Whoa! It’s already May? When did that happen — am I right? ‘Tis the season for momentous life events! Perhaps you’re celebrating a promenade, a graduation or Mariah Carey’s anniversary. Speaking of the latter, it’s also prime hunting season for those looking to get their May-September romance on. Let the games begin!
But before you get whisked away, check out this latest edition of “The Week In WHAT?!”
The Evolution of Creationism in Louisiana
Summer has yet to arrive, but things are heating up when it comes to the education system in Louisiana. Back in 2008, the state passed the Louisiana Science Education Act, which allows teachers to provide supplemental materials for the primary purpose of helping students “understand, analyze, critique, and review scientific theories in an objective manner.” While the intent is strong, opponents of teachings on creationism and intelligent design believe the current law gives teachers the power to reject generally accepted theories on behalf of their personal beliefs. In an attempt to repeal the act, the opposition drafted a new bill, which the state’s Senate Committee on Education opted to table earlier this week. Looks like it’s your move again, science…
Are You Still There, Internet? It’s Me, Paul
If you’ve ever given up Internet access for 40 days and 40 nights, then you know firsthand how difficult it might be to go an entire year without it. Well, Paul Miller of The Verge did just that. Now that he’s plugged back in, it’s only natural he would share how the experience went with the rest of us: “I was a little bored, a little lonely, but I found it a wonderful change of pace.” And yes, he was able to find plenty of offline activities to occupy his time while free from the shackles of the interwebs. It turns out life goes on even when you’re not posting about it on Twitter or Facebook.
You Need “Real” Friends To Keep Your “Facebook” Friends
The Facebook team is beefing up its account security system yet again. Looks like this time, they’ve found a way to bridge the gap between your offline and online friends. The new “trusted contacts” feature will allow users that get locked out of their accounts to seek help from friends. Of course, you’ll want to select only the most trustworthy of friends as these individuals will be the ones verifying your identity. Once they do, they’ll give you access codes to restore your account. Lets hope things don’t get too awkward when a “close” friend finds out you asked someone else to have your back. As they say in Panem, “may the odds be ever in your favor.”
Gorgeous Lips May Cost You More Than the Price of Lipstick
Lipstick aficionados might be seeing red — and it’s not only from a particularly bright shade of rouge on their lips. A recent UC Berkeley study discovered potentially toxic levels of metal in common lip coloring products. The most troubling finding? An average lipstick wearer could be exposing herself (or himself, for that matter) to an excessive amount of carcinogenic chromium. Lest we forget about the other metallics, such as lead, which are all contained in those tiny tubes and not currently monitored by the FDA. Can’t wait to see if NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg targets cosmetics next!
And there you have this week in “WHAT?!” Can’t wait to see what’s in store for humanity next!
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