Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Top 10 Fave Online Articles

10. Neon Elmhurst Hospital Sign Burns Out Appropriately
Asylum, Nov. 20, 2009
By Jeremy Taylor

It was simply a case of the right bulbs going out at the wrong time. But passers-by couldn't be blamed for thinking a smirking prankster, or something much darker, was responsible when they looked up at the neon sign for Elmhurst Hospital in Queens, N.Y., which then displayed the ominous phrase "I'm hurt." ...

9. What Made Michelle Obama Anxious and Nervous
Politics Daily, Nov. 18, 2009
By Lynn Sweet

First Lady Michelle Obama revisited a stressful period of her youth on Monday, opening up to teen girls at a Denver mentoring event when asked about her views of standardized testing. Mrs. Obama used the question to talk about her own insecurities and anxieties about taking tests, focusing on her time as a high school student in Chicago. ...

8. How Toxic Behavior Leads to Sinful Behavior at Work
Posted on AOL Find a Job, Nov. 2009

By Rachel Zupek, CareerBuilder.com Writer

Have you ever found that the people most guilty of unruly behavior at work are also the ones who are most oblivious to their behavior? Take Fred, for example. Fred is the guy who asks you to "help" him with a big presentation (aka, you do the whole thing). But when Fred is congratulated on a job well done, he takes full credit for the work you did. Or, look at Susan. Susan talks to you for hours on end about herself -- her family, friends, work and play -- but never does she ask about what's happening in your world. ...

7. What's Being Taught In College Rape Prevention Programs?
Jezebel, Nov. 20, 2009
By Latoya Peterson

Asking men to visualize being raped is a graphic way to prove a point-but is it an effective strategy to prevent assault? College campuses around the country are beginning to adopt prevention programs and a new article examines their tactics.

On Sunday, the Chronicle of Higher Education published a piece exploring the struggles of colleges trying to measure the effectiveness of programs designed to reduce rape and sexual assault. These programs have shifted the focus from women to men - and have stepped up the idea that men can assist in preventing third party assaults. ...

Sex Offenses on the Subways Are Widespread, City Officials Are Told
NY Times, Nov. 19, 2009
By Jennifer 8. Lee

The peak times in which women report sexual harassment or assaults on the subways are the late morning rush, roughly 8 to 10 a.m., followed by the early afternoon rush, 4 to 6 p.m. ...

5. Airbrushed Magazine Photos of Babies Spark Debate
Parent Dish, Nov. 16, 2009
By Amy Hatch

Critics are outraged that some parenting magazines admit to airbrushing images of babies that run on their covers, but industry insiders say that almost every photograph in a magazine is retouched. The hubbub started when a BBC documentary, My Supermodel Baby, revealed that the publication Practical Parenting and Pregnancy retouched a photograph of 5-month-old baby model Hadley Corbett.

4. Student Braves Controversy, Refuses to Recite Pledge
Parent Dish, Nov. 13, 2009
By Tom Henderson

"Liberty and justice for all?" Will Phillips doesn't believe that describes America for its gay and lesbian citizens. He's a 10-year-old at West Fork Elementary School in Arkansas, about three hours east of Oklahoma City. Given his beliefs, he refused to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, specifically because that one phrase, "liberty and justice for all," he says, does not truly apply to all. That did not go over well with the substitute teacher in his fifth-grade classroom. ...

3. Lincoln's Letter to Boy Goes on Sale
AOL News, Nov. 19, 2009

In March of 1861, a new president had just been sworn in and the nation was on the brink of civil war. Yet Abraham Lincoln still found a moment to come to the defense of a kid whose schoolmates were picking on him. The letter President Lincoln sent to 8-year-old George Patten is up for sale. The boy, whose father was a journalist, had told all his friends he'd shaken Lincoln's hand. They didn't believe him and mocked George for claiming he'd met the man who was now president. So his teacher wrote a letter to the White House hoping to learn the truth. ...

2. Phys Ed: Why Exercise Makes You Less Anxious
NY Times, Nov. 18, 2009
By Gretchen Reynolds

Researchers at Princeton University recently made a remarkable discovery about the brains of rats that exercise. Some of their neurons respond differently to stress than the neurons of slothful rats. Scientists have known for some time that exercise stimulates the creation of new brain cells (neurons) but not how, precisely, these neurons might be functionally different from other brain cells. ...

1. The Food Landscapes of Laura Miner's Photography [food art]
Eat Me Daily, Nov. 12, 2009
By Michelle Mettler

Boston-based artist Laura Miner photographs our most glutinous, mass-produced, and sugary indulgences, creating new and undiscovered perspectives. Using items such as Twinkies and Snowballs, Miner photographs the desserts as they were "assaulted and left to rot." Other work by the artist, such as her food landscape photos, are intended to "capture the geographic essence in the textures and colors of various food items," creating a whole new way to look at food. ...

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