05/10/2013

Weekly links-A round-up of interesting stories and articles

 Links to interesting articles I read last week.
 
Will paying attention to everyday activities make us happier? It certainly does...Read on

You do not win on the strength of your argument, but on the basis of your relationships.  Click to read some tips on overcoming resistance.

What will happen if we stop tipping? Read on to know how waiters will react.
 
Watch out for these signals. You are about to be laid off. Read more
 
Now a robot which is as skittish, nimble and gallops like an horse. See the video here.
 
The Greeks have it!

What, in the end, is so marvellous about ‘hardworking people’? (‘Say what you like about George Osborne/Torquemada/Himmler, he used to put in an 18‐hour day.’) For Osborne, work isn’t just a means to end; it’s an end in itself. We’re a long way from Keynes’s 1930 prediction that automation would leave people needing to work only a couple of hours a day. One good question to put to work evangelists is whether they think working hours are longer in the UK or Germany. In fact UK workers average 1654 hours a year against just 1393 in Germany, who are only one notch above Europe’s champion dossers, the Dutch. Who comes out on top? The Greeks, with a Stakhanovite 2034 hours a year. That’s working well for them. - See more
 
Are chicken nuggets really chicken? 
The first nugget was about half muscle, with the rest a mix of fat, blood vessels and nerves. Close inspection revealed cells that line the skin and internal organs of the bird, the authors write in the American Journal of Medicine.

The second nugget was only 40 percent muscle, and the remainder was fat, cartilage and pieces of bone. Read on.


Humorous Ads work

Forty-seven percent of global respondents agreed that humorous ads resonated most. Regionally, survey respondents in North America, Europe, Middle East and Africa indicated that ads that made them laugh were most appealing. In Latin America and the Asia-Pacific region, however, 57 percent of survey respondents indicated that authentic ads featuring real-life situations resonated most. Other ad themes that resonated globally included those that were family or health oriented (both 38%). More from the Nielsen report here.