The Wednesday Eudemon

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When’s the last time I did a Wednesday Eudemon? It’s been awhile. Long-in-the-tooth readers might remember that this blog used be called “The Wednesday Eudemon.” That’s because I only posted on Wednesdays. That changed about 20 months ago, and so did the name.

I’ve always liked finding studies that are common sense. This one isn’t quite the same thing, but it’s close: “[A] surprising new study finds that our actions can be swayed by erotic images even when they don’t consciously register in our awareness.” So sex messes with your head. Shocker. It’s not like we haven’t seen studies like this before. 1, 2. Of course, you could just look at your own mental patterns after watching beautiful women for awhile and determine the same thing.

Tom and Katie will marry in November. She’ll wear a dress designed by Armani. He’ll wear a silk NASCAR shirt and they’ll live in a quadruple-wide trailer, a testament to their moral caliber.

My wife showed me this quote in the current issue of U.S. News & World Report. It’s by the priest that molested poor Mark Foley: “He seemed to like it, you know? So it was sort of more like a spontaneous thing.”

That’s sick. Almost as sick as this Mark Foley Action Figure (not for the easily offended).

And if you’re monitoring the price of getting your high school graduate brothelized, this story might interest you:

Tuition and fees at public four-year public colleges rose $344, or 6.3 percent, to an average of $5,836 for the 2006-07 academic year, according to the College Board’s annual “Trends in College Pricing” report, released Tuesday.

Accounting for inflation, prices rose just 2.4 percent — the lowest rise in six years, and the third straight time the gap between prices and overall inflation has narrowed.

Best find of the mid-week: Albert Jay Nock’s Memoirs of a Superfluous Man is now online. My column this week at Catholic Exchange uses Nock as its lead-in.

Best historical fact (assertion) of the mid-week: During the first 42 years after Gutenberg first printed the Bible, 15,000,000 (that’s no typo) new books were printed. I don’t know if the source is dependable, but it appears to be.