Interesting Links: December 14, 2014

Videos & Links

 Lady Smoking

It’s ‘Interesting Links’ time and I’m so excited, because this is the last post I’ll do before I post my first video to say ‘Hello’ to all my followers via YouTube. My video comes out in a couple of days, so if you don’t want to miss out follow me on the links provided below.

But back to this post. Today I have some stella links for you to check out. These include the science behind a fiction readers brain, 22 vintage adverts that would not go down well these days, a rant piece on the recent UK porn bans, and 19 really wrong (but really awesome) family photos.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful time with the holiday period coming up soon! 😀

Science Shows Something Surprising About People Who Still Read Fiction

Of course, being a writer I’m always going to be interested in articles such as this one. Though I’m a bit confused about the ‘still read fiction’ part of the title (ahh, plenty of people read fiction), this is nevertheless an interesting browse. I love that science has proved the positive effects of reading on the brain, not that we didn’t already suspect this anyway.

22 Vintage Adverts That Would Be Banned Today

The title of this Buzzfeed says it all, some crazy stuff went down in the world of advertising back in the day. Special mention goes to ‘Dr Batty’s Asthma Cigarettes’- as if they guy’s name wasn’t funny enough!

The UK’s New Porn Regs – And What They Say About the Regulators

So this week the UK passed insane laws with regards to the porn industry and many people have been left outraged by the new guidelines, especially the anti-female stance the changes seem to take. I came across this wonderful rant piece by blogger Calico Rudasil and my favourite quote is:

Maybe that’s what I find most galling here; I’ll bet the guys who cooked up these silly porn rules assume the last person who would object to the guidelines is a woman of any kind. To them, we’re supposed to be dainty creatures who blush at the very mention of sex, not sexually confident (or worse yet, sexually assertive) individuals, unembarrassed by our own desires.

 19 Family Photos Gone Wrong … Very Wrong

Wrong, so, so wrong. Some of these photos aren’t for the faint hearted, but I have to admit, I did laugh. Who hasn’t had a few awkward family moments? These poor people were just unfortunate enough to have had a camera pointed at them when hilarity ensued.


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  • MIke Mike
    December 14, 2014 - 9:45 pm · Reply

    Thoroughly enjoyed the links Katerina. Since I love to read I found that one especially interesting. Of course the advertisements were very real in their day – but seen today – very funny at the least.

    • Katerina Simms
      December 15, 2014 - 9:06 pm · Reply

      Thanks for taking a look Mike, I really enjoyed some of these too. In regards to the adverts, hindsight is an amazing thing :P.

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