5 Things I Learned as the Internet’s Most Hated Person – “I made the mistake of dating a guy who would later go on to write a several-act manifesto about my alleged sex life and post it to every forum he could create a handle for. Normally, this would blow over with little more than a “whoa, check out THAT guy,” but since I work in an industry that has very strong feelings about women, it quickly mutated from a jilted ex’s revenge-porn to one of the most intense scandals in recent gaming history.” An excellent piece on Cracked about GamerGate. From Paul.
How Do Fictional Poisons Stack Up To Real-Life Ones? – “In books and movies, poisons are basically magic. It’s kind of a letdown to read about deliciously evil poisons and then realize they’re not nearly as potent in reality as they are in stories. Here are some myths about poison from pop culture — and the less impressive reality.”
Farewell, Heating Pad: Physical Therapists Say It Doesn’t Help – “Heat therapy, electrical stimulation, ultrasound and other ‘passive physical agents’ almost never help, according to a list released Monday by the Choosing Wisely campaign. Instead, they siphon time and money away from what you really want from a physical therapist — an exercise program that will restore strength and mobility.”
Adapting Listerine to a Global Market – “In the stink lab in New Jersey, it takes a team of scientists to create new flavors and varieties that will “kill germs that cause bad breath,” as its longtime slogan goes. The team collects 20 to 30 milliliters of saliva — about two full bottles of nail polish worth — twice a week from employees who work in the building. (Ms. Goodrich said that the employees were paid for their fluids, but declined to say how much). The lab is kept between 91 and 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit to resemble a real human mouth where bacteria can flourish. Linger inside, and the smell can stay on one’s clothes for hours.” (For such a boring headline, this article was pretty interesting.)