Robert Vinet

Insatiably Curious

The Bob Emergency

This video explains that more than 10,000 people named Bob have entered the world of sports. Yet today, only nine remain.

With this video, Jon Bois states that Bobs are special people. I agree. He goes on to explain that losing the few remaining Bobs to retirement, we stand to lose more than we might imagine.

The Economic Reason Young People Are Having Less Sex

Compared with previous generations, American millennials don’t buy homes and cars, or drink alcohol at the same rate. Perhaps most striking, they have less sex. This piece argues this is due to millennials’ low risk tolerance.

Allison Schrager writing in Quartz:

Relationships are risky. You might find deep fulfillment, or get rejected. A casual relationship could turn unpleasant, the other person may get too attached, you may get too attached, and there could be a messy break-up. Going on a first date can be awkward, uncomfortable, wonderful, or any other number of things. There is evidence that millennials may be less inclined to take these risks. They date less, despite technology that enables them to meet more people, and are slower to marry or be in long-term relationships. All of this results in less sex.

Some commentators and economists speculate that millennials are more risk averse than previous generations. This is hard to generalize. But one thing sets millennials apart from previous generations is that they benefit from a higher risk-free return from not leaving the house. When TV was boring and video games were rudimentary, you had to go out into the real world for the best entertainment and stimulation, both good and bad. No longer. Now everyone can live what feels like an entertaining life without taking the risk of leaving the house. Binging prestige television shows or playing immersive video games is almost guaranteed to be a pleasant evening—Tinder offers no such promises.

And

But like avoiding risk in any other markets, the benefits are limited. Taking risks is how we get more from life and move forward. A evening spent with Netflix may feel good in the moment, but a lack of social interaction may ultimately contribute to loneliness and anxiety.

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Brazilian Police Seize Parrot Trained as a Lookout by Drug Dealers to Alert The to Officers’ Presence

Tom Phillips writing in The Guardian:

A parrot has been taken into custody in northern Brazil following a police raid targeting crack dealers.

According to reports in the Brazilian press, the bird had been taught to alert criminals to police operations in Vila Irmã Dulce, a low-income community in the sun-scorched capital of Piauí state, by shouting: “Mum, the police!”

The parrot, who has not been named, was seized on Monday afternoon when officers swooped on a drug den run by a local couple.

“He must have been trained for this,” one officer involved in the operation said of the two-winged wrongdoer. “As soon as the police got close he started shouting.”

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April 26 in History

121: Marcus Aurelius, Roman emperor is born. (Dies 180)

1564: William Shakespeare is baptized in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England. There is no record of his birth date.

1625: The first Roman Catholic Jesuits arrive in Canada at Quebec.

1865: John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, is surrounded by federal troops near Bowling Green, Va., and killed.

1918: Women in Nova Scotia are granted the right to vote.

1933: Carol Burnett is born.

1942: More than 1,500 people die in the world’s worst mining disaster in Japanese-occupied China.

1962: NASA’s Ranger 4 spacecraft crashes into the dark side of the Moon.

1986: The worst nuclear accident in history occurs at the Chornobyl plant in the Soviet Union. Forty-thousand people are forced from the area and at least 31 die. The outside world does not learn of the accident until Scandinavian technicians detect abnormally high radiation levels two days later. Belarus honours the victims with a Day of Remembrance of the Chernobyl tragedy.

1989:  The worst known tornado strikes Bangladesh, killing upwards of 1,300, injuring 12,000, and leaving as many as 80,000 homeless.

2018: American comedian Bill Cosby is convicted of drugging and molesting Canadian native and Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.

Down With Adventure

Spending time outdoors has created a unique bond between Melody Buck Forsyth and her daughter Ruby, who was born with Down syndrome.

Through their goal to visit all 61 national parks, the family hopes to inspire others.

Thank you to REI for producing this video.

A Brief History of Dogs

David Howe tells us how wolves became domesticated dogs.

From TED:

Since their emergence over 200,000 years ago, modern humans have established communities all over the planet. But they didn’t do it alone. Whatever corner of the globe you find humans in today, you’re likely to find another species as well: dogs. So how did one of our oldest rivals, the wolf, evolve into man’s best friend? David Ian Howe traces the history of humanity’s first domesticated animal. [Directed by Cabong Studios, narrated by Addison Anderson, music by Vadeco Schettini].

Life is Not Lost by Dying

Life is not lost by dying; life is lost minute by minute, day by dragging day, in all the thousand small uncaring ways.

~ Stephen Vincent Benét (Jul 22, 1898 – Mar 13, 1943)

From Wikipedia:

Stephen Vincent Benét was an American poet, short story writer, and novelist. He is best known for his book-length narrative poem of the American Civil War John Brown’s Body, for which he won a Pulitzer Prize in 1929, and for the short stories “The Devil and Daniel Webster” and “By the Waters of Babylon”.

Women Deliver 2019 Global Conference in Vancouver

In 40 days Canada hosts the Women Deliver 2019 Global Conference in Vancouver—the world’s largest gathering on gender equality and the health, rights, and well-being of women and girls.

#GenderEqualityMatters #WD2019

Merriam-Webster Has Added 640 New Definitions

Merriam-Webster is  is now more swole.

The Springfield, Massachusetts-based dictionary added 640 new words, including bug-out baggo-cup, EGOT, buzzy, garbage time, and  omnicide.

The additions include new words and phrases, and also some old words with new meanings or applications.

Unplug has traditionally meant to tug an electric plug from a wall socket, but now, it also now means to disconnect from social media.

And while snowflake is still defined as a beautiful ice crystal that floats from the sky, but it is now also defined as “someone who is overly sensitive,”

The definitions are added to the online dictionary first, before some are later added to print updates of the company’s popular Collegiate Dictionary.

Source: AP

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