Pamela J. Hobart
Pamela used to do philosophy in academia; now she mostly does philosophy on Twitter. Too curious for her own good, Pamela just can't stop reading about psychology, politics, technology, and health, amongst weirder other things. You can find her wandering Manhattan, sometimes with rescue dogs in tow.

How Toxic Relationships Affect Your Health

Everyone knows that a toxic relationship is unpleasant. But, at the risk of sounding a little dramatic, it's also true that toxic relationships affect your health — and not for the better. Because such relationships are deeply stressful, and because …
By Pamela J. Hobart

What Perpetually Early People Have In Common

Some people are basically always early, and others are always late. And the one thing perpetually early people have in common is a little counter-intuitive — they're basically pessimists. What does pessimism have to do the getting somewhere in a time…
By Pamela J. Hobart

These Signs Might Mean You're Agreeable

Though in some sense every person is unique, it's also possible to describe each of us using several basic dimensions of personality. While judging your own character objectively is always a challenge, here are signs you're agreeable according to the…
By Pamela J. Hobart

Why A Red Electoral Map Isn't As Scary As It Seems

Visual aids, like the vivid red and blue electoral maps on every news source right now, are supposed to help you understand data more easily, but sometimes looks can be deceiving. If watching the maps update tonight is making you nervous, then these …
By Pamela J. Hobart

This TV Network Thinks "The End Is Near"

It's Election Night 2016, and so far, the race has been neck-and-neck. Media coverage is obviously in full swing — and somewhat hilariously, Russian TV network put "the end is near" on screen during their Election Night live stream, along with some p…
By Pamela J. Hobart

Did Nixon Predict The First Woman President?

History is littered with predictions that never came true, but once in a while someone really hits the nail on the head. If Hillary Clinton wins the 2016 presidential election, then it would be the case that Richard Nixon accurately predicted the fir…
By Pamela J. Hobart

How To See The Hunter's Moon

Signs of fall are in the air (and in our Starbucks cups), and they're in the sky too. Tonight, you'll be able to see the Hunter's Moon, another marker that fall is in full swing. This October supermoon (on the night of Oct.15 to 16) will come up soon…
By Pamela J. Hobart

This Is The Right Way To Eat Pizza

Pizza is the one constant in this topsy-turvy world, your safe food space. You know it like the back of your hand. At least you thought you did, but according to London-based food expert Daniel Young, author of Where To Eat Pizza, you've been eating …
By Pamela J. Hobart

This Is What Happens If You Don't Shower

Especially when it's cold out, bothering to wet yourself down to wash is a chilly pain, and definitely not the highlight of your day. But what happens if you don't shower for just two days is actually pretty disgusting, so maybe you'll suck it up a l…
By Pamela J. Hobart

This Is What Ophiuchus Looks Like

Word on the street is that there might be 13 zodiac signs instead of 12, and the new contender, Ophiuchus, is a doozy. What does Ophiuchus look like? Well, Ophiuchus is basically a man wrestling a serpent, but there's so much more to this story. To t…
By Pamela J. Hobart

Creepy People Share These Habits

It's hard to put your finger on what exactly makes a person seem "creepy," but as it turns out, the habits of creepy people do have some consistency to them. Defining "creepy" is hard, but most people know creepiness when they see it at least. Thanks…
By Pamela J. Hobart

You're Probably Not Cleaning This Enough

Cleaning your home is a boring, tiring, and sometimes thankless job, but there's a big difference between a home that's a little cluttered and one that's dirty enough to make you sick. Strangely, the one thing you're not cleaning enough is itself a c…
By Pamela J. Hobart

7 Signs Of Cat-Scratch Fever

Nothing is without its risks, including cat ownership, and there's more than one way that owning a cat can make you sick. Although the disease is fairly rare, these signs of cat-scratch fever are worth considering if you've been playing with cats and…
By Pamela J. Hobart

These Temp Tattoos Might Be Big News For Science

Ordinarily, tattoos are cosmetic measures undertaken for aesthetic reasons only, but could they ever be more tangibly beneficial? Indeed, temporary tattoos to help chronic disease might be the new frontier in treating immune disorders, and they offer…
By Pamela J. Hobart

The 3 Senses You Didn't Know About

You've almost certainly been told, since a young age, that you have five senses with which to explore the world. But hold onto your hats, because the real truth is that humans have extra senses. These bonus senses — there are three of them, and maybe…
By Pamela J. Hobart

8 Signs You're Allergic To Weed

With the growing movement to legalize marijuana in the United States, of course more people are likely going to use it. But pot isn't all fun and games, so you might want to know about the signs you're allergic to weed. That's right — on top of just …
By Pamela J. Hobart

These Are All Good Reasons To Use Incognito Mode

As most people who browse the internet have noticed by now, most web browser software prominently offers an "incognito mode" option. What is incognito mode anyways, and what are the reasons to use incognito mode? As a recent Reddit thread reveals, th…
By Pamela J. Hobart

How Many Personality Types Are There Actually?

Everyone loves a good personality quiz (the scientific version of astrology), because everyone is interested in herself, of course. But how many personality types are there, really? According to new research by researchers in Spain, the answer is jus…
By Pamela J. Hobart

Don't Play "Pokemon Go" While Doing This

It's understandable that you want to play "Pokemon Go" literally all of the time. There's at least one time you should stop, though — playing "Pokemon Go" while driving is a big safety no-no. I thought that people had already learned this lesson when…
By Pamela J. Hobart

What's The Deal With "Tech Neck?"

We all know by now that there are plenty of health risks to a sedentary, technology-fueled lifestyle, but "tech neck" may not be at the top of your concerns list. What is "tech neck," exactly? Well, I'm glad you asked, because this condition is widel…
By Pamela J. Hobart