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Wednesday, May 18, 2021

Scientific-type people in England have determined that wearing the color red gives an athlete a higher probability of winning.

“Across a range of sports, we find that wearing red is consistently associated with a higher probability of winning,” report Russell A. Hill and Robert A. Barton of the University of Durham in England. Their findings are in Thursday’s issue of the journal Nature.

Red coloration is associated with aggression in many animals. Often it is sexually selected so that scarlet markings signal male dominance.

I can think of several object examples right off the bat: Manchester United’s Red Devils mascot (not that I give a crap about soccer, but the Glazer thing has kept them in the local news of late); the Tampa Bay Bucs’ only Super Bowl came after they ditched their orange uniforms for red-dominated ones; the San Francisco 49ers built a dynasty on their burgundy-clad unis; the Detroit Red Wings had a nice Stanley Cup run, as did the New Jersey Devils (who, much like the Bucs, never won anything prior to trading in green for red on their jerseys); and the Red Sox just became winners (although it took 86 years for that red to start working).

Probably plenty more examples. And yes, probably just as many counter-examples. Which means that every sports team in the land won’t suddenly change all their team colors to red (one hopes).

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 05/18/2005 10:36:02 PM
Category: Sports
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Bob Suren, proprietor of Sound Idea in Brandon, is the local patriarch of punk rock.

Alas, being the elder statesman sometimes means you’re just the last man standing:

At 36, Suren is an elder statesman of punk. The Brandon scene has dwindled around him; bands have broken up, kids have gotten steady jobs and moved on with their lives. But a small core of new aficionados still hang out in his basset hound-scented shop, listening to loud music and dreaming about starting bands of their own.

“Most people my age will say the last good year for punk was 1984, 1985,” Suren said. “But there’s always good music out there. It’s always alive somewhere.”

1985? Isn’t that the year Jello Biafra ran for mayor of San Francisco? (Actually, that was in 1979.)

I think Bob ought to give The Punk Vault a visit.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 05/18/2005 10:25:56 PM
Category: Florida Livin', Pop Culture
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It’s a given that people don’t read anymore, so that alone threatens public libraries with obsolescence.

Whether or not their new role as sources for free (or nominally-priced) DVD lending libraries will save them in the longer term is questionable. Online video content — accessed legitimately or not — likely is years away from attaining critical mass (if it ever does), so for now, libraries are drawing plenty of happy patrons.

It’s also nice to see the Blockbusters of the world not having a fit over something like this. It’s truly not going to impact their business very much, and there are plenty of more serious threats to their business model.

However, I don’t think libraries are taking advantage of this newfound popularity. Bringing in the video fans is nice, but does that really fulfill a library’s core mission? As a public service, they should be pushing the books.

Since some of these institutions are wringing their hands over whether or not to charge anything for passing out the discs, here’s a solution: Offer to waive that nominal $1 fee for borrowing a disc, as long as the patron agrees to check out one book for each DVD they take. It doesn’t defray costs at all, but it will put books in the hands and homes of a wider audience, and likely will hook some new readers. And that’s what a library is for, right? (While they still have actual books, anyway.)

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 05/18/2005 06:45:46 PM
Category: Business, Media
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So Mexicans along the U.S. border regularly opt for American hospitals and clinics over their home-grown medical care.

And of course, we all know about the millions of Americans who turn to Canada for their prescription-drug needs.

Seems like a directional trend.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 05/18/2005 06:26:01 PM
Category: Politics, Society
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