11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and … fun 1. The bones of a seven-story-tall dinosaur, called the largest creature ever to walk the earth, were discovered in Argentina. (Learn more at NPR) 2. The outgoing Indian prime minister had 1.24 million Twitter followers before he reset the government account, making the new PM start over. (Learn more at Quartz) Honorable Outgoing PM Dr Manmohan Singh farewell speech to the nation Full Speech: http://t.co/Z7NrGabt1R pic.twitter.com/An6GyIlBRI – Yuva Desh (@yuvadesh) May 17, 2014 3. The residents of Paraguay are …

Do Movies Need to be Gory to be Scary?

In 1972 when I was 16, two girlfriends dared me to join them at the movie theater to see “Last House on the Left.”  It is a sadistic slasher film that, I learned years later, had raised the bar. They knew I was anti-gore and anti-violence when it came to just about anything, especially with regards to what I watched on the big screen. I had always been, for lack of a better description, overly empathetic. But of course, I …