Lenore Skenazy from Creators Syndicate https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Fri, 24 Mar 2017 20:59:48 -0700 https://www.creators.com/ http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Lenore Skenazy from Creators Syndicate https://cdn.creators.com/features/lenore-skenazy-thumb.jpg https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy a760b82f2bade3980fb0c65bc75a6e68 Your Baby, Decoded for 03/23/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/03/17/your-baby-decoded Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Congratulations, you're going to have a baby! Would you like to know if, 50 years or so down the line, he or she might develop colon cancer? </p> <p>And by the way, the baby may also have a slightly increased risk of Alzheimer's. Would you like to know about that, too? How about the odds of acne? <p>Updated: Thu Mar 23, 2017</p> c9385e11f74d5dd840ecbef41cfc6594 Playboy's Old Age for 03/16/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/03/17/playboys-old-age Thu, 16 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Playboy magazine used to be the illicit thrill that men of all ages hid in their sock drawers.</p> <p>Now it's more like the socks. Even though the magazine recently decided to add naked ladies back into the mix (having temporarily dropped them), it's still hard to get excited by Playboy anymore. But it's also hard to imagine we would ever be as blas&#233; as we are today about sex &#8212; and even women's lib &#8212; if it weren't for Hugh Hefner and his crazy 1953 creation.<p>Updated: Thu Mar 16, 2017</p> 69baaf6e9d8708c10d2746fa7cfcd6a9 Releasing Violent Offenders for 03/09/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/03/17/releasing-violent-offenders Thu, 09 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>It's no secret that America loves to send people to prison. We have 5 percent of the world's population and 25 percent of its prisoners &#8212; which is odd for a "land of liberty."</p> <p>Lately, it has become common to attribute our mass incarceration to the war on drugs. The conversation goes like this: "Why don't we just release the nonviolent drug offenders? That would make so much sense!"<p>Updated: Thu Mar 09, 2017</p> 6fcd38cb4e58eb1c52db80adb9f9e9f2 Danny and the Dinosaur(s) for 03/02/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/03/17/danny-and-the-dinosaurs Thu, 02 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p><span class="column--highlighted-text">If anyone could lay claim to the excuse "I'm not fat but big-boned," it's the titanosaur on view at the American Museum of Natural History.</span> This creature has a thighbone that's 8 feet tall. Taller than Shaq! That's not just a big bone; it's the biggest bone in the biggest dinosaur ever discovered.</p> <p>Yet the titanosaur began life in an egg the size of a "large grapefruit," said Danny Barta, a Ph.D. candidate in the museum's Richard Gilder Graduate School.<p>Updated: Thu Mar 02, 2017</p> 856680152a84df563cbfb2d35e935199 Weird of Mouth for 02/23/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/02/17/weird-of-mouth Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>When you go to the periodontist for oral surgery and all you're worried about is the potential pain, you may forget to ask whether you will spend the next couple of weeks looking like a chipmunk beaten up by biker squirrels.</p> <p>Or at least <i> I </i> forgot to ask.<p>Updated: Thu Feb 23, 2017</p> cbcc3d1876d13edd46a0ef4878ab9c69 Take 911 off Speed Dial for 02/16/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/02/17/take-911-off-speed-dial Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>If you see something, say something.</p> <p>That campaign, launched in New York after 9/11 and rolled out nationally in 2010, suggests that anyone and anything we see could be out to get us, so our job is to immediately alert the authorities.<p>Updated: Thu Feb 16, 2017</p> 5a7a6c2127c73092c0456fa013670312 Clinton Voter? Trump Fan? Let's Have a Cookie! for 02/09/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/02/17/clinton-voter-trump-fan-lets-have-a-cookie Thu, 09 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Want to start an argument?</p> <p>No? Well, that's strange. Seems as if arguing is right up there with eating breakfast these days. Wake up; brush your teeth; glance at the news; and ... EXPLODE!<p>Updated: Thu Feb 09, 2017</p> d6fb10559425e05bc82f41afceb2d09d Predators at the Movies for 02/02/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/02/17/predators-at-the-movies Thu, 02 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Ever wonder where our obsession with child predators began?</p> <p>The answer just might be at the movies. And "M" is the picture that started it all.<p>Updated: Thu Feb 02, 2017</p> 83bac83fc9fa4e8c51a609415f0225c4 I Hear America Not Singing for 01/26/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/01/17/i-hear-america-not-singing Thu, 26 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The shower is where America does it &#8212; in private, with no one judging, just because it feels good.</p> <p>I'm talking about singing, of course, that once-universal pastime that uplifts the soul, reboots the body and doesn't demand a monthly fee. So why aren't we singing all the time?<p>Updated: Thu Jan 26, 2017</p> 9577d5211513d4498cd62451d58013d0 Hating on Moms for 01/19/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/01/17/hating-on-moms Thu, 19 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Remember the bad old days when a rape victim would show up in court and the defense attorney would say, "Why was her skirt so short?" As if the woman caused her own rape.</p> <p>Only gradually did it dawn on us that this is blaming the victim. Once we recognized how cruel and clueless this is, we became a more empathetic society.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 19, 2017</p> d6a972d506b2b7e7e7d680d25c30463a How to Tawk Like a New Yawka for 01/12/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/01/17/how-to-tawk-like-a-new-yawka Thu, 12 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Planning a trip to New York City? Don't forget to pack this handy-dandy guide to NYC subway jargon. It's a lifesaver &#8212; perhaps literally!</p> <p>&#8212;hand shame (noun): the feeling one has after accidentally grabbing the pole where someone else was already grabbing it.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 12, 2017</p> 8cc2a93f269a11b7893ea6af0c1bb813 A Breakthrough About Breakthroughs for 01/05/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/01/17/a-breakthrough-about-breakthroughs Thu, 05 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Oh, to be a scientist 50 or 60 years ago, warning people about the stuff they really needed to know: Stop smoking! Don't take thalidomide if you're pregnant! For goodness' sake, ditch the Corvair, unless you <i> want </i> to get impaled on your gearshift!</p> <p>Your findings would make headlines, and the people reading about them would end up safer and healthier. Score.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 05, 2017</p> db9da5a9e3fb0d6b1dbd6d7adcdb5b27 To Live or to Die Trying for 12/29/2016 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/12/16/to-live-or-to-die-trying Thu, 29 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>A few years ago, a firefighter in Sacramento, California, Mike DeBartoli, noticed his hands cramping up. He figured it was a symptom of the job.</p> <p>But when the cramps got worse, he went to his doctor and heard the three letters no one wants to hear: ALS. DeBartoli has Lou Gehrig's disease, a disease that robs the body of its ability to function and is always fatal.<p>Updated: Thu Dec 29, 2016</p> dcb6e36579992baa0f211335d518f22c The 10 Least Free-Range Moments of 2016 for 12/22/2016 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/12/16/the-10-least-free-range-moments-of-2016 Thu, 22 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>It was the year of Pokemon panic &#8212; any toy that gets kids outside must be dangerous &#8212; and the year we saw an academic study of bounce house temperatures, "something that no one had really examined in the published literature," according to one of the researchers. Imagine that. But in all, <span class="column--highlighted-text">it was a particularly great year for busybodies.</span></p> <p>A video went viral of a man screaming at a woman who had the gall to pop into the gas station while her kid waited in the car, and so did a video of parents who got their food at a buffet while their baby waited at the table. How dare they?! Cops told a mom to leave a football game because onlookers thought her baby looked cold, and another mom's kids were ordered to undergo a physical because she let them wait in the car while she got coffee at Starbucks. And a friend of mine, Julie Gunlock, ended up defending herself after an FBI agent chewed her out for running into the store to get a rotisserie chicken while her boys &#8212; ages 9, 7 and 5 &#8212; waited in the car. She certainly is public enemy No. 1.<p>Updated: Thu Dec 22, 2016</p> 286b48125461fd8983539144043b6799 The Scorpion Whisperer for 12/15/2016 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/12/16/the-scorpion-whisperer Thu, 15 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Stephanie Loria would like to set the record straight: "If you get stung by a scorpion and you are a healthy adult, you won't die." She paused and then added: "You may WISH you were dead. But they get such a bad rap."</p> <p>Yes, pity the poor scorpions &#8212; so misunderstood. Fortunately, the oddball arachnids have Loria on their side. She is one of the world's few scorpion apologists.<p>Updated: Thu Dec 15, 2016</p> 57b77f239f3f6d16ff7c4d589422e000 Warning: Ball May Bounce for 12/01/2016 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/11/16/warning-ball-may-bounce Thu, 01 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Sick of being warned about anything and everything when it comes to the holiday season?</p> <p>So am I. That's why I'm ready to throw a lawn dart at a group called World Against Toys Causing Harm, or W.A.T.C.H. Every year since 1973, it has published a hyperventilating "10 Worst Toys" list at Christmastime.<p>Updated: Thu Dec 01, 2016</p> 1e2b26e23357c401c8042d9913ca7d8a What's Headed for Your Plate for 11/24/2016 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/11/16/whats-headed-for-your-plate Thu, 24 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>If you are already sick of pumpkin pie &#8212; or pumpkin spice, for that matter &#8212; maybe it's time to consider some of the newer foods on the horizon. For example, poke.</p> <p>Katie Sutton, vice president of culinary innovation at the food trend-watching company Food & Drink Resources, was kind enough to clue me in to some of the latest food trends, beginning with the Hawaiian dish of raw fish cubes marinated and served in a bowl, sometimes with rice. (It's pronounced POH'-kay.)<p>Updated: Thu Nov 24, 2016</p> b8d888ae250065e4d79f3976108119fb So You Want to Go to Yale for 11/17/2016 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/11/16/so-you-want-to-go-to-yale Thu, 17 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p>On Sunday, I went to my local Queens bakery at 9, 11 and 2, and each time, I sat across from a friendly, open 18-year-old. These New York City students shared their hopes, dreams and what they do in their free time. One researches drone strikes in Somalia. Another teaches the disabled to ski. A third measures the size and shape of snake skulls.</p> <p>Typical &#8212; for this group. These are applicants for early admission to Yale University.</p> <p>Me, I'm an alumni interviewer. That means I help lighten the Yale admissions department's load by volunteering to assess a half-dozen candidates each year. This is my 15th or 16th go-round, and it always gives me great delight.<p>Updated: Thu Nov 17, 2016</p> 6ada00ed78c49accd61acfd7f08763ad When Squirrels Attack for 11/10/2016 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/11/16/when-squirrels-attack Thu, 10 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>A squirrel chomped the leg of a senior citizen sitting on the porch of a retirement home in Deltona, Florida, last week. A TV station there, WESH, reports that the victim ran inside, furry felon still attached, whereupon it bit two or three more seniors.</p> <p>This is terrible. (Especially for a squirrel fanatic like me. One bad squirrel does not a bad species make!) But I bring it up because at the end of this "news" story, the reporter said in all seriousness: "Tonight I spoke with the parent company that runs the senior living center here in Deltona. They described in detail what happened but did not say what, if anything, they're doing to prevent another attack."<p>Updated: Thu Nov 10, 2016</p> 7e2d5887cdcfef473e633121db25f009 What Will Happen When the Robots Take Over? for 11/03/2016 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/11/16/what-will-happen-when-the-robots-take-over Thu, 03 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p></p><p>We don't kill off our retirees just because they're not working anymore, so don't worry about our future robot overlords killing off us humans when we're no longer working, either &#8212; which we won't be, because the robots will be doing everything faster and better than we can, the way machines have been taking over human jobs since the dawn of the industrial age.<p>Updated: Thu Nov 03, 2016</p>