Auto-tuning science

Weird stuff, but auto-tune’s amazing. You don’t need to even sing now. How convenient.

Ode to the Brain! by Symphony of Science

“Ode to the Brain” is the ninth episode in the Symphony of Science music video series. Through the powerful words of scientists Carl Sagan, Robert Winston, Vilayanur Ramachandran, Jill Bolte Taylor, Bill Nye, and Oliver Sacks, it covers different aspects the brain including its evolution, neuron networks, folding, and more. The material sampled for this video comes from Carl Sagan’s Cosmos, Jill Bolte Taylor’s TED Talk, Vilayanur Ramachandran’s TED Talk, Bill Nye’s Brain episode, BBC’s “The Human Body”, Oliver Sachs’ TED Talk, Discovery Channel’s “Human Body: Pushing the Limits”, and more.

Arrested: 52 year old impersonates son in exam

This is pretty funny. A 52 year old impersonating his son in an examination. He was caught.

Dad impersonating son in exam arrested

TOKYO, Japan (CNN) — A 54-year-old Japanese father was arrested after he tried to help his son pass an exam by impersonating the young man and taking the test for him, police said Thursday.

The father, who was not named, put on glasses and straightened his hair to look more like the picture on his son’s identity card, said Masaaki Nakamori, a police official in the Nara prefecture in western Japan.

But as he took the test while trying to make sure the examiners didn’t get a good look at him, one official noticed that the man looked much older than the picture on the card, Nakamori said.

Police expect to charge the man with forging official documents. (Source: CNN)


Strange Chinese names

I always knew some celebrities have the strangest names. These two are choices for food: Fruit Chan and Noodle Cheng.

Fruit Chan

Fruit Chan Gor (traditional Chinese: 陳果) is an independent Hong Kong screenwriter, film director and producer, who is best known for his style of film reflecting the everyday life of Hong Kong people.

Fruit Chan and Bai Ling

(Fruit Chan and Bai Ling. Image from ViewImages.)

Noodle Cheng

Ekin Cheng Yee-Kin is a Hong Kong actor and Cantopop singer. Earlier in his career he was known as Noodle Cheng, though he has now reverted to a more conventional-sounding first name. Sometimes he uses Dior (because that was what it sounded like when his younger sister tried to call him) as a first name but usually Ekin is the name used.