Monthly Archives: August 2013

Dutch women

According to this article, in the Netherlands:

“Less than 10 percent of women here are employed full-time.”

and

“Some women cite the high cost of child care as a major factor in their shorter hours, but 62 percent of women working part time in the Netherlands don’t have young children in the house.”

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Schizophrenia over time

To quote Boing Boing:

“The way people with schizophrenia interpret their own hallucinations has changed over the course of the 20th century, keeping pace with changes in technology. Where people once believed that demons were speaking to them, they came to think of those voices as emanating from secret phonographs. Today, people with schizophrenia are likely to imagine hidden cameras taping them for a reality show. The paranoid delusions are always there, but the context changes.”

Here’s the article.

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CT and MRI scanners

“We have tremendously more CT and MRI scanners than Canada per capita. People in the United States may not live longer than people in Canada, but we sure as hell do a better job taking pictures of them.”

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Ricky Jay

From an article on magician Ricky Jay:

I once asked Mamet whether Jay had ever shared with him details of his childhood.

Mamet replied, “I can’t remember.”

I said, “You can’t remember whether you discussed it or you can’t remember the details?”

He said, “I can’t remember whether or not I know a better way to dissuade you from your reiteration of that question without seeming impolite.”

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Devil’s Dictionary

From Ambrose Bierce’s Devil’s Dictionary:

SELF-ESTEEM, n. An erroneous appraisement.

SELFISH, adj. Devoid of consideration for the selfishness of others.

OBSOLETE, adj. No longer used by the timid. Said chiefly of words.

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Gun ownership

“The United States is the country with the highest rate of civilian gun ownership in the world. (The second highest is Yemen, where the rate is nevertheless only half that of the U.S.)”

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Supercentenarians

“He believes supercentenarians [people 110 years or older] owe their longevity more to freakish genes than perfect health; the 122-year-old Calment smoked cigarettes for 96 years.”

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