Quickies: Edison’s Creepy Talking Dolls, Scientific American’s Past Predictions, and the Decline of Pseudoscience
- Ghostly Voices From Thomas Edison’s Dolls Can Now Be Heard – “Though Robin and Joan Rolfs owned two rare talking dolls manufactured by Thomas Edison’s phonograph company in 1890, they did not dare play the wax cylinder records tucked inside each one.” And the article even has the audio from the dolls. Good thing there isn’t a doll recorded reciting the Necronomicon.
- The King of Bullsh*t News – “How a small British news agency and its founder fill your Facebook feed with stories that are wonderful, wacky – and often wrong.” (Some pics on this article may be NSFW.)
- Judge Orders Feds to Pay for Katrina Damage – “The government knew about the risk, the opinion said, from repeated warnings and studies from the Army Corps itself.” From Radium.
- Why Scientific American‘s Predictions from 10 Years Ago Were So Wrong – “Number one on the list was a stem cell breakthrough that turned out to be one of the biggest cases of scientific fraud ever. (To be fair, it fooled everyone.) But the list held other unfulfilled promises, too: companies now defunct, an FBI raid, and many, many technologies simply still on the verge of finally making it a decade later.” And where’s my bubble car??
- The Little Tramp – A profile of the feminist comedy on “Inside Amy Schumer” from The New Yorker. From Donna.
- Chlamydia outbreaks hits nearly 10 percent of small Texas school in district with no sex-ed policy – “In fact, Texas state law requires any sex-ed course to devote more attention to abstinence than any other behavior. And students must be taught that abstinence until marriage is the best way to prevent sexually transmitted diseases.” It would be funnier if it wasn’t so tragic that young people are being infected with preventable diseases just because the “adults” in their life are grossed out by sex.
- Why Zack Kopplin Is Losing Ground In The War Against Creationists – “For the past eight years, 21-year-old Zack Kopplin has been fighting to keep creationism out of Louisiana’s science classrooms. Despite a series of setbacks and the feeling that he’s continually losing battles, Kopplin still feels he’ll win the war. We spoke with him to learn more.”
- The Decline of Pseudoscience – “Now that ‘natural’ living has gone mainstream, its days are numbered.” I wish I could believe this but these things have existed for so many years.
- Karen O Writes Google Doodle Song About Nellie Bly – ” ‘Oh, Nellie, take us all around the world and break those rules ’cause you’re our girl’ “