This Male TV Host Wore the Same Clothes Every Day for a Year. Do You Think Anyone Noticed?

Nov 17, 2014 By Joey White 0

Last year, Australian journalist Lisa Wilkinson became just the second woman to present Australia’s distinguished Andrew Olle Media Lecture. In her speech, she noted some of the difficulties faced by women in her industry, particularly regarding their fashion.

After hearing Wilkinson’s speech, her cohost on Australia’s Today show, Karl Stefanovic, decided to do an experiment, but it was a secret experiment. Every day, to see if anyone noticed, he began to wear the exact same suit.

After several days, no one had commented, despite the fact that, not only was it the same suit, it was a cheap Burberry knock-off. He decided to keep the experiment going.

He eventually told Wilkinson and one other colleague, but nobody else knew…

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Finally, after an entire year of wearing the same blue suit all but a few days when he was getting it dry-cleaned, Stefanovic quietly noted what he’d been doing in an interview this past weekend.

Over the course of the last year, Stefanovic says he has not received a single email or comment from anyone about the suit he’s been wearing. Meanwhile, Wilkinson continues to receive regular criticism over her apparel.

Stefanovic notes,

“I’m judged on my interviews, my appalling sense of humor – on how I do my job, basically. Whereas women are quite often judged on what they’re wearing or how their hair is … that’s [what I wanted to test].”

With a year of silence over his suit, there’s no doubt Stefanovic’s test has been a resounding success…or, perhaps more accurately, a giant failure.

This Scientist Isolated the Sound That Tricks Your Brain into Hearing Water When It’s Not

Nov 15, 2014 By Megan Berman 2

Science can already explain the mechanics of how we hear. But Maria Geffen, a researcher at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine in their ENT department is figuring out why we hear what we do. How do our brains interpret sound, and why do they assign a particular meaning to a sound?

She talks to WHYY’s The Pulse about her research and plays them an example — the sound of a gurgling brook. Then she shows how she is able to strip the waves from the recording that make our brain hear water. In reverse, she creates a recording of man-made signals that our brain interprets as gurgling water, and it sounds remarkable real.

Right now, you’re probably thinking this won’t work on you. Just give it a listen…

Weird, right? If you’re interested in more, you can read The Pulse’s full story.

This Victorian Farmhouse Is Being Given Away for Free. Want It?

Nov 14, 2014 By Abraham 0

This house stands just outside the tiny North Carolina town of Grimesland about 2 hours east of Raleigh.

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It’s a 4,300-square-foot dream home waiting to happen (complete with a 1,000-square-foot dream porch). And you can have it for free.

Yes, for real.

Of course, there’s a catch…

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British Scientist Joyfully Freaks Out Over Comet Landing. She Tries to Calm Down and Just Can’t…

Nov 14, 2014 By Joey White 0

When Monica Grady first started working on Philae, the British space scientist knew it would take years before her dream of seeing the robot probe land on a comet was realized…if it ever even was.

So when that day finally came this week, after a decade of hard work, she was understandably and infectiously overjoyed. After a few seconds, she tries to pull herself together and “be a professional scientist” but she was a lost cause and just couldn’t help but keep on rejoicing. Awesome…

Here’s the Comet Everyone’s Talking About Sitting Next to Los Angeles for Scale

Nov 14, 2014 By Joey White 1

It’s difficult to understand how big or small objects in space are since we never see them near anything whose size we understand.

So to illustrate the size of Comet 67P that the Rosetta mission just landed on, Matt Wang created this helpful image that really puts into perspective just how enormous — or how tiny, depending how you look at it — this comet really is…

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If that doesn’t help enough, here’s another visual aid from the European Space Agency comparing the comet to a number of major landmarks and mountains…

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Answers 1st-grader’s Brilliant Question. Life Just Got Harder for Parents.

Nov 14, 2014 By Abraham 0

After a recent lecture, a little girl got a chance to ask Neil deGrasse Tyson a question — “How can first-graders help the earth.”

After taking a moment to think, Tyson had his answer. It’s simple, insightful, true, and even a little inspiring… So that’s good, right?

Yeah, except that it’s also a real pain to put into practice.

Thanks a lot, Neil.

The Best Christmas Ad You’ll See Today Recreates Christmas Eve On a WWI Battlefield

Nov 13, 2014 By Joey White 2

Throughout Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in 1914, German and British troops along the Western Front laid down their arms and met on the field of battle for a game of soccer, a gift exchange, or just to share a smoke in an incredible display of humanity…

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This Christmas advertisement for UK supermarket chain Sainsbury’s tells the touching story of the Christmas truce that occurred a century ago…

The time and effort Sainsbury put into ensuring historical accuracy is phenomenal. In another video explaining the behind the scenes, they note…

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This Fully-insured Heart Attack Survivor Owes $50,000 for a Mistake She Didn’t Make

Nov 13, 2014 By Megan Berman 1

Megan Rothbauer should be able to consider herself lucky — one year ago at age 29, she had a heart attack that left her in a coma and almost took her life.

And she does feel lucky she’s alive, but unfortunately there’s a downside no one would have predicted. Despite being fully insured, she’s now $50,000 in medical debt and instead of being able to simply celebrate that she’s alive, she’s worried about bankruptcy and having to put off her impending engagement. 

Via: Channel 3000

When Megan had her heart attack, she was left unconscious and taken by an ambulance to St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin. Unfortunately for her, St. Mary’s is out of her insurance network. What’s worse is that Meriter Hospital, an in-network hospital with a maximum co-pay of only $1500, is three blocks away from St. Mary’s. 

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