Scotland, Wales, Ireland, and a region in central Russia, are where you’d expect to encounter more people with red hair than anywhere else. At least according to a variety of maps that were doing the rounds earlier this year, that is.
British researcher Mona Chalabi, unable to track down the data these maps were based on, is currently conducting a survey, that you can take part in, of redheaded people in an effort to determine where they are located, and, I dare say, to ascertain the veracity or otherwise, of these maps.
Rather than believing that… concentrations of redheaded people can be found in specific places though, I instead think their presence can be attributed to the Redhead Cluster Phenomenon, which, long story short, suggests we all start showing up in the same places, where ever that might be.
While we may not be able to carry it off with quite the same… panache, it is nonetheless possible to emulate time lord Dr Who with varying degrees of success. Sure, travel through time and interstellar space are still a tad difficult, but with a little… spin it may even be possible to compensate for that.
It’s rare for anyone to enter the Tardis for the first time without uttering some variation of the above phrase. From the outside, the Doctor’s time machine appears to be a wooden Police telephone box, similar to those seen in 1960s London. But on the inside… it is vast. Perhaps infinite. Surely it’s not possible to squeeze an infinite space inside a small blue box? Well, it sort of is, with a little help from a virtual reality headset. Researchers at the Vienna University of Technology in Austria have created a simulator that generates endless rooms and corridors. The device tricks users into walking around a much smaller space in the real world by making them turn before they hit a wall.
Working in a medical research lab is bound to have its moments, especially when you stumble upon forgotten experiments started by a colleague who has since left the workplace. Add bonus points if it’s a Monday morning, and you’re feeling a tad… grumpy:
The next part is a bit of a blur. As I pulled the bottle from the back of the fridge, I held it to the light to see if there was any mold growing in there. That’s typically what we’d find… mold. I don’t think that’s what this was. It was almost a perfect sphere, maybe a bit oblong like an egg, and a bit yellowish in colour. It was about the size of a tangerine – I’m not kidding. It seemed solid. I shook the bottle a bit, and it bounced off the sides. All I could think was… oh god. It’s human.
When you think about it, Saturn, the sixth planet out from the Sun, is one of the solar system’s big drawcards when it comes to galactic tourism. So what if the ringed planet, were devoid of its ring system, as envisaged here by Jason Kottke?
Would extraterrestrials still visit? Or might the Terran system be forced to find another way, aside from taxing its citizens, to raise revenue for its coffers? Thankfully, therefore, that Saturn has rings then.
I used to do this a lot here at disassociated, especially during those all night coding sessions of the late 1990s, lace my HTML markup with all sorts of comments. Not the proper use of commenting at all, at least the stuff I used to insert, you understand.
In fact half the fun of visiting websites in those times was taking a look at their source code and seeing if the web designer had left any… easter eggs, of a sort, for more curious users.