Thursday, May 16, 2013
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Perhaps you’ve noticed a toddler’s sagging swim diaper and wondered if it’s really keeping the poop out of your neighborhood pool.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has the answer for you: no.
Last summer, researchers at the federal public health agency collected 161 filter samples from public swimming pools in the Atlanta area. More than half of those samples, 58 percent, were contaminated with E. coli.
That, the CDC reported today, “signifies that swimmers introduced fecal matter into pool water.”
— Everybody In The Pool! But Please Leave The Poop Behind : Shots - Health News
THIS IS ONE OF THE MANY REASONS WHY SWIMMING IS THE WORST.
Friday, April 19, 2013
In Sichuan, you could insult somebody by calling him a “son of a melon” or a “son of a turtle”; the local pronounciation of “hammer” meant “penis.” Yashua—“toothbrush”—was for some reason very degrading when used as an adjective (“You are very toothbrush!”).
Oracle Bones (Peter Hessler)
Dear people from my high school,
I may not have won a Thiel Fellowship or started my own charity or started a company or gotten in to an Ivy or survived a year at college. But I did make a Tumblr post that got 100+ notes. So suck it.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Cleopatra was a highly educated woman and spoke many languages as well as her own. Politically she was uncommonly gifted, cunning and capable of any intrigue. As a child she had witnessed the difficulties and indignities suffered by her father, and his desperate, often unscrupulous efforts to assert his rule: she was up to every trick. At eighteen she assumed the reins of power.
Caesar: A Biography (Christian Meier)
Cleopatra was a total BAMF, you guys. It always pisses me off when people only talk about her in connection to the guys she fucked because the woman was an amazing politician who got shit done.
Sunday, March 31, 2013
“You don’t need to go to India to escape materialism. If you want to escape materialism, quit being materialistic.”
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Adopt A Blogger!
My experience of Tumblr is that it’s a support system like nothing else. If you’re sad, anyone can come to help you. Everyone from John Green to Jack Douglass to Barack Obama uses Tumblr, it’s an incredible service to be quite honest. So here’s what you do with Adopt A Blogger.
- Reblog this by 4/17/13
- Keep your ask box open
- When you get my message, it will have two urls in it, follow those blogs
- From then on, the first one is your friend to go to for support. The second blog will come to you in times of need.
- Simple as that! You just made two new friends! Feel free to send them love, become best friends and credit me when you inevitably marry, etc.
- You will be ‘adopted’ as well, based on blogs with similar interests as you, so a SPN blog won’t be paired up with a mega hipster, etc.
Only one reblog is necessary.
No likes please
Be kind to your blogger, and in turn, them to you!
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
One of the most commonly cited ethical qualms with clinical trials tends to be misinformation. While sometimes it is a case of “lost in translation,” there are even more dubious cases of misrepresentation at work. In Kano, Nigeria Pfizer tested a new drug called trovafloxacin on children infected with meningitis without informing their parents; five died in treatment. While this case dates back to 1996, deceptive research practice is still alive and well.
Reading Walter Isaacson’s Einstein biography and counting the ways in which Einstein could be considered to have been relatively married.