"After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music". Aldous Huxley (1894 - 1963). [+] Albert Einstein, one of the great creatives, said "Problems cannot be solved by thinking within the framework in which the problems were created." The arts, particularly through metaphor, provides a different framework in which to explore and solve problems. [+] McDonalds has offered to pay hip hop artists to incorporate the Big Mac into their song lyrics.The fast food chain will pay rappers up to 2.80 every time a song namechecking the burger is played. McDonalds said the US deal reflected the appeal of hip hop to young people. Everyone remember McDonalds TV commercial whose cast only featured negroes? [+] The Sydney Harbour Bridge contains just 16 nuts and bolts. The rest is held together by rivets. [+] Long term bed rest has the same effect on the bodys muscles as the zero gravity experienced in space. [+] Porn users in Australia are more than twice as likely as the rest of the population to vote Green, a study suggests. [+] Kopi luwak coffee, the most expensive blend in the world at 420 per kg, is made from beans partially digested and then excreted by civet cats in Sumatra. [+] A select group of people can nearly always tell when someone is lying, In a study of 13,000 people, 31 had the ability. [+] Since the 11 September terrorist attacks in the US, the UK has frozen the assets of more than 100 terror groups and individuals, netting an estimated 500,000 to 1m [+] Supermarket chain bans egg sales to teens for a yob-free Halloween, a spokesman said. This time we won't be selling eggs to children under 16. Obviously we will use our discretion: If they are also buying bacon and a loaf of bread then we will not stop them. [+] Sweat is made up of salt, water and urea exactly the same as urine but in different quantities. [+] If all of the US prison population was in one place it would be the fourth largest city in America. [+] There are 206 deaths in Saving Private Ryan. [+] Every two hours a train in the US hits a person or vehicle. [+] Packaging accounts for one sixth of what we spend on food. [+] Making the average PC requires 10 times the weight of the product in chemicals and fossil fuels. [+] UK supermarket chains hand out 17 billion plastic bags each year - enough to cover Sussex and Surrey. [+] The Worst Homing Pigeon: The bird was released in Pembrokeshire in June 1953 and was expected to return to its base later that evening. It was returned by post in a cardboard box dead eleven years later from Brazil [+] Four years ago, Bhutan, the fabled Himalayan Shangri-la, became the last nation on earth to introduce television. Suddenly a culture, barely changed in centuries, was bombarded by 46 cable channels. And all too soon came Bhutan s first crime wave - murder, fraud, drug offences. [+] Gary, Indiana is the murder capital of the U.S. - probably the world [+] It is illegal to get fish drunk in Oklahoma [+] There is a town in Texas called "Ding Dong" [+] It is illegal to hunt camels in the state of Arizona [+] Salt Lake City, Utah has a law against carrying an unwrapped ukulele on the street [+] California has issued 6 drivers licenses to people named "Jesus Christ" [+] In 1980, a Las Vegas hospital suspended workers for betting on when patients would die