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This Much Will Kill You.

A lot of things can kill you – but here are some surprising ones!

Who knew?


What Does “A 50% Chance Of Rain” Actually Mean?

You know you’ve wondered.

Does a “50% chance of rain” means that you have a 50-50 chance of needing an umbrella? Or that 505 of the area will get rain?

In a little over two minutes, you can find out!

Your friendly local weather person says there’s a 10% chance it will rain today, so you throw on your flip-flops and head out to enjoy a beautiful day. Next thing you know, you’re running through puddles, trying to get out of a torrential downpour. Bad luck or bad weather person?


What Happens When You Have A Concussion?

Concussions seem to be in the news today in all sports and all sport levels. From football to baseball to soccer to racing, and from youth leagues all the way up to the pro leagues, people are talking and concerned about concussions.

Each year in the United States, players of sports and recreational activities receive between 2.5 and 4 million concussions. How dangerous are all those concussions? The answer is complicated and lies in how the brain responds when something strikes it. Clifford Robbins explains the science behind concussions.

View full lesson here.


“You Will Tell Your Friends To Read RoH……You Will Tell Your Friends To Read RoH….”

Hypnosis: that’s just a fun gimmick for stage shows and plot twists, right? Well, turns out there might be more to it.


A Life In Numbers.

Just 4 years watching sports?

How much time does the average person spend cleaning their elephants?
No clue, but we do know you’ll spend at least 6 years eating and drinking.


Who Doesn’t Like Pixar Animation?

Whether you like the story or not is one thing. But the Pixar Animation Studios took what was almost a dying art form and brought it back to life. The moment we say the bouncing desk lamp, we knew that something great could come forward.

And it did.

NOTE: The video above also has the trailer for Cars 3.


No One Could See This Coming. (Except For Those On The Right.)

Yeah, no one saw this coming.

From the Fresno Bee:

Restaurant die-off is first course of California’s $15 minimum wage

In a pair of affluent coastal California counties, the canary in the mineshaft has gotten splayed, spatchcocked and plated over a bed of unintended consequences, garnished with sprigs of locally sourced economic distortion and non-GMO, “What the heck were they thinking?”

The result of one early experiment in a citywide $15 minimum wage is an ominous sign for the state’s poorer inland counties as the statewide wage floor creeps toward the mark.

Consider San Francisco, an early adopter of the $15 wage. It’s now experiencing a restaurant die-off, minting jobless hash-slingers, cashiers, busboys, scullery engineers and line cooks as they get pink-slipped in increasing numbers. And the wage there hasn’t yet hit $15.

As the East Bay Times reported in January, at least 60 restaurants around the Bay Area had closed since September alone.

A recent study by Michael Luca at Harvard Business School and Dara Lee Luca at Mathematica Policy Research found that every $1 hike in the minimum wage brings a 14 percent increase in the likelihood of a 3.5-star restaurant on Yelp! closing.


A Short Primer On Speech – The Free Type.

Ken White of fame has an interesting and educational op-ed in the LA times on speech entitled: Actually, hate speech is protected speech

We’re going to cut, paste and cite some of his writing which is essentially a discussion and rebuttal of many of the cliches that one hears about speech today – especially from those who wish to silence others.

“Not all speech is protected. There are limits to free speech.”

This slogan is true, but rarely helpful. The Supreme Court has called the few exceptions to the 1st Amendment “well-defined and narrowly limited.” They include obscenity, defamation, fraud, incitement, true threats and speech integral to already criminal conduct.
Merely observing that some exceptions exist does not help anyone determine whether particular speech falls into one of those exceptions. It’s a non sequitur.

Imagine you’re bitten by a snake on a hike, and you want to know rather urgently whether the snake is venomous. You describe the snake to your doctor. “Well, not all snakes are venomous,” your doctor responds. Not very helpful, it is?

“You can’t shout ‘fire’ in a crowded theater.”

Almost 100 years ago, Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendel Holmes, Jr. coined a version of this now-familiar metaphor. Holmes used it to explain why the Supreme Court was upholding the criminal conviction of Charles Shenck, who was jailed merely for distributing materials urging peaceful resistance to the draft in World War I. Fortunately, the Supreme Court — often led by Holmes himself — retreated from this terrible precedent, eventually ruling that speech can’t be punished as “incitement” unless it is intended and likely to provoke imminent lawless action. (more…)


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