If you’re like me, then you’re probably refreshing news and political web pages, hoping for something interesting and uplifting to be written.
Unfortunately, we seem to be in a media stalemate of sorts, with all the coverage talking about how we won’t know anything for a while, but that it’s great to see people voting (which it is).
Oddly enough, as there’s little news about the election, it’s been pretty difficult to find non-election news.
That’s why I took it upon myself to compile (and comment on) some of the other stories today that, as we wait for some real election news to come up, might not have come up across your radar.
In what appears to be a completely non-ironic move, a British teenager changed his name to “Captain Fantastic Faster Than Superman Spiderman Batman Wolverine Hulk And The Flash Combined.”
Now, I’m not really going to rip this kid to shreds, as other people might be tempted to do. I can appreciate the name change, as I myself have undergone that process (it’s true! My step-father legally adopted me when I was 17, and I had the chance to change my last name. Instead, I changed my middle name from Frances to Francesca. It may seem like an odd move, but there were reasons…).
What I will say, though, is that changing your name to something so “unconventional” (others might be inclined to say “moronic,” if not something MUCH worse…) will cripple him for the rest of his life. Employers will not want to hire someone that actively makes poorly thought out decisions. No one is going to want to be Mrs. Faster Than Superman Spiderman Batman Wolverine Hulk And The Flash Combined. No one will vote for Prime Minister (after all, this is a British teen) Faster Than Superman Spiderman Batman Wolverine Hulk And The Flash Combined.
It seems, to me, that this was a rash decision, and one that can be as easily reversed as it was enacted.
True, this isn’t really “news” so much as it’s a “distraction from the news.” But I think it’s a welcome one for a couple reasons. The first is Schadenfreude (which I’ve already covered in a previous post). The other reason is that…
No, no. I lied. No other reason.
As scientists work to fix issues with the Large Hadron Collider, another Collider (the Collider Detector at Fermilab in Ilinois) has created a type of particle that, as of the time of this blog’s publication, is unknown.
The implication, should this be some sort of particle that has gone previously undiscovered, is that we could be looking at a new type of physics, or even elusive dark matter. From there, black holes, wormholes and more are just a stones throw away.
Granted, these yet-to-be-identified particles may be nothing to write home about, but should they be something of importance, you’ll be I the know.
Nebraska’s Safe Haven Law Needs to Be Re-Examined, and It’s Going to Be
Safe Haven laws are nothing new, but Nebraska’s allowance of children older than the typical 7-days-old is. The law, originally developed to help provide strained parents with a safe, “no questions asked” alternative to child endangering abandonment (or other), is now being taken advantage of by Nebraskans, as well as people from across state lines.
With a young child, even those older than 7-days-old, it’s not completely irresponsible to leave a child in more competent hands. I, personally, have no real distinct memories before the age of three or so, and even then, I can’t be really sure as to what I remember is what I’ve been told happened to me, or if it’s actually what I remember. What is irresponsible is when a child is abandoned at an age when they have hardened memories of home. What is REALLY irresponsible is when the child is old enough to drive himself back to the home from which he was abandoned.
Fortunately, the state seems to have wised up (and at this point, 26 older kids up to the age of 17 have already been dropped off) and they’re re-evaluating the law, looking to extend safe haven considerations only to children 3-days-old or younger.
So that’s it. That’s a mid-election update of all the things you might want to know that don’t have anything to do with the actual elections.
Now, dutifully, I’ll IMPLORE YOU TO VOTE, and will catch you here tomorrow with an open letter to whoever the president-elect is (though, pending the results, it might be more of a “Dear John” letter….)
Jackie for AMP3pr.com
P.S. A fun fact for the day: Dolph Lundgren has an IQ of 160, was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to MIT, and speaks 5 languages.
Updated by Danielle Oct 30 2017
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