I realize I should add the word “headshots” to my list of “alien” and “dog”, as the meaning of those words have become derogatory in my mind. When I read the word “headshot” in someone’s photo story I initially processed it as meaning the result of someone being shot in the head.
Harpers magazine says one in three folks in the United States believe life is fair. I wonder how many of those are 1-percenters.
I missed the reason cartoonists now portray Putin without his shirt on?
How did I miss this…The May 28, 2021 issue of The Week reports that a Dutch startup has trained bees to sniff out Covid-19. Researchers cooled down 150 bees to make them less active, strapped the insects into harnesses, and then used a Pavlovian conditioning method to teach them the unique scent of the coronavirus. Each time the bees were exposed to a virus-positive test sample they were also given a delicious sugar water solution–which the bees drank by extending their tongues. When they were given a negative sample, they received no reward. Within hours the bees were sticking out their tongues when presented with the virus, even when no sugar water was offered. I feel for the assistant who had to harness the bees.
As we seem to be dumbing down a bit as gullible creatures (many believing far-fetched conspiracy theories), the same issue of The Week reports that a young speech pathologist has trained her dog to communicate in English. “Dogs are thinking a lot,” she says. “They have opinions and are wanting to share them.” Hunger’s new book is How Stella learned to talk.