Placebo Bandaids and other news of the week

My big plan for the weekend — extract book from cat.

A few short hits today, cuz it’s Friday and I want to get to my long weekend STAT.

This week’s Friday news cocktail includes…

A dollop of truth. From @JasonMGood: Needed: Placebo Bandaids. Johnson & Johnson, listen up. Mr. Good isn’t the only parent in America who would buy up placebo band-aids by the bucket-load.

A jigger of space dust: From NASA Astronaut Don Pettit, a video of the April Lyrid meteor shower as seen from the International Space Station.

A pinch of plastic: LA bans single-use plastic bags. (It’s only a matter of time until Boston does the same, and then what will I use to clean out the cat’s litter box?)

One of the world’s largest animals 

And a snifter of cute: From @EmergencyPuppy (for those moments when you need an urgent dose of something cute) comes the tiniest puppy in the tiniest chair. Click through at your own risk.

Happy long weekend, y’all.

About Shala Howell

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book will focus on science, and how parents without a science degree can answer their curious child's questions without enrolling in a college level refresher course. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Eleven-Year-Old at, chatting about books and the writing life at, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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