Hero of the Day: Army Specialist Ryan McIntosh, 23, lost his leg after stepping on a landline in Afghanistan and this week is a bellboy at the U.S. Open. He beat out 600 others for the position. When asked if he could throw a ball, he allegedly said, ‘I’ve thrown grenades, so I think I can handle a tennis ball.’”
A woman reported missing from a tour to the Eldgjá volcanic canyon in southern Iceland ended up joining the search party formed to find her. The mix-up occurred when the woman left the tour bus and changed clothing. When she returned, the other tourists didn’t recognize her and began to worry about the missing passenger. Going off of the bus driver’s description, a search was organized for an Asian woman in dark clothing who spoke English well. The missing woman didn’t recognize the description of herself and joined in the search. The following day, as the coast guard prepared to send a search helicopter, the woman realized her mistake. Sveinn K. Rúnarsson, chief of police in Hvolsvöllur, said that the woman simply didn’t recognize the description of herself and “had no idea that she was missing.
Andrea Simonato, Static Points
We think these polaroids by Andrea Simonato are a great way to explore the concept of Slow Art Day. Does looking at a photograph with such a strong action word influence your actions in real life? In other words, does the word depicted have an authority over the viewer? When scrolling past these images on your dashboard or on our tumblr, did you “stop?” Why do you think the artist chose to focus on the word “stop” instead of a different one, like “slow” or “yield?”
In the meantime, twenty-somethings can expect increasingly frequent waves of sage advice from academics, bloggers and concerned parents alike. “Watching talking cats on YouTube isn’t as good for cognitive development as reading or taking classes,” Laurence Steinberg of Temple University told The Wall Street Journal. Truth. In the same article, Jennifer Tanner, co-chair of the Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood, provides her own pearl: “My advice is, if your parents are currently doing things for you that you could do for yourself, take the controls. Say, ‘No. Mom, Let me get my own shampoo.’” Thanks for the tip, Ms. Tanner. I mean, if I were living at home to save money, I wouldn’t mind sharing the jumbo size 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner with my siblings. But I’m pretty sure the vast majority of my peers have a handle on shampoo selection by now. Because we’re worth it.
The Neuroscience of Twenty-Somethings Smart, funny post on his own growing brain, by Ferris Jabr
Three days on an island — Cushing’s, just off Portland, a few weeks ago.