The Big Issue : Edition 441
THeBigissue 13–26sep2013 9 “We are soon going to be moving objects in the solar system around to protect the planet from being hit by asteroids. There is nothing cooler than that!” Peter Worden, director of NASA’s research centre arm, on what lies ahead in the realm of Planet Earth Protection. Yep, that is cool – a real- life game of Asteroids – but until then we’ll just have to continue to rely on Morgan Freeman to save us. From New Scientist (UK). “Two could do it in theory. But it’s not going to be easy, and as soon as the cow responds by bracing herself or leaning into you – which she will do – it will be even harder. It just makes the physics of it all, in my opinion, impossible.” Canadian zoologist Dr Margo Lillie on the myth of cow tipping – the drunken prank of climbing into a paddock at night and pushing over a snoozing cow – which she argues defies the laws of physics. And here’s her clincher that it doesn’t happen: “YouTube, the largest clearinghouse of human stupidity the world has ever known...fails to deliver one single actual cow-tipping video.” From Modern Farmer (US). “Generally, my parents focused so much more on my older and younger sisters... But this so-called neglect, nay, independence, allows me to make up my mind on things like my political, religious, and philosophical views, and ultimately [to] diverge from what my parents had raised me to believe...” Emily Cheng, a 15-year-old blogger from New Jersey, US, on what she sees as the gifts and opportunities of so-called Middle Child Syndrome. “Middles are also a bit lost. But we’re not a lost cause. For us, personal growth and discovering who we are is just as important as finding a stable career path and surrounding ourselves with the right friends.” From The Huffington Post (US). “That is a perversion of the finals fixture... I have a very, very, very (strong) burning anger... [It is] an act of treachery.” Eddie McGuire, always tactful and never outspoken president of AFL club Collingwood, gets a little ahead of himself. Well before AFL finals began, McGuire fulminated against a perceived injustice in the schedule that could have seen his team play its second final interstate after a six-day break. But it never happened. Because the ’Pies promptly crashed out (to Port Adelaide) in their very first final. Season over. Call it karma. From The Herald Sun. » Frequently overhear tantalising tidbits? Don’t waste them on your friends – share them with the world at firstname.lastname@example.org.