There's a restaurant in New York where menu prices rise and fall based on demand just like the Stock Exchange!
The Exchange Bar & Grill in New York City is a unique restaurant in that menu prices aren't set in stone, but rather, they change based on how many people are asking for the same thing. The principle behind it is the same principle as a basic stock exchange: the more people want a stock (or an appetizer) the more that stock (or nachos) is worth; if less people want it, then it's cheaper.
The restaurant does this for all food and drink items, and they have a ticker tape menu with flashing prices showing what the current demand is. A glass of Guinness, for example, can cost as much as $8 or as little as $4 depending on how popular it is at the time.
Since the 1930s, scientists have known that when you remove certain parts of a monkey's brain, they would become fearless. For example, they would approach a snake, and bat it around like a stick and even played with their hissing tongues. The part that they remove is called the Amygdala. The experiment was repeated in a lot of other animals, and we now know that it also works in humans.
No, they didn't just take part of someone's brain out to find this out. Some researchers had access to a patient with brain damage to that part and they were able to study her fear behaviors. The patient showed no fear of creatures like snakes and spiders.
It might seem cool to feel no fear, but the patient had put herself at risk doing this. For example, she once walked alone through a park at night and she was attacked by a man with a knife. She walked through the same park again the next day.
One of the most famous episodes of South Park is called Trapped in the Closet. The episode pokes fun at the beliefs of the Church of Scientology, as well as at two of the most famous scientologists: Tom Cruise and John Travolta. It seems that the episode ruffled some feathers within the Scientology ranks, because some internal documents reveal that the church did a 'classic' investigation of Trey Parker and Matt Stone's lives.
A classic investigation included identifying their friends, performing public records checks and even going through their garbage to come up with incriminating references. Apparently the trash can reveal things like their phone records, bank records, personal letters, what kind of alcohol they drink, any prescriptions, diet and other information.
Apparently, though, what they found is that they're pretty normal guys. The same document said that the commanding officer was 'pissed' that not much was getting done.
It's called the Merry Cemetery and it's located in the village of Sapanta, Romania. It's famous because all the tombstones are colorful and painted with scenes from the buried person's life. Some people even have poems about them engraved in their tombstones.
It's an unusual cemetery because most other European cultures consider death to be something solemn. It's thought that this cemetery has a connection to the Dacian culture, which believes in the immortality of the soul and the belief that death is a joyful moment because it leads to a better life.
Read more about this cool place, and check more pics here.
It's no secret that Google is one of the most awesome workplaces in the world. Their offices are usually filled with a lot of amenities that make employee's lives easier. They have mini-kitchens all around so you can snack any time you want and you get things like "innovation Time" where you can spend 20% of your work time doing projects that you're interested in.
On your first week, though, you will probably be made to look like a fool. New employees are called "Nooglers" (presumably a portmanteau of New and Googler) and they're given a propeller beanie cap in Google colors that they are supposed to wear to the office on their first Friday working for the tech giant.