We’ve all been there.
Our kid acts up in the grocery store/park/church. It might be a burp, a yell, or an anger-induced dash up the center aisle all the way to the pulpit. It’s the verbal meltdown or physical aggression. It’s when your kid just won’t listen, or any of dozens of other ways our kids ‘act out.’
Sound familiar? My friend Kayla Landis, an undergrad at Clark University, wants to hear from you.
She and advisor Dr. Nicole Overstreet are conducting research that focuses on how parents are perceived by other parents when their children blow up in public. They’re also interested in whether the perception of parents changes or stays the same when they learn that child has a certain condition.
Can you answer a few questions for the good of parent-kind?
You’ll read a brief scenario, then answer a few questions. You’ll also have a short, open-ended prompt at the end. It’s anonymous, but you can enter your email address to be entered in raffles for Visa gift cards worth from $50-200.
(Email addresses remain confidential and will be deleted when the study ends.)
Clark University’s Human Subjects/Institutional Review Board has approved the study. Questions about the nature of this study may be addressed to the IRB’s Chair, Dr. James P. Elliot, at 508-793-7152.
1. How did they discover anglerfish? Have they ever been down there?
A U.S. Fish Commission steamer first discovered this odd fish when it wound up in a trawl net off a Panamanian shore – in 1891.
One-hundred and 11 years later, researchers sent a remote control vehicle into an extinct volcano off the California coast. At depths of 4,100 to 5,900 feet, they observed anglerfish in action! Looking like something out of the pages of Dr. Suess, an anglerfish looks like nothing else in the sea.
It walks on fins at incredible depths (as deep as 11,000 feet!) and tempts its pray with a built-in lure near the top of its head. Check out this video:
2. How long does a light stay yellow?
Just long enough for 17 cars to get through.
The law doesn’t cover times. It’s not just to keep people from running red lights. A short yellow can be dangerous, too. The National Motorist Association Foundation recommends the following yellow-light times based on speed limit:
|25 MPH||3.0 Seconds|
|30 MPH||3.5 Seconds|
|35 MPH||4.0 Seconds|
|40 MPH||4.5 Seconds|
|45 MPH||5.0 Seconds|
|50 MPH||5.5 Seconds|
|55 MPH||6.0 Seconds|
There’s also a complicated equation for figuring yellow-light time minimums. But because I haven’t used anything close to algebra in exactly 11 years, I won’t break that streak.
3. Does the company pay your ticket if you get pulled over in a work car?
If you get a traffic ticket in the company car, you should be happy to pay the fine.
Unless it’s because your boss didn’t renew the registration. Or get the car inspected. Most companies have policies that absolve them of fees their employees incur when behind the wheel of a company car. It’s not stellar come review time, either.
I knew a dude who got fired for running the hotel shuttle across one of those spike gates at the airport. He got his job back when they determined it wasn’t his fault. Then, he filled the tank with regular gas, not diesel. He was on his own, then.
4. Who is the rich guy on Annie?
He’s Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks.
I’m old-school. I prefer the 1982 version. Nothing against Jamie Foxx. Englishman Albert Finney gave a boisterous performance as a filthy-rich, right-wing, chrome-dome bigwig with no time for a red-headed orphan.
Forbes Magazine ranked Oliver No. 2 in its Fictional 15 in 2005.
The magazine estimated his net worth at $27.3 billion dollars, and rising. His considerable worth and lofty ranking come despite the fact that he spent or gave away most of his fortune.
Jay Gatsby’ estimated worth is just $1 billion. The only dude ahead of Daddy Warbucks? Santa Claus. His net worth? Infinity.
5. Do you have to bring all your clothes when you go to college?
Only if you have a U-haul truck and closet space that rivals The Horseshoe at Ohio State. (The picture at right isn’t such a closet.)
CollegeConfidential.com suggests you pack only summer clothes for the first couple of months, especially if you can visit home often. Don’t under-pack, though. If Elise chooses Lees-McRae College, at the base of Grandfather Mountain, T-shirts and shorts won’t hold up well until Thanksgiving.
Don’t ask me. I’m the guy who runs out of clean clothes by Day 3 of my four-day company trip.