Casual Living: The Evaporation of Decorum

Michael Tchong Ubertrends

passenger was removed from a plane at La Guardia Airport after creating a commotion that started with him shouting “Don’t say, ‘Merry Christmas!’ ” to a flight attendant. In Santa Clarita, California this incredible case of road rage was captured on video: “Aggressive driving” first reared its ugly head during the 1990s, a decade that saw the number of cars increase …

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Time Compression

Michael Tchong Ubertrends

Engineer Percy Spencer at defense contractor Raytheon notices something peculiar. While testing a new vacuum tube, called a magnetron, a candy bar melts in his pocket. Intrigued, Spencer places some popcorn near the tube and watches in awe as kernels begin popping all over his lab counter. And so the microwave oven is born. Raytheon engineers quickly refine Spencer’s discovery …


Michael Tchong Trends

Christmas 2015 was a beautiful day in San Diego. Joshua Burwell, a 33-year-old visiting from Sheridan, Ind., decided to hike Sunset Cliffs to watch the sunset. Witnesses noticed someone distracted by an “electronic device” seconds before Burwell plunged off the cliff. He was pronounced dead after paramedics arrived. It was another example of the intoxicating spell our digital devices cast …