Watch: knife wielding bicyclist stopped by quick-thinking citizens

Andy Brown says: "Caught on my dash cam in Cardiff city centre... Turns out he was being chased by Police after being spotted in an altercation wielding a hunting knife!" It's interesting to see how pedestrians work together without any planning to stop an unsavory character from making a getaway. Read the rest

Remote tribes react to polar bears, traditional English folk dance, and nursing homes

BBC Two has a new series called "Tribes, Predators and Me."

It's described as follows:

Gordon Buchanan travels to three remote tribes to learn the wildlife secrets of people who live alongside the iconic and dangerous animals we fear the most.

Gordon and his crew are also introducing BBC documentaries to remote tribe's people from The Solomon Islands, Ethiopia and Mongolia and filming their reactions. In the video series so far, the tribes have been presented with polar bears, Morris dancing, and "civilized" elderly care.

Fascinating.

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Staple through finger prank

"You know what I see in Tyler? He was told to snip the staple, and he was so concerned on getting the snip just right he didn't even notice it was a joke. He's not slow, he's just super obedient and respectful." - YouTube prankster Read the rest

Reputation systems work because people are mostly good

Economist Tim Harford writes about holidaying in prosperous Bavaria, where hotels let you run up bills of €1000+ without a credit-card and all room-keys are stored in a cupboard where any guest can get at them, and asks how this can all work without being destroyed by dishonesty? Read the rest

A fun image that I think you will enjoy

Hey guys! Check out this great JPEG I found last month. The caption was created by physics blogger Matthew Francis, and I've really been looking forward to sharing it with you!

In totally unrelated news, I just read a story by Stephanie Pappas at LiveScience.com, all about evolutionary psychologists' ongoing attempts to determine whether human females prefer our men hairy or smooth and, if so, why. Pappas' story covers a recent study that tried (and failed) to support one hypothesis: Women like hairless guys because we somehow know that hairy chests could be havens for parasites. A Sean Connery-like thatch is just one more place for lice to hang out.

Studying the preferences of women in two different cultures — Turkey and Slovakia — the researchers expected to find that Turkish women were more likely to choose hairless men because that country has long had higher rates of parasite-transmitted disease. Instead, they found that women in both countries overwhelmingly preferred their gentlemen in a less-wooly state.

The headline on the LiveScience article: "Why Women Don't Fall for Hairy Guys Remains A Scientific Mystery".

Thanks to Joanne Manaster for the inspiration!

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