Pat’s Picks: Wednesday, October 17
Written by Pat's Papers | UPDATED: Wednesday, 17 October 2012 8:19 AM
The best headlines, the most interesting photography and conversation-starting articles from today’s newspapers.
Kids, you might want to think about moving to France. In addition to a four-day school week and two-hour lunch breaks, the country’s new president has added another perk to growing up in France: no homework. Yep. The Daily Mail says the move has two motives—to balance the playing field for those who come from disadvantaged households and don’t get the help their classmates do, and to help kids avoid “classroom burnout.”
The Wall Street Journal explains a teen’s “zombie body clock” in this morning’s paper. Researchers have long known that dramatic changes happen to a person’s internal clock as they hit puberty. But now they are drawing connections between “teenage zombie syndrome” and behavior normally chalked up to just “being a teenager.” A lack of sleep can cause more risk-taking behavior, less self-control and a rise in depression.
A big move from Cuba on the front page of the Miami Herald this morning. The exit visa requirement for Cubans has been eliminated, which means it’s easier for them to take vacations and easier for them to never return.
The decision has cause “euphoria” in the island country, says the Herald; the $150 exit visas were an impossible cost in a country where the average monthly wage is around $20. The rule change takes effect in January.
An Israeli man has created a cardboard bike that can be made for as little as $20, reports the LA Times this morning. Despite its materials, the bike is apparently durable—as well as fire- and water-proof. Inventor Izhar Gafni says the trick was to bend the cardboard in a way that made it as strong as wood. The tires are the only part of the bike not made from cardboard—instead, they are fabricated from old car tires. VIDEO
Mitt Romney went viral during last night’s debate after he told the crowd gathered at Hofstra University that he had been presented with “binders of women” when he tried to find female members for his cabinet while governor of Massachusetts. The response on Twitter was fast and funny, as the Washington Post chronicles this morning. Even Big Bird got into the conversation, with this zinger: “Injustice. Binders full of women sold for $0.77 at Staples. Binders full of men selling for $1.00.”
Lots of commentary on the second presidential debate in the papers this morning. On its editorial page, the New York Times says President Obama “regained full command of his vision and his legacy, leaving Mitt Romney sputtering with half-answers, deceptions and one memorable error.” In the Wall Street Journal, Holman Jenkins Jr. praises the president for coming out swinging—“It wasn’t enlightening, but the president showed the necessary aggressiveness. Mr. Low-T was banished for the night.”—but says he still appeared cynical.
If you’ve been waiting years for another taste of McDonald’s McJordan sandwich, you might have just missed your opportunity. The Chicago Tribune says a 20-year-old bottle of the Michael Jordan-inspired sauce sold on eBay earlier this week for $9,995. The seller, a former McDonald’s employee, says he was inspired to list his antique after a 3-year-old chicken nugget shaped like George Washington fetched $8,000 in an auction earlier this year. VIDEO
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