Pepto-Bismol pink is a color sometimes used in prisons to calm inmates. People with names that start with K are more likely to donate to victims of Hurricane Katrina than Hurricane Rita. Professional cyclists pedal faster when people are watching.
A variety of external factors influence our thoughts, feelings, and decisions, says Adam Alter, a professor of psychology at NYU and the author of “Drunk Tank Pink: And Other Unexpected Forces that Shape How We Think, Feel, and Behave.”
He spoke about the degree to which our environment shapes who we are at Seattle’s Town Hall on April 2, 2013.
"Weekday" producer Katy Sewall (seated, left) her sophomore year, with her date, Per, and friends. Mercer Island High School theme in 1993 was the classic "Stairway to Heaven."
"The Conversation" producer Arwen Nicks (left) at one of the nine proms she attended (or crashed) throughout high school. Her dress was custom made by a friend for ease in changing her look for each prom.
Katy Sewall at prom number two, her junior year, with Joel. She didn't go to prom her senior year because "it wasn't worth spending $150."
Bond Huberman, KUOW's social media producer, still has her prom dress. Her red tresses, however, are a distant memory. She and her lucky date are off to prom 2000 at the High School of Performing & Visual Arts, Houston, Texas.
Jenna Montgomery, director of online services, with her prom date at Garfield High School, 1995. Her heels put her a good half-foot taller than her date. Talk about feeling on top of the world!
Web producer Kara McDermott's date asked her to prom by slipping the question into her favorite book, "Pride and Prejudice." She owns 10 copies of the book today and is still friends with the gentleman who took her to Issaquah High School's prom in 2005.
Lila Kitaeff, producer for KUOW's youth media program, and her date Dominic at Garfield's prom, 1996. They almost didn't make the dance; Dominic’s “hoopdiemobile” (affectionately, his car) wouldn't start after dinner.
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Did you ever have an imaginary friend? Maybe a furry blue monster who hates stop signs or a chattering fairy that hides in your pocket and steals bites of your breakfast cereal? In the past, many people thought imaginary friends were bad and that they indicated some kind of mental anxiety. In the movies, kids confide in imaginary friends when grown-ups fail to pay attention. But now, we know better: kids with imaginary friends are simply creative.
Scroll through the slideshow to see the imaginary friends that a group of elementary children drew up, along with the students' descriptions of the unique traits of each. And if you think pictures of imaginary friends are cool, wait until you hear them on the radio.