First, don’t miss the CNN/Tea Party debate tonight at 6 PM MST. I’ll be live tweeting here.
Until then, here’s your factoid(s) for the day: Spongebob Squarepants is not your friend. Or your children’s’ either, for that matter.
As if anyone is surprised:
Spongebob is hazardous to your children’s health.
[R}esearchers had three groups of four-year-olds watch Spongebob Squarepants and some boring, educational cartoon on PBS, Caillou, in nine-minute increments, while one group spent the time drawing with no television on. Afterward, tests were conducted on the kids’ executive function, or the ability to remain focused. Guess what! The kids who watched Spongebob Squarepants scored “significantly worse” than the ones who watched Caillou. And the group that spent the entire nine minutes drawing instead did even better. In other words, television really is horrible.
Shocker. Looking closer, the we should perhaps be careful due to the small sample size (sixty), but still, it’s relevant. We’ve long known that exposure to television could increase propensity for ADD in children, but in such short time increments of 9 minutes?
To those parents out there looking to use the television to calm and baby-sit excitable children, perhaps you ought to look into getting a dog or some crayons, instead. Find the study here.
Also, why your fingers wrinkle in the rain:
It’s not because of water absorption. It’s to give you better grip.
In the study, an evolutionary neurobiologist and his co-authors examined 28 fingers wrinkled by water. They found that they all had the same pattern of unconnected channels diverging away from one another as they got more distant from the fingertips.
The wrinkles allow water to drain away as fingertips are pressed to wet surfaces, creating more contact and a better grip.
That’s evolution at work, you know? Read more here.