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SPOILER ALERT:Mouse Hate Cheese

November 21, 2011

You just bought a brand new house. You are planning to spend the next ten or so years of your life in this paradise-like place.

You take a look inside. Great rooms, functional design, just what you wanted.  When suddenly…

Managed to scare it away. Whew. Safe for now. You continue your tour of the house.

Holy shit. What is that? Gaaaaaaaah!!! What to do? Leave the house? Won’t do. You spent too much money on the house to just leave it. Call rat exterminators? Again, you spent too much money on the house. What to do? Something cheap, reusable…


Friends, if this is what came to your mind, it seems that you have been misled. Why, you ask? Well, of course, a mouse trap is supposed to “trap a mouse”. However, this particular set-up may not work efficiently, or may not work at all. But why? A study conducted by researchers from Manchester Metropolitan University reveals that mice don’t like cheese. At least not in a way we were led to believe.
To quote Dr. David Holmes, an animal behaviorist from Manchester Metropolitan University, “Clearly the supposition of mice liking cheese is a popular premise. Mice have evolved almost entirely without cheese or anything resembling it. They respond to the smell, texture and taste of food and cheese is something that would not be available to them in their natural environment and therefore not something that they would respond to.”
So…Where did this myth start?
Browsing the internet, I didn’t really find a definite answer. But here are some arguments that may solve our querry:
1.During the Middle Ages, types of foods available, or lack thereof, forced people to stock on foods that have long shelf life. Cheese is one of these food products. With nothing to eat, the mice then were forced to eat what was available, cheese.
2. Nowadays, cheese comes in boxes that are suitable for easy consumption. But before that, cheese were always in huge chunks. A large portion will be cut for the week, while the remaining portion will be stored in a pantry. Nibble marks will then be seen by the people on the remaining part, hence convincing them that mice like cheese.


July 10, 2010

There are many misunderstood symbols. Well, symbols really change their meaning. It depends on the group of people using it and their interpretation. Take a rose, for example. To most people, rose signifies love. But to some, a rose means secrets, privacy. When you hang a rose in front of a door, that means you don’t want to be disturbed.

One of the most controversial and misunderstood symbol is the Inverted Cross.

When people see an inverted cross, they think of it as disrespect to Christ and to the Catholic community. Wearing it is like declaring that you are an antichrist. For some attention seekers, it gives them, well, attention. It is also common to see bands with this symbol.

Wait.. What? Is that the Pope? In a throne with an inverted cross? Yep. But why? He’s not in  a band. Not an attention seeker. Most definitely not an antichrist.

Well, this is how the inverted cross symbol is misinterpreted. The inverted cross is actually known as Cross of St. Peter (officially known as the Petrine Cross or colloquially Peter’s Cross). As we all know, Saint Peter is the first bishop of Rome, and also the first pope. After dying, this cross became his symbol. But how?

This is a painting of the crucifixion of St. Peter. Just like Christ, he died by crucifixion. Differeces. Christ lived. Peter died. Christ was crucified normally, Peter was crucified upside-down. This is to show that he is not as great as Christ. That he don’t deserve to die the way Christ did.

Question. By wearing accesories with the Petrine Cross, does it make you an antichrist or a humble person bowing to Christ’s sacrifice? Ironic right?

Memento Mori-Flyleaf

July 5, 2010

1. “Beautiful Bride”   3:03
2. “Again”   3:05
3. “Chasm”   2:54
4. “Missing”   2:54
5. “This Close”   3:20
6. “The Kind”   2:47
7. “In The Dark”   3:47
8. “Set Apart This Dream”   3:15
9. “Swept Away”   4:09
10. “Tiny Heart”   3:07
11. “Melting (Interlude)”   0:57
12. “Treasure”   3:24
13. “Circle”   3:03
14. “Arise”   4:18
15. “Uncle Bobby” (Hidden Pre-gap Track) 4:22

Answers to Codes & Ciphers And Code for the Day

May 25, 2010









Code for the day:


Codes and Ciphers

May 22, 2010

Out of boredom, I encoded some titles of books(from a book title generator). I used different methods, so if you’re not familiar with different decoding and decrypting methods, you may want to do some research. Don’t worry though, if you can’t solve them. If you ask me, I can’t solve them by myself. Guess Encoding is just easier than decoding.











Hardest. I think. You may (WILL) need the exact object I used in encoding. A book of Memoirs of A Geisha.

6) 128-3-1-1-1          102-1-2-1-2          65-5-2-3-5          65-5-1-1-1          65-2-1-2-3     65-4-1-2-1          65-10-1-1-2          121-2-1-4-3          230-2-1-1-3







Vigenere Cipher

May 21, 2010

Situation. Your a member of Team A. You are tasked to serve as a spy. You will be spying Team B. Team B trusted you with a very important message to give to their other camp. It may be a message for the upcoming attack on Team A. Being a spy, you open it, but all you find are jumbled letters. What the hell did you just find? A CIPHER!

In cryptography, a cipher (or cypher) is an algorithm for performing encryption or decryption — a series of well-defined steps that can be followed as a procedure. An alternative, less common term is encipherment.

When people look at encrypted messages, it’s just like random letters, or in some cases, numbers. That’s the purpose of ciphers. This article will be focusing on a kind of cipher called Vigenere Cipher. It earned the title  le chiffre indéchiffrable (French for ‘the unbreakable cipher’).

The Vigènere cipher is a method of encryption that uses a series of different “Caesar ciphers” based on the letters of a keyword. In a Caesar Cipher, each letter in the passage is moved a certain number of letters over, to be replaced by the corresponding letter. For example, this would mean that in a Caesar cipher shift of three: A would become D; B would become E; C would become F etc. A Vigènere cipher builds on this method by using multiple Caesar ciphers at different points in the message. This can be mixed though, according to the preference of the one making the message.

Simple enough? What about this?

This square is your best friend if you want to learn about the Vigenere Cipher. It’s called the Vigenere Square(duh). So… how to do this?

The following steps are from wikiHow. Link is provided at the end of the article.

1. Obtain a Vigènere Square or create a Vigènere Square on your own.Duh. (Here’s a link on how to make your own Vigenere square:

2.Think of a keyword that is shorter than the phrase or phrases you want to encipher. Let’s use the word MAGIC.

3. Write down your message without spaces. My name will do. IANDOMINICPERIDONUESTRO

4. Write the keyword under your message, carefully lining each letter up with a letter from your message.

I   A   N   D   O   M   I   N   I   C   P   E   R   I   D   O   N   U   E   S   T   R   O

M A  G    I    C   M   A  G    I  C  M   A  G   I   C   M  A   G    I   C   M  A   G

5. Go to the row of the first letter of the keyword in the Vigènere Square and find the first letter of your phrase. Follow that column up to the ciphered letter. In the example, that would mean going to row M and finding I and going up to the cipher letter W.

6. Continue on in this fashion until your entire phrase is ciphered. The example ends up as: WAHVMAIHAAXELABCNOWQHRI

I   A   N   D   O   M   I   N   I   C   P   E   R   I   D   O   N   U   E   S   T   R   O

M A  G    I    C   M   A  G    I  C  M   A  G   I   C   M  A   G    I   C   M  A   G

W A   H   V  M   A    I   H   A A  X   E    L  A   B  C   N    O   W Q   H   R    I



1. Find the column of the first letter of the ciphered text, and go over until you reach the row of the first letter of the keyword. It’s like using a Multiplication table. In the example, go to Column W. Find row M(first letter of the keywrd MAGIC). Find the intersection of the row and column (letter I).

2. Continue on in this manner until you completely decipher the text.

W A   H   V  M   A    I   H   A A  X   E    L  A   B  C   N    O   W Q   H   R    I

M A  G    I    C   M   A  G    I  C  M   A  G   I   C   M  A   G    I   C   M  A   G

I   A   N   D   O   M   I   N   I   C   P   E   R   I   D   O   N   U   E   S   T   R   O

Here are some examples you can work on:


YABZQAAHTKMUUES                              Key: TALTOS

PATIZKUA                                                         Key: SEE



Brian Douglas Wells:A Real Life Jigsaw Victim

April 27, 2010

Ever watched a Saw film? Where Jigsaw plays with his victims before killing them? Well, he didn’t actually kill them.  He gave them choices, as he put it. But what will you do if you woke up one day and realize you’re in a deep trouble as this?

Welcome to the world of Brian Douglas Wells, an American pizza delivery man who was killed by a time bomb fastened to his neck.


Wells dropped out of high school in 1973 and for nearly 30 years, he had worked as a pizza delivery man. He was considered a valued and trusted employee of the Mamma Mia Pizzeria in Erie, Pennsylvania.

On the afternoon of August 28, 2003, Wells received a call to deliver two pizzas to an address a few miles from the pizzeria. It was later found that the address was that of WSEE-TV’s transmission tower at the end of a dirt road. If that isn’t creepy enough, I don’t know what is.

 At first nobody knew what happened there but around an hour later he reappeared at a bank. He had a device around his neck and a shotgun designed to look like a cane. He told the people to give him $ 250,000.

When police intervened, Wells claimed that three unnamed people had placed a bomb around his neck, provided him with the shotgun, and told him that he had to commit the robbery and several other tasks, otherwise he would be killed.

Thinking that it is a move to claim his innocence, the police did nothing to remove the collar. Then, at 3:04 PM, at least 30 minutes after the 9-1-1 call, the police called the bomb squad. They arrived late though. At 3:18 PM, the bomb detonated, blasting a fist-sized hole in Wells’ chest just three minutes before the bomb squad arrived. Here’s a video for your entertainment.

So what happened at the transmission tower?

According to law enforcement reports, Wells was meeting people he thought were his accomplices. Wells participated in the planning for the robbery; he had been told the bomb was going to be fake and he was to claim that three black men forced the bomb on him and he was to tell police he was a hostage.


At the television tower, Wells, for the first time, learned that the device was real. He wrestled with the men and tried to flee, but one of them fired a gun, causing Wells to stop. And the rest is history.

So… What’s that thing you’re saying? It’s good it’s just a movie? I’d give a second thought about that.

Working Visually

April 24, 2010

“When there are no words and the only way to convey what’s happening is through physical expression, it’s particularly hard to get it right. And it’s a much, much slower process when you’re working visually without the benefit of dialogue.” These are the words of Rowan Atkinson when asked what the greatest challenge of playing someone who never speaks was. But who is this Rowan Atkinson? Never heard of him? I’m sure you have. It’s just that you know him in a different name. Mr. Bean.

Rowan Sebastian Atkinson was born in County Durham, England on January 6, 1955. He finished a degree on Electrical Engineering in Newcastle University and had his post graduate education in Queens College, Oxford University.

Rowan first performed sketches in the Oxford University Dramatic Society. It is also in Oxford where he met the writer Richard Curtis. Together, they wrote Blackadder, to which he starred from 1983 to 1989. It became one of the most famous shows in England during the decade. His voice also gave life to Zazu in the 1994 Walt Disney Film “The Lion King”.

His first performance as Mr. Bean was on New Year’s Day of 1990 for 30 minutes. Then, two movies were released in 1997 and 2007, entitled “The Ultimate Disaster Movie” and “Mr. Bean’s Holiday”, respectively. He also starred in “Johnny English” as the title role in 2003.

It was in the set of Blackadder where he met Sunetra Sastry, then a make-up artist for BBC. They were married in 1990 in New York City. They had 2 children: Ben, 14 years old, and Lily, 12 years old.

To finish, when asked if he would like to go on a holiday with Mr. Bean, he answered, “Certainly not! He’s a very odd, unpredictable, and selfish man. But despite all those negative things, he also possesses a degree of sweetness and a childish naivete with which we can identify. People tend to like him, which I always find slightly surprising.”

So Hard To Kill…

April 20, 2010

To quote Benjamin Franklin, “but in the world nothing can be said to be certain except death and taxes.” Who’s not afraid of taxes? Well, many people are not. But death? Only few can trully say that they are not afraid. But is it the fear that made this guy so hard to kill?


Ferdinand Magellan was born in Portugal in 1480. After the death of his parents during his tenth year he became a page to Queen Leonor at the Portuguese royal court because of his family’s heritage. This allowed him to hear about all the discoveries that were being made. In 1505, Magellan finally got to go to sea on a military expedition. He fell immediately in love with the sea. Boring stuff followed. Fast forward. In 1521, he reached the Philippines. There he met Rajah Humabon and his ally Datu Zula. The two kings despised Lapu-Lapu, a Datu of Mactan. After gaining each other’s trust, the two kings convinced Magellan to help them in killing their enemy. True enough, he decided to attack Mactan.

With 49 men with him, he sailed to Mactan in the morning of April 27, 1521. He was surprised though, because it seems the natives of Mactan knew about this. The natives were prepared. Their defenses were up. Lapu-lapu had 1500 men at his command.

So, how did Magellan die?

The natives easily spotted Magellan and marked him as the leader of the outsiders. Naturally, most of the natives wanted to finish him so most of them stormed him. His helmet was knocked off twice. Then, a native hurled a bamboo spear to his face. Since Magellan was such a badass, he can’t be killed easily. So, he stabbed the damned native with his lance, which he left in the body of the native. Oops. No weapon. He tried to get the lance from the body. He didn’t succeed much. He was AGAIN wounded by a bamboo spear. This time, in the arm. His left leg was also wounded. Still, the guy won’t die. His final act?

He looked back, and ensured that his men made it back to their boats. Then, he permitted himself to die.

Really? Is that how much he loved his men? Much more of badassery.

Diseases:As Strange As It Gets

April 20, 2010

In a world like ours, diseases are sometimes disregarded by people. Colds? Fever? Cough? Normal stuff. But this disease is just difficult to ignore. Why?

Dancing Plague

Do you guys enjoy dancing? How much? So much that you can’t stop? Then you may be a candidate for the Dancing Plague.

The first recorded occurence of this disease happened in July 1518 when a woman, Frau Troffea, began to dance fervently in a street in Strasbourg. It’s located in France. She danced for about 4-6 days. Within a week, 34 others had joined, and within a month, there were around 400 dancers. Seems like a very contagious disease.

You think dancing makes you feel so alive? Think again. After nonstop dancing, most of the dancers died of either heart attack, stroke, or exhaustion.

So… Why didn’t someone stop them? Don’t ask me. But hey, they tried. I guess.  The plague worsened as time went by. To stop this plague, some CONCERNED nobles sought the advice of local physicians. Seems like the most sane thing to do. Right? Right! This will put an end to this. Wait… No. Turns out, the physicians, using their utmost wit and skills, diagnosed the cause as astrological and supernatural instead announcing that the plague was a “natural disease” caused by “hot blood”. Hey, it’s 1518 for crying out loud.

The cure? Or should I say, their cure? They opened two guildhalls and a grain market, and even constructed a wooden stage. Why? The EXPERTS thought that if they danced continously, they would eventually get tired and recover back to normality. That’s not all! They even hired musicians to keep them going.

Probable causes?

Here are few probable causes of the disease:

1. Mass psychogenic illness-also known as Mass Hysteria. It is the sociopsychological phenomenon of the manifestation of the same or similar hysterical symptoms by more than one person. A very weird way to get a disease, if you ask me. Mass hysteria typically begins when an individual becomes ill or hysterical during a period of stress. After this initial individual shows symptoms, others begin to manifest similar symptoms, typically nausea, muscle weakness, fits or headache.

2. Ergotism-is the effect of long-term ergot poisoning, traditionally due to the ingestion of the alkaloids produced by the Claviceos purpurea fungus which infects rye and other cereals, and more recently by the action of a number of ergoline-based drugs.(???) Simply put, it results from consuming ergot-laced bread.

Dance? Anyone?