Too Big to Be True | In the Pipeline 

If hunger had an effect on our mental resources of this magnitude, our society would fall into minor chaos every day at 11:45. Or at the very least, our society would have organized itself around this incredibly strong effect of mental depletion. Just like manufacturers take size differences between men and women into account when producing items such as golf clubs or watches, we would stop teaching in the time before lunch, doctors would not schedule surgery, and driving before lunch would be illegal. If a psychological effect is this big, we don’t need to discover it and publish it in a scientific journal – you would already know it exists.

“Shitburger”: swearing, made to order – Strong Language 

With Favreau’s shitburger, we could easily substitute any number of other shit expressions: a pile of shit, a load of shit, a crock of shit, or, as prominently issued by Trump’s own personal attorney in a string of threatening emails to a stranger this week, a piece of shit. For all its political timeliness, Favreau’s shitburger is also rhetorically meaty because it figures the GOP as serving something appetizing for the American public—until they peak under the bun. Or as Favreau called a recent podcast episode: “Same shitburger, different bun.” 

Judge Tosses Jury’s Conviction Of Woman Who Laughed At Jeff Sessions, Orders New Trial | HuffPost 

“Ms. Fairooz’s brief reflexive burst of noise, be it laughter or an audible gasp, clearly cannot sustain a conviction for either of the counts in the information,” Bogash wrote in a court filing. “So the only other basis for her conviction to anything are her statements after the U.S. Capitol Police arrested her for that laughing. Those statements merely expressed surprise at being arrested.”


Your car has just been crushed by hagfish: Frequently Asked Questions | Southern Fried Science 

Hagfish produce prodigious amounts of slime. A single hagfish can fill a 5-gallon bucket with slime, seemingly instantly. This slime provides protection. Hagfish have been observed escaping from sharks by choking them with enormous amounts of slime. When they feed on a carcass, the slime pours out, covering the carcass and preventing other scavengers from creeping in on their turf. If not properly cared for, hagfish in captivity will suffocate in their own slime.

Biased Algorithms Are Everywhere, and No One Seems to Care - MIT Technology Review 

Algorithmic bias is shaping up to be a major societal issue at a critical moment in the evolution of machine learning and AI. If the bias lurking inside the algorithms that make ever-more important decisions goes unrecognized and unchecked, it could have serious negative consequences, especially for poorer communities and minorities. The eventual outcry might also stymie the progress of an incredibly useful technology (see “Inspecting Algorithms for Bias”).

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