Things to do for January 03, 2014

The Weekender

Hot Peppers, the NSA and Sharks That Tweet

The weekend is back with a vengeance.

The World’s New Hottest Pepper Is...

The World’s New Hottest Pepper Is...

... called the “Carolina Reaper.”
... around 313 times hotter than a jalapeño.
... nearly as potent as police pepper spray.
... capable of causing spasms of hiccups and vomiting.
... probably a poor idea to include in a burrito.

These Sharks Use Twitter

These Sharks Use Twitter

Down in Australia, some marine biologists just tagged around 300 sharks with special transmitters that’ll automatically send out a warning tweet whenever the fish get close to shore. Good thing you always carry your phone with you into the ocean.

Drinking: It’s Good for You

Drinking: It’s Good for You

Concerning the occasional drink: a recent study suggests that people who partake in it may actually be boosting their immune system. And you know what they say: it’s flu season somewhere.

Dubai’s Record-Setting Fireworks Show

Dubai’s Record-Setting Fireworks Show

77,000: Previous world record for fireworks in a single show.
500,000-plus: Number of fireworks set off at Dubai’s New Year’s Eve.
61.6: Miles of oceanfront those fireworks covered.
6: Minutes the entire spectacle lasted.
0: People surprised this happened in Dubai.

The NSA Is Hiring 15-Year-Olds

The NSA Is Hiring 15-Year-Olds

If you’ve ever wondered which esteemed member of the National Security Agency is responsible for reading your emails... well, it might be someone who was born after 1998. That’s because the NSA is now hiring interns as young as 15. So, yeah, clean up the language in those emails.

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