Modern Problems

Key Perplexing

Can you guess what "The New Apple Controversy" is? Can you?


Is Your Smart Phone's Tin Case Destroying the Entire Earth?

The iPhone and the Samsung phone (sPhone?) are very good technological devices primarily because they have shiny metal on the backside, underneath the plastic case you bought to protect the shiny metal from smudges or scratches. But is the mining of this metal destroying a beautiful Eden-like Indonesian island? Probably! Friends of the Earth did a six-month-long investigation (PDF) of the Appalachian-style tin mining operations on Bangka Island, where a massive industrial operation is "destroying forests, farmland and coral reefs, injuring miners and driving away fish and marine life." All so you can put an "Otterbox" over the shiny metal!

Apple and Samsung "neither confirmed nor denied [...]


Emails Perplexing

"The potential for email misfires between bosses and subordinates is mounting, as the volume of email grows and more people read it on the fly on mobile devices. Sometimes the boss is too rushed to read. Employees fuel the problems by sending poorly written emails. Deeper issues can arise if bosses' and employees' communication styles clash." —At first I was thinking to myself, "Oh no, this problem will only get worse as millennials flood the workplace, because we all know the only thing millennials like more than writing essays about their emotions is getting a constant stream of unambiguous praise from their superiors," but then I realized [...]


Ass-Showing Denounced

"This is the broken window of social behavior — when you ignore people walking the streets showing their ass."


The Israeli Vegan's Dilemma

"Vegans and veg-lovers may want to boycott the West Bank, but can't resist its organic produce, which is the best produced in Israel."