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TIL that the autistic spectrum and the distinction between "high functioning" and "low functioning" autism was discovered by Hans Asperger in an attempt to save children in his clinic from the Gestapo during World War 2, who killed disabled children in preparation for the Holocaust.

TIL that the autistic spectrum and the distinction between "high functioning" and "low functioning" autism was discovered by Hans Asperger in an attempt to save children in his clinic from the Gestapo during World War 2, who killed disabled children in preparation for the Holocaust.
TIL that the autistic spectrum and the distinction between "high functioning" and "low functionin...

I can't imagine the how much he must have struggled with these decisions. There didn't seem to be much in this article about the specifics, but here's what it looks like his thought process was:

1) People are coming to kill all of these children.

2) If I can show that some of the children can function in society, they may be spared.

3) I can't say that all of the children can function in society, since this is obviously not true and they will all be killed.

4) I must create two groups: Those who will live, and those who will die.

Fuck. Imagine examining some kid right on the line, right between the two groups. You'd have to consider that if the 'death' group isn't large enough it will look like you're lying to save the kids, so maybe this one should be added to the 'death' group for a little extra padding.

Well.

Think I'll just back to bed now!

You forgot the word 'go'. The death group for you!

So if Asperger's is named after Hans Asperger, then where did the name "autism" come from? Just curious, since I see that Hans Asperger discovered the autistic spectrum and the difference between high- and low-functioning autism.

TIL Some bars in Germany are connected by a 5 km (3 Mile) beer pipeline ..

TIL Some bars in Germany are connected by a 5 km (3 Mile) beer pipeline ..

I could see the biggest heist of the year being done by someone tapping a tanker truck up to the pipe.

Yup, I'm seeing it now, former high school cool guys, played by Seth Rogan and James Franco (maybe not Franco, but at the moment I can't think of someone better), are washed up adults returning to college, there they find the geek from their highschool as an up and coming professor, played by Seth Macfarlane. Rogan and Franco want to impress the guys at a local sorority fraternity, and Macfarlane still finds himself with the deep seated desire to hang out with the cool kids. A local group of bars decides that they want to emulate the beer pipeline and builds their own, our two heroes see a way to get in the good graces of the local fraternities and rent a tanker truck for the biggest heist their college has ever seen.

edit: apparently I think guys are in sororities.

I don't even drink beer from the tap unless I'm pretty sure they regularly clean the lines no way would I drink something from a beer pipeline. That's pretty Grolsch if you ask me.

I think I'd rather see Ricky, Bubbles, and Julian pull this off.

TIL Down syndrome is practically non-existent in Iceland. Since introducing the screening tests back in the early 2000s, nearly 100% of women whose fetus tested positive ended up terminating the pregnancy. It has resulted in Iceland having one of the lowest rates of Down syndrome in the world.

TIL Down syndrome is practically non-existent in Iceland. Since introducing the screening tests b...

Not even going to use a throwaway. This screening test is available in the US as well. My wife refused the test when pregnant with both of our kids, saying that we would love and support them no matter what. Thankfully, neither one has issues, but I would have wanted them terminated if they had tested positive.

Reminds of Anthony Jeselnik's joke from the Roast of Charlie Sheen. "You've convinced more women to have abortions than the prenatal test for Down's Syndrome."

This thread will definitely be civil and will not get locked.

Lord, I've been sitting on this for a while now. I have a dear friend who finally got pregnant in her 30s, and about the time they announced the pregnancy they also announced the baby had Down's.

Foolishly, I asked, "Are you going to term?"

To which she replied that fuck you, of course we're going to have this baby and love the shit out of her so get your shit together and be there for the baby.

Fair enough. I put on my supportive friends hat and help plan the baby shower, clean and prep the house for delivery, and bite my lip to the point of breaking skin when they decide to name her Picard, as in Star Trek. Yes, that's not a typo: a child who will 100% be bullied with the slur "retard" is being named with an -ard name.

When Picard was born, she was beautiful, was able to come home in a few days, and I was really warming up to growing my grinch-ass heart to one that would love and support a child whom a younger me would have been less kind to. She was observant, active, and quickly developing a personality. I was going to become a better person by being kinder and more empathetic and supporting a child whom society tends to write off as less worthy.

But wait, there's more! To add to this, the child has congenital heart problems that will require several surgeries for the baby to make it to adulthood. Risky, but unavoidable. After a couple of surgeries and back and forth to the hospital for the first few months, the baby winds up in the NICU due to complications and it's not looking good. Her belly was bloated and the last time I saw someone look like that was when a different friend was days away from dying from cancer. I told the baby "See you soon!" and the parents the same, but as we left the hospital I couldn't stop thinking about that bloated belly.

Picard died before she was four months old. If you've never been around for the death of a baby, I assure you: it's the absolute worst. The parents are both super depressed. The mom is changing careers and the dad is in an ongoing state of depression. And in the back of my mind, I can still hear my asshole self asking, "Are you going to term?"

tl;dr fuck me I don't like abortions either but I think this is one case where it's acceptable

Edits: changed name for privacy. Wow, this blew up. I have to go to work but just wanted to say I'm not trying to change anyone's mind here, but share that there is no easy answer. And for anyone wondering, the parents are the fucking best parents any kid could ever hope for. Gotta go to work...maybe will watch Gattaca tonight.

TIL The average worker bee produces only about 1/12th teaspoon of honey in her lifetime

TIL The average worker bee produces only about 1/12th teaspoon of honey in her lifetime

This is why we need to look after our bees.

And a hive of bees will fly 90,000 miles, the equivalent of three orbits around the earth to collect 1 kg of honey.

I feel guilty for consuming their honey now :(

Fuck 'em, they only use it to feed their babies.

No, this is why if you see an exhausted bee just laying there, you DO NOT feed it honey. That bee is only worth 1/12 of a teaspoon, so it's basically a waste to save it.

TIL that Planet Earth series has almost no authentic audio. Most of the sounds you hear are audio library effects or tailor-made studio sounds added on the editing table.

TIL that Planet Earth series has almost no authentic audio. Most of the sounds you hear are audio...

I'm not surprised. I can't imagine how hard it would be to get studio quality sound alongside the hidden cameras, let alone filtering and balancing.

Of course. You ever try to put a lapel mic on a poison arrow frog? Ever interview a bullet ant that didn't degrade into a rant about the Second Amendment?

To get shots extremely stable they got high quality cameras and zoomed in from a safe space where no beast would bother them, and that just means no sound unless they go near the scene, but if they do they'd bother the target and it's behavior would be different/unnatural.

So this is the best way they found.

Really the only way for now. And I hold absolutely no grudge. The Planet Earth/Life/Blue Planet series are just nothing short of masterpieces. The things those photo/videographers will endure for a shot is still mind-boggling. Keep 'em coming.

TIL that after marathoning Breaking Bad, Anthony Hopkins wrote Bryan Cranston a fan letter, saying (among other things) "Your performance as Walter White was the best acting I have seen – ever."

TIL that after marathoning Breaking Bad, Anthony Hopkins wrote Bryan Cranston a fan letter, sayin...

And because the letter was leaked Sir Anthony Hopkins vowed to never write another actor again.

“Some other actor, I don’t know who he was, but Bryan must’ve told somebody about the letter and showed it to him. And somebody, some stupid guy, put it on the Internet,” Hopkins said. “And now I didn’t ask for it. I just wrote this personal letter to Bryan . . . I didn’t want it to be known publicly, but that’s what happens today. You can’t open your mouth before it goes on the Internet or whatever you have, on Twitter or Facebook.”

“I keep my mouth shut from now on,” Hopkins concluded. “I don’t write letters to people.”

Source

Love how they continue to disrespect his wishes by posting the full letter at the bottom.

Here is the complete letter that stopped Hopkins from writing further fan mail.

I cannot begin to imagine the feeling Bryan Cranston had reading this letter. Being a professional actor, pouring your heart and soul into a role and then getting this in the mail.

I think I could retire after that.

Personally I think it would inspire me to star in a Godzilla remake, but maybe that's just me.

TIL that politician Boss Tweed was brought down by Thomas Nast's cartoons, which painted him as the embodiment of corruption. Tweed said to aides, “Let's stop them damned pictures. I don't care so much what the papers write about—my constituents can't read—but damn it, they can see pictures.”

TIL that politician Boss Tweed was brought down by Thomas Nast's cartoons, which painted him as t...

"Or we could just not be corrupt"

"Get out"

-my constituents can't read-

He's glad they can't! Him be damned.

It has never been about losing, rather how the current administration and their supporters act on their win. Maybe we should make a cartoon for you so you may understand?

NYC in the 1870s.

TIL that animal agriculture is responsible for 80% of the antibiotic use in the US.

TIL that animal agriculture is responsible for 80% of the antibiotic use in the US.
TIL that animal agriculture is responsible for 80% of the antibiotic use in the US.

This is scary stuff and another reason I'm glad I stopped eating animals this year.

Because cows don't need health care coverage to get their medicine! Duh!

This is why we have scientific studies with large sample sizes. Did you read the article?

So hypothetically speaking, is it possible that the recent spike in antibiotic immunity could be because were encountering them so often in the food we eat? Again, hypothetical.

TIL Usain Bolt's running gait is asymmetrical due to scoliosis, which has resulted in his left leg being longer than his right leg. Scientists aren't sure if his record-breaking sprint speeds are because of this or in spite of this.

TIL Usain Bolt's running gait is asymmetrical due to scoliosis, which has resulted in his left le...

It's hard to imagine how this could have a positive impact in straight races (100m), and every other race curves to the left in the Olympics. That would give someone with a slightly longer left leg a disadvantage versus someone whose legs were perfectly even.

Wow.

Nah he'd have too much of a leg up on all his competition

We get lots of back pain, but it doesn't seem to slow us down.

Sounds like a perk description in an RPG. Scoliosis: You were born with a deformed spine that caused one of your legs to be longer than the other. You get lots of back pain, but it doesn't seem to slow you down. +1 to Agility, -1 to Constitution.

Edit: Typo.

Should he be in the paralympics as well, then?

Try one of these subthreads