Monthly Archives: December 2012

Skeptikai’s 2012 Year-End Review (July – December)

The year has come to an end, and it’s time to look back at some of my favourite pieces from 2012. The latter half of the year has been full of fear, stupidity, and hysteria; but even when it seems … Continue reading

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Skeptikai’s 2012 Year-End Review (January – June)

The year has come to an end, and it’s time to look back at some of my favourite pieces from 2012. The first half of 2012 saw lots of misconceptions. For example, hypnosis, neuroscience, intelligence, etc. These are some of … Continue reading

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Should Parents Tell Their Kids “The Truth” About Santa?

Spoiler Alert! Santa is a dangerous alcoholic, suffering from obesity, and doesn’t exist. Actually only one of those is true. Well, maybe two… but if you pass the age-test, then you know exactly what I’m talking about. Should parents raise their … Continue reading

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The Apocalypse 2012 is Real (…but not at all what you think)

If a credible source told you the precise day you were going to die, it would presumably cause a great deal of anxiety. So maybe you decide to take actions to minimize the chance of this happening. You watch what … Continue reading

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Abortion? There’s an app for that

Nowadays, missions aren’t the only thing you can abort in video games. The new Mexican-based video game is called ¿No Te Baja?, which means “Missed Your Period?” and it teaches players (i.e., pregnant senioritas) to safely perform a medical abortion on … Continue reading

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The 2012 Kanji of the Year: 金 (KIN)

Japan’s “Kanji of the year” was just released, revealing that the recent achievements by Japanese experts were largely influential in the year-long feelings of the country. The character last year was “bonds,” because of the bonds that Japanese people were … Continue reading

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If Toby Becomes Japan’s New Prime Minister, Will Japan Cease to Be a Pacifist Nation?

Toby’s at it again. The dream of having to never blog about Tokyo’s most famous bigot – who I hesitate to call anything other than Toby (explanation here) – has been short lived. A few days from now, the country … Continue reading

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Baby Names – The Best and the Worst of 2012

As we all know, celebrities like to name their children weird names; such as English model Katie Price who (married to Peter Andre at the time) named her daughter “Princess Tiaamii Crystal Esther Andre.” But people also take names from popular culture … Continue reading

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The Psychology of Workplace Boredom

Forbes asks if it’s “the new productivity killer;” Cachinko calls it “the silent killer of employee morale;” CNN says it’s “the new stress.” Just what is plaguing so many employees throughout the world? Boredom. “It’s repetitiveness that’s the culprit” says Angelo Kinichi, … Continue reading

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