Jan 23, 2015

Happy Friday

“May your walls know joy, may every room hold laughter, and every window open to great possibility.” Mary Anne Radmacher

There is always laughter in my house, especially on a Happy Friday!

Global Belly Laugh Day

Tomorrow, January 24 is Global Belly Laugh Day. According to Belly Laugh Day Founder Elaine Helle, the day is about celebrating with the people in your life, past and present, who laugh with you and help you laugh and smile.

The time for the Global Belly Laugh Bounce is 1:24 pm local time. That is when everyone should throw arms up in the air and laugh out loud. Maybe it can be heard around the world.

According to Jennifer Cline, laughter helps with:
Lowering blood pressure,
Reducing particular stress hormones,
Increasing vascular blood flow and oxygenation of the blood,
Working out the diaphragm, abdomen, respiratory system, face, legs and back,
Increasing alertness, creativity and memory, and
Increasing memory and learning.

Discovered a dubious personal achievement when I Googled images for "Global Belly Laugh Day" and found my picture on the first page. When I clicked on it, the link was to my last year's post. The good news is that it made me laugh and that is what the day is for. Go ahead, laugh out loud and pass it on.

If you need help getting started, this short video should help. LINK

Gelotophobia, Gelotophilia, and Katagelasticism

Most people have heard none of these conditions, but they all have to do with laughter. Gelotophobia is a fear of being laughed at, a type of social phobia that makes them feel awkward. Gelotophilia is the joy of being laughed at. Katagelasticism is the joy of laughing at others. None are particularly good to have. Luckily these are not common, so have a good laugh and enjoy yourself.

Pink Pearls

The Pink Pearl apple is an inner pink-flesh apple cultivar with cream colored skin developed in 1944 by Albert Etter, a northern California breeder. US plant patent 723 for the Pink Pearl was obtained later that year. It is the offspring of the Surprise apple, an old English variety and was cultivated from an older rosy-fleshed apple introduced by German settlers in the mid 1800s. It is different from the Pink Lady apple, which has pink skin and is not a novelty.

Pink Pearl apples are low in calories, high in water content and contain vitamins A, C and B. They also contain a dietary fiber known as pectin, which has been shown to lower cholesterol levels, and trace amounts of boron, which has been touted for its ability to help build strong bones. Great for pink applesauce or as a color burst in salads.

Pink Pearl apples are generally medium sized, with a conical shape. They are named for the color of their flesh, which is a bright rosy pink sometimes streaked or mottled with white. They have a translucent, yellow-green skin, and a crisp, juicy flesh with tart to sweet-tart taste. Pink Pearls are grown in various countries, but generally available in the US from California, Michigan, Ohio, Oregon, as well as Canada, England, and Australia.

International Year of Light

On 20 December 2013, The United Nations General Assembly 68th Session proclaimed 2015 as the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies. "An International Year of Light is a tremendous opportunity to ensure that international policymakers and stakeholders are made aware of the problem-solving potential of light technology. We now have a unique opportunity to raise global awareness of this." John Dudley, Chairman of the IYL 2015 Steering Committee

2015 is also the Einstein Centenary. In 1915, the theory of General Relativity developed by Einstein showed how light was at the center of the structure of space and time.

Thought I would toss in a few facts about light.
Lighting represents almost 20% of global electricity consumption.

The first commercially viable incandescent light bulb, patented by Thomas Edison in 1880, used a filament made from burned bamboo.

Other animals can see parts of the spectrum that humans can not, for example, a large number of insects can see ultraviolet light.

The giant squid, Taningia danae, has the largest light-producing organs of any living creature. The lemon-yellow light organs are called photophores and are found at the tip of the two of the squid’s feeding arms and they flash blinding light.

The speed of light in a vacuum is about 186,000 miles per second (300,000 kilometers per second).

Light takes 1.255 seconds to get from the Earth to the Moon.

More than half of the visible sunlight spectrum is absorbed within three feet of the ocean's surface; at a depth of 10 meters, less than 20% of the light that entered at the surface is still visible; by 100 meters, this percentage drops to 0.5%.

Refraction can make things look closer than they really are. The difference in speed between light traveling through water and through air means that, from the surface, a 13ft (4m) pool appears to be just 10ft (3m) deep.

Between 18% and 35% of the human population is estimated to be affected by a so-called "photic sneeze reflex," a heritable condition that results in sneezing when the person is exposed to bright light.

Here is a link to "Light my Fire" by the Doors, just because.

National Peanut Butter Day

Tomorrow January 24 is also National Peanut Butter Day, an unfortunate choice, because it is extremely difficult to laugh out loud with a mouth full of peanut butter. One quickie, it takes 550 peanuts to make a 12 ounce jar of peanut butter. Peanuts are cholesterol free and an excellent source of protein. It is the high protein content that causes peanut butter to stick to the roof of your mouth.

The king, Elvis knew how to use it with his famous peanut butter, banana, bacon sandwiches and his  Fool's Gold Loaf, with a loaf of Italian bread filled with a pound of bacon, peanut butter, and grape jelly. Yumm!

Memory Help

Do you ever have a song in your mind, but cannot remember the singer, or group, or title? You can call your friends or you can go to this site, hum a few bars into your mic and it will tell you all you need to know LINK.

You might have had times when you are discussing a movie or an actor and the answer is on the tip of your tongue, but you cannot remember exactly. Go to this site LINK, type whatever you remember and someone will help you out.

Maybe you have seen a picture of something or found a strange item in your garage, but do not know what it is. You can go to this site LINK, upload a picture, and someone will tell you what that thing is. Unfortunately there is no site yet to tell you where you put your keys.

Body Odor Facts

Body odor is a uniquely personalized thing. Just what kind of body odor each individual person has is determined by a combination of a certain area of their genetic makeup called the major histocompatibility complex and, partially by what they eat. The basic composition of a person’s body odor remains the same, however, and it has been suggested that one of the reasons for it is to help us choose a genetically appropriate mate. Change in body odor has also been linked to the development of certain cancers and viral diseases.

The body odor fingerprint isn't the only thing scientists have discovered about body odor. They found that the older people get the worse they stink. A substance called 2-Nonenal has been identified as the reason some people have a faintly greasy odor about them. The substance has only been found in people over the age of 40 and the older people get, the more of the substance the body produces. Sweat itself is pretty much odorless, but the bacteria that reacts with sweat is what produces the odor.

Ten Alcohol Facts

1.) The production of alcohol has been traced back at least 12,000 years.
2.) Sherry was apparently the alcohol of choice for many world travelers; both Magellan and Columbus had it on board during their respective voyages. Magellan liked Sherry so much that he spent more money stockpiling the alcoholic beverage than he spent on weapons.
3.) Frederick the Great, who was the king of Prussia, was so enamored by alcohol that he tried to ban coffee in an attempt to get everyone in Prussia to drink liquor instead.
4.) The Pilgrims made the decision to stop at Plymouth Rock because they were running low on supplies, particularly alcohol.
5.) Winston Churchill’s mother was the inventor of the Manhattan cocktail. It is made with whiskey and sweet vermouth.
6.) Until the mid-1600′s, wine makers in France used oil soaked rags in lieu of corks.
7.) Vikings enjoyed alcohol, and they preferred to toast to their victories by drinking it from the skulls of their defeated enemies.
8.) Many historians believe that the practice of farming was not started as a means of food production, but in order to produce the necessary ingredients to create alcoholic beverages.
9.) Hangover cures date back almost as far as alcohol itself. Ancient Romans believed that eating a fried canary would take care of their hangover symptoms, and the ancient Greeks were believers in the power of cabbage. People today are still trying to find the perfect cure for a hangover. In France they put salt into a strong cup of coffee, and in Puerto Rico some drinkers lift their drinking arm and rub half a lemon under it. (None have proven to be effective).
10.) The term honeymoon traces its roots back to ancient Babylon. It was a tradition for the soon to be father-in-law to supply his daughter’s fiancĂ© with a month’s supply of mead. This time period was referred to as the honey month, and that phrase eventually morphed into what we now call a honeymoon.