Man Mistakes Ferrets For Poodles
When is a poodle not a poodle? When it’s a ferret masquerading as a poodle. A man in Buenos Aires, Argentina, purchased what he thought were two toy poodles, but later found out were a couple of overly fluffy ferrets. It’s unclear whether the man had never, you know, seen a poodle before, or if he’d just been distracted by the white fluffy fur of the animals, but he didn’t realize his mistake until he took the animals to the vet and learned that the ferrets “had been given steroids at birth to increase their size and then had some extra grooming to make their coats resemble a fluffy toy poodle.” The man paid $150 each for the ferrets (toy poodles normally go for around $1000). Weirdly, another woman from the same market said she’d been duped into purchasing a ferret she’d been told was a chihuahua, so it’s pretty clear that Argentina needs to revamp its Puppy Education Program.
Family Portrait Studios Close
The American tradition of posing for family photos at department stores is about done. CPI Corp, the portrait provider behind studios in Sears and some Walmart stores has closed. A statement on its website says all its U.S. locations have shut down.
NYC Payphones Will Take People Back To 1993
Want to journey to a grittier time in New York City’s not-too-distant past? A time when the murder rate was sky high? When Times Square was a crossroads of crime and porn? When Starbucks had yet to arrive and hardly anyone owned a cellphone? A project designed to promote an art exhibit has turned 5,000 Manhattan pay phones into time machines that take callers back to 1993. Pick up a receiver, punch 1-855-FOR-1993 and you will hear a notable resident recounting what life was like 20 years ago. The exhibit at the New Museum titled “NYC 1993” and the accompanying phone campaign run through May 26.
Harvard’s Latest Mind Control Experiment
A new experiment from Harvard Medical School allows volunteers to remotely wag a rat’s tail by using their brainwaves. Seung-Schik Yoo of Harvard Medical School and his colleagues have created a system that links a sedated rat to a human via a computer. The human volunteers wore electrode caps that monitored their brain activity, and the sedated rat was hooked up to a device that caused the rat’s neurons to fire at certain times. Humans were shown a strobe light, and then told to concentrate on the rat’s tail moving, when they did this, their brain caused the rat’s neurons to fire and its tail to move. Researchers say two humans might be able to use this system in the future, and they hope that it might be used to teach paralyzed victims to move again. (Daily Mail)