The stigma of having HIV is alive and well in a small Chinese village: Its residents want to banish 8-year-old “Kun Kun” (a fake name being used to protect his identity) for his illness, UPI reports. At least 200 Xichong locals, including the boy’s own grandfather, signed a petition on Dec. 7 to get “Kun Kun away from the village, and protect the health of the villagers and children,” the BBC reports. Read more on Newser…
Are you concerned that measles, mumps and rubella aren’t the only things your child is being vaccinated against? Could the same shot that immunizes your daughter against deadly viruses could also be immunizing her against the dick? Could that shot in the butt you got as a kid cause you to crave even more shots in the butt as an adult? These are just a few of the “legitimate” questions you might ask yourself if you are a complete and total idiot, or if you are the person operating the VacTruth.com Facebook page. Keep reading »
According to a report from The Smoking Gun, one Catherine L. Crump, 57, of Waukegan, Illinois has attempted to file a trademark on the phrase “I Can’t Breathe” with the United States Patent and Trademark Office for the purposes of selling “hoodies and T-shirts for men, women, boys, girls, and infants” with the phrase printed on them. “I Can’t Breathe” of course, are the last words uttered by Eric Garner before he was killed by Police Officer Daniel Pantaleon. The phrase has become a rallying cry against the use of force and the killings of unarmed black men by police officers. Keep reading »
In 1999, David Dunning and Justin Kruger of Cornell University’s Department of Psychology began testing a theory that occurred to them after hearing a story about a man who thought — because lemon juice could be used as an “invisible ink” — that he could douse himself in it and then go rob a bank and no one would see him.
What they proposed was that individuals who were incompetent were more likely to overestimate their own skill, and also more unlikely to recognize actual skill in others. Keep reading »