Anyway, over on scienceblogs they're asking the bloggers the question: if you could cause one invention from the last hundred years never to have been made at all, which would it be, and why?
It's an interesting question, and there have been some interesting answers (none, scientology, embedded advertising, the nuke, landmines, etc). I think my answer would be:
And i mean all sorts of spam. Phone spam (no, i do NOT want another credit card). Door to door spam (yes Jehovah's Witnesses, i'm looking at you). Email Spam (half of Nigeria would suddenly be unemployed). Comment Spam (not even really sure who's responsible for that shit). That weird not-quite-meat-stuff that comes in a can. Well, maybe not that last one, because then we wouldn't have that wonderful ditty brought to us by the gentlemen of Monty Python's Flying Circus. But you get the drift. I think the world would get along just fine without spam.
My second choice would be scientology, but someone else already picked it. And speaking of scientology (see that segue?), while TomKat insist that their baby's name 'Suri' means Princess in Hebrew, some scholars are not only saying that it doesn't mean Princess, they're also saying what it does mean isn't all that flattering. Says Gideon Goldenberg, a linguistics professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem:
"I really don’t know what they were thinking when they chose this name. It’s a term that denotes expulsion, like ‘Get out of here’. It’s pretty blunt.”
I think what the good professor is trying to say, although not in so many words, is that her name means Fuck Off. Can the Hebrish in the audience confirm (TW, I'm looking at you)?
Lastly, Al over at _villaLife (i just work with him, i take no responsibility) has posted that old chestnut, the MC Hammer Can't Touch This video. Watch it. Tell me you do not laugh uncomfortably at the memory of the Eighties.