Quickies: Forgotten Childhood Memories, FDA Loopholes, and Game of Thrones Attack Ads

On April 9, 1860, Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville made the oldest known recording of a human voice, using a phonautograph. (And honestly, it sounds like something you’d hear in a creepy movie.)


Mary Brock works as an Immunology scientist by day and takes care of a pink-loving princess child by night. She likes cloudy days, crafting, cooking, and Fall weather in New England.

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  1. I have two distinct visual memories from when I was less than a year old, and at least ten others from before I was four. And I’m pretty sure they are indeed real memories.
    But there are also memories that might just be visual versions of stories that I was told, so not real memories. I think Oliver Sacks talked about a childhood memory that he had which, when he later talked about it with his older brother, he realized it wasn’t a direct memory, but a visualization of what had been described to him in a letter about the event he thought he’d been involved in.

  2. Loved the GOT attack ads. I wondered why none for Stannis, but then I remembered, being a religious fanatic is an asset. (Even if he’s only pretending to be one, for the usual Hollywood reason of ‘I won’t worship any gods who killed my parents.’) I do hate living ‘in the future’, as it were. For instance, trying to defend Cersei with only the first two and a half books to go by is impossible. (Also, explaining my bile fascination with the Boltons.) On the flip side, I’ve become a master of double meanings in the process. By the way, guest right is as serious as life and death.

    I thought that said online scammers, actually. Like, this Nigerian princess who needs my help getting her money out of the country! And this guy who says he can make my penis bigger!

    Interesting about childhood memories. I can still remember things from when I was 4.

  3. I have several distinct memories of when I was less than two. One was when I was about 9 months old, and had the measles. I remember hurting all over, being delirious and being stuck in a hot red fog of agony. The problem is I may well have constructed this memory in the last ten years after learning (when I was a teenager) that I had measles when I was a baby and after finding out about the antivaxers on Phil Plait’s Bad Astronomy blog between 5 and 10 years ago. There are no objective details in the memory that I can confirm independently.

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