Tuesday's Daily Boil: Anything but the Astros

Bob Levey

I think there was plenty of Astros new yesterday, so can we talk about something happy or at least odd or funny?

It was a very bad day in the land of Astros yesterday. There was the whole Ground Control hacking debacle and the fact that the team lost. Those of you waiting for Kike Hernandez and Domingo Santana and Kevin Chapman will be happy that news broke overnight from Brian McTaggart that those three are headed to Houston. The vampire front office at it again? I guess when you're stressed about the day they had yesterday sleep won't come easy.

So what about the rest of the world - the non-Astros world? What happened yesterday that you should go and read about?

British Airways has introduced this new blanket that changes color based on your mood. (Yes, I'm aware that this has NOTHING to do with baseball, but there's no way to talk about baseball without mentioning the icky stuff I said above, so just go with me on this.) They are testing out this blanket that has led lights that change colors based on your level of anxiety or happiness. The idea behind is that if they can monitor mood, they can actively participate in providing a better flying experience.

I'm not even joking. Go read about it over at Mashable. I don't think there is much that an airline can do inflight to make me happier. I am a content traveler when my flight leaves on time, when I have a window seat, when there's not a giant person in the middle seat next to me, when I have a cocktail on board. I'm pretty sure we don't need a color-changing blanket to determine what keeps flying customers happy, but hey, knock yourself out.

Can you imagine what color the blankets would have turned if used by the Astros' front office staff yesterday?

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