October 2016, or any month prior to the election for that matter, seems like such a peaceful and progressive time in our nation compared to the chaos of today. It was a time without a demagogic leader signing executive orders that go against the principles of our Constitution. It was a time when there was an abundance of headlines that didn’t have the name “Trump” in them. It was a time when mass protest was not a weekly, or perhaps even daily occurrence, as it has been since the election.
Last week, in an odd moment of self-awareness, I could not honestly remember the last time I read a non-political article. I had a vague idea — before the election most likely, but the exact date was foggy at best.
My point is not that my memory is crap (which it is, thanks ME/CFS), but that the media is flooded with political stories, and the name Trump.
I’ve noticed several people on social media making an effort to break up the monotony of political posts with some lighthearted, or at least non-political, posts. I think it’s a great idea. So here is my contribution: 5 posts to distract you from politics ….
- I’ve always wondered if someone would come up with an effective method of desalinating salt water and now it seems like a high schooler in Portland has done just that. The article doesn’t go into specifics about the science behind the teen’s cost-effective methods performed in a high school science lab, but it does list a number of awards he has won from the likes of MIT.
- Okay, I’m trying really hard not to be cynical about the woman who got a snake stuck in her ear. She says the snake got caught in her earlobe by accident, but I feel like any lucid person would notice if a snake was slithering in their ear gauge. But if you read the article, it is apparent she was concerned for the snake’s well-being. Perhaps I am not enough of a snake lover, okay no you’re right, I’m definitely not enough of a snake lover to worry about it’s well-being more than it splitting my earlobe. Ouch!
- If you were like me as a child then perhaps you are familiar with the “Frog and Toad” children’s books. This article focuses on the author and how he wrote the books. His daughter suggests that the books’s popularity has something to do with the same-sex relationship of Frog and Toad, which was likely a reflection, at least in some way, of the author’s homosexuality.
- Anthony Bourdain is one of those celebrities whom I would probably butt heads with in person, but the thought of being buddies with him is still very appealing. I would love to travel and eat lots of exotic foods with someone like him, but he complains a lot, mostly about people, especially vegetarians (I’m a vegetarian). Anyway. President Obama got to hang out with him and eat some traditional Vietnamese food. The New Yorker did a great write-up on it. Just to be clear, lunch with Boutdain and Obama sounds like a dream, I’d even eat meat for the opportunity.
- I love figs, and if you do too, well, perhaps you should not read this article. It very well may freak you out, but if you’re naturally curious and don’t have the foresight or aren’t able to contain your curiosity, then dive in, but be prepared to learn about how many wasp mummies you’ve eaten in your life.
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