If you could take a test that would determine whether or not you would develop a debilitating disease, would you? Classic economic theory says yes you would because then you could make specific plans for how to live out the rest of your life. But a study showed that people who have the ability to test for Huntington’s disease, a degenerative brain disorder, elect not to do so. Emily Oster, an associate professor at the University of Chicago Booth, said, “People derive utility and happiness from imagining the future.” In other words, they would rather not know.
A national survey indicates that the rate of smoking has dropped from a stalled 20-21% for the past seven years to now reach 18%.
Sleeping instead of cramming all night will help in acing finals. Research showed that learning a pair of two different songs interfered with birds’ ability to retain the songs, but when allowed to sleep, they were not only able to remember the songs, but were able to remember the pair of songs even if they were taught a third song.
What should you do with a half bottle of wine? Besides drink it! Put it in the fridge and it will keep for 3-4 days. White can be served cold. Red will need to be taken out 30 minutes prior to serving.
LA has approved an ordinance to ban plastic bags in stores, joining the cities of Santa Monica and San Francisco. Further, San Francisco tacks on an additional 10 cents to the bill for customers needing a paper bag. Not sure why it has taken this long! Why can’t the U.S. be like Germany? I remember vacationing there in 1997 when you had to bring your own bag to the grocery store.