ZiL lanes (also sometimes called “Chaika lanes”) are lanes on some principal roads in Moscow dedicated to vehicles carrying senior government officials. Known officially in Russian as rezervniye polosy (“reserved lanes”), they took their nickname from the black limousines produced by ZiL and the luxury Chaika cars that were used by officials of the Soviet Union as their official vehicles. ZiL lanes emerged in the 1960s during the rule of Leonid Brezhnev, replacing the previous system of having other vehicles flagged down to make way for those of top officials. The lanes were inserted into the middle of some of Moscow’s main highways in place of the central reservations and were off-limits to all but authorised civilian and emergency service vehicles.
A study at Swinburne University in Melbourne gave 40 participants the Defined Intensity Stressor Simulation — a battery of concurrent tests that appear on a screen, all at once, designed both to induce stress and to measure subject performance.
Recent studies have indicated that animals have a greater grasp of basic math than previously believed (one 2008 study demonstrated the ability of some birds to grasp quantities up to 12). American black bears in particular seem to be more able to better gauge quantities than expected.
New research, published in the Journal Trends in Plant Science, has revealed that plants not only respond to sound, but they also communicate to each other by making “clicking” sounds.
This chart compares peoples SAT scores with the music they listen to. The x-axis represent the SAT score while the colored boxes indicate the music genre and the artist / composer.
September 10th, 1945 finds a strapping (but tender) five and a half month old Wyandotte rooster pecking through the dust of Fruita, Colorado. The unsuspecting bird had never looked so delicious as he did that, now famous, day. Clara Olsen was planning on featuring the plump chicken in the evening meal. Husband Lloyd Olsen was sent out, on a very routine mission, to prepare the designated fryer for the pan. Nothing about this task turned out to be routine. Lloyd knew his Mother in Law would be dining with them and would savor the neck. He positioned his ax precisely, estimating just the right tolerances, to leave a generous neck bone. “It was as important to Suck-Up to your Mother in Law in the 40’s as it is today.” A skillful blow was executed and the chicken staggered around like most freshly terminated poultry.
New research has determined that a judgmental attitude may just go hand in hand with exposure to organic foods. In fact, a new study published in the journal of Social Psychological and Personality Science, has found that organic food may just make people act a bit like jerks.
A study involving a staggering 2.4 million people has revealed that dying on your birthday is possibly more common than we might assume. Researchers in Switzerland determined that the effect may be due to something called the anniversary reaction hypothesis, and even cite stress surrounding the big day as a reason people are prone to kick it on their birthdays.