Ah the invincibility of youth, or at least the perceived invincibility. And the incredulity of decision makers, advertisers and government officials in this case. But that feeling of being invincible, that sense of immortality that can come with youth, was reaffirmed in drinking and driving surveys of “young men [which] found they didn't fear dying in impaired crashes but feared getting caught drinking and driving.” … Continue reading the story "TV Ad Campaign Deemed Too Suggestive"
Monthly Archives for May, 2010
Sometimes it’s just nice to believe in magic. Even if it’s just a temporary illusion. To be held in awe as someone seems to be cut in two, or another disappears altogether only to return with an abracadabra. Nostalgic magic tricks these, but so classic they conjure up a magic of their own. A way to be transported back to childhood. To a time when … Continue reading the story "A Moment of Magic"
Some things we just take for granted. We know the world is round, well spherical, but there was also a time when the we of yesteryear knew that the earth was flat. Well another thing I just took for granted was that we knew how deep and voluminous our oceans were. Turns out … Continue reading the story "Ocean Stats 19th Century Oceanographer Already Knew"
What do you know? It turns out digging in the dirt is even better for you than I thought. I love coincidences. Maybe it’s just the universe having fun with us, or maybe it’s a tool to help get a point across to us we might otherwise miss, were it not for … Continue reading the story "Bacterium in Dirt Makes Us Smarter and Happier"
They say you can prove anything with statistics, and there’s probably a survey or study out there to support just about anything, so it’s no wonder it’s hard to know what to do sometimes. Given our propensity to believe the worst, and indeed the reality that many things we enjoy are … Continue reading the story "More Evidence Coffee is Good for Us"
As the 2009-2010 television season winds down, a number of shows have aired their last new episodes. Cancelled. Two notable shows in particular come to my mind. Lost and Law & Order … Continue reading the story "Different Treatment for End of Lost and Law & Order"
With all the massive ills that accompany our ever-increasing quest for energy, I’d like to concentrate for a moment on something on a much smaller scale. My little dead watch battery. It occurs to me that there are actually ways to get a free energy supply. Solar power is nothing new, but mainstream, widespread use remains elusive. I remember hearing of a relative’s neighbour who nearly … Continue reading the story "Bye Bye Watch Batteries"
What is this thing we have about germs? Easy to forget sometimes we are a bacteria factory ourselves, and supposed to be that way. We could never digest food if we didn’t have this symbiotic relationship with these little organisms. I remember being freaked out as a kid when I learned we have microscopic … Continue reading the story "What Else Will Germ-Killing Paper Towels Kill?"