Sent via e-mail: Paris Hilton prepares for Mother Theresa role. I almost choked on my ice tea when I read that. Please tell me this is a sick joke. It sure sounds like one, and certainly the source doesn’t look particularly reliable. Even so… (OK, OK, I know. Enough with the fluff. I’ll start posting more about medicine–surgery, actually– tomorrow and science after that.)
Time really flies, doesn’t it? In fact, the next meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle will soon be upon us this Thursday. I’m anticipating that it will be…huge, as it’s being hosted by none other than The Huge Entity. The Huge One has placed his contact information and submission guidelines here. More general submission guidelines, plus a handy list of past and present Circles, can be found here. Finally, once again, I’d like to post a request for more hosts of the Skeptics’ Circle. I’ve had to do some minor rejiggering of the schedule recently due to the withdrawal of one …
An autistic teen named Jason McElwain made the most of his chance to shine. How long before this is a movie of the week or even a feature film?
Well, that didn’t last long, did it? I’ve only been on ScienceBlogs for less that two weeks, and already I’m no longer the new kid on the block. Nope, that honor now goes to William Connolley. Welcome Stoat to the Borg–I mean ScienceBlogs–collective. It looks as though he isn’t integrated into the main ScienceBlogs page and newsfeed yet, but presumably he will be on Monday when the techies are back.
I’ve always kind of liked Spongebob Squarepants, although I had always wondered about his relationship with Patrick Star. Here’s evidence that my suspicions may have been correct.
Today, while I’m making fun of anti-Semitic idiocy coming out of Iran, perhaps I should stop being so upset over the free speech infringement that I’ve railed about regarding David Irving’s three year sentence for Holocaust denial in Austria. It turns out that he isn’t really in prison, and his name isn’t even David Irving. (Hat tip to Andrew Mathis!)
You can’t make stuff like this up. You really can’t. Did you know that Tom and Jerry are in reality a clever secret nefarious plot by the Jews? That’s what Professor Hassan Bolkhari, who teaches philosophy of art at Tabatabaei and Al-Zahra Universities in Iran and is a member of the Film Council of the Islamic Republic of Iran and a cultural advisor to the Iranian Education Ministry, asserts (if you understand the language, feel free to check out the original video here):
Here’s a guy who really could use some anger management training, clearly the roomate from hell.
Those who’ve been regulars here for a while know that on Fridays and the weekends, I often (although not always) like to take a lighter approach with my posts and links. In that vein, I bring you a vision of what’s become of Michael Jackson…
One of the greatest challenges in medicine can sometimes be to convince a patient that the results of scientific and medical research apply to them, or, at the very least, to explain how such results apply. A couple of days ago, in an article the New York Times, Dr. Abigail Zuker, proposed one reason why this might be, beginning with a discussion with her mother in which she tries to convince her of the benefit of exercise, even in the elderly, a concept that her mother would have none of: “Studies,” she says, dripping scorn. “Don’t give me studies. Look …