Why Do We Share Embarassing Stories?


Do we just like making people laugh? Do we want attention even if it could be argued that it is negative attention? I’m not really even going to addresss this question. I’m just going to share 3 of the most embarassing stories of my life. I hope you laugh.

Embarassing story #1: The Raised Eye at the Fly Guy

It was 1994, I believe. It was the last day of classes at Cornell. For those not in the know, on the last day of classes everyone at the university goes to hang out on the slope near the library and celebrates for most of the day. It’s called “Slope Day“. Even those (like myself) who do not frequent the party scene usually go to at least check out the craziness.




I’m sure it’s a common pastime for parents to wonder what their kids will turn out like…. Will they like sports or music or books? Will they be hyper or laid-back or always curious? Currently, I’m just wondering about size.

You see, when we get Lincoln measured they always tell us what percentile Lincoln is in according to the “average kid.” When he was born, he was 7 lbs. 10 ounces, head circumference of 14 inches and 21.5 inches long. This put him in the 50th percentile for weight, about the 50th percentile for head circumference, above the 97th percentile for height, and less than the third percentile for weight-to-height ratio. That means that out of 100 kids, mine would be the tallest. I find myself being proud of the big numbers, like they are test scores or something. It’s funny, I never remember being happy about my larger-than normal cranial circumference, but I can’t help thinking that my kid is passing height and failing weight sometimes!

So, I wonder what these numbers mean looking forward?


Infamous Internet Videos


What makes something or someone famous on the internet? What does it take to be a viral phenomenon? While I do believe there is more than one recipe, there is one combination of traits that occassionally line up to produce something that spreads like wildfire over email, instant messages, and by good old fashioned word of mouth. Unfortunately, this combination is not necessarily a “good thing.”