Lifes Worth Knowing

The Weekender

In Current events, Fascinating, General, Interesting, Justin, Local, Science, Thoughtful on January 13, 2012 at 9:08 am

The Weekender is a weekly column devoted to the ideas/articles/videos that I find fascinating and wish I had more time to explore.

That’s a good amount of that. A new report out shows that just 5% of our population accounted for 50% of our healthcare costs. 1% accounted for 20%. That’s incredible, though I don’t know how to contextualize it. The report broke down the 10% that spent the most on healthcare and had some interesting demographic breakdowns – 80%were white, 60% were women, and 40% were over 65. So, if we want to find a scapegoat for our healthcare system…blame grandma?

The Milky Way just got a lot more crowded. To quote: “Planets are like bunnies; you don’t just get one, you get a bunch.” Now, besides the fact that the august celestial bodies that we named after the gods of our ancestors were just compared to peter rabbit…check out what they are saying: Astronomers now believe that there are more planets than stars in our galaxy (some estimates up to five or ten times the number of stars!) Does anybody else find this incredibly awesome? I grew up thinking that our Solar System was a unique little snowflake in our mostly desolate galaxy….now they think that 2/3 of all stars have an Earth-like planet. The implications for astronomy, cosmology, and even philosophy are huge.

Best. Teacher. Ever. A super-awesome high school teacher got the great idea to teach kids about…math(?) By trying to set the new world record for folding paper. They used a length of toilet paper 1.2 km long and folded it in half 13 times. 13 times! Anyone who ever did the paper folding challenge back in school has to be impressed.

Someone is getting claws in their jumpsuit. An old Air Force video shows the effects of weightlessness on cats that were taken aboard the famed “vomit comet”. The results are predictably awesome.

You’re right though, we should NEVER APOLOGIZE FOR AMERICA. This is a MUST READ. The true story of a Guantanamo detainee who was taken from his job as a humanitarian worked in Sarajevo and locked up in Gitmo for 7 years without ever going to trial, and without ever having evidence presented to him to justify his detainment. It is a heart-wrenching tale that throws a black stain on the American justice system. I couldn’t help but recognize the parallels  to the Japanese internment in WWII…except this time, there was torture. #ashamed.

Who is Higgs anyway, and when did he lose his boson? A look at Peter Higg’s the physicist whose name has become ubiquitous as the CERN scientists search for his famed “boson.” (Teaser: a full breakdown of the search for this so called “god particle” and what it means, written by someone with an extremely limited understanding of physics coming soon!)

OMG, I WANT ONE! Science never ceases to amaze me. New report out on the discovery of the world’s smallest vertebrate – a tiny frog. a really, really, tiny frog. It’s like the toy poodle of amphibians.

Wait, seriously, you carry a card for that?  Check out the pricing for Shady Maple Smorgasbord in Lancaster, PA. Scroll down. A little bit further…keep going….under the senior discount…and there it is! The Gastric Bypass Surgery Discount! If you can produce a gastric bypass surgery card – with proof of surgery (scars?) you can get 50% off your meal at this all-you-can-eat buffet. Aren’t all-you-can-eat buffets the reason that we have gastric bypass surgery? #faceinpalm

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  1. Those little frogs are awesome

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