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February 6, 2012

The Nine Domains of Disgust*



• Food

• Animals

• Poor hygiene

• Body products

• Sexual behaviors

• Certain moral offenses

• Contact with death or corpses

• Interpersonal contamination (contact with unsavory human beings)

• Violations of the exterior envelope of the body (including gore and deformity)


*For North Americans; domains will differ markedly depending on society.

For further reading: James Gorman's January 23, 2012 New York Times Science section front page article, "Survival's Ick Factor."

[via Rozin P., Haidt J., McCauley C.R.: "Disgust"; in Handbook of Emotions, Third Edition, 2008, pp. 757-776]

February 6, 2012 at 06:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Cable and cord control on the cheap


They masquerade as Goody's Ouchless Tiny Terry Ponytailers and cost $4.23 for a pack of 42.

Cheap at twice the price, considering they're much easier to use than fancy wire and cable control wraps costing 10 times more.

February 6, 2012 at 04:31 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack



Official poster of the Kurt Gödel Fan Club.

[via Fancy]

February 6, 2012 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Rock Paper Scissors Necklace


From the website:



Original necklace design on a 20" antiqued brass chain. Pendant includes a gold-plated scissor charm, a genuine hand-drilled stone found off the shore of Lake Michigan, and part of a page from a book called "Living Biographies of Great Composers" by Henry Thomas (laminated for protection).

I can adjust the length of the chain if you'd prefer (just send me a message).

Note: The paper text and stone color may vary slightly from the photos shown. If you have a specific preference for a lighter or darker stone, please send me a message.          



[via Fancy]

February 6, 2012 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Less Than 100g — "A blog dedicated to tiny & beautiful stuff"


Count me in.


To date a total of 12 issues have been published, a few of which appear in part above and below — read 'em all!


Fair warning: there goes the afternoon.


[via reader Mark Throneberry]

February 6, 2012 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Earth Blocks

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From Michael Hsu's review in Saturday's Wall Street Journal:

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"Even the most hard-core LEGO fan has to grow up someday. Fortunately, Earth Blocks give adult enthusiasts a more sophisticated way to get their stack-and-lock fix. Instead of the brash, kid-friendly colors of their Danish counterparts, Earth Blocks draw on more urbane hues — a palette of greens and browns, mottled, like a forest floor. The blocks are made from natural materials — coffee beans, cedar sawdust, or scraps of cedar bark — that have been blended with polypropylene for rigidity. Earth Blocks are softer around the edges than the classic toy. As a result, they don't snap together as tightly as LEGOs do, which makes them less than ideal for making lightsabers. But their uniform shape (the bricks come in just one size — 1-1/4" x 5/8" x 5/8") lets them stack beautifully, and the colors blend harmoniously no matter what combination you put them in. Plus, these toy blocks look more appropriate in a professional setting than miniature figurines with yellow heads."

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Coffee Beans, Cedar Sawdust or Cedar Bark.

Made in Japan.

Set of 50 blocks: $30.

February 6, 2012 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

1950s Mobil Coin-Operated Pegasus Ride

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From Dinosaurs and Robots: "Reportedly only five were ever made."

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[via the reader who sent me a link to this site — and whose name I've forgotten. My bad; get in touch, I'll credit you.]

February 6, 2012 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Face Slimmer Exercise Mouthpiece


Remember those wax lips we'd wear when we were little?


nuf sed.


Or maybe not; from the website:


To get and maintain the perfect visage, you don't need the cosmetic surgeon's knife.

All you need is a mouthpiece.

Yes, the Face Slimmer Exercise Mouthpiece is a simple solution to the timeless problem of how to give sagging facial skin and muscles that much-needed daily lift.

Just three minutes per day is all you need; pop in the mold and then make mouth movements.

The makers recommend you say vowel sounds out loud over and over again, producing regular and methodical exercises that will strength the 12 facial expression muscles in a comprehensive way.

Fight wrinkles around your eyes and help shape the overall look of your face, whether in front of the mirror, in the bath or at any other convenient time every day.

The movements are given extra load by the mold, forcing everything to work a bit harder and resulting in a more youthful, vibrant face.

Features and Details:

  • Recommend for use for three minutes per day, with vowel exercise
  • 7 x 7.2 x 4.75cm (2.8 x 2.8 x 1.9")
  • Silicone rubber



February 6, 2012 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (8) | TrackBack

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