The Knockout Game: A Cheap Thrill That’s Becoming Deadly
A new game is reportedly becoming popular with America's youth, but it's not the innocent child's play one might expect. It's called the "knockout game" and involves a teenager, or a group of teens, sneaking up on an unsuspecting victim with the intent of knocking the victim unconscious with a single blow to the head. The violent act is carried out simply for the thrill of it and is often captured on video and uploaded to social media Web sites such as YouTube and Facebook. Even worse, the victims are usually defenseless against their attackers, who target women and the elderly. Injuries and even death have been attributed to the terrifying game. When did this deplorable game start? More importantly, is the knockout game real or just a new name for crime that was always there?
It’s Just Turkey to Me
Thanksgiving is the second-most popular American holiday. It's a day of thanks, filled with turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberries, corn, and pumpkin and apple pies—the works! It is a wonderful feast to be enjoyed, often followed by the Thanksgiving nap. What makes you so sleepy? Some people blame the bird, and the tryptophan myth continues to circulate. After all, on Seinfeld, didn't Jerry ply his date with turkey and wine so she would sleep and he could play with her toy collection? Yes, turkey does contain L-tryptophan, which can be metabolized into serotonin and melatonin, the neurotransmitters that regulate sleep. But L-tryptophan would need to be taken on an empty stomach and without any other proteins or amino acids to achieve a drowsy feeling. Also, you would need to eat more than 10 servings of turkey for tryptophan to be the culprit. So then, why do we get tired after the Thanksgiving meal? It's more likely the alcohol, overeating, lengthy conversations, and the murmur of the football game on TV. It also gets you out of having to help clean up.
Molly and Her Makers
Molly is slang for MDMA (or 3,4-methylenedioxy-N-methylamphetamine).
Molly is an old designer drug. It used to be called ecstasy, until its popularity decreased when it became associated with too many deaths. It's been rebranded Molly, with a fresh public relations campaign to make it seem purer, safer, and more fun. Pop culture embraces Molly, and musicians have even glorified it in their music. That's all a lot of bull, as it's garbage-deadly garbage. The dangers associated with MDMA include dehydration, hyperthermia, heart and kidney problems, seizures, death, memory loss, depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, and brain damage, to name a few. It should be noted that the Molly that is sold on the street and in the clubs is far from pharmaceutical grade and even more dangerous. Other substances are added to its composition all the time. These substances include caffeine, PCP, cocaine, bath salts, dextromethorphan, amphetamines, and even LSD, heroin, gamma-hydroxybutyric acid,
rat poison, and more.
Vampires: Out of the Coffin
The Merriam-Webster definition of a vampire is "the reanimated body of a dead person believed to come from the grave at night and suck the blood of persons asleep." Tales of the dead craving blood thrive in so many cultures and the stories date back to ancient times.
Take the mythological story of Ambrogio, an Italian adventurer who was cursed by the sun god Apollo to never walk in the sun again because he fell in love with one of Apollo's maidens named Selene. Ambrogio further angered Artemis (Apollo's sister), who cursed him so that he could never touch silver. He went on to cut a deal and gave his soul to Hades. Artemis then pitied him and gave him the gift of eternal life and let him have Selene. Ambrogio returned to Florence, Italy, and started a vampire clan.