I Read Things, August 12th, 2014

11 Mundane Objects That Are Statistically Deadlier Than Sharks

Turns out, not a whole lot of people are killed by sharks each year.

2. Balloons

The Question Doctors Can’t Ask

Apparently, in Florida, doctors are legally prohibited from asking if their patient owns a gun, and several states are adopting similar laws. I’m personally not a fan of this move, since it inhibits counseling about health-related issues. The proponents of it seem to have a paranoid delusion that doctors asking about guns somehow leads to… I dunno. The government taking away firearms? It seems like a reach to me, but, like any other topic, I’ll be happy to entertain any comments about it.

Dr. Bart Kummer, a gastroenterologist at New York University Medical Center, says he always asks his patients about guns.

“It’s part of reducing risks, and taking a view of the patient as not just a GI tract that ambles in on two feet,” Kummer told me. “So I ask about seat belts, helmets, safe sex, the standard questions about alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, hours slept, hobbies—some people work with molten metal—and what the American College of Physicians has asked us to ask our patients: whether there’s a gun in their house.”

Not Everyone Has the Tools to Become Rich: How Our Childhood Shapes Our Ability to Succeed

Who would’ve guessed that when you barely have time providing for your basic needs, you’d spend less time on self-improvement to make it easier to provide for your basic needs?

The difference is so drastic that children raised in poverty have brain activity that looks like it’s been damaged by a stroke.

Why Don’t Sharks Have Bones?

Cartilage is lighter and more flexible than bone, letting them swim faster. Their muscles don’t connect to their skeleton, but to each other.
New rule – YouTube Videos don’t get block quotes.
Also new rule – MOAR YouTube VIDEOS!

Atlanta neighborhood opposes ‘park-for-hire’ surface parking lots around stadium

I used to live in Atlanta. These people are doing the right thing. I don’t know what the solution for parking is, but every point against huge lots that spend the majority of the time not filled isn’t it. The overall message should apply everywhere:

Let’s treat parking as though it is our ugly, smelly garbage. Let’s bury it, hide it, deck it, camoflauge it. Let’s do anything other than letting it spread over our city’s blocks like the plague.


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