May 4, 2012

DT Friday Freakout

Some headlines and such from the worlds of science, politics, and parenting, all rolled up into one, weekend-ruining Freakout, a public service of Daddy Types:

  • Yeah, but the problem as always, is the last mile: "1 sperm has 37.5MB of DNA information in it. That means a normal ejaculation represents a data transfer of 1587GB in about 3 seconds." [quora via @davidgalbraith]

  • Still with us? A new study finds 5-9mo kids respond differently to faces of people of their own race. Does the study explain how babies know which race they are, though? [livescience via dt reader rolf]

  • When I first saw the story about the drunken Florida grandparents arrested for towing their 5yo granddaughter's pedal car behind their SUV, I was worried that the drunk part might distract from the grandparents' sheer stupidity. But then when I read it, I realized it only enhances it. [ via like five people within the first hour, who apparently have DT tagged as #wtfpedalcar in their contacts]

  • Linda Evangelista won't get into bed for less than $46,000/mo child support. [nypost]

  • The thing that freaked me out about this BBC report on the large number of single dads in Las Vegas is the autoplay. Turn down your speakers. [bbc via dt sr freakout correspondent sara]

  • The US ranks 121st in the world for the rate of pre-term births, but in that, "our prenatal health system's like Somalia and Thailand" kind of way, not that, "Ooh, we're right up there with Belarus and Ecuador!" which, huh? Is this the right metric? [marchofdimes via, thanks, obv, to sara]

  • Researchers are freaked out over how little research has been done on the use of prescription drugs during pregnancy. [eurekalert]

  • Colic causes migraines, or migraines cause colic, which causes migraines, which causes shaken baby syndrome. Whatever, it's complicated and annoying. [eurekalert]

  • A Fayetteville, NC preacher instructed his flock to start smacking the gay out of their kids from an early age. It worked for him, I'm sure. youtube via sullivan]


1 Comment

#1 What, no jokes about dropped packets?

#2 Might shed some light to see if babies of mixed race equally favor racial groups of their fathers and mothers...

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