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BMI has "crucial shortcomings" as measure of obesity


Once again, with feeling: Body Mass Index doesn't tell us much about who is and is not overweight. Albert Sun weighs in for the NYT:

The illustrations here were created from scans of six people, who were all 5 feet 9 inches tall and 172 pounds. This means that though their bodies look very different, they all have exactly the same body mass index, or B.M.I. At 25.4, technically each of them could be considered overweight. (By the most common definition people with a B.M.I. over 25 are overweight and those with a B.M.I. over 30 are considered obese.)

The most loved and hated TV finales, charted


A simple methdology: compare the IMDB rating of the final episode vs the show's average. Dragonball Z and Dexter share bottom spot, but who wins?

Anakin is one of the "top baby names" in the U.S.


Granted, by "top" they mean "top 1000," but still: what on Earth are you thinking, parents?

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Women who stalk women


Charlotte Shane reports on women-on-woman harassment cases and their relationship to the false intimacy of the internet.

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Why is LGBT discrimination still legal?

It's Monday, which means an amusing and blistering John Oliver segment! Last night's subject: that it's legal to remove someone from their job or rented home on grounds of their sexuality. GAYMAPZ

Cameron's World


A beautiful and strangely haunting trip to a compilation of the Geocities-era web, made of carefully-rearranged bitmaps & bitrot.

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7 dead in UK airshow crash

The jet crash at the Shoreham airshow near Worthing, England, also left one person critically injured and 14 in hospital. The BBC has more.

Seven people have died after a Hawker Hunter jet crashed into several vehicles during Shoreham Airshow.

South East Coast Ambulance Service said the victims died at the scene, while another person is critical in hospital.

The plane crashed on the nearby A27. Witnesses said it was performing a loop but could not complete the manoeuvre.

Prime Minister David Cameron sent his "heartfelt condolences" to the families and friends of those who died in the crash.

Many bystanders caught footage of the descent and its aftermath. Lee Allwright searched for survivors at the scene, but every vehicle seems hopelessly damaged:

The Guardian has collected some of the videos being posted to the 'net.

Ray Kemp's illustrative footage shows the jet's loop from a distance.

Why the Ashley Madison hack should scare you


Heather Havrilesky explains that the moralizing and schadenfruede around the leak has obscured what it means for everyone, even those of us who don't sign up to cheat on our partners: everyone has something to hide.

This isn't just a particularly suspenseful episode of Mr. Robot we're witnessing. The world is changing quickly, and real lives are being destroyed by the recklessness at play on civic, corporate, and individual levels. Every other day, there are new security breaches, and more private information is shared with strangers. Simply proclaiming that all of our secrets will be revealed, or naïvely asserting that you have nothing to hide — this is the behavior of citizens who don’t know history, or who've surrendered completely to a modern sense of learned helplessness, or who simply don't care about protecting the weakest or the most vulnerable among us. Yes, that includes cheaters. It includes all of us. We are all vulnerable now. We are all at risk.

And here's Glenn Greenwald on the smarmy moralizing going on: "whatever else is true, adultery is a private matter between the adulterer and his or her spouse."

Cockney rhyming slang "dying out"


The "old, confusing tradition" is on its way to the history books, should the newspapers be believed.

What was the source of all this anxiety? A survey commissioned by the Rosy Lee tea company (“The Londoners’ Tea—warming the cockles of ya heart!”), and conducted by the market research agency ICM Unlimited, which found that Britons under the age of 25 in some cases had more trouble correctly defining slang phrases than their over-45 counterparts. Forty percent of respondents between the ages of 18 and 24 didn’t know that “Rosy Lee” was Cockney slang for “tea,” but more than 90 percent of respondents older than 45 got it right

Pictured above is a section of the rhyming slang tube map, available for £17.99 as a print. Here's a list of 100 CRS phrases to baffle your friends with.

Photoshop of Lady Diana with Princess Charlotte


The death of Princess Diana was a turning point in UK public life, an event met (contrary to the expected English sang-froid) by an outpouring of intense, irrational, somewhat deranged grief.

But it has taken nearly 20 years for this process to reach a point of optimally maudlin creepiness, in the form of a viral photoshop of the late Diana cooing over her grandchild.

The image was posted to Facebook by Mary Kohnke: "What a great job at photoshopping…let’s make this go viral."

The source images are easily found. A Reuters pic, depicting a meeting with Mother Theresa from 1997, and a more recent one of the fresh princess's baptism at St Magdalene Church, Sandringham.


OnePlus 2 cheap-phone overhyped but OK, say reviewers


Hailed as a flagship-killing bargain, the OnePlus 2 is just OK and not even that cheap.

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Trump presidency fanfic


"Looking back on the presidency of Donald Trump" is fiction in the style of a steeple-fingered newsfeature, published, perfectly, at The Atlantic.

Here's what appears to be a Digg-approved audio adaption, but it doesn't play for me because WNYC's audio widget can serve me 68 separate javascript files but cannot serve me one MP3.

Post your Trump fanfic in the comments! The rule: it must read like news or some other media contrivance. I will pick a winner and send them an unpleasant prize of no value whatsoever.

Productivity slumps after 40-50 hours of work a week


It's the historically-emergent standard for good reasons, because the quality of work simply goes to shit when people work too much. Burning out workers "destroys their personal lives and gets nothing in return," writes Facebook cofounder Dustin Moskovitz.

Many people believe that weekends and the 40-hour workweek are some sort of great compromise between capitalism and hedonism, but that's not historically accurate. They are actually the carefully considered outcome of profit-maximizing research by Henry Ford in the early part of the 20th century. He discovered that you could actually get more output out of people by having them work fewer days and fewer hours. Since then, other researchers have continued to study this phenomenon, including in more modern industries like game development.

The research is clear: beyond ~40—50 hours per week, the marginal returns from additional work decrease rapidly and quickly become negative.

Man draws dozens of penises in Ikea, with Ikea pencil


A 31-year-old Aalborg resident was charged with vandalism after drawing "up to 30 penises" on the walls and fixtures of the Aalborg Ikea.

Once caught, the man denied that he was responsible for all the drawings, and that his curious crime was inspired by having seen someone else do it first.

“The man has admitted to being behind these drawings, but not as many as 30. He has no prior convictions and he has explained that he did it because he had seen similar drawings in IKEA. He has regretted his actions, but that doesn’t change the fact that he has still committed vandalism,” Poulsen said.

Yes. This could be a thing. [via Abroath]

Spotify's new privacy policy lets it collect everything on your phone

spotify Madness, reports Wired. “we may collect information stored on your mobile device, such as contacts, photos, or media files … we may also collect information about your location based on, for example, your phone’s GPS location."

Yeti poses for portrait

Yeti-1 Andrey Lyubchenko, reports The Siberian Times, encountered the creature on a trip to Yeti-infested Kemerovo. It posed for a sketch (above).

"The Yeti was about two and a half metres tall, with thick dark brown hair like a bear's - but a lot softer. He was holding a wooden stick, with bits of hair wrapped around it. But the main thing was his eyes, they were just like light-coloured human eyes."

Bernie Sanders' spoken-word album

1394302510857235491 Released in 1987, We Shall Overcome is "pretty terrible", according to Dangerous Minds' Amber Frost, but "frankly it rules" according to Gawker's Andy Cush.

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