Brain Snacks: Tasty Tidbits of Knowledge
Ever blow off studying for a test because you thought your teacher didn't care how you did? The "Pygmalion Effect" claims that students who have positive teachers score higher on their exams than students who have negative ones. What do you think?
The name Galatea actually means "white as milk." Got Galatea? (Source.)
Galatea is also name of one of Neptune's moons. Do you think there are milkshake-loving aliens there?
Some say Pygmalion's statue was made of ivory, others say marble. Marble is a popular statue material because its slightly translucent surface looks like human skin. Eww.
Japanese researchers have been making female robots for years. Check out Actroid-F, one of the most realistic-looking androids ever created.
Do you spend your spare time standing perfectly still in the middle of the street? Well, you might want to check-out the World Championship of Living Statues, which is held in the Netherlands.
The play Pygmalion caused a stir when the main character Eliza said the curse word "bloody" on stage. Those were the days, huh? (Source.)
Musical theatre nerd alert! In 1956, Julia Andrews (a.k.a. Mary Poppins) got her big break starring as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, which was based on Pygmalion.
When My Fair Lady was turned into a movie, Warner Brothers offered Audrey Hepburn $1 million to play Eliza Doolittle. Cha-ching! (Source.)
In 2011, a woman named Cindy Jackson broke plastic surgery records by getting 52 procedures in her quest to look more like Barbie. Plastic dream house not included. (Source.)