Take Two for July 18, 2013

Dinner Party Download: AC, palm plastic surgery, and detecting sarcasm

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Workers install an air conditioning unit in a food stall in Shanghai on July 2, 2013.

Every week we get your weekend conversation starters with Rico Gagliano and Brendan Newnam, the hosts of the Dinner Party Download podcast and radio show.

On The Docket This Week:

Heating, Not AC, Could Be Worse For Environment

"To focus on solely on air conditioning and not heating in the wintertime as causing global warming is hypocritical. Cold states contribute more to global warming. They expend more energy heating than warm states do in the summer time."

How Bad Do You Want To Change Your "Fortune"?

"The latest in craze in Japan is to change your fortune by getting plastic surgery on your palm. A plastic surgeon at a Japanese clinic last year was approached by a female patient who wanted her palm reformatted to bring her better luck, and he figured out a way to do it. He has done 37 such surgeries in the past year, and other branches are doing it."

We're Totally Confident In New Analytical Tool

"A new company claims to be able to detect sarcastic comments posted online. But despite the fact that this company says it's able to detect sarcasm, not everyone believes this is possible."


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