It’s Monday. Unless watching a French gymnast snap his leg in two on repeat or finding Orlando Bloom’s holiday nudes is on the agenda, then we’re going to take a punt and say you’d need some fresh procrastination material.
From selfie software for smaller noses, to not so well-endowed Greek statues, Google maps and Rio facts and why people insist on saying “don’t look a gift horse in the mouth,” we have the Pointless and Awesome juice for you today.
#1 How To Make Your Nose Look Smaller In Selfies
Ever wondered why your shnoz looks 5 times bigger in a selfie? Well, a group of scientists from Princeton and Adobe Research have come to a solution.
Their new photo-editing tool lets you decide how far away the camera is from their face – after you’ve snapped your selfie. The software works by redistributing the pixels so the photo looks like it’s been taken from farther away.
Apparently, taking portraits from a distance is a technique professional photographers use all the time and it’s even been backed up by research. A 2007 study showed that the subjects of photos taken from about 61 cm away are generally considered to be more approachable, while subjects of those taken from about 4 metres away come across as smarter and more impressive.
The next step for these software developers and researchers is to digitally recreate a version of the iPhone’s Live Photos feature, in which the phone’s camera captures a second and a half of video before and after the picture being taken so pixels can be warped. For now, you can try it out for yourself here and perhaps end up with a smaller looking nose on your Tinder profile.
[via Fast Co Design]
#2 Interesting Facts About The Rio Olympics 2016
This year’s Olympics have officially kicked off in Rio, and from Zika virus to snapped bones, the Games have been rather eventful already. Here are some interesting facts about Rio 2016, via NBC.
- The 2016 Rio Games are the first Olympics to be held in South America.
- The youngest competitor at the games is Nepal’s Gaurika Singh (13 years old) who is competing in the 100m backstroke.
- The oldest competitor is New Zealand’s Julie Brougham (62 years old) who is competing in the dressage.
- The biggest team at the Rio Games is the USA (556), followed by host nation Brazil (469), Germany (424), Australia (421) and China (404).
- This year, the International Olympic Committee created a training fund and shortlisted dozens of refugee athletes for potential selection for the games, forming what is now the Refugee Olympic Team.
#3 Why Greek Statues Have Such Small Penises
Greek statues are known for their perfectly chiselled physiques, but when it comes to their downstairs set-up, well, it’s usually not so impressive. But why?
Apparently, back in the days of Corinthian columns, penis size was not reflective of sexual prowess like it is today. In fact, back in those days, having a large penis meant you weren’t very athletic and you weren’t very smart, either. Ouch.
Greek paintings, on the other hand, were big on penises…literally. The disconnect between statues and paintings apparently comes down the function of the art. Statues were meant to represent the ideal Greek man, who was wise and athletic, which is similar to ancient statues of women depicted with emphasised breasts and hips as a sign of fertility. So there you have it, size doesn’t always matter.
#4 Useful Google Maps Features You Need To Know About
Whether you’re desperate to make your walk of shame a quick trip, or you’re just trying to find a hidden bar without asking for directions, Google Maps is a pretty handy app. Here are a few features you might not know about, via SMH.
- Multistop Trips: Google recently rolled out a new feature that lets you plug in more than one destination at a time by hitting the options menu from the directions screen and selecting ‘add stop’.
- Use ‘Explore’: This feature is particularly useful is you’re travelling on business or to a new place and don’t have time to wander around aimlessly. From the main search screen, tap on the three parallel lines on the left-hand side of the search bar and find the ‘Explore’ section that will direct you to good places to eat, shop and see.
- Download An Offline Area: If you’re in an area with little connectivity, tap in the search bar and scroll down until you see “Download a new offline area”. With this selected you can interact with offline area of a map and search for directions up to 120,000 square kilometres.
- Share Directions: Once you have the directions you need, hit the three-dot options menu and tap “Share Directions”, which will let you text or email directions to someone through a link, or on Twitter and Facebook.
- Sign-In For A Better Service: If you’re signed into Maps through Google it adds more functionality. It will load your search history and reference past destinations easily.
#5 Where Common Sayings Come From
There are plenty of common phrases that we drop in conversations regularly without having any idea where they actually came from. Check out this batch of famous saying and their surprising origins, via Buzzfeed.
“Let the cat out of the bag” – This saying came from 18th century street fraud. Suckling pigs were often sold in bags, and a popular scheme was to replace the pig with a cat and sell it to an unwitting victim.
“Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth” – Horses’ gums recede with age, leading to longer teeth. A common way to inspect a horse’s “worth” is to check it’s mouth, hence the phrase.
“You’re pulling my leg” – This phrase has sinister origins, rooted in the criminal world of the 18th century, when street thieves would literally pull victims down by their leg in order to more easily rob them.
“Can’t hold a candle to…” – Before electricity, workers needed a second set of hands to hold a candle for them. Holding a candle was clearly a less challenging job, so someone who isn’t even qualified to provide light to a competent worker obviously wouldn’t be able to perform the task himself.
“Dressed to nines” – The most popular theory for this phrase comes from the fact that the very best suits used a full nine yards of fabric.