6:15 Have You Ever Been "Sleep Drunk"? (my answer: YES! Definitely!)
We had no idea this was a thing. Apparently, one in seven people suffer from being sleep drunk, meaning that they have trouble coming to full wakefulness after sleep, accompanied by confusion and disorientation. The disorder sometimes even comes with amnesia and violent reactions.
A research project out of Stanford University's school of medicine asked 19,136 adults (18 and older) about their sleep patterns and behaviors and found that 15% of participants had experienced an episode of sleep drunkenness in the past year. Of those people, 84% also reported a sleep disorder or mental health disorder, meaning that the two could be related. Read the whole article here: http://ti.me/1wtjZK5
7:15 Have Scientists Figured Out the Secret to the Perfect-Looking Pizza?
Sometimes you can convince yourself that a pizza is going to taste good just by the way it looks.
A study by the Institute of Food Technologists say that what people like to see is a golden cheese pie with both dark toasted-cheese patches and glistening oil in other spots.
Sounds good, doesn’t it? But how to attain it? IFT researchers think they’ve got the right formula, which was developed through a machine vision technique rather than mere human trial-and-error.
By using different cheeses, the perfect-looking gourmet pizza can be attained by mixing cheeses such as Gruyere, Emmental and provolone with mozzarella, giving the pie a less burnt appearance.
To achieve color uniformity, the pizza also needs the right amount of elasticity, free oil, moisture, water activity and transition temperature.
This entire analysis is available to pizza makers. Since it sounds complicated, it's best to leave it to the pros.
Read more here: http://www.cnet.com/news/science-declares-heres-the-perfect-cheese-for-the-perfect-pizza/
7:45 Laughable Line-Painting Causes Highway Headache
Seemingly lifted right from the Seinfeld episode in which Kramer adopts a section of highway, traffic was snarled in Fairfax County, Virginia, after crews laying road stripes did an awful job.
According to WTOP-TV, Monday morning's commute on Interstate 66 was snagged when drivers couldn't follow the erratic, and in some cases zig-zagging reflective road lines.
According to the Virginia Department of Transportation, the blame fell on the reflective material itself: a temporary tape that is supposed to stay put -- but as thousands of delayed commuters could attest -- did anything but. The agency's public affairs director, Joan Morris, said of the snafu, "We apologize profusely to all the motorists who have been negotiating the very unsafe and messed up lanes." Crews were dispatched to fix the lanes, and their work continued into the night.
8:15 Prince Releasing Not One but Two Albums on 9/30
The always-prolific Prince has announced that he'll release not one, but two new studio albums September 30. One's a solo album titled Art Official Age, while the other, PlectrumElectrum, features his band 3RDEYEGIRL.
Both discs are now available for pre-order now, including instant free tracks that you can unlock on each record. In addition, Prince plans a series of global "very special events" that will be announced shortly.
Art Official Age is described as a "classic" Prince album, wholly produced, arranged, composed and performed by Prince and Joshua Welton, and featuring soul, R&B and funk. PlectrumElectrum was recorded live with 3RDEYEGIRL, and is described as an "electrifying funk-rock statement." Many of the songs were recorded during Prince's Hit & Run tours of the U.K. earlier this year, which saw him popping up unexpectedly in small clubs.
The albums mark Prince's return to the Warner Bros. record label, where he began his career. While he and the label have feuded for many years, it appears they've buried the hatchet, especially given that Warner Bros. returned the master recordings of Prince's '80s albums like 1999, Purple Rain and Sign 'O the Times to the artist.
Here are the albums' track listings:
Art Official Age
"Art Official Cage"
"The Gold Standard"
"Breakfast Can Wait"
"This Could Be Us"
"What It Feels Like"
"affirmation I & II"
"Way Back Home"
Here are the winners of the EMMY Awards last night. I totally missed most of them. Shocker/spoiler...Breaking Bad won big.
- OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES: Breaking Bad
- OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES: Modern Family
- OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES: Bryan Cranston
- OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES: Julianna Margulies
- OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A DRAMA SERIES: Moira Walley-Beckett, Breaking Bad
- OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES: Anna Gunn
- OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A DRAMA SERIES: Cary Joji Fukunaga, True Detective
- OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES: Aaron Paul
- OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A VARIETY SPECIAL: Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles
- OUTSTANDING TELEVISION MOVIE: The Normal Heart
- OUTSTANDING MINISERIES: Fargo
- OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE: Jessica Lange
- OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE: Benedict Cumberbatch
- OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE: Martin Freeman
- OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE: Kathy Bates
- OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A MINISERIES, MOVIE OR A DRAMATIC SPECIAL: Steven Moffat, Sherlock: His Last Vow
- OUTSTANDING REALITY COMPETITION PROGRAM: The Amazing Race
- OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES: Julia Louis-Dreyfus
- OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES: Jim Parsons
- OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES: Allison Janney
- OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A COMEDY SERIES: Louis C.K.
- OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES: Ty Burrell
- OUTSTANDING VARIETY SERIES: The Colbert Report
- OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A MINISERIES, MOVIE OR A DRAMATIC SPECIAL: Colin Bucksey, Fargo