From Paleo Snoozing to the Butt Dialing Crisis: This Week’s Curios


Every day of the year, CEO Justin Kitch writes a quirky fact, known as the Daily Curio, intended to tickle the brains of lifelong learners everywhere. This is a weekly digest.

Last week’s Curios covered the newspaper error that led to the Nobel Prize, how artisanal pizza could save the coal industry from extinction, and America’s butt dialing crisis.

Curio #860 | Hollywood sound tricks from skeuomorphs to reification
A common device in action movies uses text overlays to indicate the location of a new scene. Like “TOKYO, JAPAN” or “NEW YORK 2010.” But have you ever noticed the title often comes in one letter at a time, usually accompanied by a typing or beeping noise? Listen to a few seconds of the movie Furious 7 to see what I’m talking about. Or try Mission Impossible, Bourne Ultimatum, Pacific Rim, Independence Day, Iron Man… you get the idea. From now on you’ll start noticing it everywhere! This sound is an example of an… keep reading.

Curio #859 | Our prehistoric ancestors didn’t sleep much either
If you’re like most people, you probably sleep 6 – 7 hours a night, not the recommended 8 hours. Recently some scientists have blamed technology–Facebook feeds, Netflix queues and even the bluish glow of mobile screens themselves appear to keep our addled brains awake. But it turns out our prehistoric ancestors weren’t sleeping much either, way before smartphones. To determine this, researchers tracked the few people on our planet who still lead roughly Paleolithic lifestyles. The scientists recorded… keep reading.

Curio #858 | There’s a butt dialing crisis in America
Most everybody has been a victim of “butt dialing.” It’s when your cell phone randomly calls somebody–often the last person you spoke to–and the person on the other end eavesdrops on your —> Read More