Monthly Archives: December 2012

New York Celebration Spot – In 1880

New Years Celebration spot in 1880. Longacre Square, New York City, 1880. It was not until The Times moved here after some demolition it was called “Times Square” Last year was the last hosting by Dick Clark. 1880 was the first… (ok, I made the last part up)


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Happy New Year – Be it Resolved….

The following are some New Years’ Resolution Statistics for 2012.

For myself, I promised to reduce stress, lose weight, and publish my first novel.  I reduced stress and my heart is beating correctly for the first time in twenty years, I lost 80 pounds, though I gained 5 back over the holidays, and I have three books published, as well as around 35 short stories and magazine articles.  I must say this is the FIRST time I EVER kept any resolutions.  How did the rest of you do last year?  What are you planning this year?

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New Years Resolution Statistics

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New Years Resolution Statistics

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Source: University of Scranton. Journal of Clinical Psychology
Published: 12.13.2012


Rank Top 10 New Years resolutions for 2012
Lose Weight
Getting Organized
Spend Less, Save More
Enjoy Life to the Fullest
Staying Fit and Healthy
Learn Something Exciting
Quit Smoking
Help Others in Their Dreams
Fall in Love
Spend More Time with Family
News Years Resolution Statistics Data
Percent of Americans who usually make New Year’s Resolutions 45%
Percent of Americans who infrequently make New Year’s Resolutions 17%
Percent of Americans who absolutlely never make New Year’s Resolutions 38%
Percent of people who are successful in achieving their resolution 8%
Percent who have infrequent success 49%
Percent who never succeed and fail on their resolution each year 24%
People who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don’t explicitly make resolutions
Type of Resolutions (Percent above 100% because of multiple resolutions) Data
Self Improvement or education related resolutions 47%
Weight related resolutions 38%
Money related resolutions 34%
Relationship related resolutions 31%
Age Success Rates Data
Percent of people in their twenties who achieve their resolution each year 39%
Percent of people over 50 who achieve their resolution each year 14%
Length of Resolutions Data
Resolution maintained through first week 75%
Past two weeks 71%
Past one month 64%
Past six months 46%

statistics on new years resolutions? what are the top ten news years resolutions of 2012 ? what is the success rate for new years resolutions ?

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Travel New York to Beijing in 2 Hours!

High Speed Travel Tubes Can Take You From NY To Beijing In 2 Hours

The Evacuated Tube Transport (ETT) system would take passengers from New York to Beijing in just two hours. Advocates of Evacuated Tube Transport (ETT) claim it is silent, cheaper than planes, trains, or cars and faster than jets.

How it would work: put a superconducting maglev train in evacuated tubes, then accelerate using linear electric motors until the design velocity is attained. Passive superconductors allow the capsules to float in the tube, while eddy currents induced in conducting materials drive the capsules. Efficiency of such a system would be high, as the electric energy required to accelerate a capsule could largely be recaptured as it slows.

The train capsules will be inserted and taken out of the tubes at “airlock stations at stations along the routes.” The capsules are expected to be accelerated to a velocity of 4,000 mph; after they reach this peak, they will “coast through the remainder of the trip.” Supposedly, the tubes will be able to be networked like freeways but will need multiple tubes to keep from having scheduling delays on long distance trips.

Capsules can be made large enough for one person to travel or a large bus; however, the ideal capsule size will be the same  as a car and carry four to six passengers. The tubes will have more space than what is available on plane seats for those who worry about a claustrophobic situation. The passengers will also not be able to feel the speed at which they are traveling.

Even if this way of traveling can seem a little daunting, if ETT were to become a reality, it would be more cost efficient, definitely faster, and much greener than normal travel. It is also suppose to be an extremely safe way of traveling. ETT travel seems very appealing and could really improve the way that many things are delivered other than people such as goods and medical supplies.  It will be interesting to watch as this type of travel is developed.

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Dogs in Costumes and Outfits

For your cute Monday dog pictures, the theme today is costumes and outfits.  Enjoy!

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Brain Remover Found – No Not Jersey Shore…

A brain remover was found.  No, not Jersey Shore, or Baby Boo-Boo, this one is from ancient Egypt, and made of wood, not poorly cast fake reality shows.

Mummy Brain: Gray Matter-Removal Tool Found In Ancient Egyptian Skull

Posted: 12/15/2012 12:36 am EST

By: Owen Jarus, LiveScience Contributor

Published: 12/14/2012 11:04 AM EST on LiveScience

A brain-removal tool used by ancient Egyptian embalmers has been discovered lodged in the skull of a female mummy that dates back around 2,400 years.

Removal of the brain was an Egyptian mummification procedure that became popular around 3,500 years ago and remained in use in later periods.

Identifying the ancient tools embalmers used for brain removal is difficult, and researchers note this is only the second time that such a tool has been reported within a mummy’s skull.

The discovery

Located between the left parietal bone and the back of the skull, which had been filled with resin, the object was discovered in 2008 through a series of CT scans. Researchers then inserted an endoscope (a thin tube often used for noninvasive medical procedures) into the mummy to get a closer look and ultimately detach it from resin to which it had gotten stuck.  [See Photos of Mummy & Brain-Removal Tool]


The object, which measures 3 inches (8 cm) in length, was cut off from resin that it had gotten stuck to (hence the jagged edge). Made of a species Monocotyledon plant, it would have been used to remove the mummy’s brain.

“We cut it with a clamp through the endoscope and then removed it from the skull,” said lead researcher Dr. Mislav Čavka, of the University Hospital Dubrava in Zagreb Croatia, in an interview with LiveScience.

They found themselves peering at an object more than 3 inches (8 centimeters) long that would have been used for liquefying and removing the brain. “It almost definitely would have been used in excerebration [brain removal] of the mummy,” Čavka said.

The instrument would have been inserted through a hole punched into the ethmoid bone near the nose. “Some parts [of the brain] would be wrapped around this stick and pulled out, and the other parts would be liquefied,” Čavka said.

The Egyptian mummy could then be put on its abdomen and the liquid drained through the nose hole. “It is an error that [the] embalmers left this stick in the skull,” said Čavka, adding the tool may have broken apart during the procedure.

This embalming accident, unfortunate for the ancient mummy, has provided researchers with a very rare artifact. Čavka’s team point out in a paper they published recently in the journal RSNA RadioGraphics the only other brain-removal stick found inside a mummy’s skull dates back 2,200 years.

When the object was first discovered researchers were not sure what it was. So they inserted an endoscope (a thin tube used for non-invasive medical procedures) into the mummy to get a closer look.

“Probably in museums in Egypt there are many other evidences, but they were not found inside the skull,” making it tricky to identify such artifacts as brain-removal tools, said Čavka.

The mummy is currently in the Archaeological Museum in Zagreb Croatia and is that of a woman who died around the age of 40. Brought to Croatia in the 19th century without a coffin, it’s not known where she was found in Egypt. Radiocarbon dating and CT scans of the mummy determined its date to be around 2,400 years. Her cause of death is unknown.

New insights

The stick is quite brittle and the team could not do as thorough of an analysis as they’d hoped. Looking at it under a microscope, botanical experts determined the tool is made from plants in the group Monocotyledon, which includes forms of palm and bamboo.

brain removal tool
CT scans of a 2,400-year-old female mummy revealed a tubular object embedded in its skull between the brain’s left parietal bone and the resin filled back of the skull. It would turn out to be a tool used for the removal of the brain.

The most curious find came when the researchers compared their discovery with an ancient account of brain removal made by the Greek writer Herodotus in the fifth century B.C. A visitor to Egypt, he had this to say about how Egyptian brain removal worked (as translated by A. D. Godley, Cambridge, Harvard University Press, 1920, through Perseus Digital Library):

“Having agreed on a price, the bearers go away, and the workmen, left alone in their place, embalm the body. If they do this in the most perfect way, they first draw out part of the brain through the nostrils with an iron hook, and inject certain drugs into the rest.”

The recent discovery suggests an organic stick, not an “iron hook,” was used in at least some of these procedures, possibly for economic reasons. Researchers note that the tool found in the skull of the other mummy, dating from 2,200 years ago, was also made of an organic material.

“It is known that mummification was widely practiced throughout ancient Egyptian civilization, but it was a time-consuming and costly practice. Thus, not every­one could afford to perform the same mummifi­cation procedure,” write the researchers in their journal article.

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First Edition of Steampunk Airship Crew Hiring

Ok, you have your brand new Steam-powered dirigible.  You can fight for honor and country, you can smuggle goods, you can commit air piracy, you can explore, or you can put into place your plans for world domination.  (I plan to do a series of these, I hope you like them.)  Yes, you are the Captain, or more accurately, the Admiral.  Your first ship is ready, one of many to come.  These are the first group of 22 pictures for people applying as crew.  You cannot take them all.  Who would YOU pick?  What will be the name of your first ship?

Lord Reginald Harcourt, one of the main characters in The Travelers’ Club series (written by yours truly) named his air yacht Jenny after his young niece.

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December 30, 2012 · 12:12 am