Friday, May 28, 2010

Today's College Students Lack Empathy

College students today are less likely to "get" the emotions of others than their counterparts 20 and 30 years ago, a new review study suggests.

Specifically, today's students scored 40 percent lower on a measure of empathy than their elders did.

The findings are based on a review of 72 studies of 14,000 American college students overall conducted between 1979 and 2009.

"We found the biggest drop in empathy after the year 2000," said Sara Konrath, a researcher at the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research.

When I first read the headline to this story I thought it said, "Today's College Students Lack Apathy", and I thought who cares about that crap. Turns out they have plenty of that.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Art Linkletter, host of TV's 'House Party' and 'People Are Funny,' dead, 97

Art Linkletter, 97, an Emmy Award-winning television show host best known for his candid, chuckle-inducing interviews with kids who said "the darndest things" live on-air, died May 26 at his home in Los Angeles.

On his daytime TV variety program "House Party," which aired from 1952 to 1970, Mr. Linkletter asked children simple questions. He asked one boy: "What do your parents do for fun?"

"I don't know," the boy replied. "They always lock the door."

If you want to talk about "The Most Interesting Man Alive", Art was definitely the most interesting man alive until his passing.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Scrabble, its everywhere

To our frequent readers you know that Fritz and I used to play each other in Scrabble. (he cheats btw) Anyway our office plays online at iGoogle, with their Scrabble Gadget. You can't cheat. The words played have to be in the dictionary that is used. I believe it is the TWL (Tournament Word List) dictionary.

A conversation between my supervisor (a woman) and I went something like this...
Me: "I want you to know I showed restraint in my last word. I had a tray full of I's."
Her: "You didn't show restraint, you played on a triple word box."
Me: "I did...I had a tray full of I's."
Her: "What word did you play? (she looks at the board) TUTS, OH!!"

I then told her about the Scrabble Championship that was broadcast on ESPN a few years ago. One of the players played LEZ. It was quite a controversy as that is short for LESBIAN. They had to stop showing the board and cut to commercial.

We then started talking about a movie, she couldn't remember the name of, that had two little old ladies playing Scrabble and all the dirty words they played. Another colleague found this website,

Two of the most memorable examples are below. Enjoy...

The movie?...Foul Play starring Goldie Hawn and Chevy Chase

And this scene in Black Hawk Down, may have escaped your attention during the movie...

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Awesome had this headline as:  "Call me Ishmael" "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." 
These opening lines bow before the greatest opening line - ever 

BERVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- The Brevard County doctor who was arrested for groping a woman while dressed as Captain America with a burrito in his pants will not go to jail.

What else is there to say? Justice has prevailed.

Amityville Horror house up for sale

The five-bedroom Dutch Colonial went on the market on Monday for 1.15 million dollars.
The film is based on the story of the Lutz family's brief stay in the house in 1975 after six members of the DeFeo family were shot dead as they slept in the home.
The eldest son, Ronald DeFeo, was convicted of the murders.

There is a house on Lindsey Street in Norman that we used to call the Ammity house. I know it's not exactly like the real house, but it's similar enough. Well except six people weren't murdered in it, and there wasn't a movie based on the ghosts that haunted it, and it's not New York. So apart from window placement I guess that house isn't at all like it. Never mind.

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