As an adult, I often find myself considering stuff that I have been taught or have learned one way or another. Of course, most of what I know really is accurate (sounds arrogant, eh?), but there are things that, I have discovered, are not true. For instance, I distinctly remember telling myself as a kid that if I didn’t lift the seat and “keep focused on the target” when in the bathroom, that the governor of PA would come and personally arrest me. Now, my parents are certifiably crazy as all parents (except me of course) are, but I don’t think there was ever any mention of the governor visiting or my being arrested if I messed up in the bathroom.
With the current debate going on regarding the stimulus/bailout plan, and with the decisions main street and Wall street made to get us all into this mess in the first place, I often wonder if people in general are using the old magic 8 ball to make most of their decisions.
Anyhow, here are three more issues about which I have recently had to change my mind. Number 3 is especially interesting to me…
1. Driving with a hands-free cell phone is safer than handheld –
Apparently false though I can’t see how this could be…or how it’s any worse than talking to a real passenger.
2. Paper bags are more green than plastic
Apparently false depending on what you do with the bags.
3. My muffins are high in fiber and healthy
Still to be determined (pdf document) – in addition to the pdf, I saved an excel spreadsheet if you’d like to check the numbers (yellow bars are calculated and the green column is the total per muffin). The muffins may still be a help cholesterol/fiber wise, but they are certainly not as powerful as I once thought. I never did an analysis of what I normally eat before the muffins, fiber-wise, but with these muffins, I am getting 28.34% of my recommended daily analysis in them alone. I suppose that it is bound to be an improvement over the pop-tarts and pork rinds I was eating for breakfast. We’ll see how my numbers turn out in a few months.
For your viewing pleasure…when I lived in Nashville, the place I worked took Halloween pretty seriously. Many folks dressed up and we had a pumpkin carving contest each year. One year, a friend and I decided we’d make a Magic 8 Pumpkin. It usually felt like someone used a magic 8 ball to determine when our software projects were due so it was a bit of a dig on the establishment. It was heavy on the cool though and we had a lot of fun!