Sep 18, 2018

coffee never taste as good as it smells

She walked in to see Annika frowning down at a mug of coffee. 
“Why doesn’t it taste the way it smells?”

Stars of Fortune


CC BY-SA 3.0,

For many, the scent of freshly brewed coffee is the first highlight of the day. Now, scientists claim to have solved the mystery of why it never tastes as good as it smells.

Sep 17, 2018

...rain kept him from mowing the lawn...

“How then? Robbing banks, dealing drugs, selling your body?”
“All viable options, but no. I won the lottery.”
“Get out. Really?” Delighted, fascinated, she lifted her glass in toast before stretching out
a hand for a pretzel.
“Yeah, just a fluke. Or, you know, destiny, again depending. I picked up a ticket now and
then. Actually, hardly ever. Then one day I went in for a six-pack of Corona, sprang for a

High Noon

She shook her head, gaped at him. “You won a hundred and thirty eight million dollars on
a lottery ticket?”
“Yeah, go figure. Best six-pack I ever bought.”


By Archives New Zealand from New Zealand - Golden Kiwi Tickets, CC BY-SA 2.0,

A Virginia man credits mother nature and an abandoned day of landscaping with his $10 million lottery jackpot win. 
Charles Martin of Amelia Courthouse told the Virginia Lottery he got home from work on a recent evening and began to mow the lawn but had his efforts stopped short when it began to rain.

Sep 14, 2018

memories as infants might not be lost

The light from the lamp slanted over her face, caught something, something in her eyes that jiggled at the corners of his memory.

"Did you have a picture on the wall? Flowers, white flowers in a blue vase?"

Her fingers tightened on the brush. "Yes, in my bedroom in New York. One of my watercolors. Not a very good one."

"And you had colored bottles on a table. Lots of them, different sizes and stuff."

"Perfume bottles." Her throat was closing again, so she was forced to clear it. "I used to collect them."
"You let me sleep in your bed with you." His eyes narrowed as he concentrated on the vague blips of memory. Soft smells, soft voice, colors and shapes. "You told me some story, about a frog."

The Frog Prince. Into her mind flashed the image of how a little boy had curled against her, the bedside lamp holding back the dark for both of them, his bright-blue eyes intense on her face as she'd calmed his fears with a tale of magic and happily ever after.

"You had—when you came to visit, you had bad dreams. You were just a little boy."

Inner Harbor


By © Nevit Dilmen, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Memory traces from our earliest years might stay in our brains.

Most people don't remember anything before the age of 3, but a new study out of New York University suggests that memories formed in our early years might still be latent in our brains. With the right triggers, those memories might get unlocked, reports New Scientist.

Sep 13, 2018

winter's coming

The amusement parks opened for business on weekends in the spring and fall. In the three summer months they worked seven days a week. The summer kept the town alive; it drew tourists, and tourists meant business. For one-fourth of the year, the town swelled from a population of thirteen or fourteen thousand to three hundred thousand. The bulk of those three hundred thousand people had come to the small coastal town to have fun.

Less of a Stranger 


By Eric Jones, CC BY-SA 2.0,

photos of amusement parks in the winter

September is quickly approaching, which can only mean one thing - summer is over. And with summer ending, it's the perfect time to get in all those last-minute warm weather activities you'll miss, like heading to your favorite amusement park.
If you really need a push, look no further than these sad photos of amusement parks during their off-season. They'll have you grabbing your friends and your car keys in no time - no one wants to admit that winter is right around the corner.


Sep 12, 2018

The Crying Game

Tears came along with the breath, so she pressed her face to the wood.
“You want me on my knees, that’s the way to do it.” 
Rubbing his hands over his face, Brooks dug for composure.

The Witness


By RIA Novosti archive, image #346 / Ozersky / CC-BY-SA 3.0, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Women’s Tears Dial Down Testosterone

Men tend to hate it when women cry — for reasons that they often have difficulty articulating. Now, new research suggests why — men may be biologically primed to react to a woman’s tears. 


Now her eyes glimmered with tears, and Fox quite simply wanted to step into the
street into the path of a passing truck.

Blood Brothers

Sep 10, 2018

Truth Behind the “Perfect” Shot

“We’re going to do even better. Let’s try a few in that same pose.”
Warming up now, Mac noted as she chatted Rosa up along with Emma. She tossed in quick directions. Tilt your head to the right, shift your shoulders. Halfway through she handed Rosa one of Emma’s long-stems, tried shots with the flower as a prop.

Vision in White


By Cary Tse - Imported from 500px (archived version) by the 
Archive Team. (detail page), CC BY-SA 3.0,

Brazilian photographer Gilmar Silva put his career on a whole new level when he pulled back the curtain and let the public in on how professional photographers get the shots they're after. His series LUGARxFOTO is an ongoing look at how Silva makes magic right on site, using assistants and simple props to help him deliver the highest quality portrait to his clients.


“What did she think?”
“She cried. In a good way. Must be a hormone thing. Tears just started rolling down her cheeks and scared the shit out of me. Then she said the best thing.” Mac paused, letting the memory glow inside her. “She said she was never going to think of herself as big and clumsy because she was magnificent.”
“I know. I got teary myself. She wanted to order right then and there. I had to put her off until I tweak a little.”

Vision in White