I am too tired to get into anything too in-depth here. When work lets up I wanna write some more bla-bla. Anyhow, let’s get to the top three headlines of the weekend so I can close my browser window finally:
French paradox redux? US vs. French on being full
It’s the French paradox redux: Why don’t the French get as fat as Americans, considering all the baguettes, wine, cheese, pate and pastries they eat?
That is interesting, not because Americans are fat’tards, but cuz it implies a lack of subjective awareness. The implications of this research will be far-reaching over the next decade (if any educators or whoever decide to apply it somewhere useful).
Like ants, humans are easily led
When it comes to being misled, humans are no more sophisticated than ants or fish.
‘Nuff said. I’m just glad headlines like this are making it in larger metro centres like London. Next, I want this on the cover of North American papers. Mostly just so I don’t have to hear about Britney anymore.
Dumb and Dumber: Are Americans Hostile to Knowledge?
A popular video on YouTube shows Kellie Pickler, the adorable platinum blonde from ‘American Idol,’ appearing on the Fox game show ‘Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?’ during celebrity week. Selected from a third-grade geography curriculum, the $25,000 question asked: ‘Budapest is the capital of what European country?’
Ms. Pickler threw up both hands and looked at the large blackboard perplexed. ‘I thought Europe was a country,’ she said. Playing it safe, she chose to copy the answer offered by one of the genuine fifth graders: Hungary. ‘Hungry?’ she said, eyes widening in disbelief. ‘That’s a country? I’ve heard of Turkey. But Hungry? I’ve never heard of it.’
Such, uh, lack of global awareness is the kind of thing that drives Susan Jacoby, author of ‘The Age of American Unreason,’ up a wall. Ms. Jacoby is one of a number of writers with new books that bemoan the state of American culture.
I love you all. I just wanna get that out there in case my current client drives me to hang myself. bbl