Worst Employees Ever, Names of Things We Didn’t Know, and Childhood Bullying

Tributes to humankind’s first interstellar spaceship, what happened before recorded history, how childhood bullying is changing you as an adult, and the worst employees ever hired await you at Lifehacker Brain Buffet this week. …

What happened before history was recorded?

YouTube-channel Kurzgesagt perfectly suited for those who are interested in educational informative videos about science, technology, medicine and much different, but this particular video of the history of mankind before people actually recorded history, it is instructive and really interesting. You may not have known that there were six distinct hominid species on Earth before Homo Sapiens Sapiens managed to establish dominance. You might be wondering how far you could travel back in time, find a human baby, and then pass it off as a modern person.

This video sheds light on both topics in a short 10 minutes, and when you’re done, you’ll think a little differently about our current world of supercomputers, satellites and smartphones. [via YouTube ]

Who is the worst employee you hire?

You don’t need to be a manager to answer this question, as the answers in this Quora thread show. Of course, there are many stories of people who overestimated their skills, just did a terrible job, but this story has become an example to me of how sometimes you just need to make sure that you always have someone who is suitable for the job. , and not only someone you know, from Cherie Wilkerson:

I hired a friend as a housekeeper. My friend needed money and I was able to hire an assistant. Her house was very neat and tidy and I thought it would be good for both of us.


My girlfriend was much lazier than I thought. She thought that since we are friends, I would only pay her to come, but not necessarily for work.

I tried to leave lists and make a schedule and tried to be as helpful as possible. She either pretended that the tasks I was asking were not feasible (simple vacuuming and dust and sometimes more time consuming tasks. She charged extra for bigger things like washing the bathtub, so I paid her more than I would paid the most). $ 15 per hour)

She did less and less work and asked for more than we agreed for less work. In the end, I had to fire her. She stole some of my children’s toys. He refused to return them, arguing that they were for “services rendered.”

Destroyed my vacuum cleaner which was very expensive. Destroyed my microwave and dishwasher and tried to piss off my family for firing her and hiring her again. I even told a few mutual friends that I owed her money every time I paid her on time. (Thank God the friends didn’t listen.)

Worst employee ever.

It’s definitely a horrible story, and most of the other answers in the same thread are mostly managers telling all about terrible employees, or employees telling all about horrible employees that their bosses either hired or were too inept to fire. when they should, but it’s at least entertaining reading. [ via Quora ]

Jad Abumrad on the function of music


Jad Abumrad , one of the hosts of the always fantastic RadioLab , sat down with Mac Premo to discuss sound, the nature of sound, our human relationship with music, and what the “function” of music really is. I don’t want to say too much, so let the video speak for itself. [ via Swissmiss ]

How childhood bullying affects your life as an adult

Were you bullied as a child? Do you think it changed the way you view the world today? What do you remember from this experience and how does it affect your actions today? I was definitely that way – for a variety of reasons (race, botanical habits and tastes, clothing, etc.), and for that matter, I think it made me even more determined to show compassion and kindness in as much as possible. my interactions – while simultaneously refusing to shy away from my beliefs and tastes.

But that’s just me – this thread on Quora got me thinking about the question, and some of the answers open my eyes. For example, the story of Scott Sakurai, which I think may resonate with many of us:

I was bullied as a child and my parents told me to resist (and that I would be forgiven if I was punished for it formally), I did so. It stopped happening to me so often, although it still happened with other children with whom I interacted. Sometimes I took up their fights when they couldn’t.

One of the weird things that I didn’t notice until much later is that while the big bullies didn’t bully me that much, I received more violence from people who weren’t usually perceived as bullies – as if I was due to omega status. in the hierarchy, and then they felt that they could do it themselves, bringing me back.

Unfortunately, this led to the fact that I was always ready for the fact that someone will attack me, be friendly and stab me in the back, because they knew better than to go straight at me. I remain suspicious of those who are too friendly when I don’t feel like I did something to deserve it, and this often gives the impression that I don’t like them. I still haven’t kicked the habit, even decades later, in large part because while it isn’t most of the time, there are still adult bullies I’ve dealt with, and preparing for them has served me well. Well. Unfortunately, this is quite expensive in terms of social anxiety and overall stress levels.

In fact, adapting to the world of bullies has made me unadapted to a world in which they are a small minority.

As always, this thread is definitely worth reading. [ via Quora ]

48 names for things you didn’t know about

The mental thread appears here quite often, but for good reason. This video contains real names for things like the area between the eyebrows (Glabella) and the German word for excess weight gained from emotional overeating or Kummerspeck (literally, sad bacon). All videos are filled with this, and many of them are names of parts of your body that you never knew existed, real names. [via YouTube ]


This short film pays homage to the Voyager spacecraft and their journey through the decades, from launch here on Earth to becoming the first – and currently only – interstellar spacecraft of humankind, which still periodically calls home and is still collecting data, albeit more and more quietly. and sending back to us. This is beautiful, and in honor of Juno’s amazing journey to Jupiter last week, I can’t think of a better way to finish Brain Buffet this week. [ thanks Christopher! ]

Everyone this week! If you have thought-provoking stories, interesting podcasts, eye-opening videos, or anything else that you think is perfect for Brain Buffet, share it with us! Email me , leave it as a comment below or send it in any way convenient for you.


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