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Quickies: Cat Statue, Depression Era Food, and Childcare in the US

  • A Dearly Departed Istanbul Cat Gets a Commemorative Statue – “Tombili was known for being a chill cat, and this was a common pose for him. But this particular photo achieved a higher level of internet fame, putting Tombili in the pantheon of Beloved and Bememed Internet Cats.” From Mindy.
  • Where Are The 40,000 Students ITT Tech Left Behind When It Closed? – “This is an issue, and not just for former ITT Tech students; it can be difficult to transfer credits between two-year and four-year schools, for-profit and nonprofit colleges across the country. And, for many low-income students, the path to graduation isn’t clear.”
  • The Depression Radically Changed the Way Americans Ate – “Today, the official responses can seem almost unbelievably callous. Despite Hoover’s urging, the Red Cross refused to provide direct food aid to starving Appalachian communities, while in 1932 the chief statistician of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company opined that ‘as a people, we are given normally to overfeeding . .?.?. I would not be surprised if, under the present conditions of enforced moderation, many have enjoyed better health than ever before.’ “
  • Why You Constantly Open Certain Confusing Doors Wrong – “In design circles, these bad doors are known as ‘Norman doors,’ named for designer and author Don Norman. In his book The Design of Everyday Things, he explains that a well-designed door wouldn’t need a sign to indicate how to open it. You would be able to tell just by looking at it how to open it.”
  • On Your Mark, Give Birth, Go Back To Work – “On her first day back at work after giving birth, Tricia Olson drank copious amounts of coffee, stuffed tissues in her pocket, and tried not to cry. After all, her son Gus was just 3 weeks old.”
  • Is This as Good as Childcare Gets? – ” ‘Don’t tell me we don’t subsidize childcare in the United States,’ said Mary Brown, who has spent 30 years as a childcare center director and childcare consultant. ‘We do. It’s the teachers, mostly women, who’ve been subsidizing childcare all along.’

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Mary Brock is a scientist who works on drugs you've hopefully never heard of. She enjoys cooking to Blue Grass music, messing with her cats, and hosting the Boston Skeptics' Book Club. She was born in the South but loves living in New England (despite the lack of chocolate chip pizza). Mary does not use Twitter and don't even try to follow her, because she is always looking over her shoulder.

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