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Quirky Little Science Facts To Blow Your Mind!!

The world is amazing, people. The way it works, the stuff that inhabits it–it’s mind blowing. Here is a short list of awesome science facts that people should know.

Pretty things can be heavy, too. Case in point: the neutron star!

1. Researchers have confirmed that occasionally asexual reproduction has been seen in captivity among snakes, Komodo dragons and sharks.  Now they’re even scarier.

2. A thimbleful of a neutron star would weigh over 100 million tons.

3. There are 62,000 miles of blood vessels in the human body – laid end to end they would circle the earth 2.5 times.

4. Lightning strikes produce O3, which is ozone. It strengthens the ozone layer of the atmosphere, which protects the planet from the sun’s rays. So lightning is ecofriendly.

5. Myotonia is the condition that causes fainting goats to stiffen or fall over when startled.  This condition is a combination of recessive genes.  The goat will stiffen or stiffen and fall lasting 10 to 20 seconds, at which time they are fully awake and aware of what is going on around them. Which makes them about a thousand times more entertaining now.

6. Jellyfish have been around for more than 650 million years, which means that they outdate both dinosaurs and sharks.

7. There are 10 times more bacterial cells in your body than human cells, so you’ve been invaded. Good luck sleeping tonight, germaphobes.

8. NASA has projected that the Andromeda galaxy and our galaxy, the Milky Way, will collide and merge together in 4 billion years. So if we survive the Mayan’s prediction (which is coming up!) then we’re still going to die in a firey blaze.

9. The current world record for the fastest solved Rubik’s Cube is 5.66 seconds which was set by Feliks Zemdegs (Australia) at the Melbourne Winter Open in 2011. Why is everyone good at this game but me?

10. The common frilled shark (Chlamydoselachus anguineus), an extremely primitive species native to all oceans of the world, has the longest recorded gestation period  of any animal species, namely 3.5 years. It’s no wonder they’re so cranky and attacking people.

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Testing The Miracle Pins

Pinterest has leapt on to the social networking scene, and exploded to unpredictable popularity. Along with intricate recipes and DIYs that the average person would struggle for days to complete, Pinterest also boasts a wealth of simple solutions and quick fixes. Often, these quick fixes pertain to health and beauty, or a recipe that involves sticking two premade things together and calling it baking.

The almighty Pinterest, which has become one of the top social media websites throughout the course of 2012.

I was not convinced about the effectiveness of some of these miracle answers. So, I asked a few friends about some things they would like to see done, and put one such solution to the test. The task seemed simple enough. All I needed was a lemon and some honey, and I could instantly have my blackheads erased. According to the description of the task, one simply had to put three to four drops of honey on a halved lemon, and exfoliate the face using the fruit. After letting the mixture sit on your face for five minutes, you rinse with cold water and voila- blackheads gone.

The idea was that the honey would moisturize your face while the citric acid killed the bacteria clogging your pores and bleached the blackheads that had already formed. Going into this activity with an open mind and entertained roommates, I sincerely expected to rinse off the very fragrant goo and see a noticeable difference with my skin. So after five minutes of smelling bitter and sweet, and being the joke of my roommates, I rinsed off the concoction.

The result? Nothing. My skin just burned because of the acid and felt gross because of the honey. My blackheads were no less visible, and if anything, the honey made my pores seemed more clogged in the following days. I repeated the same process a few days later and reached the same conclusion.

Boo. Hiss.

Usually, if something seems too good to be true, that’s probably because it is. After my bad experience with the lemon, I’m going to be testing these with a bit more skepticism. There are thousands of “solutions” circulating that, if proved to be true, could be beneficial, especially to students when they tend to be described as “powerful and cheap.” You can either take the risk of a little bit of embarrassment and test them for yourself, or use your friends as guinea pigs. Really, it’s a win-win situation. If it works, you’ve found an awesome means of self-improvement. If it doesn’t work, well, you’ve made a memory.

Worst Christmas Presents Of 2012!!

Businesses have come up with a few interesting products over the years in order to strike it big. There are always those doozies–like blankets with sleeves–that leave consumers thinking that there is not a single person on earth who would buy that. Any yet so many of us do. Here are a couple more that fall into the What-Were-They-Thinking category.

Edible Deodorant: A Belgium-based company recently released its perfume candy line called Deo. This candy claims to take away body odor from the inside out. The website claims that “science and nature have come together to make a functional food that leaves your skin with a beautiful rose fragrance.

“Oh man, I just love putting on deodorant! Maybe I’ll try a little bite…”

Scientists, however, aren’t sure if this is a true statement. It is believed that if one eats a large amount of food with overpowering scents, such as curry or garlic, it could work its way into sweat gland and be released through the skin. The problem is no one has tested this before, because why would they?

As of now, these deodorizing candies can be found in the United States only online. If it seems like too much of a hassle, perhaps we should all stick to regular deodorant.

The Baby Mop: The Baby Mop is a way to have babies help with the housework. Here’s how the product markets: it’s hard to keep the house clean, and you can’t stop babies from crawling, so kill two birds with one stone. The Baby Mop is full-length onesie with mop-like tassels on the arms and legs. As the kids crawl around on the floor, they clean it.

Oppa Mopping Style??

The price of pawning chores onto your newborn is only $40, so it isn’t surprising that the creators, BetterThanPants.com, have seen a steady sale of 60 a day. They expect to see an increase over the holidays.

Steve-O’s Back! Tell A Friend! (a.k.a. Why We Can’t Wait For Killer Karaoke)

You can’t help but to love Steve-O.

The clown college graduate turned Jackass star has been keeping active since the release of Jackass 3D in October 2010 by embarking on multi-city (and multi-country) comedy tour, that is highly recommended by the Otaku Antics staff members who were able to see him perform at a Louisville, Kentucky stop on September 15th, 2011.

Seriously, go see Steve-O’s show. You get to chat with him after the show. (Note: the black eyes were because he had just been punched by Mike Tyson the previous week).

But now there’s a new way for everyone to experience the gem that is Steve-O…

Introducing Killer Karaoke, an upcoming reality game show of Steve-O-esque proportions that is sure to put the likes of American Idol, X Factor, and The Voice to shame. Contestants are forced to perform their favourite songs on national television while enduring outrageous and extreme circumstances, all the while Steve-O hosts and makes jokes at their expense.

Killer Karaoke is a music competition show as only truTV would do it – hilarious, outrageous and wild,” said Marc Juris, executive vice president and general manager of truTV.

Inspired by the British game showSing If You Can, this show will incorporate hazards like water jets, flying obstacles, and creepy critters including snakes and spiders to ruin people’s good ol’ karaoke fest. Killer Karaoke is sure to hit all of the wrong notes in all of the right ways. Think William Hung meets clowns with chainsaws, while Steve-O and his audience cackle in the background.

Killer Karaoke debuts on Friday, November 23rd, 2012 on truTV!

A lawsuit filed earlier this year already has this show looking promising. Killer Karaoke contestant Susanne Ohman is suing both the producers of Killer Karaoke along with Steve-O himself, after she tripped and fell off a wet platform following her musical debut as she tried to exit the stage, her injuries resulting in the need for knee surgery. Although we feel that people should almost expect to be injured, maimed, or mentally scarred in some way if participating in any event sponsored by the Jackass crew, we do hope her the best and look forward to seeing her segment.

You can catch Killer Karaoke‘s debut on Friday, November 23rd, 2012 on truTV! For those who are cable-less, it is almost certain that a show of this caliber will be made available on YouTube and ProjectFreeTV soon after each episodes’ airing.

It’s Up To YOU To Get A New MSI Album!

It’s been nearly five years since the release of If, the fourth and latest Mindless Self Indulgence Album. Despite many tours in recent years—along with the release of The Left Rights’s (MSI band members’ Jimmy Urine and Steve Righ’s side-project) debut album in 2010—many fans have been crying out for a new album for quite some time.

Luckily, that time is almost here.

Almost.

You’re probably familiar with MSI in one form or another. Their single “Shut Me Up”—off 2005’s You’ll Rebel To Anything—is commonly heard at raves and in retail stores including Spencer’s and Hot Topic. Vocalist Jimmy Urine (birth name: James Euringer) is featured on June 2012’s game release of Lollipop Chainsaw as the voice of punk-rock zombie Zed, along with composing most of the game’s boss music tracks. Bassist Lyn-Z is the wife of My Chemical Romance vocalist Gerard Way and the mother of their daughter Bandit.

Mindless Self Indulgence has been entertaining fans with their wildly-catchy, eccentric, and oftentimes explicit lyrics since 1997! (members left-to-right are Kitty, Jimmy Urine, Steve Righ?, and Lyn-Z)

MSI’s songs have also been found in various movies, commercials, and especially as background tracks for YouTube videos. They have also released numerous albums via their own independent record label “Uppity Cracker”.

So why is the time for their latest album “almost” here?

There’s a catch to releasing a new MSI album, and it involves the help of all of their fans to accomplish. The new album—thus far untitled—is scheduled for release on March 13th, 2013, which kind of makes you wonder if they plan to title the album something along the lines of ThreeTresTrois…you get the idea. However, in order to release the album, at least $150,000 must be funded by Monday, December 24th, 2012.

The funds for their fifth album are being raised on the band’s official Kickstarter account. Within less than two weeks, over $62,000 has already been pledged by devoted fans, making the album’s March release seem very likely. Fans who donate $1 or more will receive a free digital download of the album upon its release. Those who up the ante and pledge $5 will get a download of the deluxe album, which contains 3 original bonus tracks (not covers or remixes of old songs) and a PDF file of the album art. Pledging $25 gets you a free backer-only MSI Tee-shirt. And it all goes up from there, including offers to receive custom guitars and basses used and designed by the band members!

The design on the front of the shirt only given out to those who donate $25 towards the new MSI album!

Consider getting an announcement that the new album is officially a GO one of your most treasured Christmas gifts! The release of a new album also pretty much guarantees a multi-city tour across America sooner rather than later.

MSI promises that this album will be great and reminds leery fans that they have self-released many albums in the past to great results. They also promise the same quality of the Tee-shirts and hoodies will be the same as in the past, as they will be using their usual printer as they do for tours.

“We can’t promise that the world won’t end between now and March,” teases the band on their Kickstarter page. “Nothing in life is guaranteed. That said, we’ve got this shit well in hand.”

Bad Times Befall “Good Time”

Carly Rae Jepsen and Owl City’s Adam Young teamed up for their obnoxiously catchy hit “Good Time.” Like their respective previous works, “Good Time” has a way of lodging in your mind and replaying all day long. The catchy beats make the song memorable, which in turn makes the duo profitable.

Unfortunately, the memorable beat drummed up a familiar tune. Ally­son Nichole Burnett , an Alabama-based singer and songwriter, has filed a lawsuit in California’s federal court for copyright infringement. Burnett claims that “Good Time” copies a prominent section of her 2010 song “Ah, It’s a Love Song”.

Carly Rae Jepsen and Owl City’s Adam Young have found themselves in a bit of hot water over the past week. Say it ain’t so!

The song is from Burnett’s al­bum The Takeover, and has been licensed for use in MTV’s The Hills and Friendzone. Burnett claims that the hook in her song is a “unique vocal motif” with a “catchy pop vibe that both draws people in and sticks in the people’s heads.” Along with the artists, Burnett is suing Universal Music Group, Songs Music Publishing, and Schoolboy Records.

Burnett’s major concern is that “many consumers may incorrectly assume that Burnett copied her own original motif from the infringing songwriters due to the widespread popularity and publication of ‘Good Time’.” She is also claiming emo­tional and psychological damage from fans already accusing her of such.

Burnett may not be too far off in her claims, though. The Internet is already flooded with comparisons of the songs. YouTube offers several videos with the controversial hook from both songs so listeners can make the call, but so far, the only difference is the key; Jepsen’s and Young’s song is in the key of E flat while Burnett’s is in the F key.

Pirates, Pirates, Everywhere!

*Names have been changed to protect the guilty.

Forever gone are the days of rushing to one’s nearest music store to purchase the latest CD of his or her favorite musical artist. Increasingly so, gone also are days of purchasing DVD box sets and computer software as well. The most common crime being committed by American youths today is that of piracy, the art of illegal downloading. In fact, it is so common, that it is rare to find someone not guilty of this crime at one point or another.

Remember 8-tracks? Vinyls? Cassette tapes? CD’s are next…

Ask someone between the ages of 10-to-25 what their most recent purchase is and many will struggle to remember. It might have been several years ago. For the younger end of that spectrum, it might have been never. “Who pays for music anymore?” says Julia Hembree* with a smirk. “That is so 2005.”

Beginning when 18-year-old Shawn Fanning created Napster—the first peer-to-peer (P2P) networking program—back during the summer of 1999, purchasing one’s music has since become a thing of the past. After backlash from metal band Metallica, who declared that people downloading their songs were thieves, Napster fell. From the ashes rose similar programs including Kazaa, Limewire, Frostwire, and Morpheus, all of which still allowed users to swiftly and easily garner .mp3 files of songs and other audio whenever desired absolutely free of charge.

Soon after, a new technology known as Bit Torrenting rose to power, which allowed for much larger files to be shared P2P. This meant that entire albums, rather than just individual songs, could be downloaded for free. Files containing movies and software also rose up on popular sites such as Pirate Bay and isoHunt, which host torrent files for users to download.

“I just got the new version of Adobe PhotoShop!” says Brent Jones* when asked about his downloading history. “Pirate Bay is awesome!”

At many colleges and universities, some of the P2P ports have been blocked by the Wi-Fi server, disabling many of the popular websites or slowing them down substantially. For instance, the Bellarmine University Student Handbook states that the university “prohibits anyone from using Bellarmine‐owned or provided computing resources for the purpose of violating copyright law”. The handbook warns that students can face penalties up to expulsion for violating this policy, as well as legal sanctions and monetary fines. Still, illegal downloading on campus has not come to the standstill the administration was hoping for. “They blocked a few sites, but they didn’t block them all,” Brianna Landry* says. “You’ve just got to know how to maneuver your way around the blocked ones to find what you’re looking for!”

The Pirate Bay is worshipped by many an Internet-user…along with those who have Internet-savvy friends and family members.

Some people download music simply for convenience. “I enjoy a lot of Asian music,” admits Sarah Barnes*, “but the import fees to get the CD’s are nearly $30-40 at times, and it would take weeks to get my music. I’m not paying that much for a CD when I can get it online for free.”

Some websites like iTunes and Amazon have made legal downloading available to try to ease issues like Barnes’s, but with some consumers leery about entering their credit card information onto a website—especially while using unsecured Wi-Fi servers found in most public places including college campuses—the free route still seems to be winning.

In a sort of compromise, many artists are now releasing their albums free of charge on their personal websites, with the option to pay the artist any amount of their choosing. Famed rock group Radiohead, was one of the first to try this endeavor back with their 2007 album In Rainbows. While some consumers took the free album, other fans paid amounts in excess of $20 or $30 to their favorite band as a way of showing their support. Since then, many other artists have jumped on the bandwagon, which also allows them to keep more royalties than if a music label had executed the sales.

“I’m more willing to purchase an album if I know the profits are going to the artist and not some greedy CEO,” says Dana Levins*. “If I know the artist is only gonna see like $1 of the $15 I paid for the CD, then I’m just gonna download it.”

Colton Dixon: Idol’s Newest Star?

At this point, most people see American Idol as last decade’s phenomena. The show’s contestants are typically forgettable, the group performances are laughable, and the recent decision to add divas Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj has many former fans more willing to slam their faces into a brick wall than to watch the upcoming season.

In reality, the show hasn’t launched a star since Kris Allen and Adam Lambert, Season 8’s winner and runner-up respectively from the Winter 2009 season. It could be further argued that there haven’t been true stars since Season 4’s winner Carrie Underwood…but let’s not be petty, okay?

However, a contestant from the 2012 season is still managing to make headlines in his post-season endeavors.

Enter 21-year-old Colton Dixon: Season 11 finalist and Season 10 contestant.

American Idol 11 sensation Colton Dixon poses for a picture while on tour last summer.

We all remember Colton…the adorable punk-rock kid from Murfreesboro, Tennessee with the funky hair and a penchant for worship. Yes, I used the phrases “punk-rock” and “worship” in the same sentence.

It works for him. Dixon has never been shy about his position as a Devout Christian since his first appearance on the show back in 2011. He has a way of being open about his religious beliefs without being too excessive or preachy, therefore not alienating the secular side of his fan base. By such, Dixon was able to amass a large following of Messengers—the term coined by Dixon to reference his fans—from all sorts of backgrounds and affiliations.

The same principle rings true in Dixon’s music. Featuring that rock sound that is so rarely featured on Idol stages, much of Dixon’s music carries with it a Christian message, but lightly enough that even the staunchest of Atheists can listen to it without developing a sour feeling in their tummies. It’s the same principle that has allowed other Christian Rock artists like Switchfoot, Flyleaf, Lifehouse, and Skillet to rise to fame on mainstream radio and television stations. Those wanting to worship and reflect can while listening to Dixon’s music, while those just wanting a good tune can rock out without a care.

The cover art for Colton Dixon’s debut single “Never Gone”, available now on iTunes!

Dixon’s debut single, “Never Gone” was released to iTunes on September 25th, 2012 to warm reviews, peaking at #113 on the US Charts and #1 on the US Christian Charts. The single was written by Dixon himself to sum up his Idol experience. “There were times when I felt like I was by myself, or just felt unplugged from reality,” explains Dixon, whose younger sister, Schyler, auditioned with him for the show but was cut in the preliminary rounds. “There were even times when I asked God if he was still there. He always answered, ‘I was never gone.’”

Dixon—who has been signed to Sparrow Records—has confirmed that his second single, “You Are” will be released to iTunes on October 30th, 2012. It was released to major Internet radio station Air1radio.com on September 13th, 2012 and became the most-aired song in station history just one day after release, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The single hit radio airwaves on October 19th, 2012, Dixon’s 21st birthday. It has been named the “Song Of The Week” by USA Today.

Dixon’s highly-anticipated debut album—appreciatively titled “The Messenger”—is expected to be released on February 12th, 2013.

You can keep up with all of the latest Colton Dixon news by following him on Twitter.

Don’t Mess With The Bloods And The Crips

Mention either Tupac Shakur or Biggie Smalls, and many Americans can talk for days about whom they believe murdered these two artists. Some people will even argue that Shakur and Smalls faked their own deaths and are hiding out somewhere secretly. With both investigations now cold cases and autopsy reports still standing, we may never know for sure who took the lives of the talented rappers, only that they are in fact deceased and have been for a very long time.

However, former Los Angeles Police Detective Greg Kading has a very strong opinion on who the murderers are. And his beliefs are shocking a nation.

In his newly released book, Murder Rap, Kading reveals that Duane “Keffe D” Keith Davis—a former member of the Southside Crips—testified in a taped 2008 confession to witnessing the shootings of both Death Row Records rapper Tupac Shakur and CEO Suge Knight during 1996. How?

Murdered rappers Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur are at the center of the latest LAPD-related controversy.

Because the CEO of Bad Boy Entertainment, Sean “Puffy” Combs, paid Keffe D’s cousin, Orlando “Baby Lane” Anderson, $1 million to kill them both. Did I mention that Bad Boy Entertainment and Death Row Records are fierce rivals?

Kading then goes on to claim that a wounded Knight paid Piru Blood member Wardell “Poochie” Fouse to kill Biggie Smalls in retaliation for Shakur’s demise. It is a story so outlandish that it is actually believable.

Kading, one of the leading investigators on the Biggie Smalls murder case, claims the department was on the verge of a breakthrough when he was thrown off the case. A few months later, the entire investigation was shut down. After handing in his badge during 2010, Kading sat down to write Murder Rap, the book becoming a nationwide bestseller after its release only a few weeks ago.

Keffe D’s confessions come as part of a deal struck with him by the FBI. The kingpin of a nationwide PCP ring, Keffe D was looking at 25-years-to-life if he did not reveal his secrets. He insists that no portion of his interview is inaccurate, so as not to jeopardize his plea bargain. “Everything in this report has to be right on, because if down the road it’s determined that some of these details are incorrect, then everything’s off the table,” Keffe D says.

Greg Kading, a highly-decorated former LAPD detective, is the author of the now-infamous Murder Rap.

Sean Combs claims that the accusations are just plain crazy. “This story is pure fiction and completely ridiculous!” he insists.

Suge Knight has declined to comment, which is helping to fuel the firestorm.

Although both Baby Lane and Poochie—the alleged hitmen in the murders of Shakur and Smalls—were both shot and killed years ago in Bloods vs. Crips battles set off by the celebrities’ slayings, the entertainers accused of hiring them are still very much alive.

“I hope,” Kading says, “that despite any lawsuits I face from the book, the case I so desperately wanted to finish will finally get its day in court.”

Oh, PETA, You So Silly!

Okay, I’ll admit it: in my younger years, I supported PETA. To an extent, I still do…but let me clarify. I support their attempts to end animal cruelty, but I do not at all support how they go about it. Their attempts are oftentimes clumsy and foolish, and make a mockery of the entire cause rather than strides in the right direction.

And their latest shenanigan is no different.

Enter Pokémon Black And Blue: Gotta Free ’em All…A derpily created flash game that attacks the beloved Pokémon video game series for promoting animal cruelty.

Warning: This is not your standard Pokémon game…

You think I’m kidding? YOU CAN CLICK ANYWHERE IN THIS SENTENCE TO SEE THAT I AM NOT!

The game’s lead protagonist is a battered and bloodied Pikachu who has decided that daggone-it he’s had enough of being used by his trainer to battle other Pokémon. In this edition, he must attack his trainer in order to gain his freedom. While he can use attacks like Thundershock and Quick Attack to lower his trainer’s health, attacks like Group Hug and Protest help alter his trainer’s skill point sets to make the battle easier. Meanwhile, the “evil” trainer uses attacks to chain Pikachu up and stab him with nails.

You still think I’m kidding, but I promise I’m not.

The description provided by PETA for the game is as follows:

For generations, Pokemon have suffered at the hands of their cruel trainers. Help PETA free Pikachu and his Pokemon friends as they struggle for Pokemon Liberation.

The amount of time that Pokémon spend stuffed in pokéballs is akin to how elephants are chained up in train carts, waiting to be let out to “perform” in circuses. But the difference between real life and this fictional world full of organized animal fighting is that Pokémon games paint rosy pictures of things that are actually horrible.

If PETA existed in Unova, our motto would be: Pokémon are not ours to use or abuse. They exist for their own reasons. We believe that this is the message that should be sent to children. —Team PETA

Failure to ever hit puberty caused Ash Ketchum to become the greatest virtual animal abuser in all the land! — PETA (not really, but you believed me for a second)

Anyone who has played the actual games knows that Pokémon promotes kindness to all, with the villains often the ones doing the abusing. The protagonist’s mission is always to thwart the villains’ evil plans and restore harmony to all. Some games even feature rewards based on how well you treat your Pokémon, such as new evolutions and greater effects from Items and Attacks.

But I suppose PETA never got past the “Oh my God, there are live (cartoon) creatures captured inside of mythical ball devices! We must protest…hey, we should incorporate protesting in our protesting! What a brilliant idea!”

Even Xzibit is not impressed…

This isn’t the first time PETA has parodied a game market for one of their campaigns. There was Super Tanooki Skin 2D, which theorized that our beloved Mario likes skinning raccoons and wearing their bodies on the weekends. Then came Cooking Mama: Mama Kills Animals, just in time for the Thanksgiving festivities. And who could forget Super Tofu Boy, where Super Meat Boy’s girlfriend dumps him in the name of veganism.

The response to the game–and the others–ranges from hysterics to outrage, and once again PETA has caused all of the environmentally-friendly, animal-loving individuals like myself to hang our heads in shame and wait for the controversy to die down.