Objects in Mirror

News discussion topics for the 11/16/2007 weekend

Posted at 4:01 PM on November 16, 2007 by Julia Schrenkler

Don't be caught without a topic!

A) Tightwads and Spendthrifts We all know a total tightwad or a reckless spendthrift. You might even be one. Things to debate: What kind of marketing makes you open your wallet? Why do people spend money? In relationships, who determines what is reasonable to buy and what isn't? (American RadioWorks)

B) Study: Yes, Lobsters Feel Pain The study was about physical pain, no word yet on emotional distress. There's a couple angles beyond the good old, "Did you ever see that scene in Annie Hall?" approach. Why isn't there a good vegetarian version of shellfish? What does a grant application for lobster study funds look like? (NPR's Bryant Park Project)

C) Thousands jam recycling event The old Met Center parking lot isn't just for nostalgia anymore! It is for tons of people to wait in line, idling in their running cars, in order to save the earth. Inspired by Bob Collins: When will they make saving the earth easier and more convenient? (MPR News)

Share your own conversation-starters suitable for making small talk with a cashier, during brunch, or to while away time waiting for a hybrid bus.

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