First:In early December, SI’s Richard Deitsch accompanied Charles Barkley during his inaugural ride on the NYC subway. Relive their adventure. It’s so great, we’ll forgive them for shooting the video vertically.
1. Metallica played a concert in Antartica. Gimmicks aside, this woulda been a rad show to see in person.
2. Sales of ADHD medication have quintupled over the past decade to $8 Billion in 2012. Some are not happy about this:
Severely hyperactive and impulsive children, once shunned as bad seeds, are now recognized as having a real neurological problem. Doctors and parents have largely accepted drugs like Adderall and Concerta to temper the traits of classic A.D.H.D., helping youngsters succeed in school and beyond.
But Dr. Conners did not feel triumphant this fall as he addressed a group of fellow A.D.H.D. specialists in Washington. He noted that recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that the diagnosis had been made in 15 percent of high school-age children, and that the number of children on medication for the disorder had soared to 3.5 million from 600,000 in 1990. He questioned the rising rates of diagnosis and called them “a national disaster of dangerous proportions.”
“The numbers make it look like an epidemic. Well, it’s not. It’s preposterous,” Dr. Conners, a psychologist and professor emeritus at Duke University, said in a subsequent interview. “This is a concoction to justify the giving out of medication at unprecedented and unjustifiable levels.”
3. There’s baseball, old school baseball, and then authentically playing the game as they would in 1860.
5. This is totally the kind of parent I want to be, but I’m not clever enough to pull it off. “Every year, my wife and I devote the month of November to convincing our children that, while they sleep, their plastic dinosaur figures come to life.”
6. In March 2014, Dark Horse comics is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Hellboy, with store events, special comics, promotions, etc.
7. Photographer Isa Leshko captures the beauty and dignity of elderly animals. Prepare yourself for a dose of the warm feels.
8. You wouldn’t think the ice cream scoop needed to be reinvented, but then you’d be wrong. Or at least, you’d be someone who isn’t an industrial designer or a marketing executive.
9. Local Mission Market, a new San Francisco grocery store, tossed the accepted standard model of grocery stores in favor of placing the user experience first. Wired goes behind the scenes to find out how they did it.