In a recent post, I noted how some 20% of Americans believe in the conspiracy theory that microchips may have been planted inside COVID-19 vaccines. Many of you expressed disbelief that the number was so high, and you may also be wondering what to do if you encounter a person who holds such a belief. … Continue reading Dan Ariely Offers Advice on How to Deal with Conspiracy Theorists
Some 20% of Americans believe in the conspiracy theory that microchips may have been planted inside COVID-19 vaccines that millions of people have already taken worldwide, according to a study by YouGov and The Economist that was conducted last week. Despite a lack of evidence to support such a claim, the poll concluded overall that 15% of Americans … Continue reading Just Because You’re Paranoid Doesn’t Mean There Isn’t a Microchip in the COVID Vaccine
Japan has announced that the Tokyo Olympics will go ahead under a state of emergency and without any spectators at events in the capital in an attempt to prevent another nationwide outbreak of COVID-19. Athletes, staff, media, and other participants will be kept in a "bubble." Other areas outside the capital that are hosting events … Continue reading If You Win Gold at the Olympics, but There Are No Fans There, Did It Really Happen?
A year ago, people couldn't find toilet paper, hand sanitizer, or baking flour. Fast forward one year, and now people are having trouble finding deodorant, teeth whitener, and condoms. Welcome to the post-COVID-19 world of retail. As pandemic restrictions are being lifted around the U.S., people are looking to buy products that will help them … Continue reading Oh My, How Our Spending Habits Have Changed. From Toilet Paper to Teeth Whitener
With many of us housebound for the past several months, the opportunity to experience new locales has literally disappeared. But thanks to a couple from Singapore, such opportunities have not virtually disappeared. Sonali Ranjit and Vaishnav Balasubramaniam created WindowSwap, a site that lets armchair travelers peaceably gaze at the view through hundreds of windows world-wide. … Continue reading Looking for a New Addiction? How About WindowSwap
It’s an interesting question posed by reporters Louise Radnofsky and Ben Cohen in a story they have written for the Wall Street Journal. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s distribution playbook deems communication efforts essential but doesn’t prescribe how they should be handled. A spokeswoman for California’s public health department said: “We have not yet … Continue reading Should Star Athletes and Other Influencers Have Early Access to the COVID-19 Vaccine?
What does a fictional character from a 1964 film have to do with COVID-19? Well, thanks to my wife, I learned what that connection is - the classic song A Spoonful of Sugar. Earlier this week, Jeffrey Sherman, the son and nephew of the Sherman Brothers—the musical duo responsible for "Mary Poppins," as well as … Continue reading Mary Poppins and COVID-19
Will he be wearing a mask? Will he be using hand sanitizer as he goes from house to house? Will he have to quarantine himself before he starts his journey? Will he have to get a special exemption to be able to fly? I’m sure parents are getting a whole new set of questions about … Continue reading Get Your Hand Santa-tizer Ready for the Big Guy
Every year since 2004, Oxford Dictionary has announced its choice for Word of the Year. According to Wikipedia, the Word of the Year need not have been coined within the past twelve months but it does need to have become prominent or notable during that time. There is no guarantee that the Word of the … Continue reading Oxford Dictionary’s Word(s) of the Year
It was literally over in 10 seconds. I have surgery scheduled for this coming Tuesday and as part of the process I have to get a Covid test. After a few administrative hiccups I was finally able to make an appointment a couple of days ago for a drive-through test this morning. I have to … Continue reading Much ado about nothing