Little Prince George is already getting romance advice from some Chinese fortune tellers. One of them counsels him to "live near trees" and away from water in order to dampen his effect on the opposite sex, which will be strongly attracted to him (this nugget according to Agence France-Presse). Um...strongly attracted to him because he's adorable (he is, of course) or because he's a future monarch? Of course, the correlation between the two hasn't been studied but it might be high in some cases. Maybe I could get a grant...
The History Channel has (greenlighted? greenlit?) given the go-ahead to a four hour biopic about Harry Houdini and his wife Bess, starring Adrian Brody and Kristin Connolly. More here from the Hollywood Reporter.
From msn.com: the Morlock family was driving home through a terrible rainstorm to Church Wells, Utah (great name, by the way, considering the story), when one child piped up that he really hoped they would get hit by lightning. From his mouth to, well, you know where we are going with this. The lightning blew out three of the family's SUV's tires, the electrical system, and the antenna. Fortunately, no one was hurt. On the positive side, according to the family, apparently the energy from the strike charged up some of its cellphones. Now, I don't understand how that's possible--I would have thought that lightning would fry cellphone electronics, just the way it fries car electronics. Maybe someone can enlighten me (okay, I'll stop with the puns). At any rate, the Morlocks apparently caught the event on video, which is good for insurance purposes, and the young Morlock who wished for a lightning strike will undoubtedly never wish for one again.
This sort of thing is why some species eat their young (just so it's clear--I'm kidding...not suggesting anyone should do away with or squelch children with imaginations...Geez).
Tom Bartlett blogs for the Chronicle of Higher Education on criticisms lobbed at a popular psychology book, Barbara Fredrickson's Positivity, which asserts that a "magic ratio" of positive to negative statements made to you is likely to explain how you feel about yourself. It has received a lot of positive reinforcement itself, through good reviews; its basis is a paper that appeared in a peer-reviewed journal. The criticisms started after a graduate student at the University of East London read the original paper and thought the mathematical ratio that Dr. Fredrickson relied on looked wonky. Bolstered by assistance from Alan Sokol (he of the "Social Research" hoax), Mr. Brown pursued the matter. The result: a paper published in the journal American Psychologist, with a response from Dr. Fredrickson. More here from the Chronicle.
So, does all this mean other people's verbal pats on the back can't make you happy? Bummer.