March 17, 2000
DATING ANGST. The year 2000 arrived with nary an apocalypse to be found. But remember all the people who insisted that -- despite those nice, round zeroes -- "the real new millennium doesn't actually begin until the year 2001!"? Do you ever get a little voice in your head saying, "So which is/was it? Is this new millennium or not?" Congratulations. You're suffering from -- neologism alert! -- "Millimbo," the sensation of not knowing which millennium you're actually in. But don't worry... by this time next year, it'll be gone.
HELMET TRICK. Two New York State sixth graders were the top middle school winners in a National Science Teachers Association/Duracell invention competition. Their gadget: a helmet that allows the hearing-impaired to play hockey -- by showing the wearer a red light on the ref's whistle and a green light when the coach has something to say. I may need this myself, as Breakup Mom may box my ears if I continue to play.
DO-ROCKY-MI. London's favourite thing: Singalong-A-Sound-of-Music. Through the magic of subtitles, the family treaclefest turns costume-and-karaoke extravaganza. Hate that movie, but this could actually make me feel going-on-17 again.
GOOSEHEAD. 14-year-old Ashley Power's site and streaming-video show -- run by the company she founded and runs -- for "teens that aren't little kids." Clearly!
MATES LIKE A DUCK. According to a new report in Nature, female ducks lay bigger, healthier eggs when they mate with more "attractive" -- in duck terms, those who molt earlier in the year -- males. Guys, exfoliate now.
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