Archive for February, 2016

Your cell phone is worth $14,000

An interesting take on how much a personal cell phone is worth, along with other interesting facts.

Res ipsa loquitur

In common law, res ipsa loquitur, Latin for “the thing itself speaks”, refers to the principle that negligence is inferred from the nature of an accident. It usually arises in malpractice lawsuits when a surgical instrument is discovered inside a patient.

Flavor of coriander gene dependent

Coriander, or cilantro, can have different flavors for people, and this has partially been linked to a genetic trait. Some, mostly Western Europeans and North Americans, believe it tastes like soap. Article here.

Privacy

“There is nothing new in the realization that the Constitution sometimes insulates the criminality of a few in order to protect the privacy of us all.”

Justice Antonin Scalia

Tattoo removal

According to ASPS data, 46,000 people opt for tattoo removal every year. A recent Harris poll showed that over 50% of Americans would approve a president with visible tattoo, while almost 25% regret one their own–the number one reason being the person was too young when they got inked. Full results here.

National Women Physician Day

Today is the 1st National Women Physician Day in the U.S. The significance of February 3rd is the 195th birthday of Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman to receive a medical degree in America.

Airline snacks

In a bold move, American Airlines has announced that it will be re-introducing free snacks on all flights by mid-year. This is similar to moves announced by other U.S-based carriers and likely in response to stiffer competition from international airlines.

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