Thursday, April 10, 2008

Thursday Morning Ramblings

The quarterly drugs are bad for you story comes from our friends at ABC News. It seems that some enterprising (or very angry) dealer enhanced the weight of his pot with lead granules. Nice guy. But the quote from the drug professor from Kentucky was priceless, if not downright hyperbolic.
"Use of illicit drugs is then, in a sense, a bit like Russian roulette."
Well, duh! If belly fat increases your chances of Alzheimer's, then having diabetes at 50 is going to be another indicator of increased chances of dementia. Which is very unfortunate considering the rates of obesity and diabetes in America. In thirty years we'll have a generation of people who don't know who or where they are and a generation of people who never learned rational thinking. And let's not forget the physical pain of being overweight
"If a person is 10 pounds overweight and goes up the stairs, they will see 80 pounds extra weight on the knee," Paulos said. "So you can imagine the forces a knee will see if they're at 250 pounds, overweight and weak."
No, they can't imagine the forces since mathematics isn't taught in a brain friendly fashion and most people remember just enough to get out of school.
“…if I had to design a mechanism for the express purpose of destroying a child’s natural curiosity and love of pattern-making, I couldn’t possibly do as good a job as is currently being done — I simply wouldn’t have the imagination to come up with the kind of senseless, soul-crushing ideas that constitute contemporary mathematics education.”
Saturday Night Live had quite a few mentions on the 50 Greatest Comedy Sketches list, but they didn't include one that I thought was the funniest. Maybe because it was even more risque than the Chevy Chase/Richard Pryor word association skit. That would be Tina Fey written and Christopher Walken starring waiting for Colonel Angus skit.

That mid-life crisis can have fatal consequences, especially if you decide to start riding a motorcycle. Why people don't think it's necessary to protect your most valuable asset, your brain, baffles me. Freedom to have the wind whipping through your bald spot hair and bugs landing in your teeth, are not worth being brain injured or dead. My dad had an accident on his bike and if it hadn't been for the helmet, he would have died at 48 instead of 60. Everybody in my family has ridden a motorcycle and we have all worn helmets. It won't kill you to look dorky and it keeps your ears warm.


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