July 17, 2012
July 13, 2012
Last week, CBC radio – Canada’s national radio station – were discussing a question: why don’t people care more about global climate change? Now, there was a lot of discussion back and forth, much of it from people that were genuinely surprised that there even WERE people who don’t care about it.
It doesn’t surprise me at all.
There was a study done once on how people donate to charity. (I promise this will relate to the climate change thing in a moment.) The study did two tests. In the first test, people were given $5 for performing a survey, but after the survey, they were told about how there were a million people in some African nation who were in desperate need of food, water, and medicine. They were then given the chance to donate some of their $5 towards the charity.
In the second test, other people were still given $5 for performing a survey, but after the survey, they were told about a single child in that nation who was in desperate need of food, water, and medicine, with some details were given about that child’s life and family. The second group was also given the chance to donate some of their $5 towards the charity.
The people who donated towards the million people in Africa gave an average of $1.14. The people who donated to the child gave an average of $2.38.1 That’s more than double. Crazy, but true. See, when people see a challenge that they truly can’t do something about on their own, they’re less likely to even try. A million people? I can’t possibly help that many. One person? Sure, I can help!
So, what does this have to do with climate change?
- Source: “Made To Stick”, written by Chip and Dan Heath, 2007 ↩
July 11, 2012
Alphie and Bettie have decided to take an unusual road trip through some of the United States, so they got in their car and started driving. They started in a state that had the letter K in its name, then drove to a neighbouring state with the letter L in its name, then to a state with the letter M, a state with the letter N, a state with the letter O, and ended at a state with the letter P. They only drove through six states in total, and never drove through the same state twice. Can you figure out the trip that they took?
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July 4, 2012
In honor of the Fourth of July, here’s a quick puzzle. Every one of these answers has USA in it:
- _ _ USA _ _ – Breakfast meat
- U _ S _ _ A – Villain in Disney’s “The Little Mermaid”
- _ _ USA – Composer of “Stars and Stripes Forever”, along with other marches
- _ U _ S _ A – Largest country in the world
- _ US _ A _ _ – Hot dog topping
- U _ SA – ____ Minor (The Little Dipper)
- US _ A _ – Ordinary, as expected
- _ U _ _ _ SA ? – “What’s up?” in Spanish
- _ U _ SA – Oklahoma city
- _ _ _ USA – Mythical creature with snakes for hair
- _ US _ _ A _ – A stage performance with an abundance of songs
- U _ _ _ _ SA _ – Bearded old man that symbolizes America
- _ US _ _ A _ _ _ – Island continent
- _ US _ A _ _ – Man with a wife
- _ _ USA _ _ _ – Christian military expeditions in the Middle Ages