Yo-Yo makes a playground comeback

At the recent London Toy Fair, lo-tech was the big news with the good old yo-yo on the Continue reading

Getting into the minds of students

Even though the new academic year in the southern hemisphere doesn’t start for another couple of months, I thought it might be a good time to check out the latest Beloit Mindset List.

For those that haven’t heard of the Mindset List, it is an annual publication designed to update university academics as to the cultural and historical “realities” that have shaped the newest intake of university students. Continue reading

The Complete Guide to the Future

In a previous post, Apocalypse Not, we took a look at the human tendency, throughout history, to believe that the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are going to be riding into town at any moment.

This tendency is also often exploited, with any number of Continue reading

Birthers, Deathers, Truthers, Nutters

What’s going on with this new phraseology that has taken hold in the US? Seems like adding ‘–er’ to the end of a word makes you an exclusive member of a nutbar clique. Here’s a few of the more well-known groups:

 

Birthers: Those who belong to an insane group that doesn’t believe Barack Obama was Continue reading