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Expand Your Mind: It’s Bizarre

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

I’m an article sender. I constantly send articles to family, friends and clients. Some because they are of direct interest to the recipient and others because they are interesting, fun, weird and, occasionally, bizarre. Today I thought I’d share a few of them with you.

The first two I just saw and although I know I’m a digital dinosaur I wonder if I’m the only one who finds both these articles tending to the bizarre.

The first really is bizarre; I do not doubt that the condition is real, but I still find nomophobia—the fear of being without one’s phone to be bizarre.

Characterized by an overwhelming fear of being phoneless—so much so that it results in physical symptoms, such as panic attacks, dizziness, sweating, nausea…

The second doesn’t really qualify as bizarre, probably more a glimpse of the future. One in which parents substitute a tablet or smart phone in place of investing themselves in their young kids—exactly the way a previous generation of parents used television only portable.

…it’s not really because you want to stimulate his little brain or nurture his grasp of gadgetry.  You do it to shut him up for a few minutes.

How do you take your caffeine?  Do you sip, slurp, gulp or just inhale it? Don’t laugh, the last option is now available.

Caffeine inhalers are a byproduct of the energy drink craze and began emerging on scene at the peak of the drink’s popularity.

Of course, inhaling doesn’t quench your thirst when it’s hot, so an enterprising entrepreneur created caffeinated water.

This final link is definitely weird, possibly bizarre—unless you have a billion dollars and plan to live to 125.

Because he is 87, it makes him an unusually robust specimen [He has never been sick], which is what he must be if he is to defy the odds (and maybe even the gods) and live as long as he intends to. He wants to reach 125…

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Expand Your Mind: Final Look Backwards

Saturday, January 1st, 2011

What else would you expect from Expand Your Mind on the first day of the year other than a retrospective of the past?

Here is a potpourri look at the year and the decade; out of the dozens from which to choose I tried for the unusual along with the tried and true.

Business Week dedicated the entire year-end double issue, but rather than verbiage they divided by topic and used graphics and headlines to cover more ground, so you can just click around.

The New York Times offers not just the year, but the decade, in easy you-choose-which-to-click-on graphics. They also offered a superb look at 2010 through pictures.

What would the year be without at least a nod to pop culture, so from the Associated Press, via the Boston Herald, here are the worst celebrity moments of the year.

Not to be outdone, Vator TV offers up the five biggest (most shocking) happenings in the tech world of 2010.

If you want a laugh, check out the best financial jokes from the Financial Post. (Hat tip to Wally Bock for bringing them to my attention.)

And for pure weird there is the AP article, courtesy of the San Francisco Chronicle (my previous hometown paper). Who said Floridians aren’t different?

Finally, Google gives us 2010 as defined by search.

Image credit:  MykReeve on flickr

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