Just been confirmed that I will be speaking alongside comedian Ruby Wax at the ‘Psychology For All‘ event in London on 14 March. There is an interesting article here about how Ruby became interested in psychotherapy after suffering from depression. She is not the first comedian to suffer from it (for example, Robin Williams, Jim Carrey, Spike Milligan, and Roseanne Barr all admitted publicly that they struggled with the illness). Research into the link between performing comedy and mental illness yields a mixed picture. Making strangers laugh night after night must be a stressful way of making a living, but perhaps any apparent link is simply due to us taking more notice when funny people get depressed.
I asked you to look at a photograph of someone’s living room and tell me something about them – how did you do?
Comedians Jimmy Carr and Lewis Black have recently made their thoughts known about the LaughLab project. It isn’t pretty.
Yesterday I posted a puzzle and promised the solution today. If you didn’t try it, take a few moments now to give it a go before looking at the answer. For everyone else, read on….
I am a big fan of Stanley Milgram’s work, and in Quirkology described his wonderful studies into social networking and letter dropping. One of his lesser-known projects examined the ‘familiar stranger phenomenon’. Familiar strangers are people that you see most days of your life, but never interact with: people that you might have seen for years at the train station, whilst out walking your dog, or at the gym, but have never even said hello to. Do you have familiar strangers in your life?
Wonder what your handshake, music collection, or bedroom says about you? Or want to be able to tell a person’s personality from their living room? Test your snooping abilities here.
Thought that you might enjoy a puzzle to help pass the time today. The image on the left shows the number 9 in Roman numerals.
Your task is to draw one single continuous line and turn this into a 6. Feel free to say if you have solved it and how long it took you, but no giving the answer. I will reveal the solution, and source, on Monday. Enjoy.
Quick Update: Someone has just emailed me another solution, so there are TWO ways of solving the puzzle.
So I am rehearsing a new (and as it turns out, somewhat dangerous) stunt for an unusual talk that I have to give next month. All you need is a big stick, two wineglasses, and an even bigger stick…
Over the break I finally got around to watching ‘Andrus: The Man, The Mind and the Magic’ – a DVD documentary about the renowned master of illusion, Jerry Andrus. Try his amazing Tri-Zonal Space Warper for yourself, and find out more.
Yesterday I posted ‘Red Blue, Blue Red’, and said that I would say which video inspired the puzzle.
A few days ago I posted a piece in which I questioned the possibility of animal hypnosis. Several people have sent videos proving that it’s all genuine….
I came across an interesting music video some time ago, and I played around with using the same technique to create a visual puzzle. This is the result.
I will be appearing on Celebrity Big Brother’s Little Brother today (E4, 6pm).
The Quirkology Colour Changing Card Trick has now had almost 3 million views on You Tube. However, it was tricky to film and everything did not always go to plan…
Remarkable new study provides evidence that some ‘ghostly’ experiences are the direct result of neural activity.