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Morning Radar: Three things we're talking about this morning

Not so Happy: Now that San Francisco is forcing McDonald's to health-up their Happy Meals or lose the right to include a toy there's speculation that this may be the death knell for the dinner-in-a-box.

Over at Listapalooza, they've created an ode to the best of the defunct McD's menu items: Sure, you know about the Arch Deluxe and, well, every pizza attempt the fast food chain has attempted.

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But the McLobster? Oh, to have been able to try that gem...

Do you think the Happy Meal will be extinct one day? Parents, will you mourn its passing or rejoice?





Drink and think: Do smart people drink more? Two recent studies have linked being an intelligent child with later drinking habits.

The National Child Development Study in the U.K. and the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health in the U.S. both have found that "more intelligent children in both studies grew up to drink alcohol more frequently and in greater quantities than less intelligent children," according to Discovery News.

Even after controlling for variables such as marital status, parents' education, earnings and childhood social class the findings still held: Smarter kids were drinking more as adults.

Update: This type of study can only identify "an association" between two factors. But it does not necessarily mean there is a causal connection between the two.

In a piece on The Week , one food and wine blogger is quoted as saying smart people "booze so we can tolerate everyone else."

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Facebook faux pas: In what is being touted as the first Facebook firing in Canada, two B.C car-detailing workers have lost their jobs after posting homophobic threats and slurs against bosses who were their Facebook friends.

The B.C. Labour Relations Board said West Coast Mazda management had proper cause to fire the two for making "disrespectful, damaging and derogatory comments on Facebook."

Don Richards, the lawyer who represented West Coast Mazda, says the firing case is the first involving Facebook in B.C. and it's believed to be the first in Canada.

While it seems obvious that you should probably de-friend the boss before dissing him, the case does raise the question of where the line actually is.

If you're Facebook friends with bosses, is it okay to whine about your bad day at work?

Best to keep it under wraps? What's your Facebook code of ethics?

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Tralee Pearce has been a reporter at The Globe and Mail since 1999, starting as a writer in the paper’s Style section. She joined the new Life section for its launch in 2007. She covers parenting and family issues for the daily section. More

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