Sunday, May 24, 2009

Awesome Card Trick?

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Scouse Vasectomy

After having their 11th child, a Liverpool couple decided that was enough, as the social wouldn't buy them a bigger bed and they weren't strong enough to nick one.
The husband went to his doctor and told him that he and his wife didn't want to have any more children.

The doctor told him there was a procedure called a vasectomy that would fix the problem but it was expensive. A less costly alternative was to go home, get a firework, light it, put it in a beer can, then hold the can up to his ear and count to 10.

The Scouser said to the doctor, 'I may not be the smartest guy in the world, but I don't see how putting a firework in a beer can next to my ear is going to help me.'

‘Trust me, it will do the job', said the doctor.

So the man went home, lit a banger and put it in a beer can. He held the can up to his ear and began to count, '1, 2, 3, 4, 5,' at which point he paused, and placed the beer can between his legs so he could continue counting on his other hand.

This procedure also works in Leicester, parts of Wiltshire, and anywhere in Wales!

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Super Saimon Deluxe

Super Saimon Deluxe is a classic brain game that will test your sonic recollection abilities. To play, just mash the big pretty buttons, or press the corresponding arrow keys in the correct sequence before the timer runs out! Exercise your brain and improve your mental response-time!

you can find more sequence memory games here

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Monday, May 04, 2009

The Strangest Song. Book review

The Strangest Song. Book reviewGloria Lenhoff was born prematurely in 1955. Although she was originally assessed as a healthy child, she did not develop normally. It was not until Gloria was in her 30s that her developmental problems were associated with a specific diagnostic label. Williams Syndrome was identified. This is a genetic condition that occurs once in 7,500 births. It results in a characteristic physical appearance: restricted physical growth, small pointed facial features and restricted intellectual development.

This book, written with Gloria’s parents, is the story of her subsequent life, paralleled by the story of Williams Syndrome itself. Williams Syndrome leads to one particularly fascinating characteristic: musical ability. Howard Lenhoff noticed that his daughter was especially attentive when he played the guitar or played a record. She seemed to respond particularly to sound and noise. This story is the narrative of how Gloria Lenhoff became a performing singer, and how her life was shaped by a musical competence at odds with all her other limitations.

That aspect of her story begins with an account of her bat mitzvah, when she sang from the Song of Songs, and also played the accordion that her mother had given her in an attempt to foster her developing musical interest.

The story continues with two related narratives. There is Gloria’s own career as a singer. She progressed to giving public performances andmaking recordings, able to memorize and perform songs in different genres and different languages. It is also the story of how her father Howard Lenhoff worked to establish the research credibility of the association between Williams Syndrome and musical ability. The narrative takes us beyond the Lenhoff family, to encompass theWilliams Syndrome Association and the eventual provision of musical opportunities for people affected by it.

This is not an academic study of Williams syndrome, nor is it a contribution to our general understanding of dysmorphic and other genetic syndromes.

Readers of this journal will, however, find it a fascinating case study of how parents of affected children can work to search for and establish meaning; how they can develop their own forms of expertise in trying to unravel genetic problems; how self-help groups can mobilize and sponsor scientific knowledge in specific conditions.

It is also an example of the savant narrative, another example of unusual creative or performing abilities associated with disabling conditions. It is a fascinating account of how one small deletion (on chromosome 7) can give rise to a complex picture of physical, personal and intellectual characteristics.

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