Chewing the Facts is a round up of recent news for Moxy readers to chew on and chat about at their after-work cocktails or during mid-day coffee breaks. Published twice a month, this brain candy is meant to create an open conversation about the things happening in our world today.
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QR-Coded condoms? Yes, folks. They’re here.
The idea of “checking-in” via social media just got way more personal, as it were.
Planned Parenthood’s “Where Did You Wear It?” campaign has supplied over 50,000 people with condoms that are equipped with QR codes on their wrappers. Users then enter the code online, and actually describe their sexual experience with the condom in terms of location, partner, and even how enjoyable the sex itself was.
Not one of the lucky few who received QR-coded prophylactics? No problem. You can “check-in” even if you don’t have a QR code. (Read more online at the Colorado Springs Independent.)
Gitmo military trials’ sentences surprise some.
Contrary to popular opinion, (as well as some initial anecdotal evidence), the U.S. military tribunals of various suspected terrorists held at the Guatanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba have not resulted in the stiffest possible penalties for all defendants. On the contrary, in many cases the average sentence appears to be somewhat lighter than those handed down by civilian courts in similar cases.
According to Benjamin Wittes, senior fellow and terrorism expert at the Brookings Institute in Washington, “There is no evidence, zero, none, zip, that the justice delivered in military commissions is harsher than the justice delivered in federal court.” (Read the full story in the Navy Times.)
Chimpanzees have police officers, too.
Anthropologists are discovering that high-ranking members within a chimpanzee community will naturally arbitrate and dissolve disputes and aggression that break out among other members.
“The interest in community concern that is highly developed in us humans and forms the basis for our moral behavior is deeply rooted. It can also be observed in our closest relatives,” concludes Claudia Rudolf von Rohr, considering a leading expert in the area of social behaviors of chimpanzees.
It is believed the so called “elder statesmen” of these primate clans intervene to diffuse conflict in order to maintain the stability of the community. (Read more at Science Daily.)
Why do we see the man in the moon?
It is no mere cosmic accident that the side of the moon, in which people have seen “the man in the moon” since the dawn of time, is the side that always faces the earth.
The near side of the moon is has a low lying terrain, is pocked with craters of all sizes, and is covered in dense volcanic material, making it’s features (and apparent facial features) quite distinguishable. And due to the moon’s synchronous rotation, it is this side that always faces the earth. The more mountainous “dark side” of the moon is so named because it is always facing away from earth.
Despite instinct to which would seem to indicate the contrary. (Read the full story at Science Daily.)
How Target figured out a teen girl was pregnant before her father did.
An irate father of a teenaged daughter stormed into his local Target store one day, a Target mailer in his hand, insisting on seeing a manager.
The mailer was filled with coupons and offers for maternity items. This, the father insisted, was inappropriate. The manager apologized, only to receive his own apology weeks later from the father. Turns out his daughter was in fact pregnant.
And the computers at Target knew it. How? Detailed statistical analysis of the items the daughter had purchased with a credit card at the store over the last two months. (Read the full story at Forbes.)