Holy Grail found at last?



It may sound like an April Fools prank, but it’s not.

“This is a very important discovery,” Margarita Torres, co-author of a new book, tells The Irish Times “because it helps solve a big puzzle.”

The discovery? The Holy Grail of holy grails — the cup revered by early Christians as the one used at the Last Supper. The Spanish historians traced the chalice to the Basilica of San Isidoro, a church in León, Spain. Continue reading


Don’t tell your boss: Most psychopaths hold what job?!


According to the book  The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success, we all can find a spot on a scale of madness. (And I use the first-person plural for a reason.)

One profession, however, seems to attract more psychopaths than most: CEO.

Not that the Big Boss is a serial killer. But he or she is more likely to be callous, uncaring, shallow, glib and selfish with a grandiose sense of self-worth, meeting the psychological definition of “psychopath.”

The same attributes evidently apply to reporters and media personalities — who are so egotistical, we hog two spots on the top 10 list.

The jobs most likely to attract psychopaths are … Continue reading


50 greatest world leaders? Obama not on list


The pope tops Fortune’s idiosyncratic list of the world’s 50 greatest leaders.

In order to make the list you couldn’t be dead or retired. The other criteria? “In an era that feels starved for leadership, we’ve found men and women who will inspire you — some famous, others little known, all of them energizing their followers and making the world better,” the magazine says.

President Obama does not make Fortune’s list.

Instead, it’s chock full of CEOs, with a sprinkling of celebrities and former heads of state/politicians thrown in, including Derek Jeter (No. 11); Michael Bloomberg (15); Angelina Jolie (21);  Gabrielle Giffords (24).

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Reports of civilization’s death greatly exaggerated


The Internet is sort of like an ocean, with currents of information that drift across vast distances and time, eddies where the data swirls, and waves that finally crash ashore.

For some reason last week, a study partly funded by NASA and dated Nov. 13, 2012, has bobbed back into headlines, thanks to a post by a blogger hosted by the Guardian and no doubt because of the subject matter: the collapse of advanced civilization. Continue reading


Greenfield digital artist to manufacture ‘average Barbie’


RealBarbieVs.AverageBarbieNickolay Lamm, a digital artist from Greenfield, created a stir last year when he produced images of what the average 19-year-old would look like if she were the model for the iconic Barbie doll.

His Photoshopped picture of the real Barbie ( left) vs. the average Barbie (right) flew across the Internet, prompting much discussion about beauty. And, he says, a lot of kids and parents started asking him: Where can we buy a doll like this?

So he’s teamed up with a former Mattel executive and has decided to manufacture a doll with standard body proportions. Continue reading


Don’t mess with my parking chair


A local merchant came up with a “joke” chair. Photo courtesy of Commonwealth Press.

It’s a fine winter tradition: When it snows, you shovel the parking space in front of your house and save it with a cheap, plastic chair, or whatever else you have handy.

In Chicago, it’s called dibs. In Boston, its longtime mayor referred to it as “this rummage sale” of space savers. In Philly, “savesies.”

But the time-honored practice is on thin ice in cities from the Midwest to New England. Continue reading


Map: Why is [Pennsylvania] so …


When you type a query in Google, the search engine’s algorithms go into overdrive and start to complete the question for you.

Amazing Maps has charted the stereotypes that are revealed when Google Autocomplete kicks in with: Why is [state] so [blank].

Well, we knew that Pa. was haunted.

It could be worse. Illinois is corrupt? N.J. is bad? Georgia is backwards?