Small and Random Acts of Blogging
The soundbite echo chamber.
As jokes about frivolous lawsuits go, the one about the woman who sued McDonald’s for too-hot-coffee is a favorite. What, though, is the real story?
"In fact, the coffee was served 30 degrees higher than coffee made at home. When it spilled between 79-year-old Stella Liebeck’s legs and pooled in her seat, she went into shock. She was burned over 16% of her body, 6% of the burns were 3rd degree. She spent a week in the hospital and had to have skin grafts. When she asked McDonald’s to pay her hospital bills, they refused. Later it came out that the restaurant had gotten many complaints about the temperature of their coffee."
Read how media practices turned Liebeck’s story into a joke at Sociological Images.
Make it so, make it so, make it so!
James Covenant used clips from Star Trek: The Next Generation to create this delightful minute-long video in which Captain Jean-Luc Picard and his intrepid crew sing “Let It Snow!” If you’re a fan of TNG, there are lots of familiar faces here, but it’s Wesley Crusher’s big scene that takes the cake.
[via Geeks are Sexy]
"I came to the conclusion that as violence in this country was inevitable, it would be unrealistic to continue preaching peace and non-violence. This conclusion was not easily arrived at. It was only when all else had failed, when all channels of peaceful protest had been barred to us, that the decision was made to embark on violent forms of political struggle. I can only say that I felt morally obliged to do what I did."
~ Nelson Mandela, "An ideal for which I am prepared to die". Mandela made this statement from the dock at the opening of his trial on charges of sabotage, Supreme court of South Africa, Pretoria, April 20 1964 (via randomactsofchaos)
The Big Bad Wolf might not have been able to bring the house of bricks down, but the North wind knows how to get the job done.