A Reddit user received the bill for labor and delivery (C section) total $13,280.49. That didn’t come as a surprise, as its well known fact that childbirth cost in US, ranges from $3,296 to $37,227, or more depending on the state and the hospital. However, what blew the mothers mind was, that she was charged $39.35 for holding her newborn baby. Described on a bill as “skin to skin”, mother and baby bonding is listed under Services Received.
According to a labor and delivery nurse, “Skin to skin” in the operating room requires an additional staff member to be present, just to watch the baby.”
There are plenty of cute cats all over the word and today’s technological world gave them a whole another level of attention. Now, they have Youtube channels and even their own social media pages. However, Tombili of Istanbul recently got immortalized with its statue.
Tombili became popular, when somebody took picture of him, chilling in an unbelievably relaxed pose on the streets of Istanbul. The image was shared on the social media, and the cat soon became an internet sensation. Unfortunately, he passed away in August, but local authorities decided to immortalize his zen attitude towards life, by a bronze statue on his favorite spot.
In 1973, German publisher Taschen released a cookbook of Salvador Dali «Les Diners de Gala». The book was written and illustrated by the painter himself. Bizarre illustrations were created exclusively for the book. Today, only about 400 copies of the original book are preserved in the world.
The book includes 136 recipes, sorted by 12 different chapters and one of them is devoted to aphrodisiacs. Among the dishes that are included in the publication of Dali, “Veal cutlet stuffed with snails”, “thousand-year eggs” and “Pies with frogs.”
As noted by «Les Diners de Gala» Dali decided to realize his childhood dream of becoming a chef. The title of the book he dedicated to his wife Gala. She has been referred as main muse and source of inspiration, by Dali.
There is a psychological phenomenon called the Backfire Effect. Essentially, the more you try to convince someone they are wrong using facts and figures, the more convinced they become that their preexisting beliefs are correct.
Joseph Weizenbaum, one of the founding fathers of Artificial Intelligence, later became one of it’s leading critics when he found his secretary getting very emotionally involved with ELIZA, a chatbot that he himself programmed. Driven by a script named DOCTOR, ELIZA was capable of engaging humans in a conversation which bore a striking resemblance to one with an empathic psychologist.
There was a movie from 2006 called Zyzzyx Road which starred Katherine Heigl. It had a budget of $1.2 million and earned just $30 at the box office. Wikipedia has a list of lowest-grossing movies in history.
In 2016, a very annoyed Donald Trump supporter used electricity to protect his campaign sign from thieves. The owner said his signs have been stolen and vandalized in the past, so he decided to booby trap his newest one. Surveillance video captured the hoodie-wearing neighbor trying to take the sign.
A Japanese engineer by the name of Shizuo Shinoda accidentally scraped some markings into a road with a bulldozer and drove over them, and realized that it was possible to create tunes depending on the depth and spacing of the grooves. In 2007, the Hokkaido National Industrial Research Institute refined Shinoda’s designs to create the Melody Road. They used the same concept of cutting grooves into the concrete at specific intervals and found the closer the grooves are, the higher the pitch of the sound; while grooves which are spaced farther apart create lower pitched sounds. Today, musical roads are known to exist in six countries: Denmark, Japan, South Korea, the United States of America, Mexico and San Marino.