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Friday, June 4, 2010

In the News: June 4, 2010

Some are a week or two old, but still interesting.

Does your name shape your destiny?

Amy will become a beautiful little girl, while Pat will have a crisis with his sexuality at age 36.

"Names are becoming increasingly diverse in the United States. Cleveland Evans, former president of The American Name Society, says more parents are seeking distinctive names for all sorts of reasons, from paying tribute to their child's ethnicity to giving the child a unique Google legacy."

"The Social Security Administration announced this month that Isabella reigns as the top baby girl's name in America. But even today's most popular name of Isabella represents only half the number of babies named Mary when it was the top girl's name in 1960.

The SSA, which began documenting name popularity in 1997, tracks only the 1,000 most popular names each year."

"One of the most famous studies comes from the University of Chicago in 2003. Professors reported children with "black-sounding" names such as Lakisha and Jamal are 50 percent less likely to receive a call back for a job interview compared to "white-sounding" names such as Emily or Greg.

"A name can affect academic achievement, said professors Leif Nelson, now at the University of California-Berkeley, and Joseph Simmons at Yale University, in their 2007 study. After analyzing grades, they found students with names that began with a C or D earned lower grade point averages than those that started with an A or a B.

These studies are not absolute. But one thing is clear: A name is more than a name."
By the way, the SSA site is really fun to play around with. "Katrina" has been in rapid decline the past few years for some reason...(#815 in 2009) I'm not sure it will make Top 100 next year.

Eddy Curry makes a lot, spends a lot and owes a lot of money

"Despite that enormous salary — and the fact that Curry has made more than $57 million in his nine-year career — the former No. 4 draft pick is seriously in debt. As the Associated Press reports, Curry defaulted on a $575,000 loan with an 85 percent interest rate, which can only happen in Nevada, and has been ordered to pay back $1.2 million to Allstar Capital Inc., the world's most ironic loan service.

However, Curry argues that he shouldn't have to pay off that debt, because he's spending too much money in other places. According to reports filed in the suit Curry's outgoing payments include:

• $30,000 a month for "household expenses."

• $17,000 a month to various relatives including his parents, sister and father-in-law.

• More than $1,000 a month for cable and satellite television.

• $207,000 a month in garnished wages that haven't been elaborated upon, but adds up to almost $2.5 million that Eddy Curry never sees over the course of a year.

• $350,000 to Juwan Howard. (What?)"
(Yahoo Sports)

Chocolate lovers 'are more depressive', say experts

Reminds me of this guy.

"People who regularly eat chocolate are more depressive, experts have found.

Research in Archives of Internal Medicine shows those who eat at least a bar every week are more glum than those who only eat chocolate now and again.

Many believe chocolate has the power to lift mood, and the US team say this may be true, although scientific proof for this is lacking.

But they say they cannot rule out that chocolate may be a cause rather than the cure for being depressed."


Woman jailed for testicle attack

Definitely no picture for this one guys.

"A woman who ripped off her ex-boyfriend's testicle with her bare hands has been sent to prison.

Amanda Monti, 24, flew into a rage when Geoffrey Jones, 37, rejected her advances at the end of a house party, Liverpool Crown Court heard.

She pulled off his left testicle and tried to swallow it, before spitting it out. A friend handed it back to Mr Jones saying: "That's yours."

Monti admitted wounding and was jailed for two-and-a-half years."

Awful... just. awful.

Peru cops: Holloway suspect van der Sloot wanted for murder again
Well, I guess we know who killed Natalie Halloway now. Supposedly the crime was committed 5 years to the day (May 30th) that Natalie Halloway disappeared.

"I wish my dad was still alive to get me out of this one." [*Not an actual quote.]

"Joran van der Sloot, the Dutch man once considered a suspect in the 2005 disappearance of Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway, is the suspect in the killing of a woman in Peru, Peruvian police officials said Wednesday.

There is "incriminating evidence" linking Van der Sloot to the killing of 21-year-old Stephany Flores Ramirez, who was found dead in a Lima hotel room Wednesday, Cesar Guardia Vasquez, of the criminal investigations unit said at a news conference."

Volunteers begin Mars500 isolation
I can't imagine what it will be like living in a little tube for 18 months...

"Six would-be cosmonauts have entered a sealed facility where they will spend 18 months with no windows and only e-mail contact with the outside world.

The men are taking part in the Mars500 project, which aims to simulate a mission to Mars.

They entered the craft, located at a medical institute in Moscow, just before 1100 BST on Thursday.

Scientists say the study will help them understand how humans would cope on a long journey to another world.

During a press conference on Thursday morning, the six men - three Russians, two Europeans and a Chinese man - all described what motivated them to take part in the experiment."

Breastfeeding fatwa causes stir

"One of Sunni Islam's most prestigious institutions is to discipline a cleric after he issued a decree allowing women to breastfeed their male colleagues.

Dr Izzat Atiya of Egypt's al-Azhar University said it offered a way around segregation of the sexes at work.

His fatwa stated the act would make the man symbolically related to the woman and preclude any sexual relations."

"According to Islamic tradition, or Hadith, breast-feeding establishes a degree of maternal relation, even if a woman nurses a child who is not biologically hers.

In his fatwa, Dr Atiya, the head of al-Azhar's Department of Hadith, said such teachings could equally apply to adults.

He said that if a woman fed a male colleague "directly from her breast" at least five times they would establish a family bond and thus be allowed to be alone together at work.

"Breast feeding an adult puts an end to the problem of the private meeting, and does not ban marriage," he ruled.

"A woman at work can take off the veil or reveal her hair in front of someone whom she breastfed.""

Hahahaha. Nice try Dr Atiya. You almost got away with that one.
You're not supposed to see a woman's face, hair, or ankles, but a definite 'yes' to breastfeeding!

Have a good weekend!

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