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Produce

In a recent episode, the men were catapulted into a lake if they couldn’t guess the conspiracy theory that the princess genuinely believed (spoiler alert: it was that planet Earth is secretly governed by a race of giant lizard-people). Then they were made to dress as birds and sproing up and down on a trampoline while a tiny jester fired footballs at their faces, all to protect a framed photo of the princess’s puppy. Next they were plunged neck-deep into puddles for not guessing which of two men was covered in tattoos of the Corrs, before being blindfolded and asked to charge headfirst into a wall. And finally, the winner was asked to belt out an abysmal karaoke rendition of Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now by Starship right into the princess’s face, instead of just saying hello to her.

You get the feeling that it took a lot of clever people a lot of time to produce something as gleefully stupid as My Little Princess. It’s as if someone made a Frankenstein’s monster of The Princess Bride, Adventure Time, Takeshi’s Castle and My Big Fat Obnoxious Boss, then lobotomised it and stood around taking pictures on their phones as it toppled down the stairs. It’s endless, compulsively inventive and brilliantly subversive.

There are some problems, of course. Not least that weird king/princess business. Although it adds a hint of tension to proceedings, inviting the female contestant’s dad along to help her find a nice boyfriend seems very odd. And then there’s the title. Somehow, My Little Princess feels like it does less for gender equality than Take Me Out, and that can’t possibly be a good thing.

But if you haven’t watched it yet – and ratings suggest that you probably haven’t – then I urge you to give it a try. It would be crime if an oddity like this slipped away without notice.

Life

Volcanoes roiled the Earth at a time when most land was united in one big continent, spewing out roughly 10 million cu. km of lava. Over time, the eruptions split the supercontinent apart and led to the creation of the Atlantic Ocean.

For the study, scientists analyzed rock samples from Nova Scotia, Morocco and outside New York City, all of which came from this once-united landmass, known as the Central Atlantic Magmatic Province.
An analysis of the decay of uranium isotopes in the basalt, a type of rock left by the eruptions, offered researchers more precise dates.
The eruption in Morocco was the earliest, followed by Nova Scotia about 3,000 years later and New Jersey 13,000 years later.

Sediments that lie below that time hold fossils from the Triassic era. Above that layer, they disappear, the study said.
Some of the lost creatures include fish resembling eels, called conodonts, early crocodiles and tree lizards.

“In some ways, the end Triassic extinction is analogous to today,” said lead author Terrence Blackburn, who carried out the study while at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology but is now with the Carnegie Institution.

“It may have operated on a similar time scale. Much insight on the possible future impact of doubling atmospheric carbon dioxide on global temperatures, ocean acidity and life on earth may be gained by studying the geologic record.”

Joining

Joining The Pulpit Hypocrisy Pimps.

Jack Schaap. Eddie Long. Ted Haggard. Creflo Dollar. Jimmy Swaggart. Jim Bakker. Megachurch pastors and televangelists who have peppered America’s religious landscape with scandals in the last generation and have shown America that the pulpit is the most revered source of hypocrisy, hate speech or misogyny – backed by God Himself, of course:

“No woman ever got me involved in ministry. I didn’t follow a woman into ministry. A woman didn’t write this book. No woman wrote the scriptures right here. A man wrote the Bible — got it from God. A man hung on the cross. His name is Jesus Christ and God called a man to lead the church here. Hey! I’m glad I’m a man!”

The portrait of Jack Schaap that will emerge from this latest development in Christian Right circles will no doubt be the same as he has always had, just a trifle more intense. And whether or not he can weather it as one of the supreme hypocrites of the Right remains to be seen: Dollar, Long, Swaggart and Haggard are still around.

Lufthansa

So in the late 2000s, Lufthansa invited designers to reimagine their business class seats. “Basically since Lufthansa had designed the previous seat the business class market had moved on significantly. It was necessary to introduce a fully flat bed which up to now had not been Lufthansa’s offer,” explains Luke Pearson of PearsonLloyd. But they had one big requirement: While other airlines had rotated chairs like Tetris pieces to make reclining possible, Lufthansa wanted all seats to face the direction of travel for optimal flyer comfort.

PearsonLloyd ended up winning the contract with a novel approach, by shaping the seats like a V. It sounds intimate at first, with two passengers facing in toward one another. But ultimately, this places passengers further apart. And when people actually lay down, their heads are partitioned off by their own consoles. Meanwhile, this hypotenuse-like approach buys precious leg room. The beds recline to almost 6.5 feet in length.

“This principle is not unique in aviation seating design,” Pearson admits. “However, the way in which the layout we utilised within the aircraft and the specific functions of the seat are unique to this design and Lufthansa in this case.” Indeed, it was the small details, details carved out over several years of mockups, user testing, then test flights, that didn’t just make their design as spacious as possible, but as comfortable as possible.