The world is full of interesting, challenging and useful mental problems—why devote your precious time to solving fake ones [like brain games]?

Why not use that time instead to learn Chinese, physics, computer programming, history, economics, calculus or millions of other engaging skills. Many of these have similar cognitive stresses that the brain games supposedly induce, plus the problem of transfer goes away since these subjects are actually useful…

Why pick a brain game when you can train your mind to do something useful and interesting instead?

Scott H Young

Someone called the cops on a teenager for giving away free books.

At—wait for it—a book giveaway event. […]

Two weeks ago, parents in the Idaho school district of Meridian successfully campaigned to remove Alexie’s novel from its 10th-grade reading curriculum and additional reading lists.

But the district’s local teens fought back, organizing a petition to have the book reinstated. In response, the local Boise bookseller Rediscovered Books crowdfunded a $3,400 campaign to buy copies of the book for each of the 350 students who signed the petition. 

That meant there were a lot of books to give away. Junior Mountain High School student Brady Kissel went to Kleiner Park in Meridian to distribute the books Wednesday evening. Kissel had arranged the giveaway with Rediscovered Books as part of a national book giveaway event called World Book Night.

And then, of course, irate parents ruined it by literally calling the cops to the scene. Boise news station KBOI reported that even the cops were baffled about why they’d been asked to police a book giveaway.

KBOI reported that police had been summoned by “someone concerned about teenagers picking up a copy of the book without having a parent’s permission.”