“For generations, people who live by the sea have held that, when pressed to the ear, seashells resound with something like the roar of the ocean—a sensation whose explanation has offered a puzzle pleasurable and provocative to scientists and lay listeners alike.
In his 1915 Book of Wonders, popular science writer Rudolph Bodmer suggested that the association followed from the symbolic power of shells: “The sounds we hear when we hold a sea shell to the ear are not really the sound of the sea waves. We have come to imagine that they are because they sound like the waves of the sea, and knowledge that the shell originally came from the sea helps us to this conclusion very easily.”2 But the likeness, he urged, had a technical explanation—though one in which similitude still figured. Both sea and seashell sounds were generated by waves: “The sounds we hear in the sea shell are really air waves”—waves, that is, of concentrated, resonant noise from the listener’s surroundings.
— CABINET // Seashell Sound
3:01 am • 5 April 2013 • 3 notes
“All that need be mentioned of Ebert’s social life was that in the early 1980s he briefly went out with the hostess of a modest local TV show called “AM Chicago.” Taking her to the Hamburger Hamlet for dinner, Ebert suggested that she syndicate her show, using his success with Siskel as an example of the kind of riches that awaited. While she didn’t return his romantic interest, Oprah Winfrey did follow his business advice.”
— Roger Ebert dead at 70 after battle with cancer - Chicago Sun-Times
11:39 pm • 4 April 2013 • 15 notes
Same Behavior, Different Consequences: Reactions to Men’s and Women’s
Altruistic Citizenship Behavior
No surprises here: women get penalized if they don’t help, don’t get extra points if they do. Men don’t get penalized if they don’t help, and get extra points if they do.
6:30 am • 4 April 2013 • 3 notes
if you’re not watching The Americans you’re a fool
1:06 pm • 31 March 2013 • 2 notes
TI opened a hair salon in “Blurred Lines”
the bes part of the vid obvs
12:17 am • 26 March 2013 • 19 notes