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My youngest daughter came to me this week and announced that she has diabetes. She doesn't, of course, but she came to this conclusion after spending an hour searching the Internet for the truth. It seems she has been really thirsty lately, drinking approximately 27 glasses of water a day by her own estimation. Don't worry. She really hasn't, but remember that children deal mostly in abstracts. "Tomorrow" means sometime other than today, "no" means maybe, and "27" means a whole bunch. So, 27 it is. "It's been dry out. You're just thirsty," I told her in my most comforting, I-am-pretending-to-listen-while-I-finish-this-comparative-market-analysis voice. "But I could die," Emily warned. "Did you know that if you drink too much water, your organs can drown?" No I didn't. It seems that she (one who, for the record, is not a marathon runner or even tends to walk briskly) also found this scientific revelation online, so i...