Saturday, June 27, 2015

Crimes Against The Cute, Part 1: Allan Gate

PHOTOS: Keraj1976, Eric Veland, and Silke Hahn. 
Last month, Danish radio host Asger Juhl bludgeoned to death a 9-week-old rabbit named Allan on a live radio broadcast. This gruesome stunt was meant to spark a debate about the hypocrisy of animal welfare activists who eat supermarket meat in Denmark. Did it bring about a new wave of vegetarianism? No. Instead, it solidified Juhl's identity in the Twittersphere as a psychopath. 

Juhl clearly orchestrated a few things to pull at listeners' heartstrings and produce maximum shock. He named the rabbit Allan, giving it a human-like individualism. He also identified Allan as a "baby rabbit", even though most fryer rabbits in the frozen section are also 9 weeks old. He supposedly "beat the rabbit to death" with a bicycle pump, lending the slaughter the feeling of inner-city violence, even though the pump was just a blunt object used to kill the rabbit in a humane manner according to expert, zookeeper instructions. 

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Back Pain: S-Curves, J-Curves, and Childhood Nutrition

A naked woman walking. Notice the S-curve of the spine.
Collotype after Eadward Muybridge, 1887. wikimedia commons

In the past few days, I've been seeing NPR's report on Esther Gokhale's work on spinal curves appear on my newsfeed. Gokhale traveled the world to study societies that don't suffer from back pain and discovered that these peoples have a J-curve of the spine, rather than the assumed "healthy" S-curve that we in western, back-pain plagued cultures know.

I have my own theory about this: Unnatural early childhood nutrition causes the prevalence of S-curved spines in developed countries. Some of you know that I've been obsessing about teeth lately, and here I see the connection.