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This is kind of a sad one (2).
The remains of Hedviga Golik were found last month in her apartment in Croatia. According to reports she had made herself a cup of tea, sat down in her armchair to watch some tv, and must have passed away.
Having been born in 1924, there is nothign too surprising [...]

Don’t Mess With Texas

American Madness readers: meet William Johnson.
William, it is my pleasure to introduce you to American Madness.
I apologize up front for the awkward introduction, but this is the only way we could arrange for this meeting. William is currently incarcerated in Brazoria County, Texas on a burglary charge.
Turns out, he asked one of the local trailer [...]

Leaving the Snake Pit:
Have we gone too far in mainstreaming wackos?

Should we bring back the asylums of yesteryear?
Is the promise of modern medication exceeding its actual effectiveness?
These are questions that come to mind having read yesterday’s Freakonomics Quorum post by Stephen Dubner.
The column, How Much Progress Have Psychology and Psychiatry Really Made? is definitely worth reading in its entirety.
There is one [...]

… Than Again, Maybe They Have A Point

BBQ Chicken, a South Korean-based chicken franchise (with a few locations in the US*) has developed, what they are hoping is the next great revolution in fast food containers.
The recently introduced Col-Pop is a drink cup and top combo designed not only to hold your beverage of choice, but also to hold your serving of [...]

No Food For You

We have all heard that our country has a weight problem. Various initiatives have been put in place and tooled with to help with this problem. New York banned serving foods with Trans-Fats, Chain Restaurants will soon be required to list the caloric value of their food on their menu. One state has taken things [...]

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