Top 10 Facts Of The Day (April 11, 2017)

10. A person’s scent can influence our attraction to them more than the way they look.

9. There are 52 playing cards in a deck to represent the 52 weeks in a year - The four suits represent the 4 seasons.

8. ‘Benjamin,’ the last known surviving Tasmanian Tiger. He was placed in the Beaumaris Zoo in 1933, died in 1936, and the thylacine species was declared extinct in 1982. (They’re also known as the Tasmanian Wolf.)

7. Sand tiger shark embryos eat each other in the womb as a paternity strategy. DNA testing revealed that the mystery of baby shark cannibalism is due to embryos from different fathers competing to be born. If there are two embryos with the same father, they will eat all the others so they can both live, which strengthens their bloodline.

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States should lower the definition of drunk driving to a blood-alcohol reading of no more than .05 percent, the National Transportation Safety Board’s staff recommended, saying the U.S. is too tolerant of impairment behind the wheel.

The safety board at a meeting today said the U.S. is behind other countries, including most of Europe, in having a threshold for drunk driving of .08 in all 50 U.S. states.

U.S. Safety Board Recommends .05 Drunk-Driving Limit - Bloomberg

Graphic: Alex Tribou / Bloomberg Visual Data

Today Jessica Valenti said that marijuana has no negative impact on society, compared to alcohol, mainly because now that marijuana is legalized in Colorado there are fewer drunk driving fatalities in Colorado specifically. Her suggestion is for women to smoke more weed. Over a hundred thousand people have been reported killed in the “war on drugs” in the Western Hemisphere, many (most?) of whom are women, before even beginning to account for women murdered as a result of related border politics and the same US imperialism that leads us to demand that central America produce and export our recreational drugs. Something like thirty thousand people are in prison on marijuana charges (alone) in the US and the vast majority of them are black and latina/o–it”s common to hear that marijuana arrests are three or four times as likely for black people than white people (or eight times more likely in D.C, for example) but black people are on average ten times more likely than white people to go to prison over it. If you ever needed a snappy example of white feminism I think “there are no societal risks linked to marijuana” oughta work.