Irish newspapers catch Biden in ‘clanger’

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Joe Biden greets Prime Minister Enda Kenny of Ireland and his wife, Fionnuala, at the Naval Observatory, the vice presidential residence.

Joe Biden greets Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny and his wife, Fionnuala, at the Naval Observatory, the vice presidential residence. Biden accidentally called the Irish first lady “Fiona,” according to the Irish Times. Photo: Getty

It may sound innocent to our ears, but it had Irish eyes frowning.

As the vice president of the United States welcomed the Irish prime minister and his wife to breakfast in Washington, he ended up with egg on his face, according to newspapers in the Republic and the North.

What did Joe Biden say? … Continue reading

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Liberals happier than conservatives, scientific study finds

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Conservatives might like to talk about how happy they are, but in fact liberals “more frequently used positive emotional language in their speech and smiled more intensely and genuinely in photographs,” a study published in Science has found. Continue reading

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Chart: How much men, women drink by age

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Alcohol consumption by ageResearchers in Britain have “found that, for men, mean consumption (of booze) rose sharply during adolescence, peaked at around 25 years at (about 13 drinks) per week, and then declined and plateaued during mid-life, before declining from around 60 years. A similar trajectory was seen for women, but with lower overall consumption (a high of a little less than 4 drinks per week), according to a study in BMC Medicine.

The Washington Post’s Wonkblog has very kindly illustrated the numbers so we can see just how Britons seem to ride the bar rollercoaster.

h/t Christopher Ingraham in the Washington Post

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Photo: ‘Icebergs’ land on Cape Cod shore

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human-size-icebergs-photo-by-dapixaraThere’s so much ice in the Massachusetts Bay, a “once-in-a-generation” event has occurred, according to Eric Fisher, the chief meteorologist for the CBS affiliate in Boston.

“Human-size icebergs” on the Cape Cod National Seashore, exclaimed DAPIXARA, the local photographer whose pictures of the phenomenon have gone global via social media.

The giant chunks of ice are melting, Fisher assures his viewers.

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Don’t let your dog park the car: Fido will forget 2 minutes later

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Hachiko greets his master at the station in a statue to be erected at the University of Tokyo next month to honor the world's most faithful dog on the 90th anniversary of the professor's death.

Hachiko greets his master at the station in a statue to be erected at the University of Tokyo next month to honor the world’s most faithful dog on the 90th anniversary of the professor’s death. Photo courtesy of the University of Tokyo.

If your dog goes berserk with joy every time you walk through the front door — even if you’ve been out of the house for only two minutes — there may be a very good reason for that, National Geographic notes.

He’s got a lousy memory — at least of certain events. Continue reading

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