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Three women watch the rushing waters of Rainbow Falls in Hilo, Hawaii.Photograph by Richard Hewitt Stewart, National Geographic
Is Organic Better? Ask a Fruit Fly
“When Ria Chhabra, a middle school student near Dallas, heard her parents arguing about the value of organic foods, she was inspired to create a science fair project to try to resolve the debate.
Three years later, Ria’s exploration of fruit flies and organic foods has not only raised some provocative questions about the health benefits of organic eating, it has also earned the 16-year-old top honors in a national science competition, publication in a respected scientific journal and university laboratory privileges normally reserved for graduate students.”
When we read the lede to Kathleen Rooney’s piece in The New York Times, “And Now, Deep Thoughts About ‘Deep Thoughts”, we were scandalized. It read:
This past fall, while teaching poetry to undergraduates, I witnessed something of a literary tragedy. Each week, I asked a few students to read a contemporary literary journal of their choosing and present one poem that particularly struck them. An unmistakable pattern began to emerge. In the final week of the quarter, I voiced my discovery: “Have you guys noticed that you gravitate toward poems that are like ‘Deep Thoughts,’ by Jack Handey?”
Crickets. Blank stares.
These students knew not Jack Handey’s ‘Deep Thoughts’? The horror. Allow us to do our part in rectifying this vast and unfortunate generational gap. See above. Now you know, kids. And we promise you are the better for it.