USE OF THE FAMILY CAR

August 5, 2015 at 4:15 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A teenage boy had just passed his driving test and inquired of his father as to when they could discuss his use of the car. His father said he’d make a deal with his son. “You bring your grades up from a C to a B average, study your Bible a little, and get your hair cut. Then we’ll talk about the car.” The boy thought about that for a moment, decided he’d settle for the offer, and they agreed on it.

After about six weeks, his father said “Son, you’ve brought your grades up and I’ve observed that you have been studying your Bible, but I’m disappointed you haven’t had your hair cut.”

The boy said, “You know, Dad, I’ve been thinking about that, and I’ve noticed in my studies of the Bible that Samson had long hair, John the Baptist had long hair, Moses had long hair, and there’s even strong evidence that Jesus had long hair.”

(You’re going to love the Dad’s reply.)

“Did you also notice that they all walked everywhere they went?”

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

A furious fish: “A fearsome fish showed exactly why you shouldn’t tease it by jumping from its tank and attempting to bite the fingers of a man. The hilarious incident took place in Phitsanulok, Thailand and was caught on camera by a man filming the aggressive Cichlid. In the 30-second clip, the fish is videoed staring up at the filmmaker in a rather menacing manner from within the murky depths of its tank. A man then places his two fingers over the top of the tank and the Cichlid reacts by leaping from the water and attempting to bite them. The man pulls his hand out of the way but quickly repeats the process – the next time the fish jumps even higher and causes the man to back away in fright. Later in the video the fish jumps so high that it almost gets stuck on the side of the tank before it flops back in. The clip concludes with the man appearing to have learnt his lesson and leaving the fish alone, which returns to staring back up at him.”

Curry is good for you: “People who eat spicy food every day have a lower risk of an early death, research suggests. Scientists found that spicy food was linked to fewer deaths from cancer, heart disease and breathing problems. A study of nearly 500,000 middle-aged people found that those who ate a spicy meal every one or two days were far less likely to die than those who infrequently ate the food. Scientists suspect that capsaicin — a chemical contained in chili peppers — has anti-obesity, antioxidant, anti-inflammation and cancer fighting properties. The research, published in the British Medical Journal, was based on a study of 487,000 Chinese people, each aged between the ages of 30 and 79. Each participant was questioned about their general health and eating habits, and then tracked over the following seven years, in which time 20,224 of them died. The researchers found that people who ate spicy food every one or two days were 14 per cent less likely to die than those who ate it less than once a week.”

Taking vitamin D supplements is useless: “We found the randomized clinical trial by Hansen et al1 informative. After 1 year of treatment, randomization to a higher dose of cholecalciferol resulted in slightly better fractional excretion of calcium compared with low-dose cholecalciferol or placebo, but these differences are not clinically meaningful. Of more clinical importance, neither dose of cholecalciferol improved bone density, strength, muscle mass, functional status, or fall rate. It is possible that treatment beyond 1 year would result in better outcomes, but these data provide no support for use of higher-dose cholecalciferol replacement therapy or indeed any dose of cholecalciferol compared with placebo.” [cholecalciferol is vitamin D in pill form]

The Spidercar is the ultimate off roader: “The Swincar can navigate steep slopes and ditches just as easily as a tarmac road and its wheels are each on separate ‘arms’ that can move independently. It’s described as ‘a mechanical spider on wheels.’ In one video showing the car being tested, the Swincar can be seen driving diagonally across deep ditches with its ‘arms’ flailing. It can also be driven up and down steep banks with little discomfort to the driver. The Swincar’s extraordinary agility is made possible by each wheel having independent motors and suspension. This unusual set-up means that the body of the car remains vertical even when the car is performing incredible feats on steep slopes. Each wheel is attached to an arm that has a high degree of maneuverability, including seemingly folding under and over the driver.”

Small model is a big eater: “A young model has dined out on her competition in a competitive eating competition, polishing off a one-kilogram burger in less than four minutes. Nela Zisser, a former Miss Earth New Zealand model, from Christchurch, devoured the massive burger in a time of just three minutes and 40 seconds. The artery-clogging creation contains three beef patties, two eggs, two hash browns, bacon, cheese, three bread buns and two onion rings. Ms Zisser, 23, left her fellow combatants in her wake as she claimed victory in the Pronto Burger Eating Competition. The second-place eater finished more than two minutes behind Ms Zisser, while some were unable to scoff down the beast. The former model turned champion eater, who weights 50 kilograms, remarkably said the burger was ‘easy to eat’ after completing the challenge. Ms Zisser told Daily Mail Australia she always finds time to keep herself fit by exercising, despite having to juggle her modelling career, studying and food challenges.”

And don’t forget to catch up with all the Strange Justice before you go.

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