Last week, “Daily Show” correspondent Jessica Williams paid a visit to the NYU science labs to conduct some #EmojiScience experiments. The GE #EmojiScience campaign set out to prove that there’s science in everything by creating experiments that relate to emojis. Scientists then sent out Snapchat footage of celebrity guests like Bill Nye, Gary Vaynerchu, Baratunde Thurston and Williams conducting them. At the lab, I watched the research team light a taco on fire (scientifically, of course) in a plea for Apple to add a taco emoji and discovered beakers full of neon liquids that fizzed just like in the movies. For a person who reads and writes all day at work and thus hasn’t done a science experiment since maybe 11th grade, it was a grand adventure. I watched Williams conduct experiments that involved electric-shocking a pickle (at least, that’s what it looked like!) and making color-changing tie-dye water; but first, she sat down with me for a quick chat about science, street harassment and internet cats. 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 »
We expect celebrities to be perfect, either in that they’re totally loveable or totally detestable — but so often, that isn’t the case. Check out our gallery of celebrities who were polarizing in 2014, but who aren’t always what they’re made out to be.
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Nothing says “Merry Christmas” quite like taking away a blind child’s cane and replacing it with a pool noodle. At least, that’s what one elementary school in Kansas City thought.
After an eight-year-old blind boy, Dakota Nafzinger, was reprimanded by his bus driver for hitting another student with his cane, the driver took away Dakota’s cane and refused to give it back to the child when it was time for him to get off the bus. To make the situation ten times worse, the school decided to KEEP THE CANE for two weeks as punishment. The assholes at Gracemor Elementary then replaced the boy’s cane with a POOL NOODLE, which does nothing to help him, except for maybe letting others know he’s a fun aquatic companion. Keep reading »