1. “BUT I WORE THE JUICE”. Errol Morris, the filmmaker behind The Thin Blue Line and The Fog Of War (and my all-time favourite, Gates of Heaven), has a very long and hugely enjoyable piece in The New York Times on The Dunning-Kruger Effect, which can be summed up as follows: incompetent people don’t know they’re incompetent. The piece is worth reading for the opening anecdote alone: the story of a bank robber who believed that dousing himself with lemon juice would render him invisible – or at least unidentifiable – to security cameras.
2. GOVERNMENT SELLS PRISON COWS. The dairy cattle herd at Riverbend Institution prison farm is going to the auction block today. Nobody seems to like this idea, except for the federal government, who are offering the lamest rationale I’ve ever heard for their strip-it-and-sell-it-for-parts approach to anything good and worthwhile.
3. IS IT OUTRAGE TIME YET? A 34-year old Regina man was sentenced to six years in jail for making pornographic videos featuring – wait for it – his teenage daughter. This sort of thing is why Jesus is going to recommend our planet for consumption by Galactus.
4. OR MAYBE GALACTUS WILL SPARE US AFTER ALL? A retired Regina policer rescued a baby who was buried alive in Mainprize Regional Park. Horrifying and heartwarming in equal parts, and a valuable lesson for people who bury babies alive.
5. KIDS, DON’T GET KISSED BY A SAILOR IN TIMES SQUARE. Because you will certainly die, even if it happens 65 years later. Edith Shain, the nurse getting smooched by a sailor at the end of World War Two in that iconic photograph, has died at 91. It’s funny, though – I always thought she got murdered along with Silk Spectre back in the ’50s.
6. JUST READ IT BEFORE YOU USE IT. I miss the ’70s, mostly because they had things like Amazing Spiderman and Incredible Hulk Toilet Paper Comics.