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Assorted links today May 28, 2007

Posted by Sharath Rao in assorted, geo-politics, science, weird.
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An interesting article about how circumstances and quirks of history endow some of us with unique legacies :

Whenever Russian and American relations look discouraging, which is very often lately, I think about my infant daughter’s late great-grandfathers. In the second World War, one great-grandfather on her American side was a scout for an armored division that raced across France into the heart of Germany, while on the other side of Europe, one of her Russian great-grandfathers was an artilleryman in the Red Army, plodding west against the same enemy. They never met each other, but the cause they fought for is worth remembering this Memorial Day, as both sides again gin up another predictable cycle of tension and suspicion.

Think about how interesting that infant daughter would sound when she relates her legacy. Not that someone should get any credit for that, but such happenstances make some of life’s stories more interesting (to some of us) than others.

The rest of the article is interesting to those interested in 20th century history.

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How to lose some pounds ? Remove half of your brain, apparently it does not affect much else 😉

The operation known as hemispherectomy—where half the brain is removed—sounds too radical to ever consider, much less perform. In the last century, however, surgeons have performed it hundreds of times for disorders uncontrollable in any other way. Unbelievably, the surgery has no apparent effect on personality or memory.

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Ants build roads. Another example of incredible diversity and brilliance of the natural world.

Army ants tired of potholes take one for the team, throwing their bodies into rough spots to make a smoother road for their sisters, British researchers reported on Sunday. They found that army ants of Central and South America match their own bodies to the size of the hole they want to plug. Several may plunge together to fill in bigger holes, they report in the journal Animal Behaviour. …”When it comes to rapid road repairs, the ants have their own do-it-yourself highways agency,” Franks said in a statement.”

Ofcourse, don’t tell the Bangalore Municipal corporation folks.

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And finally, how crackpot are you ?

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Comments»

1. Jeevan - May 30, 2007

Huh! Huh! Lol lol. Where do you find these stories? No, really where ?

2. Sharath Rao - May 30, 2007

🙂 … aam khaane wale to ped se kya matlab hai bhai 😉


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