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#3: When Things Aren’t As They Seem

#3: When Things Aren’t As They Seem

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Another week and another Muthafuckin’ Monday newsletter—the only newsletter you need when you’re barely awake and hating life. This week, we’re talking about: 1) people losing their goddamn minds over things they shouldn’t, 2) millennials are better at marrying, and 3) oh, BTDubs, I’m hiring.

1. The Nuclear Power Effect

Here are two recommendations for your viewing pleasure this week. The first, Chernobyl, on HBO, is absolutely fantastic and probably the best thing I’ve watched all year. The second is Inside Bill’s Brain, a short, three-part Netflix documentary about Bill Gates. These sound completely unrelated, but they are, in fact, quite related.

In his documentary, Gates spends a monumental amount of money, energy, and brainpower attempting to solve global problems. And, interestingly, the largest barrier he faces, time and time again, is public perception. He can’t eradicate polio in West Africa because rural chieftains believe it’s an imperialist conspiracy. He can’t solve sanitation issues in Africa by inventing a better toilet because the best engineers and politicians don’t want to deal with… well, shit.

And perhaps most significantly, despite monumental investments to invent safer cores and better technology, he can’t get countries to build nuclear power plants, even though they are, statistically, the safest, cheapest, and most environmentally friendly sources of energy on the planet.

The reason is that the few times there have been accidents around nuclear power, they have been absolutely horrific, capturing the imagination of millions, and making for awesome TV series (like Chernobyl).

Quite simply, nuclear power would save lives. For every nuclear power accident, hundreds of thousands of people die due to fossil fuel-related pollution. Millions are affected (pollution interferes with brain development, affects attention and focus, among many other things). In fact, a new study just came out estimating that the closing of the Fukushima plant in Japan actually caused more deaths than the meltdown of the reactor itself in 2011.

Yet people are widely opposed to nuclear power because their perception is that the risks are catastrophic, often due to outliers like, well, Chernobyl.

A lot of things in life are like this. Guess what the safest mode of transportation is, by far? That’s right, air travel. Yet, because the idea of a plane crash is so terrifying, people insist on driving and over-regulating air travel. Similarly, do you know what the biggest dangers of guns are? Suicide. Suicides account for the vast majority of gun-related deaths. Yet most of our policies revolve around mass shootings or terrorism—rare, yet horrifying occurrences.

What other things in life follow the Nuclear Power Effect? If you can think of anything, let me know and I’ll compile a list. Could be a cool article.

2. Divorce Rate hits 40-year low

Well, thank god, there’s finally something millennials do right: they marry well. According to new data, the divorce rate in the US hit a 40-year low last year, meaning that someone getting married today has roughly a 1-in-3 chance of getting divorced. Not bad!

The reason? Well, unlike their parents, millennials are waiting until their late 20s and early 30s to get married—until their careers and identities are established and they’ve matured through a few breakups. Why millennials are waiting longer to marry is up for debate. Some blame their debt and economic prospects. Others blame the high cost of living. Me? I blame my parents, of course! Boomers were peak divorcers. They were the generation that approached the notorious “50% divorce rate” stat in the 1980s. Millennials were the first generation where growing up in a broken home was par for the course. So yeah, that’s like, emotionally scarring and shit.

3. I’m Hiring!

A final note for this week. I’ve put up a job posting for a social media and customer service manager. The position is full-time, remote (i.e., you can be anywhere), and anyone can apply as long as they have a native-level fluency of English. If you’re interested or know someone who might be, check it out here.

Oh, and two weeks ago, I promised a highly inappropriate badger joke. I forgot last week. Apparently people are quite passionate about badgers because I got a number of emails asking about it. OK, OK, here you go… you silly badgers:

Late one night, I was walking home and saw six badger bodies stuffed inside a suitcase. Frantic, I called the animal rescue hotline to find out what to do. The operator asked, “Sir, are the badgers moving?”

I said, “I don’t know, but I guess that would explain the suitcase.”

*Badum* *Tchhh*

See you next week.