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January 14th, 2009

Very quick quizzes [Jan. 14th, 2009|09:45 pm]

You Are "alt"

Some people might find you to be strange, mysterious, and even a bit off putting.

You tend to be drawn to and influenced by alternative lifestyles. You're definitely not normal.

Once people get to know you, they realize you're interesting, intriguing, and very intelligent.

You have a lot of knowledge stored in that big brain of yours. Most of it is useless knowledge, but some of it is very useful.

You Communicate With Your Eyes

When you say, "I'll believe it when I see it" - you really mean it.

For you, what you see is a lot more important than what you hear.

You don't take someone's words at face value. You judge people by their facial expressions, body language, and appearance.

You tend to be quiet, but when you talk, you tend to make eye contact and describe things in colorful detail.

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It's a western brain. [Jan. 14th, 2009|09:59 pm]

MP Graham Stringer says Dyslexia is a symptom of bad teaching, not a problem in the mind.

He puts this following, startling observation to the reader:

"If dyslexia really existed then countries as diverse as Nicaragua and South Korea would not have been able to achieve literacy rates of nearly 100%.

"There can be no rational reason why this 'brain disorder' is of epidemic proportions in Britain but does not appear in South Korea or Nicaragua."

Is this true!?
I can find no scientific evidence on-line.

If it is then this is the biggest educational failing of schools in the west!

I'm googling around:

So far, people are saying those locations can't be trusted as their government's skew figures out of pride.

So I suppose the easiest method of ascertaining how accurate he is, is by finding out if anywhere in the world has nearly 100% literacy levels, and also has results that can be trusted. Hmmmm.
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Casu marzu [Jan. 14th, 2009|11:02 pm]

"The eggs hatch and the larvae begin to eat through the cheese.[6] The acid from the maggots' digestive system breaks down the cheese's fats,[6] making the texture of the cheese gooey and soft, with some liquid (called lagrima, from the Sardinian for "tears") seeping out. The larvae themselves appear as translucent white worms, about 0.33 inches (8.38 mm) long.[5] By the time it is ready for consuming, a typical piece of Casu marzu will contain thousands of these maggots"

"Because the larvae in the cheese can launch themselves for distances up to 15 centimetres (6 in) when disturbed,[5][8] diners hold their hands above the sandwich to prevent the maggots from leaping into their eyes."
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