“There’s something about nipples you hate.” - Peter Molyneux
Word of the Week
catatonic adj. — of, relating to, being, resembling, or affected by schizophrenia characterized especially by a marked psychomotor disturbance that may involve stupor or mutism, negativism, rigidity, purposeless excitement, and inappropriate or bizarre posturing.
The patient’s severe case of schizophrenia caused her to be in a permanent catatonic state.
Definition taken from http://merriam-webster.com.
Overseen and Overheard
“How did I just miss my mouth? I just shoved a goldfish into my chin.” - Male student in Campus Center
“I’m at the model railroad club, can’t you hear the fun?” - Student on cell phone outside model railroad club
Stream of Facts
The show’s producers, not the losing litigant, pay plaintiffs who appear on TV court shows such as JUDGE JUDY their winnings.
JUDGE JUDY earns $45,000,000 per year, more than 200 times the salary of U.S. SUPREME COURT Justices who make $213,900 each year.
A recent ruling by the U.S. SUPREME COURT decided that juveniles who committed crimes wherein no one was killed couldn’t be given LIFE SENTENCES without the option for parole.
In 2007, more than 300 prisoners serving LIFE SENTENCES in Italian prisons signed a letter asking to receive the death penalty. ITALIAN law forbids capital punishment, and Italy is spearheading a movement to ban it among members of the United Nations.
In 2009, while many of the world’s governments were bailing out mega-corporations and banking institutions, the ITALIAN government spent €50 million to bail out makers of parmigiano CHEESE.
An annual CHEESE rolling competition in Gloucestershire, England, sees competitors racing down an incredibly steep hill after a wheel of DOUBLE Gloucester cheese. The winner of the race wins the cheese.
A study performed by Clemson University found that the act of DOUBLE dipping a chip can have a noticeable effect on the amount of BACTERIA found in the dip. The results also varied based on the type of dip used.
The U.S. Department of Naval Research discovered a strain of BACTERIA found in mud that could potentially be used to power fuel cells and give off as much energy as a D-cell battery for as long as nine months.
Presumably, we all strive to do our absolute best all the time. We pressure ourselves to attempt a sort of near unachievable perfection, and we punish ourselves whenever we screw up. It’s time to lighten up. Making mistakes isn’t such a terrible thing. Sure, you’ll disappoint yourself and maybe a few others for a little while; but in the end, no one really remembers those little goofs you make along the way.
Besides reducing stress, making mistakes provides an opportunity for education — the kind of education that you’ll never get from a lab or lecture. By making mistakes, we discover what our true strengths and weaknesses are, which allow us to change the things about ourselves we find most disappointing.