Mind Memes for Today: Lenin's Brain, Mason's Farewell, Woodward's Fail and More
1. “First the pope and now Andrew Mason!?!"
Andrew Mason continued the popular Silicon Valley "I’ve just been fired" meme with a blunt note to employees at Groupon:
"After four and a half intense and wonderful years as CEO of Groupon, I’ve decided that I’d like to spend more time with my family. Just kidding — I was fired today.”
2. Famous Brain of the Day: Vladimir Lenin
Lenin's brain was preserved by the Soviets in order to provide proof that he was a genius. Now his brain is giving us insights into his death, which is a celebrated medical mystery. It turns out that blood vessels around Lenin’s brain were heavily calcified, suggesting he had a severe case of atherosclerosis. Read more here.
3. Today is Sequestration Day!
If you have to read one article on sequestration, Steven Rattner's piece is a brief breakdown of the big mess. Here it is.
"Measurable cerebral activity is virtually absent." That was Joan Didion's famous diss of Bob Woodward, whose post-Watergate reporting Didion claimed was not exactly up to snuff.
Then this happened:
5. The Colors of Mercury
The famed author headed to the pond thanks to Indian philosophy.
- The famed author was heavily influenced by Indian literature, informing his decision to self-exile on Walden Pond.
- He was introduced to these texts by his good friend's father, William Emerson.
- Yoga philosophy was in America a century before any physical practices were introduced.
Pfizer's partnerships strengthen their ability to deliver vaccines in developing countries.
- Community healthcare workers face many challenges in their work, including often traveling far distances to see their clients
- Pfizer is helping to drive the UN's sustainable development goals through partnerships.
- Pfizer partnered with AMP and the World Health Organization to develop a training program for healthcare workers.
A little goes a long way.
- A recent study from the Department of Health and Human Services found that 80 percent of Americans don't exercise enough.
- Small breaks from work add up, causing experts to recommend short doses of movement rather than waiting to do longer workouts.
- Rethinking what exercise is can help you frame how you move throughout your day.
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