Some Quick Thoughts This Afternoon...
With all this catching up at work to do, I have nary a free minute to put together a coherent post. The best I can offer you this afternoon is an assorted sampling of links...
- I wish the Cambodia Daily were online. You have no idea how prevalent stories like this are over there. It's a comedic goldmine, especially if stories about maladjusted monkeys is your idea of comedic gold.
- In other strange news of South Asia, "[h]undreds of people are thronging a hospital in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata to see a patient holding a piece of his own skull that fell off." Is it me, or does India seem to have a disproportionately large share of worldwide medical oddities? Also, as Doza so eloquently noted in an e-mail earlier today, "don't they have jobs or anything else to do besides crowd around a bed?!"
- Another link courtesy of Doza - the breathalyzer cell-phone is now a reality. I distinctly remember Doza articulating this idea to me in the Spring of 2001. See, it's not that Lady Fortune hasn't been beckoning, it's just that we haven't been listening to her.
- Does anything bring the worst out in people quite like the World Cup? Europe, Asia... it doesn't matter where you're from.
- On a serious note for once, in response to the attack of the killer pit-bull post, a friend sent me this excellent piece by Malcolm Gladwell that originally appeared in The New Yorker in which he provides compelling evidence that pit bulls are no more dangerous than the general dog population while simultaneously presenting a cogent argument against racial profiling. Gladwell at his best.
- Finally, thanks to DCist for bringing this video to my attention in commemoration of Independence Day. God bless America.