Me, Me, Me, Millennials?
Joel Stein, in a cover story in Time Magazine, wrote that the incidence of narcissistic personality disorder is nearly three times as high for people in their 20s as for the generation that's now 65 or older, according to the National Institutes of Health; 58 percent more college students scored higher on a narcissism scale in 2009 than in 1982. About that. There is another paper over at NIH.gov that argues that that is kind of maybe completely wrong. Or, as The Atlantic writes, so is most of the thesis.
Don't Blame it on Tequila.
Tequila makes you crazy, whiskey cheers you up, and rum makes you a complete scoundrel. Right? Wrong, at least, according to science. Despite all the anecdotal evidence to the contrary, writes Wayne Curtis in The Atlantic, scientists say this belief is "simply wrong: ethanol is ethanol, and whatever spirit you consume, it's the ethanol that affects you."
Welcome to America!
The United States is the second greatest tourist draw in the world, with 60-million-plus visitors in 2010 alone (France, number one, attracted almost 80 million). Flipping through a few of the many English-language tourist guides provides a fascinating, if non-scientific and narrow, window into how people from the outside world perceive America, Americans, and the surprises and pitfalls of spending time here.
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