My goal for this week was to have an all-monkey M&HH while coming down from my NYC high. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen even though I decided not to bother commenting on Michael Savage’s assholery. Fortunately, nothing can break my spirit right now after such an awesome weekend (even on the Wednesday after). Thanks, New York!
And now, on to this week’s Monkey’s and High Hats after the jump:
Monkeys to Amanda Peet for unapologetically vaccinating her kids, and unapologetically calling out those who don’t. In a recent interview with Cookie Magazine, she talked about vaccinating her kids, on schedule, and the importance of doing so.
Peet angered a bunch of anti-vaxxers by calling them “parasites”, and while she apologized for intentionally using that word in a “mean” way, she stood her ground that they are, in fact, parasitic by counting on other people’s vaccinations to keep their kids healthy.
Sad, isn’t it, that I have to give a monkey to someone for just doing what we all should be doing? Next week: Monkeys to Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt for feeding their kids vegetables and to Britney Spears for putting Sean Preston in a car seat.
Monkeys to Tuan Nguyen of ABC News writing an article about our friend Tim Farley’s What’s the Harm! What’s the Harm is great site that certainly deserves the recognition. If you haven’t checked out the site, do it. It’s a really amazing, if sobering, resource that drives home the importance of the entire skeptical movement: People die from a lack of critical thinking.
Congrats again, Tim, and thank you.
Hats to the companies marketing kids’ foods as “healthy”. Time Magazine did a little analysis of “fun foods” for kids that were labeled as “healthy” and found that they were, in fact, not healthy at all.
[R]esearchers found that 8% of the nutritionally deficient items carried some type of official mark or seal of nutrition on the front of the package… [E]ven if some of the claims on the packaging are true, the foods may still be detrimental to overall well-being.
Foods with labels claiming that the foods are packed with vitamins or are great sources of protein were also jam packed with sodium and sugar. Bottom line: read nutritional labels. Or better yet, avoid “convenience foods” unless you are desperately need convenience.
Totally unrelated to anything skeptical: Major hats to NPR’s All Things Considered for pointing out that little Spencer Elden is 17 and about to graduate from high school. You may not recognize Spencer from the picture here on the right, but rest assured you have seen him. In fact, you’ve seen him naked. We all have. Who is he? He’s the cute little baby swimming after the dollar bill on Nirvana’s Nevermind cover.
Screw you, NPR, for making me feel old.
That’s all for this week everyone! See you August 13th when I will surely still be basking in the afterglow of Bug Girl meet-up bliss.