A researcher at the University of Bath found that drivers crowd bicyclists with helmets, leave extra space for those without helmets, but leave the most space for women (or men with a blonde wig). He found that drivers get 3.3 inches closer to helmeted pedalers and gave an extra 5.5 inches for the wigged bicyclist. As the researcher explains it, drivers assume if the bicyclist is wearing a helmet then he is part of the "lycra-clad street warriors" group and thus fair game. During his study, he was hit twice by vehicles - both times while wearing a helmet.
"We know helmets are useful in low-speed falls, and so definitely good for children, but whether they offer any real protection to somebody struck by a car is very controversial," said Walker. "Either way, this study suggests wearing a helmet might make a collision more likely in the first place."
National Geographic has a new book out of fascinating photos of workers throughout the world in the most bizarre jobs. A collection of 220 photographs.
Culled from National Geographic's vast photographic archive as well as other important collections, this fascinating, wide-ranging volume presents a wonderfully varied group portrait of people at work—in great cities and tiny villages; in 19th-century China and 21st-century New York; in fields, factories, food carts, four-star restaurants, and just about everywhere else we earn our keep. We see cowboys and clowns, dancers and dog groomers, miners and models. On one page, drill sergeants bark orders to U.S. Navy recruits; on another, young Tibetan monks study Buddhist scriptures; and on another, Kenyan women spread coffee beans to dry.
HR People get lots of telemarketing calls for which this tool would come in handy. The Telecrapper 2000 is open source software (free) you can run on your computer to answer telemarketing calls and keep them talking endlessly. Here's a funny flash animation of a poor telemarketer caught in the system.
The Telecrapper 2000 (TC2K) is a computerized system designed to intercept incoming Telemarketing calls on the first ring, and then carry on a virtual conversation with the telemarketer.
Sammy has been working at the Cypress Palms assisted living community for a year now. Found in a clump of discarded egg shells and raised by a human, Sammy is more comfortable with people and air conditioning than animals and the outdoors.
Sammy and [his human] work double shifts on the weekends and a regular shift every other Wednesday.
Before and after dinner time, Sammy and Diane go room to room checking on residents.