Just in time for cold and flu season, a new study shows that doorknobs and refrigerator handles are hotbeds for the rhinovirus.
Once, I stuck my foot in my mouth big time. I work with a guy who is *fascinated* by viruses and sickness and bodily fluids and excrement and, well, you get the picture. Anyway, I was jokingly said one time after a particularly phlegmy illness that I was going to go down and "lick his doorknob."
For the new study, researchers started with 30 adults showing early symptoms of colds. Sixteen tested positive for rhinovirus, which causes about half of all colds. They were asked to name 10 places in their homes they had touched in the preceding 18 hours, and researchers used DNA tests to hunt for rhinovirus.
"We found that commonly touched areas like refrigerator doors and handles were positive about 40 percent of the time" for cold germs, Winther said.
All three of the salt and pepper shakers they tested were contaminated. Other spots found to harbor the germ: 6 out of 18 doorknobs; 8 of 14 refrigerator handles; 3 of 13 light switches; 6 of 10 remote controls; 8 of 10 bathroom faucets; 4 of 7 phones, and 3 of 4 dishwasher handles.
Next, the researchers deliberately contaminated surfaces with participants' mucus and then tested to see whether rhinovirus stuck to their fingers when they turned on lights, answered the phone or did other common tasks. More than half of the participants got the virus on their fingertips 48 hours after the mucus was smeared.
Yah, everyone laughed at me. But it looks like I wasn't far off---it's the doorknobs that'll get you.
I got this link from Facebook and I'll freely admit it. I like seeing the stories my friends post. It's great. And this one is pretty good. The New Yorker article entitled "Like, Socialism" deconstructs the *current* popular anti-Obama talking point---he's a socialist. (You should whisper that one when you tell others...it's more effective that way.)
Personally, I always preferred the "Obama eats babies" smear. It was a lot more fun to ridicule. This one just seems to *smack* of desperation.
As is many times the case on Monday mornings, I was running late this morning. As I was frantically getting ready, I had on MSNBC and they had Sarah Palin on giving a speech in Virginia, I think. And the scroll across the bottom said:
PALIN SAYS OBAMA IS A SOCIALIST
And it's not just her.
“This campaign in the next couple of weeks is about one thing,” Todd Akin, a Republican congressman from Missouri, told a McCain rally outside St. Louis. “It’s a referendum on socialism.” “With all due respect,” Senator George Voinovich, Republican of Ohio, said, “the man is a socialist.” At an airport rally in Roswell, New Mexico, a well-known landing spot for space aliens, Governor Palin warned against Obama’s tax proposals. “Friends,” she said, “now is no time to experiment with socialism.” And McCain, discussing those proposals, agreed that they sounded “a lot like socialism.” There hasn’t been so much talk of socialism in an American election since 1920, when Eugene Victor Debs, candidate of the Socialist Party, made his fifth run for President from a cell in the Atlanta Federal Penitentiary, where he was serving a ten-year sentence for opposing the First World War. (Debs got a million votes and was freed the following year by the new Republican President, Warren G. Harding, who immediately invited him to the White House for a friendly visit.)
The Republican argument of the moment seems to be that the difference between capitalism and socialism corresponds to the difference between a top marginal income-tax rate of 35 per cent and a top marginal income-tax rate of 39.6 per cent. The latter is what it would be under Obama’s proposal, what it was under President Clinton, and, for that matter, what it will be after 2010 if President Bush’s tax cuts expire on schedule. Obama would use some of the added revenue to give a break to pretty much everybody who nets less than a quarter of a million dollars a year. The total tax burden on the private economy would be somewhat lighter than it is now—a bit of elementary Keynesianism that renders doubly untrue the Republican claim that Obama “will raise your taxes.”
Unfortunately for McCain and Palin, they both have made similar statements in the past. Again and again, this campaign shoots themselves in the foot. If the New Yorker could dig up these quotes, why couldn't the campaign? Why is McCain's campaign so *horrendously* inept? Is anyone really in charge? Is there any real strategy left?
And most importantly, will throwing shit on the wall to see if it'll stick work?
I hope not....
How many typesetters does it take to screw in a light bulb?
One, but you have to specify how tight you want it.
That's what she said.
How about this one: Keming. The result of improper kerning.
What typeface will you always find in an Evil Overlord’s hideout?
Oh, and then there's this.
On a related note, here's an *amazing* selection of posters on visual evasion. They come from the Artists for Obama gallery on Obama's website. One of my favorites is this one from typeface designer Jonathan Hoefler.
Others get *right* to the point.
Posters found via Design You Trust. Great site---I'd add it to your regular routine if I were you.
And *hopefully* we'll have pushed the Corn Porn post right off the front page. Sorry to all about the autoplay for that post.
And what better subject to use that on than the debates. I'd say this one minute clip from SNL pretty much sums my opinion of the debate:
Oh, and this: