From Arts & Letters Daily:
- Myths of British Ancestry -- "Everything you know about British and Irish ancestry is wrong. Our ancestors were Basques, not Celts. The Celts were not wiped out by the Anglo-Saxons, in fact neither had much impact on the genetic stock of these islands."
- Can Men Write Romantic Novels? -- "TV presenter Daisy Goodwin sparked a storm by claiming they can't. Here, two Telegraph writers, Ray Connolly and Liz Hunt, lock horns over the issue." I dunno, if a man wrote about women what Liz Hunt does here, he'd be burned at the stake.
- Dumbing Up -- "John Wiley & Sons, which bought the Dummies brand in 2001, cranks out 200 new Dummies titles a year. At that rate, there may soon be more Dummies books out there than dummies to read them."
From bauske: USB-rechargable Batteries -- Neat. :)
From gamera_spinning: How Brain's 'Mirrors' Aid Our Social Understanding -- "Human beings are exquisitely attuned to social cues and the behavior of others. Such signals tell us what is ahead and give us time to prepare. They tell us about many things that are never explicitly articulated in everyday life. Much of the time, in fact, we do not appreciate how skilled we are at reading social situations. We only realize how ingrained our ability to read social cues is when we see people with serious deficits in social awareness, such as people with autism or schizophrenia."