The great knuckle-cracking controversy has been solved.
In one of the more bizarre, if not “industrious” studies of late, a professor of radiology at the University of California compared two sample groups of the knuckle-cracking variety. His findings: a total of 33 to 800 crack-years per patient. Yikes!
The good news, knuckle-cracking does not appear hazardous to said knuckle-cracker’s health. Just to those within earshot.
And more controversy-ending conclusions: A new study published in JAMA Psychiatry determined that young adults who watch a lot of television and have a low physical activity level have a chance of ending up with “worse cognitive function” by middle age.
This 25-year study concluded that many of the subjects who consumed daily hours of television – and we’re thinking while lounging on the couch – were a bit slow on the uptake when it came to most of the testing. Except, curiously enough, when it came to verbal memory. Who knows? Hey, who took the remote control?
Get ready, voters. Whatever you think of Donald Trump, his influence is spreading. In a seven-page confidential memo, the head of the National Republican Senatorial Committee urges Republican candidates to adopt many of Trump’s tactics, issues and approaches, should the developer/reality game show host become the party’s presidential nominee.
The idea is to emulate Trump enough to engage voters while avoiding problems associated with a candidate whom the committee’s executive director, Ward Baker, nonetheless describes as “a misguided missile” who is “subject to farcical fits.”
It might be better for the party’s long-term health to reject Trump outright, rather than toying with voters, but such is politics. Soon, we’ll all be fired.
It’s an unusual way that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan, have announced they will give away almost all of their $46 billion in Facebook Inc. shares, but it’s a remarkable gift, anyway.
The money will go to a new organization, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a limited liability corporate structure that will give them flexibility to use the money as they wish, without the restrictions that accompany nonprofit businesses.
The couple plan to contribute no more than $1 billion a year for the next three years – more than many organizations get in a lifetime. What’s not to like?