What I learned this week, May 20, 2022

Texas toddler orders 31 McDonald’s cheeseburgers with mom’s phone.

Parents be warned: If your toddler gets ahold of your phone, he or she could be entertaining themselves with pictures or music, but they could also be arranging a fast food banquet.

— this is a kid with a bright future.

Sunset High School Cheerleaders

NYT: Say, where have all the public-school students gone?

Over one million students have evaporated from public school rolls over the last two years, the New York Times reported. “No overriding explanation has emerged yet for the widespread drop-off,” writes reporter Shawn Hubler.

I wonder what this guy was thinking… “Wow, there are too many people here! I give up!” or, more likely, “Hey! Quit staring at my penis!”

Ruminating on our ruminations causes more depression (medicalxpress.com)

Once you have depressive symptoms, it’s easy to fall into a pattern where you aggravate the disorder by ruminative thinking.

One of the key issues is what is called negative metacognitions, a phrase that needs an explanation.

“Meta-thoughts—or metacognitions—are the thoughts we think about the thoughts we think,” says Leif Edward Ottesen Kennair, a professor at NTNU’s Department of Psychology, and main supervisor of the current study.

Writing in my Moleskine Journal outside the Mojo Lounge, Decatur Street, French Quarter, New Orleans

The Myth of Creative Inspiration

Franz Kafka is considered one of the most creative and influential writers of the 20th century, but he actually spent most of his time working as a lawyer for the Workers Accident Insurance Institute. How did Kafka produce such fantastic creative works while holding down his day job?

By sticking to a strict schedule.

Slice of pizza and a Peticolas Velvet Hammer.

Why Does Pepperoni Curl? | The Food Lab

Today’s installment of The Pizza Lab presents what is probably the most important work of my career. Nay, my life. It’s a story of such unparalleled importance that it makes pressing international issues like comparative baking surfaces and cold fermentation seem trivial in comparison. I’m talking about pepperoni curl. What it is, what makes it happen, and how to maximize it.

It’s far more fascinating than you may think.

Virtual money flowing across the surface of the sculpture.
Charles Long Northpark Center Dallas, Texas

Other People’s Money.

 In his excellent essay on James Buchanan’s lessons on government profligacy, Donald Boudreaux shreds the standard rationale from Keynesian economists for running up the budget deficit — that it’s nothing to worry about because we’re just borrowing the money from ourselves.

Reclining Mother and Child, Henry Moore, Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden

Wait, What? HALF of Infants in the U.S. Are on WIC?!