>>That Cuddly Kitty Is Deadlier Than You Think <<
That’s right folks that friendly household cat you see performing cute tricks and playing with yarn is actually a cold blooded killer. I realize this is a real issue and all but I really can’t help chuckle at the mental image of a fluffy kitty sparring with a much larger dog as they claim in the article. Also while this article is interesting, I can’t help but wonder what conclusion they are trying to make. It almost seems like they are trying to prove a point without offending anyone (aka cat lovers).
I feel like we’re constantly posting all these articles about (not) growing up, but here’s another one from New York Magazine that a friend sent to me. It’s kind of a long piece, but it could actually be read as a series of mini articles.
>> Why You Never Truly Leave High School <<
I highly recommend reading through the whole thing, so I’ve included some highlights to whet your appetite:
Pg. 1 – The “reminiscence bump” suggests that memories made between the ages of 15 and 25 are the most vividly retained.
Pg. 2 – Your height, weight and attractiveness at the age of 16 are correlated with your adult success and earning power.
Pg. 3 – This part has two interesting proponents. The first is that when they incited fear in adolescent mice, this fear was vividly recalled in the mice even after reaching adulthood. The analogous experiment in adults and children did not have the same result; these mice forgot. Second, high school and other teenage social environments are a fairly modern idea. Just a couple of generations ago, many teens didn’t graduate from high school and instead worked alongside adults. Maybe sequestering teens amongst themselves isn’t the most successful idea…
Pg. 5 – In studies where teens were asked who their best friends were, only 37% of them were reciprocated. When asked by high school students to categorize their classmates into groups (Popular, Smart, Jocks, Outcasts…) only 27% and 37% (in two separate iterations of the study) of the thought-to-be-Popular kids thought of themselves as Popular.
Pg. 6 – In 2000, 10th graders were asked to align themselves with a character from The Breakfast Club. When evaluated 8 years later, these earlier characterizations proved predictive… EXCEPT for the ones who had identified themselves as princesses at 16. These women – now 24 – had lower self-esteem than the women who had identified themselves as brainy.
What do you guys think?
Happy New Year!! Except wait, things aren’t looking too good. This next article enumerates the things that will be more expensive this year and why, and it’s pretty bleak. Some items due for price hikes: cars, grains, groceries, free shipping… to name a few.
>> 12 Things That Will Get More Expensive in 2013 <<
While I don’t know if I completely agree with the government and institutions deciding whether or not women should get to be covered by their insurance for contraception, I can’t deny that this is a pretty hot topic. Also in the article you’ll find a statistic that 99% of women use birth control at some point in their lives, which kind of opens your eyes to how wide the scope of this issue is. I think the stigma with birth control, especially in more conservative areas is that it’s used by younger women looking to cover their bases so to speak. But according to this that is far from the truth. Of course, the fact that insurance providers may be asked to cover things like the morning-after pill throws a whole new wrench into the matter. Whatever your side may be, this is worth taking a look at.
>>A Flood of Suits Fights Coverage of Birth Control<<
So this is more of a blog post than an article but I think it poses some interesting perspective on some things a lot of 20-somethings deal with in today’s day and age. In fact, I was having a conversation with one of my good friends about this just the other day. I think the best way conversations like that, or articles like this help us though is that they make us self-aware and think about our lives in a way we maybe would not have considered. This guy had to travel the world before he could figure out.
>>Your Lifestyle Has Already Been Designed<<
Because who doesn’t wonder these things.
>>Where the Guys From “Mean Girls” Are Now<<
I think this is pretty hilarious, especially the attorney’s quote about buying a dozen eggs and only getting 11. But in all honesty its surprising this hasn’t come up before. For all the things people decide to sue for, and actually end up getting huge settlements for, you would think this is an easy win.
>>Subway responds to sandwich size controversy<<
>>Another blog post<<
I’m not a huge science geek but these animations are pretty darn cool to explain how things work. Take a look!
>> Secret Ingredient for Success <<
According to this article from the New York Times, talent and hard work do NOT necessarily constitute a recipe for success. So what does? Self awareness. The article cites a shining example in David Chang, restaurateur of trendy Momofuku in NYC.
>>The Story of a Man who Outsourced His Work to China so He could Watch Cat Videos All Day <<
This man hired someone from China to do his work for a portion of his Salary, so that he could do nothing all day. The cherry on top? He was noted as the best programmer in his company for the ten years he worked there. I can’t tell if this is genius or…no this is pretty genius.