May 19, 2009

-FUPPETS- For Readers XXI

-FUPPETS- is always on the look out for new tasty bits of informational ephemera to feed your brains. Your brain looks starved. In this day and age of mass communication and the ridiculous availability of material, it is a sad statement that your brain is not fat as fuck gorging on the raw data that makes it happy.

THE ODD SPIRITUALISM OF SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE: Sherlock Holmes is renowned for being super-rational. Yet his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, claimed to speak with the spirits of the dead. Andrew Lycett considers this paradox on the eve of the author's 150th birthday. - ( Andrew Lycett - More Intelligent Life )

FROM 'ONCE UPON A TIME' TO 'HAPPILY EVER AFTER': Fairy-tale scholars explore the nuanced history of the genre. - ( Jennifer Howard - The Chronicle Review )

As the Walkman returns after 30 years, why we'd all be happier if we'd never heard of the GADGET THAT HELPED BREAK BRITAIN - ( A N Wilson - The Daily Mail )

WHAT MAKES US HAPPY?: Is there a formula—some mix of love, work, and psychological adaptation—for a good life? For 72 years, researchers at Harvard have been examining this question, following 268 men who entered college in the late 1930s through war, career, marriage and divorce, parenthood and grandparenthood, and old age. Here, for the first time, a journalist gains access to the archive of one of the most comprehensive longitudinal studies in history. Its contents, as much literature as science, offer profound insight into the human condition—and into the brilliant, complex mind of the study’s longtime director, George Vaillant. - ( Joshua Wolf Shenk - The Atlantic )

THE WORLD'S BEST ILLUSION: The secret of the curve ball. - ( Devin Powell - American Institute of Physics )

BUCKMINSTER FULLER'S WORLD: The strange career of a would-be seer - ( Terry Teachout - Wall Street Journal )

7 WAYS TO ANNOY A FLIGHT ATTENDANT: Our anonymous flight attendant has worked for a well-known commercial airline for 12 years. She dishes on what irritates her most in passenger behavior. - ( Budget Travel )

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