As I’ve said before on this blog, I really like to know random information. I’m almost positive that my desire for knowledge comes from my need to be the center of attention in every social situation and also to compensate for my unreasonably good looks. Pretty people are, after all, usually dumb as bricks. I, however, am smarter than the average bear, and I like to prove it.
But you can’t just toss out any old fact at a party and expect people to bow down and worship you (unless that fact is that you’re God…but even that might not work if you’re North of the Mason-Dixon line or west of the Rockies, zing!!!). No, to really win friends and influence people you need to have juicy, hard-hitting, hip knowledge.
For example: how many prisoners are there in the US? The answer is 2.3 million. What percentage is that of the world’s total prisoners? 25%. Isn’t that a little strange? Yes.
Also: What was the third most profitable criminal enterprise in the world last year? Human trafficking. How many victims were there? 27 million. Does that make you sad but also impressed at the breadth of my knowledge? Absolutely!
But where oh where can I go for hip knowledge?
Well, if you’re a literalist, you can go to WebMD, but if you’re completely awesome, you need to check out GOOD Magazine. More specifically, you should check out their YouTube videos (seriously, does anyone read anymore?). The magazine was founded in 2006 and focuses on social issues, politics, and sustainable living, and their videos focus on pretty much the same things. They’ve got videos on topics ranging from the Super Bowl, to the world’s oil addiction, to the industry surrounding death, to internet porn, and besides being incredibly informative (and usually pretty moderate) they’re also well-designed and have great music.
GOOD: Alcohol Olympics
GOOD: Circle Rules Football – This will be played at Curtis Arboretum as soon as Persephone’s done doing her time down in Hades. Who’s in?