The alarm clock was not invented by the Marquis de Sade, as some suspect, but rather by a man named Levi Hutchins of Concord, New Hampshire, in 1787. Perversity, though, characterized his invention from the beginning. The alarm on his clock could ring only at 4 am. ***MARLAR: Rumor has it that Hutchins' wife murdered him on a very dark and deeply cold New England morning at 4:05.
Simply observing a co-worker performing a different task can slow you down, the journal Human Movement Science reports. When you watch someone filing, for example, your brain acts like you are filing too, even if you're writing a memo. ***MARLAR: The positive spin on this would be to tell your boss that you are “mentally multi-tasking.”
Australian scientists have invented a t-shirt that turns air guitar strumming into music. This allows no talent rocker wannabees to entertain people. ***MARLAR: Or you can do what other no-talent wannabee stars do and host a radio show.
Researchers in Paris discovered that lizards have personalities. ***MARLAR: French waiters jobs may soon be in jeopardy.