(via This Is the Worst Book Cover Ever | PWxyz)
thingsorganizedneatly:But where does plywood come from?
Diagram showing how a log is cut into sections
ed: Does anyone know who did this?
They found that it took passengers a minute to walk from their arrival gates to baggage claim and seven more minutes to get their bags. Roughly 88 percent of their time, in other words, was spent standing around waiting for their bags. So the airport decided on a new approach: instead of reducing wait times, it moved the arrival gates away from the main terminal and routed bags to the outermost carousel. Passengers now had to walk six times longer to get their bags. Complaints dropped to near zero. — NYTimes (via petervidani)
The Swedish king and queen cheering for Sweden in last night’s handball game. The lady in front just cracks me up.
This is one of the best pictures ever. Everything about it is perfect.
What Your Favorite iPhone App Says About You -
This list is massive. Fifty-eight app jokes in total. It’s like this could be a novelty Twitter account, but no, it’s an easy-to-read text post without the bullshit of making you wait for all the jokes to slowly trickle out.
Some of my favorites:
- Flashlight: You’ve been planning a camping trip for two years.
- The Weather Channel: When the street gets wet, so do you.
- Twitter: You are super-up-to-date on celebrity deaths, arguments, and endings to TV shows you intended to watch on Netflix Instant next year.
- LinkedIn: You own non-ironic motivational posters.
- Pandora: You are a Thai restaurant.
See the 53 other iPhone app jokes I wrote.
Instapaper: Light glows from your fingertips as you, after absorbing all human knowledge in the little moments when everyone else daydreams or texts or plays Where’s My Water, synthesize this information into pure psychic ability, bending matter and energy to your will.
‘Many scientists don’t like to talk about shark sex,’ Juliet Eilperin writes in her entertaining study of sharks and their world. ‘They worry it will only reinforce the popular perception that these creatures are brutish and unrelenting.’ In as far as we understand the subject – only a few species have been observed mating – the business is ‘very rough’. Larger male sharks have to bite or trap the females to keep them around during courtship; marine biologists can tell when a female has been mating because her skin will be raw or bleeding. The process is so violent that, come the mating season, female nurse sharks will stay in shallow water with their reproductive openings pressed firmly to the sea floor. Otherwise they risk falling prey to roaming bands of males who ‘will take turns inserting their claspers in her’ (the clasper is the shark version of a penis, found in a pair behind the pelvic fins). A litter of fifty pups will have anything from two to seven fathers. But the reproductive story gets rougher still. A number of shark species go in for oophagy, or uterine cannibalism. Sand tiger foetuses ‘eat each other in utero, acting out the harshest form of sibling rivalry imaginable’. Only two babies emerge, one from each of the mother shark’s uteruses: the survivors have eaten everything else. ‘A female sand tiger gives birth to a baby that’s already a metre long and an experienced killer,’ explains Demian Chapman, an expert on the subject. —
Now that’s what I call a lede.
Theo Tait reviews ‘Demon Fish’ by Juliet Eilperin · LRB 2 August 2012
Many of our fulfillment center employees will choose to build their careers at Amazon. For others, a job at Amazon might be a step towards a career in another field. We want to make it easier for employees to make that choice and pursue their aspirations. It can be difficult in this economy to have the flexibility and financial resources to teach yourself new skills. So, for people who’ve been with us as little as three years, we’re offering to pre-pay 95% of the cost of courses such as aircraft mechanics, computer-aided design, machine tool technologies, medical lab technologies, nursing, and many other fields.
The program is unusual. Unlike traditional tuition reimbursement programs, we exclusively fund education only in areas that are well-paying and in high demand according to sources like the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and we fund those areas regardless of whether those skills are relevant to a career at Amazon.
Like many of our innovations at Amazon, the Career Choice Program is an experiment. We’re excited about it and hope it will pay big dividends for some of our employees. This is one innovation that we hope other companies in this economy will copy.
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At one point, 50% of the CDs produced worldwide had an AOL logo on it. — How much did it cost AOL to distribute all those CDs back in the 1990’s? (via petervidani)
Sharks and Fish
Via The Warholian.