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@shirkr - *ding* ;)

Social studies are interesting, though often times they're non-sensical (or darned obvious) on the surface.

In this particular study, I think there has always been people who crave attention. Facebook is an (easy) outlet for that. Had there been no Facebook, they'd still be clamoring for attention.

Dunno how that conversation got turned to brand loyalty though.
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@Dazee - it provides an insight into one of the most important human activities. How many children parents decide to have ultimately determine a nation's birth rate (which is too low for countries with declining population like Japan and too high for many third world countries).
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@DaveL - not, not fraud, but they probably hastened the demise of the music CD (the article described how used CD sales are actually still healthy - it's just the new CD sales that had pretty much died).
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@shirkr - I think it goes deeper than that. Procreation is the most important biological process there is, and despite our higher consciousness, humans are basically programmed to procreate.

That's why there's the "biological clock" - basically an overwhelming need (mostly in women, though not all women have this) to have a child. It's biologically hardwired.
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As a parent myself, I'm well aware of how we "whitewash" the pain of raising kids and glorify the joy - but it's much more than that. There's selective memory going on so that we remember the joy more than the pain.

It's kind of like giving birth: the memory of 30 second of birth trumps the 24 hours of labor pain.

I think Splint Chesthair is on to something: the joy of parenthood may just be an evolutionary mechanism. After all, the human race depends on people having children!
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The Magic Castle in LA was neat! We went to dinner and performance a while ago ... the gimmick was that you had to be "invited" by a practicing member of the Magic Castle's magician guild.
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I found it interesting that it noted Mary Shelley's Frankenstein as the first science-fiction novel (someone more familiar with the history of the genre should probably chime in).

I think it was the first "mad scientist" novel ever written.
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@ted - absolutely! When I was in grad school (in a hospital), there was a study about the hand washing habit of doctors.

They had assumed that male doctors washed their hands more often than the general public, simply because they're doctors and they should know better.

So someone devised a study to watch these docs. They pretended they were fussing with their hair, washing their glasses, etc. They noticed a significant percentage of doctors never washed their hands!

I tried to Google the study, but couldn't find it. I remember the outcome of the study, because right after I read it, I was in the bathroom and a professor (who's also a practicing doctor) came in, did his business, and left without washing his hands!
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Lowing, who is now divorced, says the crocs were not responsible for the end of her marriage.

Funny, that's not what she said in this interview back in 2009:

Her husband Greg said she spent too much time with the pet and asked her to give it up in a bid to save their marriage, but she refused and the couple divorced in 2005.
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We need a passive-aggressive note for 1) all the commenters who noted that these aren't passive-aggressive and 2) the website that stole all the images from passiveaggressivenotes.com :)
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Oh, not germs, Vonskippy - it's the grossness of grabbing things that someone else has touched after touching their genitals without washing their hands afterwards.

From a 2005 NY Times article by Nicholas Bakalar:

In the nationwide poll, conducted from Aug. 19 to Aug. 22 by Harris Interactive, 1,013 adults were interviewed about their hand washing habits. Then observers were sent into public restrooms to see what actually happened.

Ninety-one percent of adults claimed in the poll that they washed their hands after using a public restroom. But of the 6,336 adults whose behavior was observed, only 82 percent actually did so.


Cecil Adams has a classic column on The Straight Dope on this.
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@Max Power - that's because it's a major incident! It involves the safety of a young child and the callous response of train officials not to stop the train and solve the situation. Believe me, it's a big deal.

I'm guessing you don't have children ;)
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Thanks for the info, Sunfall.

@Max Power - because you've never ever made a mistake, right?

How about accidents on the freeway, Stuart? Why should all the rest of the drivers be inconvenienced by someone's careless mistake that led to a pile up? Why should they give the right of way to an ambulance and lose precious minutes?

Ze train. It has to be on time.
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