As many of you know, since 1990 my friend Jay and I have exchanged Christmas gifts that have been booby-trapped in some way. Since last year around this time I was getting married (and have thus been a little distracted from blogging), I've fallen behind in posting details of these traps. I hope to be a little faster in posting this year's traps, but in the meantime I've finally posted Jay's trap from last year: a particularly nasty trap that sets off ten individual bottles of diet-coke-and-mentos geysers on any would-be MacGyver who triggers it. I've also posted my own version of his trap which, while it's not as pretty on the outside, does win out when it comes to the size of the mess it leaves behind. Enjoy!
Henry Gustav Molaison, the amnesiac known publicly only as H.M., died on Tuesday at age 82. Molaison's inability to create new memories since a brain surgery 55 years ago has greatly contributed to our understanding of how memory works.