Tuesday, July 1, 2008
This one's making the rounds, so let me hop aboard the bandwagon.
The supposed backstory on this is that a girl named Olga was out with her friends in the Marina district of San Francisco (known for being a popular hang out for douches), and she talked to this guy named Dmitri for all of two minutes. Then she gave him her card and said “give me a call.” This is the message he left. Listen to the whole thing, because it just keeps getting better and better.
Many thanks to Amber, DM and Jim for this.
From Forbes.com. Mostly common sense but you might learn a thing or two, as I did.
1. Watch body language
Look for physical clues, especially sweating and fidgeting, says Derrick Parker, a 20-year veteran of the NYPD and co-author of Notorious C.O.P.
2. Seek Detail
Liars' stories often lack detail, says Lindsay Moran, a former CIA officer and author of Blowing My Cover: My Life as a CIA Spy. Her solution: Push your subject for particulars. The more minutiae a liar has to provide, the more likely he is to slip up.
3. Beware Unpleasantness
"Liars are noticeably less cooperative than truth-tellers," found psychologists Bella M. DePaulo and Wendy L. Morris in a review of studies on deception. "Liars also make more negative statements and complaints than truth-tellers do, and they appear somewhat less friendly and pleasant," they write in The Detection of Deception in Forensic Contexts.
4. Observe Eye Contact
A subject's failure to make eye contact is often sign of deceit, say both former NYPD officer Parker and former CIA agent Moran.
5. Signs of Stress
Look for dilated pupils and a rise in vocal pitch. Psychologists DePaulo and Morris found that both phenomena were more common in liars than truth-tellers.
6. Listen for the Pause
Forced to make up a story on the spot, most speakers will take a beat or two to collect their thoughts.
7. Ask Again
Police interrogators often ask suspects to repeat their stories, and listen for inconsistencies to ferret out lies. But be careful: "Smart people maintain the consistency of lies better than dumb people," says psychologist Robert Feldman, a professor of psychology at the University of Massachusetts.
8. Beware Those Who Protest Too Much
Someone who consciously is trying to make you think he's honest – for instance, by injecting the phrase "to be honest" – could be lying. Most people assume they will be trusted most of the time. If someone expects otherwise, take a moment to ask yourself why.
9. Know Thyself
One reason liars succeed is that listeners don't really want to know the truth, says psychologist Feldman. So be honest with yourself about what it is you want to hear. You may wish to believe that a trusted employee didn't have his hand in the cookie jar. But does his story actually make sense?
10. Work on Your Intuition
"Good human lie detectors, if there are such persons, are likely to be good intuitive psychologists. They would figure out how a person might think or feel if lying in a particular situation, compared to telling the truth, then look for behavioral indications of those thoughts or feelings," write psychologists De Paulo and Morris.
11. You’re talking to Richard Nixon or O.J. Simpson.
Read full article on Forbes.com
From The Smoking Gun. There's a joke here somewhere...
Cops: Ohio Peeping Tom hid cell phone camera in anus
JUNE 23--Meet Jeffrey Barrier. The Ohio man allegedly used a cell phone camera to snap photos of a naked woman at a tanning salon Saturday and then hid the phone in his anus in a bid to thwart police.
Standing on a chair, Barrier, 41, took the photos at Cincinnati's Aloha Tanning, where a 35-year-old woman was "in the nude in a tanning room," according to a Hamilton County Municipal Court affidavit.
When cops later confronted Barrier, "he kept denying any involvement of the incident" and claimed to not have a camera. However, a second search of the suspect turned up the camera.
As noted in a Hamilton County Sheriff's Office report, Barrier "did hide evidence in his anus."
Barrier, pictured in the below mug shot, was charged with disorderly conduct for taking the photos and obstructing official business for hampering a police investigation.
Barrier, due in court today, is free on $1500 bond.