Science tackles the Mel Gibson problem

AdFreak has been abuzz with Mel Gibson sniglets of late, with most not showing much sympathy for his plight. Understandable, but all is not lost for ol’ Melscience may step in to save him from himself. Specifically, Reuters reports an “anti-stupidity" pill being tested in Germany. The pill reportedly thwarts “hyperactivity in certain brain nerve cells, helping stabilize short-term memory and improve attentiveness.” The extent to which it prevents anti-Semitic outbursts or self-indulgent Jesus biopics is unknown, but testing the pill on mice and fruit flies has shown positive results thus far. In fact, the pill’s developer, Hans-Hilger Ropers, told Reuters that “with mice and fruit flies we were able to eliminate the loss of short-term memory.” Which spells good news for Gibson; with this pill’s help, he might remember to save his unstable lunatic persona for Lethal Weapon sequels. On the other hand, The New York Times reported over the weekend that science has been trying to figure out why alcohol makes people to idiotic things since well before Gibson’s outburst; however, when the story asks the central question of “ … does it make people say things that they do not believe at all?”, it notes that the general consensus among experts is “no.”

Posted by David Kiefaber