I’m a little late to this, but if you haven’t seen the BBC’s second Planet Earth series, do so. Mindblowing shots. (Vox.com has a series of excellent videos on the technology behind Planet Earth, you might want to watch those, too.)
This piece is a couple of months old, but won’t fail to twist your brain. You’ve probably been lucky enough not to experience such a situation yourself, but solitary confinement and complete darkness do strange things to people’s brains fairly quickly. For example, researchers have found that in darkness, most people eventually adjust to a 48-hour cycle: 36 hours of activity followed by 12 hours of sleep.
So the European Union just got their Nobel Peace Prize. That comes as a bit of a surprise. Here’s why: The EU is neither American, nor did it study in Harvard. It doesn’t even shave regularly. Those are three out of eight ingredients in the magic Nobel Prize winning formula that the BBC has come up with. Interestingly enough, if you take the European Coal and Steel Community as the first step towards the EU, it meets two criteria of the formula: Born in spring and 61 years old. Spooky.