Predict the 2012 Elections: DNews Nuggets
Predict the 2012 Elections: A model developed by The Washington Post's Ezra Klein and three political scientists claims to be able to predict this year's presidential elections, using three key pieces of information. The professors looked at the past 16 elections, since 1948, and zeroed in on the factors that called 12 of them correctly: economic growth in the election year; the president's June approval rating; and incumbancy. If GDP in 2012 grows only 1.5 percent, Klein says, and President Obama's approval rating is 45 percent, he wins 74 percent of the time in election simulations. Can that be right? Play with it yourself here. (4:00 p.m.) via WashingtonPost.com
Wish We Had This Pizza: Pizza Hut is taking the Middle East exactly where WE should be going! It's just not fair that the U.S. didn't score the Crown Crust Carnival Pizza first. What are we going on about? Try a ring of cheeseburger sliders (or chicken nuggets, your choice), filled with a ring of gooey, ooey, pizza, with special sauce, no less, topped with essentially a salad. Only available in the Middle East. Behold what you'll never have.
(1:58 p.m.) via Eater.com
Electronic Jello Makes Music: Bill Cosby would be thrilled with this creative use of Jello. The innovators put a sensor and an Arduino microprocessor inside a Jello mold. The sensor detects different kinds of touch and the microprocessoor converts it into a theremin-like sound. The result is magical yumminess. Watch the video. (12:20 p.m.) via PopSci
Shot of… Sanitizer? Six teenagers have been admitted to San Fernando Valley emergency rooms over the last few months suffering from alcohol poisoning — which may not seem that alarming. But this common juvenile complaint has a worrying twist; they'd distilled over-the-counter hand sanitizer and gotten intoxicated on the potent ethyl alcohol it contains. Medical experts are now concerned that these cases may represent the start of a hand sanitizer distillation epidemic. This is one chemistry class their parents didn't have in mind. (11:30 a.m.) via LA Times
Woman Hits Big Jackpot — Twice: The odds of winning $1 million in the Powerball lottery is one in 5,153,632.65 and a Virginian woman did just that — twice in one day. Virginia Fike bought two lottery tickets from a truck stop in Berryville, Va. and each ticket turned out to be a $1 million winner. To win $1 million in Powerball, a ticket's numbers need to match the five numbers drawn in any order. Fike said she was sitting in a hospital room with her mom when she saw the news on TV that there were two $1 million winners. "I looked at my mom and said 'Wouldn't it be funny if it was us?'" Fike recalled to the New York Times. Turns out it was funny — twice over. (9:00 a.m.) via New York Times
Girl Ages 12 Years in 2 Minutes 45 Seconds: Dutch filmmaker Frans Hofmeester wanted a visual history of how quickly his children were growing up, so he filmed them once a week, every week. His daughter Lotte, born in October 1999, is now on the brink of adolescence. And unlike most facial time morphs, which are static and kind of creepy, this video is lively and natural — providing also the give and take the father had to do to coax her in front of the camera every week. Good luck with that after she's 13! (7:17 a.m.) via LA Times