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

Cool ‘diseasome’ graphic!

Thanks to Dr Deb for pointing me in the direction of this cool graphic showing the common genetic links between a range of disorders…here’s the link to the full article, from The New York Times.

You can find out so many teeny tiny bits of news on Twitter!
Oh and you can blame Manly Jack for passing on this bit of humour…

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Bits and bobs from the interweb

Friday, Friday…One of my favourite self-appointed tasks is to skim through the internet finding things that pique my interest for my Friday post.  Sometimes it’s a Friday Funny, sometimes it’s a slightly more serious post – and sometimes, it’s completely random.  Today it’s random.

Celebration of colours is a series of 28 photographs by Poras Chaudhary… go and take a look, it’s worth it!  For a sneak peak take a look below –

Isn’t that stunning?  Absolutely beautiful.

And now for something completely different…

Glyn Hughes’
Their own ideas, in their own words, neatly honed into little half-hour or so reads.
“Like reading the bible without all the begats” – Jim Curtis

Just what it says…  Something that is missing from most of our education is just a touch of philosophy, so take a half-hour and find out what the ancients reasoned over.

I love visiting psychology sites – you can learn all sorts of bits and bobs about how and why we do things.  Psyblog is one of my favourites, and this post about human attention is fascinating. Ever wondered what would happen if we didn’t notice that we were in someone else’s house, and just helped ourselves to whatever was in the cupboard without asking?  18 ways attention goes wrong is worth thinking about!

Cats and brains.  A curious combination that occurred to me as my beloved Puddy becomes psychocat, tearing up and down the hallway for absolutely NO apparent reason!

And finally, this appealed to my guilt.

TV, it’s got to be good for you.


Friday’s my day for blogging about trivia or humour – or bits’n’pieces. So here’s an ‘allsorts’ post with a few bits and pieces that caught my eye this week…

First up, Left/Right asymmetry in the brain – a nice news piece found at

A video about chronic daily headache is also available on the site – take a look at it for some good information on ‘new daily persistent headache’.

If you have a spare hour or two, you can head to for an explore through their pages on brain stuff. You could spend a long, long time in there – luckily they have a good search function and you can find your way around reasonably easily.

A very brief snippet about emotions and physical health – the basic finding is that how you feel emotionally influences how you feel physically. Everywhere in the world – not just in affluent countries, but also in places where basic survival is hard work.

Not a new finding, but news again – sending patients for MRI or CT or other investigations is again found not to be helpful in terms of outcomes… When will doctors and patients get the message?

…and finally – the courses some kids get at school are amazing! I wish they had ’em when I was a girl…


401 Cultivating Viruses in Your Refrigerator
402 Burglar-Proof Your Home with Concrete
403 Sinus Drainage at Home
404 Basic Kitchen Taxidermy
405 Teach Your Goldfish Zoroastran
406 How to Convert a Wheelchair into a Dune Buggy


1202 Creative Tooth Decay
1203 Exercise & Acne
1204 The Joys of Hypochondria
1205 High Fibre Sex Education
1206 The History of Shampoo & Conditioner (sponsored by Pantene)
1207 Skate Your Way to Regularity
1208 Biofeed & How to Stop
1209 Understanding Nudity
1210 Tap Dance Your Way to Ridicule
1211 Optional Body Functions
1212 Leprosy & Pole Vaulting- How to Avoid it
1213 Elective Surgery in the Home


1011 Self Actualisation Through Macrame
1012 How to Draw Belly Buttons
1013 Weaving With Body Hair
1014 Lipstick Collecting
1015 Gifts for the Senile
1016 Bonsai Your Pet
1017 Rearranging Your Hate
1018 Masochism for Teens
1019 Post-Coital Rug Making (1205 is prerequisite)
1020 Creative Nail Clipping Arrangements

Have a great weekend!

Way cool sites to visit!

I’m not really seriously blogging at the moment, just strolling through random sites, and coming across some funny stuff.

One page to go to is Attractors – enjoy moments of fun-filled timewasting by moving the tiny balls around so the even tinier balls bounce and swirl!  this came courtesy of The Cleverest which has moments of hilarity and some rude bits too.

If you have some time, head over to Flickr for some stunning photography.  Some of the photographers I particularly like are Joojo and KiwiGaL – both producing completely different but amazing works. (more…)

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?!!

Friday funny!

It’s nearly the end of Friday here in NZ, but the rest of the world probably still has hours to go before hitting the weekend.  So to help you through your final few hours of Friday, here’s some interesting stuff to keep you amused.

First up: PsyBlog has some stunning stuff.  Today’s topic? 7 Reasons Leaders Fail... and just before Christmas, you might want to take a look at this one… How poor gifts affect relationships. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Can’t sleep? Read the following…
1. 75% of people in Portugal stay up past midnight, the highest percentage of any country.
2. 7 of the top 10 nocturnal areas are in Asia, led by Taiwan, where 69% turn in after midnight.
3. The Japanese sleep less than anyone else on the planet, with 41% snoozing just 6 hours or less each night.
4. Australians go to bed the earliest and sleep the longest. In a poll, nearly one-quarter of Australians say they go to bed by 10 p.m., and 31% said they average more than 9 hours of sleep every night. (Perhaps all this beauty rest is why Australians are so successful in Hollywood!)
5. One of the loudest snores recorded in Guiness World Records was 93 decibels (120db is a jet engine), by Kare Walkert of Kumla, Sweden, in 1993.
– All courtesy of WebMD.

And for my last link today, if you have an interesting invention, and want to get it patented: take a look here first, in case your idea for a glove that you and your sweetie can wear palm to palm has already been taken.. .(yes, it has!)

Belated Friday Funny!

Ooops, I got so carried away with my rant yesterday, I didn’t put my Friday Funnies on!

So here ’tis – I have a sad, sad sense of humour…


Do you think I need some psychotherapy?  You do?

I beg to differ – I think YOU need to visit a therapist, here – click here

And this is definitely both serious – and quirky.  Head to the Annals of Improbable Research (AIR) to read about REAL research that is just a bit off the wall – but makes you think.

Have a great weekend!

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.
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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…)