, who needs encouragement to eat turmeric, chilli, capsicum and garlic???

And lucky last for today’s trivia round-up: a whole site devoted to trivia on many topics, with a handful just about health…. Did you know (and did you care to know?) that the emergency phone number in the UK (999) was introduced in 1937? I’d thought the UK number was 111 like here in NZ, but I stand corrected!

Of course, the accuracy of any of these trivial facts should be independently verified before relying on them to give you fame and fortune, and I’m definitely not responsible for any inaccuracies in the information I’ve linked to or given here…
Have a great weekend – and for me, I hope next week I can bring you the promised assessment posts!
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