Archive for April, 2007

Thanks to cell renewal, we each get a completely new skeleton every 10 years

from: Human Footprint, Channel 4 Thursday 26 April 9pm

Calculate your human footprint here.

(As a 19-year-old female, I’m estimated to have already shed 515 skins, owned 3 pcs and downed 37 bottles of wine… Sounds about right.)


We possibly, kind of, might not be alone…

Astronomers have found the most Earth-like planet outside our Solar System to date, a world which could have water running on its surface.


               A multi-media simulation showing the new planet discovered at La Silla's observatory, at European Southern Observatory (ESO)'s facility in Santiago. Astronomers reported on Tuesday they had discovered a 'super-Earth' more than 20 light years away that is the most intriguing world found so far in the search for extraterrestrial life.               Photo:/AFP

The planet orbits the faint star Gliese 581, which is 20.5 light-years away in the constellation Libra.

Scientists say the benign temperatures on the planet mean any water there could exist in liquid form, and this raises the chances it could also harbour life.

 “We have estimated that the mean temperature of this ‘super-Earth’ lies between 0 and 40 degrees Celsius, and water would thus be liquid,” explained Stephane Udry of the Geneva Observatory, lead author of the scientific paper reporting the result.

“Moreover, its radius should be only 1.5 times the Earth’s radius, and models predict that the planet should be either rocky – like our Earth – or covered with oceans.”

Gliese 581 C was identified at the European Southern Observatory (Eso) facility at La Silla in the Atacama Desert in Chile.

Continue reading ‘We possibly, kind of, might not be alone…’

1/3 of Irish couples marry after only a year together

A survey released this week by Accord, the Catholic Marriage Care Service, has shown that 33 per cent of Irish couples marry after only a one-year long relationship.The survey entitled “Married Life – the First 7 Years” is the first comprehensive study of its kind undertaken in Ireland.

According to the Shay Ellis, the National Director of ACCORD the research analysed “attitudes underpinning courtship, cohabitation, relationships, marriage and family size.”

“It also looks at money, overall happiness, and the role of the Church and State in supporting recently married couples.”

Bishop of Killaloe and President of Accord, Willie Walsh said: “This survey is clearly good news about marriage. It reassures us that the deeply felt human need for a life long loving relationship – which is marriage – is alive and well.”

Continue reading ‘1/3 of Irish couples marry after only a year together’

Irish are the 3rd happiest people in Europe

I’m not going to even try to seriously explain the findings of this study, conducted by the university of Cambridge. Studies like this are a pile of pants. Italian or Dane; warm desserts makes you happy. Jabs in the eye make you unhappy.

Nonetheless, if nothing else but to educate myself further on our European neighbours, I’ve prepared a photo-collage of answers to the question no-one cares about.

Happiness TOP FIVE

1. Denmark

Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen

 Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen is a little bit dreamy. I’d let him address my cabinet any day.

2. Finland

The Wolverine, generally only found in Lapland.

The Finnish have almost exclusive access to these cuddly little balls of fun. Wolverines have been known to prey on fully-grown moose, but really they’re the happiest little critters to hit lapland since Rudolf revealed his illicit affair with Mary Magdalene.

3. Ireland

Fig rolls: They’re just lovely.

4. Sweden


Hot swedish blondes make everyone smile.  As does this photo.

 5. Netherlands

Satellite image of the Netherlands (ca. May 2000)

The 1958 Delta project. Completed in 2002, goal of the project was to reduce the risk of flooding in the Zeeland to once per 10,000 years. Delighted with themselves, they are.

Unhappiness TOP FIVE

1. Italy

Gondolas in Venice Rialto Bridge in background

Ah, now, it’s just far too beautiful. No one likes to feel that all they have to offer is unparalelled Roman architecture and breathtaking Tuscan landscape

2. Portugal


For being ever so slightly not as good as she used to be, and for using brackets in her song titles (see image), she has brought shame on the good people of portugal. The bad people of portugal are suprisingly happy.

3. Greece

Statue of King Leonidas of Sparta

The Persian wars. Always people to hold a grudge, the Greeks.

4. Germany

Black Forest gateau

The Black Forest gateau or  Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte scandal.  A misprint in a 2004 cookbook written by Germany’s most popular celebrity chef Harald Wohlfahrt had half the german housewife population accidently substitute mood suppressants for maraschino cherries. Would have never happened with a warm dessert.

5. France

Symbol of France, the Eiffel tower atsunrise

The male French population is mostly at fault here. The Eiffel Tower is too large and throbbing a reminder of the men they’ll never be.

Barbie Loves MAC…and she lived in sin for 43 years


At 47 years old she has worked with over 50 leading designers and has one of the most recognisable faces in the world. And now the 11-inch fashion icon has branched out into beauty with what is set to be the most collectable make-up range of the season. So collectable in fact, that patrons are forbidden from buying more than one of any product.

“Many women’s first experiences with fashion and beauty were playing with Barbie. Today this fantasy continues with Barbie Loves MAC, a color collection that allows women to rediscover their inner girl,”-Richard Dickson, senior vice president of Marketing, Media and Entertainment, Worldwide, Mattel.

There is even a new limited edition MAC Barbie.


I would like to hereby and for the first time use my position as a blogger to defend this collection against criticism like this;

…MAC has turned to Barbie as the new face of beauty. …Barbie is a plastic mock-up of an unattainable female form. The models in the new Barbie Loves MAC ad campaign are styled to look like dolls; their facial expressions are vacant and frankly, a little frightening… Barbie Loves MAC rests on a more retro notion of women as empty silicone shells. I want to think that this line will fail because young women will be smarter than that, because we will resist the urge to be a plastic head, because we have lost the desire to idealize impossible breasts and feet that only fit in stiletto heels, but I don’t think that’s true. Instead, I think the people at MAC are on to something. I’m just disappointed that this is what’s being pitched to young women right now, particularly since I know that MAC…can do better.

 -Susan Wagner, a blogger at

First, I must defend the woman herself.

Barbie as an icon has become synonymous with the mental image of a pony-tailed valley girl carrying her intestines around in her blood-stained Louis Vuitton (although this image has been altered further of late, with the realisation that impossibly small feet would also have real-life Barbie crawling around on all fours). While I fully understand the reservations people may have about fostering such an unrealistic view of the female form from a young age, I maintain that toys are the one place where unachievable chest measurements should be condoned.  

Children are not idiots. They know that a doll is a doll just like a toy airplane is a toy airplane. And when a little boy finds himself to be an adult with neither the aptitude nor the desire to be a professional pilot, it hardly comes as a shock. Women aren’t expected to be dolls. Whether or not we can connect the OC to bulimia nervosa, a Barbie with a day wardrobe consisting of six ball gowns and scuba suit isn’t a role model for the modern girl. Continue reading ‘Barbie Loves MAC…and she lived in sin for 43 years’

Sex before marriage is wrong…and here’s a formal event to prove it.

Continue reading ‘Sex before marriage is wrong…and here’s a formal event to prove it.’

North Korea is the world’s least visited country


Only 1,800 Westerners make the trip each year.
Travel to North Korea is only possible as part of a guided tour. Independent travel is not permitted.  Citizens of the US, South Korea and people of South Korean origin are normally not permitted to visit the country.

Visiting North Korea is generally seen as a bureaucratic nightmare, and the traveller’s every move is monitored by tour guides. Ordinary North Koreans are forbidden to interact with tourists without authorization from the government.

Regardless of political beliefs, North Korea is generally acknowledged to be a beautiful and unique place to visit. The traveller must make his or her own mind up about the rights and wrongs of visiting the country.


WARNING: Under no circumstances whatsoever are you to say something that could be perceived as an insult to Kim Il-sung, Kim Jong-Il, Juche, or the North Korean people or government. You and your guide are likely to face serious trouble, although your guide will bear the worst of it. Assume at all times that you will be under constant surveillance throughout your trip. Your hotel room, bathrooms, telephones, faxes, emails and even modes of transportation will probably be bugged.

 (from wikitravel)


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