In one of the most famous attempts to declare a mathematical truth by political fiat, the Indiana legislature comes this close to establishing an exact value for pi. Good thing a math professor happened to be wandering by.
Arevazi writes: The Guardian has a story about a book confirming that US and Russian astronauts have had sex in space for research programmes. The book (The Final Mission: Mir, The Human Adventure by Pierre Kohler) cites a confidential Nasa report on a space shuttle mission in 1996. A project codenamed STS-XX was to explore sexual positions possible in a weightless atmosphere. The result: only four positions were found possible without "mechanical assistance". One of the principal findings was that the classic so-called missionary position, which is so easy on earth when gravity pushes one downwards, is simply not possible.
MoToMo writes: A friend sent me a link to the 10 Most Bizarre Scientific Papers. The sixth item on the list is: "Pressures Produced When Penguins Poo — Calculations on Avian Defecation". So if you've ever wondered about what happens to herring when our favorite mascot is done with it, you can go check it out. To quote the article: "Ever wondered how far a penguin can fire waste from its anus? Wonder no more. Victor Breno Meyer-Rochow of International University, Bremen, and Jozsef Gal of Lorand Eotvos University, Hungary, used the basic principles of physics to calculate the pressure that builds up inside a penguin."
deweycheetham writes: "ROME (Reuters) — A Sicilian mother took away her 61-year-old son's house keys, cut off his allowance and hauled him to the police station because he stayed out late.
The article goes on to say "Most Italian men still live at home late into their 30s, enjoying their "mamma's" cooking, washing and ironing.".
Well Pack my bags, I am moving to Italy."