“In 2002, having spent more than three years in one residence for the first time in my life, I got called for jury duty. I show up on time, ready to serve. When we get to the voir dire, the lawyer says to me, “I see you’re an astrophysicist. What’s that?” I answer, “Astrophysics is the laws of physics, applied to the universe—the Big Bang, black holes, that sort of thing.” Then he asks, “What do you teach at Princeton?” and I say, “I teach a class on the evaluation of evidence and the relative unreliability of eyewitness testimony.” Five minutes later, I’m on the street.
A few years later, jury duty again. The judge states that the defendant is charged with possession of 1,700 milligrams of cocaine. It was found on his body, he was arrested, and he is now on trial. This time, after the Q&A is over, the judge asks us whether there are any questions we’d like to ask the court, and I say, “Yes, Your Honor. Why did you say he was in possession of 1,700 milligrams of cocaine? That equals 1.7 grams. The ‘thousand’ cancels with the ‘milli-’ and you get 1.7 grams, which is less than the weight of a dime.” Again I’m out on the street.”
powerful Black Science Man
“I teach a class on the evaluation of evidence and the relative unreliability of eyewitness testimony.” Five minutes later, I’m on the street.
This is a good illustration of what’s wrong with the US criminal justice system.
I’m more struck by the second anecdote, in which he was evidently disqualified from jury duty for displaying the ability to do math.
I don’t know what he’s fixing, but mine just broke.
This show received 42 emmy nominations.
Trampoline tent for summer sleepovers.
think about all the sex
There are two types of people.
If you wanted to eat somebody you could put a fire up under it and slow roast them.
… three. Three types of people.
Miley: “Dad I have something for Tanners bug collection”
my uncle: “that’s great”
Miley: “it’s a bird”
my uncle: “no its not”
They let it go and it flew away just fine, so we’re wondering how she caught it.
she caught another bird.
update: she caught a squirrel today
She is gonna rule the world one day with this power
is she a disney princess
what the f*** is cotton candy
why would you call it cotton?
It’s food. Not some material.
No, you are all wrong. It is called candy floss.
The French call it “ barbe à papa” - which means “Daddy’s beard”
okay so what i have learned from this post is that other countries are really f***ing weird
Directly translated from Norwegian it’s ‘sugar spin’, which makes sense when you think about it
In Greece it’s called “Το Μαλλί της Γριάς” which translates as “Hair Of the Old Woman” yeah…
in Hebrew it means “Grandma’s Hair”
i went into a whole foods and got to hear a woman arguing with a guy at the meat counter because she wanted grass fed organic chicken and he was desperately trying to explain to her that chickens don’t eat grass