An Unasked Question, Answered

I’d never really thought about it before, but it’s true: my backyard swimming pool* doesn’t have a strong chlorine smell, and the water doesn’t sting my eyes.  Turns out that’s because folks at my house don’t pee in the pool.

Tip from Sara Hoyt writing at the Instapundit.  Lots of links there about too many people peeing in our our pools.

*LOTS of The Wrong Kind of White (and Black and Brown) People (like me) in South Texas have swimming pools.  And we hire independent contractors–even those without college degrees!–to keep them neat, clean, and non-smelly.


The Doorway Effect

Ever have this happen?  Walk through a doorway and immediately lose focus, forgetting what you had just intended to do?

This is an extreme example of the “doorway effect” which is a manifestation of our brain’s method of spatial processing.   This and more are the subject of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine won by John O’Keefe and May-Britt and Edvard Moser.

My wife and I have a simple strategy to combat the doorway effect–we make lists.  Unfortunately, when we get in the car to go shopping, my wife frequently forgets to bring the list.

Thanks to American Digest, for pointing me to the video.