New Year’s resolutions – the jokes begin

1 01 2012

So it’s New Year’s Day, I have had my regular joke with friends in Europe and the US (I kindly let them know that the world didn’t end at midnight). So far I have been active on the New Year’s resolution list (although I am still assembling the actions for the “plan” – a phase I expect to continue for most of the year). And the New Year’s Resolutions cartoons have started coming in……. so here are a few of the better ones, courtesy Facebook / Mud Map. Keep ’em coming!

I think this next one is my favourite….although quite why it has talking dogs is not explained….

There are a series of cartoons similar to this next one, doing the rounds.

and reiterating that you can’t change others, you can only change yourself….

…and for those of a paranoid frame of mind, if someone is suddenly nice to you….

This next one isn’t actually a joke, but it is interesting to see the number of New year’s resolutions and the content….Numbers 3, 4, 5 and 9, 10, 11 seem very do-able, for instance….

PS – if you want to get these sorts of cartoons directly, subscribe on Facebook to George Takei, I Love to laugh and FB~ Troublemakers. The last one does have some offensive content, so have a look and see if it is for you before you subscribe.

Spongebob, sponge-brain

17 09 2011

I’ll start by declaring my inbuilt bias up-front. I have never been a fan of SpongeBob Squarepants. To me it seem like the height of laziness to have a cartoon character who was essentially a cube. I am much more of a Warner Brothers person, if I have to pick a cartoon genre.

So the latest news that SpongeBob was bad for kids’ brains fell on a receptive mind.

So to give you the background, a study published in Pediatrics, have found that watching SpongeBob Squarepants turns preschoolers’ brains to mush. Their attention span drops, as compared to say, children watching another type of cartoon.

The study randomly divided a fairly narrowly selected group of 4 year old children into three groups who then were shown either 90 minutes of SpongeBob, 90 minutes of a more realistic cartoon about a child, or told to draw pictures.

Afterwards their ability to “stay on task” was measured. Those who had been drawing or watching the realistic cartoon scored about the same. Those who watched SpongeBob scored significantly worse.

Nickelodeon’s response is that the cartoon is designed of 6 to 9 year olds, not 4 year olds. Kinda misses the mark I think, as we all know the little kids want to do what the older kids do, and all children are attracted to shiny objects, fast action visuals and noises.

The study concludes that it is not just how much TV children watch, but also what they watch that can be detrimental. Yes, yes, but just turn the d@#n thing off.

The next step is to see how long the effects last for.

For more information see here.

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