August 17, 2012

DT Friday Freakout: Nuts Edition

two_walnuts.jpgAn abbreviated assortment of news from the worlds of science, health, and parenting to freak you out for the weekend:

  • The better educated the parents, the worse kids do when trapped in a fridge. [aap, c. 1958 via felix]

  • Eating a pound of walnuts a week improves sperm quality. Which, if you're trying not to conceive, would make the case for avoiding walnuts, wouldn't it? And wearing bikini briefs? And Axe Body Spray? [bbc via dt sr freakout correspondent sara]

  • Facebook now lets you add "expecting a baby" to your timeline. Which information will not immediately be made available to advertisers. But which will certainly complicate your plans for lying about your kid being 13 when you sign him up for Facebook when he's 10. [techcrunch]


If you don't think that FB will immediately sell your gravidity status to advertisers you have not looked at their stock price lately.
Think of all the ways they can make money off this: not only can they enable advertisers to sell baby stuff to the mom and dad, they can then sell the names of all mom and dad's friends to advertisers for baby-gifting opportunities.

The chances that a 10 year old kid in 2022 will want access to Facebook are pretty slim.

good point. but the chances that a parent will sign their infant up for facebook in 2012 is apparently still, inexplicably, greater than zero.

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