Friday, March 27, 2015

The Culture that is Oklahoma: #Weatherdong edition

Tornado season has kicked off right on queue, with Moore taking a glancing blow, but for savvy Okies everywhere, the fun is watching the local news folks go absolutely crazy and in looking for #weatherdongs on the TV radar.

Here's some examples (apologies in advance to the LMM):

Hat tip to #thelostogle, who is the #4 must follow Okie behind me, Robin and Wayne Coyne. Rounding out the top 5 would be @GaddieWindage

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Clouds taste metallic

Here is an actual un-"shopped" photo of actual clouds this evening in Norman before the Gustnado activity kicked of the 2015 tornado season:

Pretty freaky, but no real damage done in Normatopia.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Why Was the Internet Invented?

A perennial question:  Why did Mr. Overwater invent the internet?

It may have been this "Poo-Pourri" video.

Or it may have been this video of a cat playing Jenga.

Either way...THANKS, Mr. Overwater!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Florida or Ohio Redux

Oh man. These are definitely the two greatest states in the Union. Here's the headline (click through to the story only AFTER you guess its location):


Now you put your thinking caps on and tell me where this went down.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Great Moments in Science: Cold Cash

Money makes people feel cold.  No, really, it's "science."

The Cold Heart: Reminders of Money Cause Feelings of Physical Coldness 

Leonie Reutner, Jochim Hansen & Rainer Greifeneder
 Social Psychological and Personality Science, forthcoming

 Abstract: Mere reminders of money have been shown to cause socially “cold” behavior. Recent research suggests that the metaphor of “social coldness” is bodily grounded and thus linked to actual sensations of physical coldness. We therefore hypothesized that reminding individuals of money causes them to feel physically colder. This hypothesis was put to test in two studies, drawing on predictions from psychophysiological thermal perception. In Study 1, individuals who had been reminded of money perceived the air in the room as colder compared to a control group (an assimilation effect). Contrarily, in Study 2, they perceived water (a medium that was only momentarily experienced) as warmer compared to individuals not reminded of money (a contrast effect). Together these findings demonstrate that reminders of money cause sensations of actual physical coldness and add to the literature of both the psychological effects of money and human thermal perception.

Remarkably, this is apparently a thing.