15 things about the tongue

A few tidbits: The blue whale has the largest tongue in the animal kingdom. It's the size of an elephant and weighs 5,400 lbs. The five known tastes detected by the tongue are: bitter, sour, salty, sweet and umami. Tongue cleaning with a tongue scraper is proven to help prevent heart attacks, pneumonia, premature births, … Continue reading 15 things about the tongue

The pattern behind self-deception

Michael Shermer, the Founding Publisher of Skeptic magazine and the Executive Director of the Skeptics Society, gave a talk at TED about self-deception -- how our mind (sometimes) plays tricks on us. A couple of interesting tidbits: Dopamine antagonists decrease the patterns we see Dopamine agonists increase the patterns we see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_6-iVz1R0o Wonderful stuff!

Stats about cigarette companies

The following infographic presents some interesting facts about big tobacco: The largest US tobacco company, Philip Morris International, is the 94th most profitable company in the country. The top three US tobacco companies made over $50 billion in revenues in 2009. China is the largest cigarette producing country in the world. Tobacco companies from that … Continue reading Stats about cigarette companies

Stats about pharmaceutical companies

Have a look at the infographic below for some sobering facts about pharmaceutical companies in the US. Here are a few snippets: The cost of prescription drugs rises 12% every year; they now cost 3x more than 30 years ago. The markup on prescription drugs varies from 5,000% to 225,000%! That's pure profit these companies … Continue reading Stats about pharmaceutical companies

Identity theft and password security

A neat infographic that details how identity theft occurs and why password security fails when passwords aren't secure enough. If you've ever wondered why you're asked to choose both lowercase and uppercase letters in your password, know this: an eight-character lowercase password can be cracked in just two hours, but if you add just one … Continue reading Identity theft and password security

The history of rickrolling

Green IT Week: June 1-7, 2010

ComputersOFF.org is hosting a virtual Green IT Week from June 1-7. This is an issue that's of particular importance to me. Having been an IT director, I know how much power the combined laptops, desktops and servers of an organization can consume, and how much pollution is generated by the disposal of computer hardware (see … Continue reading Green IT Week: June 1-7, 2010