Strands of Genius: April 30th
Curated by @rosiesiman + @faris.
- Go home Treasury Dept, you're drunk! Or so it would seem, when they announced that the previously announced approval of Powdered Alcohol [or Palcahol - but it's not your friend] was an error.
- Sometimes it's like lawyers are just arguing semantics. In fact, all the time. But occasionally it gets really silly. This very short film showing two sides arguing: What is a photopier? is a verbatim transcript of a legal deposition.
- Do you ever talk to strangers on your commute to work? This study suggests you would be happier if you did.
- The Atlantic published a piece on "your friendly neighborhood drug dealer," and while it doesn't sound anything like Scarface, it doesn't exactly want to make us change professions either.
- On average, we lie about 3 times in a 10-minute conversation, often without realizing it. For years researchers have been trying to figure out how to tell when people are lying, and most of what they've been studying hasn't proved to be too successful - but a new study suggests that our subconscious analysis could be better at detecting dishonesty than we think. New Yorker's Maria Konnoikova covers the latest in "How to Tell When Someone is Lying."
- We listened to a RadioLab podcast on bliss, and while you may have heard the saying, "money can't buy happiness," one of the interviewees discussed his research which showed that people who spent money on experiences (specifically contrasted to physical goods) tended to be happier. Here's a great Lifehacker post on negotiation techniques to get a better salary. So you can have even more experiences ;)
- And finally, we love Andy Warhol [he really understood #GeniusSteals], so it was exciting to hear new works, made on a computer, were discovered on some old floppy disks.