According to the articles on the subject, this new fashion accessory helps women prevent date rape by changing color when exposed to drugs like Rohypnol, Xanax, and GHB. As The Washington Post, CNET, USA Today, CBS, and Mashable wonder: does the nail polish help prevent the crime of rape or perpetuate the idea that the onus of prevention lay solely on the victim? Well, here’s Cracked’s take on the subject: it doesn’t matter, because the nail polish totally doesn’t work. Or exist.
According to the project’s creators (four students at North Carolina State University), the thing is actually in an “early R&D” stage, which is another way of saying that it isn’t actually a thing. And if it were? Turns out that only about 3 percent of urine samples from assault victims carry traces of the drugs it detects — or “detects,” since the technique they’re using is notorious for giving false positives. Remember those date-rape preventing coasters? Yeah, they can turn color when exposed to water.
If you’re reading this on your phone while driving down the highway at 75 mph, chances are you’re not going to live very much longer. For most of us, though, the cause and time of our final demise is a complete mystery.
Because just being depressed doesn’t suck enough: recurrent depression will lower your lifespan by up to 11 years. That’s about the same amount of life you’d lose by smoking 20 or more cigarettes a day, or by moderately pissing off that guy who runs the life-sucking machine in The Princess Bride…
Recently, scientists have been looking at the effect depression has on your body at a cellular level. They do this by measuring people’s telomeres, which sounds kind of dirty but actually just refers to a part of your chromosomes that shortens with cell age. Looking at the telomeres within a cell can tell you how old and worn-out that cell is feeling. The shorter your telomeres are, the more you’re at risk of an early death from age-related ailments like heart disease and cancer.