Archive for the ‘Popular Culture’ Category

“New Study Shows Boxing’s Early Toll on Muhammad Ali – – Research finds a direct correlation between the boxing legend’s fights and his diminished speaking ability at the end of his boxing career”

August 25, 2017

https://www.wsj.com/articles/new-study-shows-boxings-early-toll-on-muhammad-ali-1503489119

Excerpt:

In 1968, Ali spoke at a rate of 4.1 syllables per second, which is close to average for healthy adults. By 1971, his rate of speech had fallen to 3.8 syllables per second, and it continued sliding steadily, year by year, fight by fight. An ordinary adult would see little or no decline in his speaking rate between the ages of 25 and 40, but Ali experienced a drop of more than 26% in that same period . . . The paper suggests that by 1978, six years before his Parkinson’s syndrome diagnosis and three years before his retirement from boxing, Ali was slurring his words.

Eclipse mania! Millions of Americans sit in some of the ‘worst traffic jams in history’, flock to Burning Man-style festivals and fill camp grounds at 21 national parks ahead of TODAY’S once-in-a-lifetime celestial event

August 21, 2017

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4807100/Millions-prepare-lifetime-celestial-event.html

Fantastic photos from throughout the country.

 

“Qatar has been spending €420m a week preparing for the 2022 World Cup…”

August 12, 2017

https://www.economist.com/news/finance-and-economics/21726098-share-clubs-revenues-highest-transfer-fees-have-been-fairly-constant

“There are good psephological reasons for thinking that Labour’s 40% score in June might be a high-water mark” — psephological?

August 12, 2017

https://www.economist.com/news/britain/21726093-there-are-reasons-think-corbyn-bubble-may-not-burst-soon-peak-corbyn

“Psephology /sˈfɒləi/ (from Greek psephos ψῆφος, ‘pebble’, as the Greeks used pebbles as ballots) is a branch of political science which deals with the study and scientific analysis of elections.” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psephology)

“How to Survive a Jerk at Work – – Many employees have to deal with colleagues and bosses who are rude or abusive. Here are some techniques to make things a little easier.”

August 10, 2017

https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-to-survive-a-jerk-at-work-1502373529