Your Profession Might Affect Your Child’s Gender

According to this article, engineers are more likely to have boys and nurses are more likely to have girls.  I think they need to do a little more work on cause and effect – does being an engineer cause you to have boys or is there some other factor that causes you to be an engineer and to have boys?  Anyways, it raises some interesting questions.

Blokey jobs encourage baby boys, study says. 22/05/2005. ABC News Online.

Forget Getting Rich!

There’s a good wake up call article in the New York Times, You Really Can’t Be Too Rich; the article says we’d all be happier if we just gave up on being rich because it’s not going to happen anyway.

You should focus on what you want to do with your life.  A bucket full of money or a lottery ticket is not going to tell you that.  Lying on a beach and flying around in a private jet might be fun for a while but I bet you eventually come back to "what do I want to do with my life?"  I bet the true answer to that question won’t cost a million dollars and it will be much more satisfying than a winning lottery ticket in the end.

Gorrilla Asks for a Dentist

When Koko the gorilla had a toothache, she signed that she had pain in her mouth. We know that dogs can learn hundreds of words, and we know that they can express excitement, anxiety, and disappointment. Does anybody know how to teach them to signal pain?

Cheating: A Social Network to Help You Cheat

The New York Times has an article about a new type of social network that is used to help people fabricate excuses, For Liars and Loafers, Cellphones Offer an Alibi. Complete strangers will pretend to be your boss or your doctor and call girlfriend or your work for you. Before you dismiss this as bizarre, you should know that thousands of people have signed up for this service!

However, before you sign up yourself, think, can you trust people that are looking for people to lie for them?

The Path To a Healthier America (or not)

In spite of all of the government funded studies that show that Americans are becoming more and more obese, the newest transportation bill allots less than 1% of the $300 billion total for sidewalks and bicycle paths. As anyone who has tried to run their errands on foot knows, without better walkways, it will continue to be easier and more pleasant to use a car for daily tasks, and we will continue to get heavier and heavier as a nation. For more information, read the New York Times article, The Path to a Healthier America.


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