22 July 2010

The Yes! Digest -- July 22nd, 2010

 This is: Spoonerism Day. Celebrate the birthday of William Archibald Spooner (and the "peculiar speech error" that came to bear his name) by reading "The Mion and the Louse"!

Spirit food: "The answer is built right into the word": Amy Krouse Rosenthal on kindness.

Brain food:
  • Reasons why the moon landing---which happened 41 years ago this week---was not a hoax.
  • "40 Things You Need To Know About The Next 40 Years" (via The Smithsonian)
  • Is that food in your fridge still safe to eat? What's the deal with expiration dates, anyway? StillTasty tells you everything you need to know.
Today's young adults:
A joy: Use of this gel could reduce a woman's risk of contracting HIV by up to 54 percent.

Churchy things/A concern: "A Florida church with "Islam is of the devil" signs in its front lawn plans to host an "International Burn A Quran Day," on the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks this year." (via The Pew Forum)

UU voices: At AlterNet, Be Schofield wonders if religious liberals are "providing legitimacy and credibility for fundamentalism, violence, oppression and bigotry done in the name of religion." (via The Friendly Atheist)

Good answer: Thanks to "student researchers at the University of Cambridge," the world finally knows how many licks it takes to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop.

How to: Have the perfect handshake. (This mathematical formula can teach you how!) (via The Awl)

Young adults of note: Carte Goodwin, a 36 year-old lawyer, has been appointed to fill the senate seat left vacant by Robert Byrd of West Virginia, who died last month at the age of 92. (Goodwin is now the youngest person serving in the senate.) Goodwin's first act after being sworn in this week was to vote to extend unemployment benefits to those Americans who have been out of work for longer than 26 weeks.
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