“Over each year of our industrial age, humans have required several centuries’ worth of ancient sunlight to keep the economy going”—I came across this interesting nugget in the book, The Weather Makers, by Tim Flannery.
“An unthinkable question in a town that has built its livelihood on bountiful seafood: Would people eat the insidious creature?”—New York Times piece on “a Quest to Convert a Sea Snail Plague Into a Culinary Pleasure” in France.
“The fact that this happened is a big problem for us. We have our number one position to defend. Security is obviously very important.”—Caroline De Wolf, a spokeswoman for the Antwerp World Diamond Centre, after thieves stole diamonds worth $50 million. Source: The New York Times.
“When you investigate anything … yes, complications result. Thinking causes complications, I’m sorry. But it’s part of that process that we go through of trying to figure out what’s out there in the world. What really happened.”—Filmmaker Errol Morris via RadioLab.
“To collect youthful, middle-aged and elderly body odors, researchers had people in each age group bathe with odorless soap before bed and wear special t-shirts with absorbent underarm pads while they slept. The scientists were after the oily secretions of the apocrine glands, which are found anywhere on the body where there’s hair.”—Via an NPR Shots blog story with a great headline: Old People Smell Different, Not Worse
“Imagine you are a French intellectual at a Cafe. You are reading Sartre and Le Monde. You are thinking about big ideas and the issues of the day. And then you notice, as if often the case in Paris cafes, a cute dog sitting under the table next to you. You pause for a moment to pet and admire the dog. Clearly you do not suddenly become stupid while petting the dog. Having love and empathy for another living thing doesn’t make you dumber.”—BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti in a seriously awesome interview with himself on the rise of Facebook, sharing and why animal photos don’t make you dumb.
“Develop your own compass, and trust it. Take risks, dare to fail, remember the first person through the wall always gets hurt.”—Aaron Sorkin giving the commencement address at Syracuse University on May 13, 2012. (via)
“Egocentricity, grandiose sense of self-worth. Pathological lying, cunning, manipulative. Lack of sincerity, lack of remorse or guilt, lack of empathy. Sensation seeking or proneness to boredom, failure to accept responsibility for own actions, and so forth.”—Some characteristics psychopathy, according to psychologist Robert Hare, from This American Life’s “The Psychopath Test”