Wednesday, January 6, 2010

MUST READ! 50 Things we know now that we didn't know this time last year:

It's astounding and marvelous to me that we are still discovering species and wonders of creation. Lest we humans get too full of ourselves we are constantly reminded that there are unending frontiers vast, minute, close & distant whose depths we can't ever plumb completely.

Some of my favorites:

2. Grumpy people think more clearly because negative moods trigger more attentive, careful thinking. 
   -> Charlie Brown's BRILLIANT!

9. Babies pick up their parents' accents from the womb, and infants are born crying in their native dialect. Researchers found that French newborns cry in a rising French accent, and German babies cry with a characteristic falling inflection. 
   -> So why is Quinn crying in Swahili?

15. The higher a patient's body-mass index, the less respect he or she gets from doctors. 
   -> Sorry fatties, the doctors hate you. Get on a treadmill.

19. The calmest place on Earth is on top of an icy plateau in Antarctica known as Ridge A, several hundred miles from the South Pole. It is so still that stars do not twinkle in the sky because there is no turbulence in the atmosphere to distort the light.
   -> sounds like the perfect place for a sabbatical or vacation.

20. The thrill of driving a sports car makes the body produce more testosterone. The findings suggest a biological explanation for why some men buy a sports car when struck by a "midlife crisis."
   -> VW convertible, here I come!

36. A new species of giant rat was discovered in a remote rainforest in Papua New Guinea. At 32.2 inches from nose to tail and 3.3 pounds, it's thought to be one of the largest rats ever found.
   -> I don't think this would have anything to do with their coffee but man, their coffee's delicious.

37. Differences in body odors produced by people who are more prone to insect bites show they have lower levels of fruity-smelling compounds in their sweat than those who are resistant to mosquitoes.
   -> sorry sweet meat, you're going to continue to be eaten. Since I smell like musty canvas I'm all set.

40. The speed of U.S Internet broadband lags far behind other industrial nations, including Japan, Finland, South Korea, France and Canada.
   -> I knew our intertubes were clogged!

44. A flesh-eating pitcher plant that grows more than 4 feet long can swallow and devour rats that are lured into its slipperlike mouth to drown or die of exhaustion before being slowly dissolved by digestive enzymes.
   -> sounds like they need some of these in Papua New Guinea. 

50. Watermelon is more efficient at rehydrating our bodies than drinking water. It contains 92 percent water and essential rehydration salts.
   -> still not a huge fan of watermelon but it's good to know. 

CLICK HERE to read the whole list. And definitely take a few minutes to do so.

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