Most Impressive Human Achievements Of 2012

1)Felix Baumgartner jumped to earth from the edge of space:

Felix Baumgartner jumped to earth from the edge of space:

Felix Baumgartner set the world record for longest skydive/free fall when he jumped down some 24 miles from outer space in October, 2012.

2)Oscar Pistorius became the first amputee to compete in the Summer Olympics:

Oscar Pistorius became the first amputee to compete in the Summer Olympics:

South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius had previously competed and won in several Paralympic games but as a double amputee, his inclusion in this year’s London Olympic games was groundbreaking.

3)Doctors at Johns Hopkins made an ear grow in someone’s arm:

Doctors at Johns Hopkins made an ear grow in someone's arm:

Sherrie Walter knew she would never want to wear a prosthetic ear after she lost hers to cancer – but little did she know science would enable her to grow her own ear from her own tissue a few years later. The incredible operation was performed by crafting the ear out of cartilage from her rib cage then placing it under the skin of her arm for four months to allow it to grow.

10 Psychological States You’ve Never Heard Of…

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Everybody knows what you mean when you say you’re happy or sad. But what about all those emotional states you don’t have words for? Here are ten feelings you may have had, but never knew how to explain.

1. Dysphoria
Often used to describe depression in psychological disorders, dysphoria is general state of sadness that includes restlessness, lack of energy, anxiety, and vague irritation. It is the opposite of euphoria, and is different from typical sadness because it often includes a kind of jumpiness and some anger. You have probably experienced it when coming down from a stimulant like chocolate, coffee, or something stronger. Or you may have felt it in response to a distressing situation, extreme boredom, or depression.

2. Enthrallment
Psychology professor W. Gerrod Parrott has broken down human emotions into subcategories, which themselves have their own subcategories. Most of the emotions he identifies, like joy and anger, are pretty recognizable. But one subset of joy, “enthrallment,” you may not have heard of before. Unlike the perkier subcategories of joy like cheerfulness, zest, and relief, enthrallment is a state of intense rapture. It is not the same as love or lust. You might experience it when you see an incredible spectacle — a concert, a movie, a rocket taking off — that captures all your attention and elevates your mood to tremendous heights.

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Modified Murphy’s Law :)

Murphy’s Laws of Computing

  • When computing, whatever happens, behave as though you meant it to happen.
  • When you get to the point where you really understand your computer, it’s probably obsolete.
  • The first place to look for information is in the section of the manual where you least expect to find it.
  • When the going gets tough, upgrade.
  • For every action, there is an equal and opposite malfunction.
  • He who laughs last probably made a back-up.
  • A complex system that does not work is invariably found to have evolved from a simpler system that worked just fine.
  • The number one cause of computer problems is computer solutions.
  • A computer program will always do what you tell it to do, but rarely what you want to do.

Joke on system programmer :)

A grade school teacher was asking his pupils what their parents did for a living. “Tim, you be first. What does your mother do all day?”
Tim stood up and proudly said, “She’s a doctor.”
“That’s wonderful. How about you, Amy?”
Amy shyly stood up, scuffed her feet and said, “My father is a mailman.”
“Thank you, Amy” said the teacher. “What does your parent do, Billy?”
Billy proudly stood up and announced, “My daddy plays piano in a whorehouse.”

The teacher was aghast and went to Billy’s house and rang the bell. Billy’s father answered the door. The teacher explained what his son had said and demanded an explanation. Billy’s dad said, “I’m actually a system programmer specializing in TCP/IP communication protocol on UNIX systems. How can I explain a thing like that to a seven-year-old?”