Thursday, February 17, 2011


Why not. A little bit of optimism for your Thursday:

From Mitchell Hoffman, based on Holocaust data:
I find that (1) Richer countries had many more rescuers than poorer ones, and (2) Within countries, richer people were more likely to be rescuers than poorer people. The individual-level effect of income on being a rescuer remains significant after controlling for ease of rescue variables, such as the number of rooms in one's home, suggesting that the correlation of income and rescue is not solely driven by richer people having more resources for rescue. Given that richer people might be thought to have more to lose by rescuing, the evidence is consistent with the view that altruism increases in income.
Found here. Don't read the comments though. It's like looking up the real story of J.M. Barrie after watching Finding Neverland. I'd rather take both at Johnny Depp face value.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

I Dribble All the Time

This tiny bib video my dad took on his phone went viral in my family last week, and my sister challenged me to find all the ways my grandma Franz is like a baby. I normally don't take challenges that seem so obvious because they make me suspicious. And especially not from my sister since the human airplane incident of '93 when she tied all my limbs together and told me I would be a hilarious person if I let her lift my body into the air with her feet. I wormed myself over to her, flew up in the air, and fell to the ground like a helpless log. But so help me, I can't resist her.

1.Tiny. My grandma is the smallest person I know. My brother Gentzy (see post below) has a theory of displacement, claiming that she's been granted such a long life from the universe for taking up so little of it.
2. Dribble
3. Bib
4. Adorable
5. Easily distracted by technological devices

Why do you set me up for failure?

*It's too bad the last 10 seconds of this video got cut off. She says, "This young, vibrant teenager says hello to old Maggie." She's so cute I want throw myself out a window. Oh, there it is.