Friday, 30 September 2005

Completely off-topic

The *worst film ever made* officially is Plan 9 from outer space".

Apparently the film's original title was "Grave Robbers from Outer Space", but the Baptist ministers who financed the picture objected to it.

I've actually seen some of this film. It truly IS attrocious, although the passage of time has softened the jagged edges, so that it's now slightly 'quaint' and 'amusing'. Unlike the 'Biggles' film they made in the 80's, which was utterly and completely attrocious. The 80s was a really bad era for film making apparently.

An interesting question - does physiology influence behaviour or behaviour influence physiology? Pathological liars' brains are different from normal people's. The fibbers had up to 26 per cent more white matter than the honest folk, a study has found, suggesting that it is the white matter that allows people to deceive, and that pathological liars may not always be in complete control of their porkies.

The findings, published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, are in line with similar research into autism. Autistic people have more grey matter than non-autistic people, and generally find it much harder to lie.

An finally, also from The Register, Danish F-16s total Rudolph - Santa compensated for outrage. Air force spokesman Captain Morten Jensen told Associated Press: "We got a letter from Santa complaining about his reindeer's death and looked into it seriously. We're more than happy to pay if it means children around the world will get their presents."

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