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  • How many lefties do you personally know? If you can say more than 10 names in rapid succession, you must know a lot of people... or at least a lot of athletes — only 10% of the general human population is left-handed, and that includes the President of the United States. Instances of left-handedness among athletes, however, are much higher. But why is that the case, exactly?

    new study by Northwestern University researchers suggests that the percentage of lefties has been more or less the same for the past 5,000 years due to a high degree of cooperation among humans. Sure, we don't really get along with everyone, and countries, organizations, and individuals seem to always be in conflict with one another, but we do share the same tools. "The more social the animal — where cooperation is highly valued — the more the general population will trend toward one side," said Daniel Abrams, one of the researchers.

    So why then is left-handedness much more common in sports? You can probably list

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  • If you're unlucky enough to have been named Jebodiah, you're in for a $500 bonus

    Have a ticket to Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) this June 11 that you're just not going to be able to use? Well, there's a man in San Francisco who wants to take that ticket off your hands — a man so desperate to attend the event that he'll undergo a legal name change just to be able to use your ticket.

    The anonymous buyer posted an ad on Craigslist, offering a whopping $1,600 for a ticket to Apple's WWDC. The only catch is that tickets to the conference are non-transferable. That means that if the buyer wants to use someone else's ticket, nothing short of a legal name change will do.

    We're not sure that this tactic will actually work, since June 11 is right around the corner and a legal name change takes quite some time to work its way through the courts. But hey, that's a problem for the buyer, not you, the prospective seller. Need the pot sweetened a bit? The anonymous developer has offered to perform jury duty, stand in for you at the Department of Motor Vehicles,

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  • 24 hours of worldwide eating mapped in terms of healthiness

    If you eat well at daybreak but stumble in the evenings, you're not alone

    Do you typically eat healthier in the morning than the evening? A new interactive map created using app data suggests that's the general trend, especially in the United States. Developer Massive Health compiled data from its Eatery app — which lets users take snapshots of their food and then grades how healthy it is — and used it to map eating habits around the world.

    You can cycle through an entire day simply by moving your mouse from right to left across the web page. Green dots represent healthy food options, while yellow shows less-than-ideal nutritional items. Red dots are your typical junk food, candy, and deserts.

    If you keep a close eye on the changing colors as the hours fly by you'll notice that mornings are filled with good food choices, but as daylight begins to fade, the colors take on yellow, orange, and red hues. This trend is particularly noticeable in the U.S., where sweets and untold numbers of bedtime snacks wreak havoc on an otherwise healthy day. Does the data

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  • Recline-Gate 2: Another Plane Diverted After Passenger Leans Back
    Recline-Gate 2: Another Plane Diverted After Passenger Leans Back

    An American Airlines flight headed from Miami to Paris had to be diverted into Boston airport late on Wednesday night after two passengers began arguing and the argument turned physical. It was at that moment that air marshals, who were on the flight undercover, had to intervene.

  • Chelsea Clinton quits as NBC News reporter
    Chelsea Clinton quits as NBC News reporter

    NEW YORK (AP) — Chelsea Clinton said Friday she is quitting her job as a reporter at NBC News, citing increased work at the Clinton Foundation and the imminent birth of her first child.

  • Islamist gains in Syria alarm some Assad allies

    By Mariam Karouny BEIRUT (Reuters) - A mounting death toll in President Bashar al-Assad's armed forces is causing alarm among some government loyalists who are worried about Islamic State's territorial gains and are turning their anger on the authorities in Damascus. The execution of scores of Syrian soldiers taken captive by Islamic State at an air base in Raqqa province has triggered unusually harsh social media criticism of the Damascus government by people who have taken its side in the civil war. ...

  • Federal judge halts key part of Texas abortion law
    Federal judge halts key part of Texas abortion law

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal judge Friday threw out new Texas abortion restrictions that would have effectively closed more than a dozen clinics statewide in a victory for opponents of tough new anti-abortion laws sweeping across the U.S.

  • Jimmy Kimmel's Friends Reunion Was Everything We Hoped It Could Be
    Jimmy Kimmel's Friends Reunion Was Everything We Hoped It Could Be

    Jimmy Kimmel staged a (partial)  Friends reunion on  Jimmy Kimmel Live last night, debuting some of the fan fiction he wrote about the show in a set that's an exact replica of Monica's kitchen on the show. Read More > Other Links From Friends David Schwimmer Jennifer Aniston Lisa Kudrow Matt LeBlanc Matthew Perry Courteney Cox Jimmy Kimmel Live Jimmy Kimmel

  • Batistuta asked legs be cut off to relieve pain

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Former star Gabriel Batistuta, Argentina's record goal scorer for the national team, says he once asked a doctor to amputate his legs to relieve intense pain in his ankles.

  • U.S. says no precise threat to homeland from Islamic State
    U.S. says no precise threat to homeland from Islamic State

    By Doina Chiacu and Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is not aware of any specific threat to the U.S. Islamic State militants and their supporters, however, "have demonstrated the intent and capability to target American citizens overseas," Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said in a statement.

  • UN says detained peacekeepers in Syria are 'safe'
    UN says detained peacekeepers in Syria are 'safe'

    UN officials have received assurances that 44 peacekeepers detained by Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights are safe and in good health, a UN spokesman said. Syrian armed fighters, including some linked to the Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front, stormed a Golan Heights crossing on Wednesday, taking 44 troops from Fiji who were forced to surrender their weapons. The rebels surrounded another group of 72 soldiers from the Philippines serving in the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) that is tasked with monitoring a ceasefire between Syria and Israel since 1974. The United Nations did not say whether the 44 Fijian soldiers had been released, but a statement suggested progress was being made in negotiations to secure their freedom.

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