Random stuff

1. The jumping skills of the Rocky Mountain tailed frog suggest that frogs’ ability to land gracefully might have come after they’d learned how to jump far. A very nice video (via Ed Yong) – turn the speakers off/down before playing the video if you’re in a workplace environment, the music is quite loud:

Here’s a video of a drunk squirrel trying to climb a tree. Well, I thought it was funny/cute:

2. Evil Overlord list (TvTropes). Everything you’ve always wanted to know about how to become a successful evil overlord in a fictional world. Well, perhaps not everything, but it’s a good starting point. There are links to several extensions to the list at the end of the article.

3. Kposowa examined the link between suicide and marital status using data on nearly 472,000 men and women included in the National Longitudinal Mortality study. Between 1979 and 1989, 545 of these individuals committed suicide.

“Men were nearly 4.8 times as likely to commit suicide as women,” [she wrote] […] In addition, divorce or marital separation more than doubled the risk of suicide in men, whereas in women, marital status was unrelated to suicide.

Kposowa suspects that this difference is related to the social networks men and women form outside their marriages, which may be stronger or more meaningful in women than in men.

Here’s where I found that piece. Yes, the fact that divorce impacts male suicide risk greatly but does not have any significant impact on female suicide risk is clearly because females are better at communicating. That’s surely the most likely explanation.

In other news, of all the children in Denmark who’ve been involved in a divorce and do not yet live on their own (275.000 children), 7 out of 8 of them live with their mother. From what I’ve gathered, the numbers aren’t equally bad in the US, and they’re getting better. However a majority of cases are cases of joint custody and here it’s worthwhile to compare tables 1 and 2 of this older paper and keep the difference between those in mind every time you read claims about how there isn’t a problem because joint legal custody is now a common way to settle such disputes. On an unrelated note, women currently file slightly more than two-thirds of divorce cases in the US. I wonder if males are more or less likely than females to be denied access to their children? Anyway, of course stats like these are not as important when it comes to explaining the suicide impact of divorce gender disparity as the well-known communication issues of males are. Kposowa isn’t implicitly blaming the victims.

4. Nostalgia bomb. Not ‘from the times before the internet’, but close. Here’s another.

5. Crisis provokes anger at god. The last two responses had me laughing out loud.


January 10, 2011 - Posted by | Data, Demographics, marriage, Random stuff, Studies

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