Hits & Misses – 2008/11/05

Infidelity Update. "In the interviews, only 1 percent of women said they had been unfaithful to their husbands in the past year; on the computer questionnaire, more than 6 percent did." [link]

Your Sixth Sense. "Try this experiment. Hold your index finger a few inches in front of your face and sweep it back and forth at a rate of maybe once or twice a second. What do you see? A blurry finger. Now hold your finger steady and instead shake your head back and forth at the same half-second pace. This time, no blur." This observation is more important than you think. [link]

Euthanasia Update. Insurance company denies woman coverage for a cancer drug; offers coverage for a lethal drug instead. [link] This is Oregon, of course. A New England Journal of Medicine study finds that legal euthanasia could cut health care costs by $627 million per year. Hat tip to Tyler Cowen at his blog.

Can Botox Make You Happy? Yes. When you happy face, the whole world happy faces with you. Study here. Hat tip to Alex Tabarrok at his blog.

Obesity Update. World's fattest man, loses 550 pounds and gets married. (See photo.)
Manuel Uribe

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  1. Larry C. says:

    You neglected to mention that the world’s fattest men still weighs close to 700 pounds, after losing 550 pounds.

    He can’t walk, has to carted around in a bed, and instead of dancing with his bride at the wedding ceremony, held hands and swayed.

  2. Nancy says:

    Here is what I would like to know: How does the world’s fattest man support himself? Financially, that is.

  3. Vicki says:


    I like it better when you link back to earlier posts on the same topic. For example, on infidelity, didn’t you have an earlier post to a finding that among men this is all related to a gene or set of genes?

  4. Linda says:

    Note that is was the Oregon Health Plan, the state Medicaid program, that denied a therapeutic drug for treating cancer while offering to kill the poor woman off. National health plans always find, eventually, that it is cheaper to kill patients than to treat them.

    As for ER beds in the hallways, the NHS has been doing that for decades. It doesn’t work too well. For starters, handwashing becomes a big problem without sinks.

    Maybe the hospitals should start thinking about collecting in advance from people who don’t need emergency care. Paying $25 to get further care inworked for Kaiser in Northern California. A fee for further service is also helping at Denver Health, the main ER for downtown Denver.

    And it really reduced visits for minor things in the RAND Health Insurance Experiment.

  5. Goz says:

    Such a handsome face such a sensitive soul..!!
    I bet he is very tender hearted…
    Why did he let himself get this big??

  6. Sen_Arlen_Specter_Cuts_Social_Sec says:

    Wonder how much weight he loss as of today?
    Wonder how it is for him to sleep?
    These things make you wonder?