Quickies: Black Lives Being Erased, Victorian Wedding Night Advice, and Donald Trump
- Black American lives are being erased. The victors still rewrite history – “The victors (ie the beneficiaries of the status quo) are writing history, in front of our eyes, in real time – deciding what will endure and what will fade away. This isn’t necessarily an overt, explicit or even conscious process – it’s often just a series of seemingly innocuous choices that add up to a slow, grinding erasure. It’s re-centring Michael Brown’s story on Darren Wilson. It’s memorialising a dead lion on America’s most iconic building, while, in the city below, black people are fighting to simply be acknowledged as human beings (in a country built on black slave labour).” From Radium.
- Living Without A Sense Of Smell – All about the science of scents and what it’s like to lose the ability to smell. It affects more than just your food.
- 100-Year-Old Wedding Night Advice for Newlyweds – This Victorian-era advice is interesting and likely very helpful at the time, considering the fact that it was an acceptable practice to never tell the virginal bride what was about to happen.
- How to change the minds of vaccine skeptics? Scare them. – This recent study about scaring anti-vax parents contradicts another study that says that scare tactics are likely to backfire. From Will.
- Homme de Plume: What I Learned Sending My Novel Out Under a Male Name – “I wanted to know more of how the Georges of the world live, so I sent more. Total data: George sent out 50 queries, and had his manuscript requested 17 times. He is eight and a half times better than me at writing the same book. Fully a third of the agents who saw his query wanted to see more, where my numbers never did shift from one in 25.”
- The Teen Who Exposed a Professor’s Myth – A professor published a well-received paper on how Irish people in America were never discriminated against (he called it the “myth of victimization”). Then a teenager disproved him in a 5-minute Google image search.
- The media’s 5 stages of grief over Donald Trump – “The crosstabs aren’t online, but Bloomberg’s Joshua Green has them, and he’s been tweeting out some of the findings. The main takeaway? Trump’s support is growing among all factions of the Republican Party. The idea that his supporters are a single kind of Republican — an angry, but marginalized, group — increasingly seems wrong. Media coverage of Trump’s campaign has been going through something akin to the five stages of grief (though, given what a fun story Trump is to cover, there’s a heavy dose of delight, too).”