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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Things that you really shouldn’t do

News you can use
By Will Collette

According to recently released studies and events there are many, many things you really should think twice about doing – but for reasons you may not have considered.

Here’s what I’ve got for you today.

You should not:
·        Eat sweets
·        Listen to loud music
·        Wear tight jeans
·        Watch Fox News
·        Shop at Wal-Mart
·        Build a home wind turbine



Sweets can make you stupid.
According to study results published in the Journal of Physiology, rats who were fed high fructose corn syrup and standard rat chow had far more trouble navigating a maze than rats who were fed a high Omega-3 diet. "Our findings illustrate that what you eat affects how you think," said Fernando Gomez-Pinilla, a professor of neurosurgery and integrative biology and physiology. "Eating a high-fructose diet over the long term alters your brain's ability to learn and remember information. But adding omega-3 fatty acids to your meals can help minimize the damage."

Tight jeans can cause nerve damage.
Women who jam themselves into very tight jeans run a high risk of a disorder called Miralsha Parasthetica. According to Dr. Karen Boyle of the Greater Baltimore Medical Center “It's a disorder that occurs when one of the nerves that runs in the outer part of a thigh gets compressed. And pressure on it causes symptoms of tingling, numbness and pain in the outer part of the thigh." Wearing any sort of high heel along with the tight jeans makes the problem much worse. Dr. Boyle recommends wearing jeans with some stretch to them.

Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll? It’s TRUE.
According to a study in the June issue of the journal Pediatrics, young people who listen to loud music through ear buds are almost twice as likely to smoke pot. Those that frequent clubs and live music concerts are six times as likely to go on a binge-drinking bender.

Young people who engage in “risky listening behavior” (defined by the European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks as listening to music at 89 decibels for at least an hour per day) are 10% more likely to engage in unsafe sex. They can also suffer noise-induced hearing loss, and increased feelings of isolation, depression, loneliness, anger, and fear,

Fair and Balanced and Wrong.
According to researchers at Farleigh-Dickinson University, watching Fox News makes you less informed about events than not watching any news at all. Fox viewers were able to answer an average of 1.8 out of 4 questions on international subjects accurately. That average dropped to 1.6 out of 5 for domestic subjects. It got much worse for those whose ONLY news source was Fox – they scored 1.04 on the domestic questions. People who didn’t watch any news at all scored 1.22 by simply relying on general knowledge. NPR listeners scored 1.51. This is the second recent study showing how damaged Fox News viewers are damaged by the experience.

“Anti-venom to Aisle 4”
Don’t shop at Wal-Mart. There are lots of reasons why you shouldn’t ranging from their abuse of their workers and their negative effects on the US economy and to local businesses wherever they set up. But here’s a new one from Idaho where local marijuana farmer Mica Craig was shopping for mulch. He reached for what he thought was a stick laying on a mulch pile. It turned out that was no stick but a rattlesnake that proceeded to bit him on the finger. Craig told MSNBC. "I slung it off and I did a tap dance on it until it was dead." His hand swelled up to the size of a grapefruit and he required hospitalization. "As of right now, my little finger doesn't move at all and my ring finger barely moves," he said according to radio station KIRO FM. "I'm just hoping that my hand works."

Good thing this didn’t happen in Charlestown
John McNulty decided to get himself some green energy and mounted four small vertical axis wind generators on the roof of his Newport home. BUSTED! McNulty failed to get a building permit and, when he tried to make things right, the Newport City Council not only denied his application but enacted a moratorium on any wind energy installation until they figure out how to regulate them. Hey, come to Charlestown – we’re old hands at killing wind energy. McNulty paid a fine of $500 but intends to appeal his case to Superior Court. 

4 comments:

  1. I would be interested to hear if they did any research on those who watched Fox AND CNN.

    Davespop

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    1. That would require finding enough people who fit the category to be able to draw statistically valid conclusions. Sounds to me like a nonstarter...

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    2. Of course, if you read the results, people who listen to NPR are not much better...maybe the problem is a long bigger than Fox news...like Davespop suggests, I never met intelligent people who only rely on one source of information.....
      G.W.

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    3. I can't listen to NPR because their announcers put me to sleep. Perhaps the NPR listeners would've scored better had they been able to stay awake.

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