Posts about Humor
Recently, a funny photo was going around showing a New York sidewalk partitioned into a lane for New Yorkers and a lane for tourists. It turns out this was the latest
Improve Improv Everywhere prank. (Bossi)
IE members even pose as NYC DOT workers directing pedestrians and taking a "survey" of people's reactions to the pilot, with an eye toward expanding it to the entire city.
Jaime Fearer noticed an item for sale in Maryland that might violate a 122-year-old ban if used in the L'Enfant City and Georgetown:
This week's Tom the Dancing Bug imagines if animals from the wild settled our habitats the way humans take over theirs.
Click on the comic to see the final panels.
Here's a very amusing traffic safety film from Belgium. It starts out a bit slow but you'll get the point by around 2 minutes in, by which time it gets really entertaining.
Via How We Drive.
Reader and frequent commenter "ah" found this postcard in Paris:
Maybe "share the road" works better.
Great piece by the Onion.
The actual Congressman from the 7th District (which does include Glen Allen and Culpeper) is Eric Cantor, who recently criticized DC for daring to use stimulus money for something that helps bicyclists.
If I could add one subject to the American high school curriculum, it would be statistics. In particular, too many people, including too many journalists, fall into the common statistical fallacy of confusing correlation with causation. An article will cover a study that shows a high correlation between two facts, but then discuss the study as if one therefore causes the other.
Examples are everywhere. A brief Google search revealed this example:
Researchers at the Aabo Akademi found that Finns who speak the language of their Nordic neighbors were up to 25 percent less likely to fall ill than those who do not.The accompanying headline would probably read, "Does studying Swedish improve your health?" In fact, of course, Swedish has nothing to do with health. Instead, perhaps people who have time to learn Swedish work in less physically taxing jobs. Or maybe they live in cities where there is better medical care. Whatever the actual cause, it may be useful to know that speaking Swedish and good health are correlated, but we can't jump to the conclusion that one causes the other.
The famous "flying spaghetti monster" letter pointed out that the global temperature has risen as the number of pirates has dropped. Does that mean that pirates prevent global warming?
In light of this pet peeve, I particularly enjoyed Friday's xkcd comic:
- It's fine to not build parking at Tysons Metro stations
- Arlington considers using fees to reduce parking
- Sexist Metro ad asks "Can't we just talk about shoes?"
- Downtown & Georgia Avenue Walmarts open for business
- Rural Virginia leads eastern US in cars per household
- Are our sports spaces serving all genders?
- Good design, lots of parking at Wheaton's tallest building