Cell Phones, Dogs and Barbie Dolls: What I Learned from Magazines This Week

Roz Warren, Cell Phones, Dogs and Barbie Dolls: What I Learned from Magazines This Week

Reading magazines this week, I learned that:

Elton John doesn’t get along with his mother, so she spent her 90th birthday with an Elton John impersonator.
(Rolling Stone, 2/25/16)

Eighty-five percent of kids say they have fun with their parents.
(Time, 3/14/16)

Being able to see your cell phone, even if you aren’t using it, hinders your ability to focus on tough tasks.
(Time, 3/14/16)

People who take breaks in the morning feel more restored and less emotionally exhausted than people who take breaks in the afternoon.
(Time, 3/14/16)

The first known traffic accident caused by a self-driving car took place on February 14, when a Lexus SUV hit a bus in Mountain View, California.
(Time, 3/15/16)

Nine of out ten people in the world recognize Barbie.
(Time, 2/8/16)

People who drink two glasses of water before every meal will lose twice as much weight as people who don’t.
(Prevention, 1/16)

Children who have dogs are less anxious than children who don’t.
(Real Simple, 2/16)

The worst first-date mistake you can make? Constantly checking your phone.
(Real Simple, 2/16)

Women are twice as likely as men to be depressed at some point in their lifetimes, especially during menopause.
(Prevention, 1/16)

Famous people who may have been “on the spectrum” include Newton, Mozart, Beethoven, Jane Austen, Kant, Jefferson, Darwin, Lewis Carroll, Emily Dickinson and Wittgenstein.
(The New Yorker, 1/25/16)

Twenty-eight percent of smokers polled said knowing cigarette smoke is harmful to their pet’s health made them more motivated to quit.
(Real Simple, 2/16)

Elton John no longer wants to die at the piano. (Rolling Stone, 2/25/16)


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Roz Warren
Roz Warren Roz is the author of Just Another Day At Your Local Public Library and Our Bodies, Our Shelves: A Collection Of Library Humor. She writes for The New York Times and The Funny Times. Her work also appears in Good Housekeeping, The Christian Science Monitor, The Philadelphia Inquirer and of course, the Humor Times. Connect with her on Facebook, follow her on Twitter or visit her website.