: Chocolate is Good For You!
Chocolate may be good for us because we can’t actually digest it. Various studies over the past decade have shown eating dark chocolate has health benefits. Specifically, it has been linked to a lower risk of heart disease because it contains flavonols. But science has been unclear how these flavonols actually benefit us. Now teams at Virginia Tech and LSU may have discovered why: most of the cocoa bean is indigestible by humans. The undigested cocoa matter is eventually broken down by our gut bacteria. Some is absorbed into the blood stream, where it is known to reduce cardiac inflammation. The remaining cocoa fiber eventually ferments in our lower intestine, releasing substances that improve cholesterol levels, and producing healthful probiotic microbes in the process. That’s so cool and gross at the same time!
Once again we thank www.curious.com for this informative gem.
In 1918, US Senator Hiram Johnson stated that “In war, the first casualty is truth.” It’s disputed whether Johnson was the first to state this. Some claims go back as far as Aeschylus (Greek playwright; 525 BC – 456 BC). It matters not who first stated it.
We are always, in this world of ours, in a state of war. One has to wonder if we ever get the truth, whether from the governments or the (allegedly free) press.
Just a thought. What think you, Readers?
As the northeastern part of the United States stumbles toward a real springtime season, some Great Lakes regions are still fighting huge blocks of ice encroaching on the land and homes. Is this “Global Warming.” Made-up science is not science. Who’s to blame for the scenarios created by the “experts?” Why, we are. We are polluters, and therefore guilty of killing the planet.
Is pollution something to be taken seriously? Yes. Clean streets, clean water, clean air are all important. We don’t need to create scenarios worse than reality to realize this. We don’t need new draconian regulations from the EPA which strangle peoples’ ability to even use their own land.
From the might-someday-be-published, “Is God Green?” by Curt Lovelace
A daily curious fact from Justin Kitch, Curious CEO
We all know “A, E, I, O, U and sometimes Y” are vowels
in the English alphabet, and all the other letters are consonants
. Technically, a vowel
is any sound made without the mouth or
throat closing. Consonants
are sounds that require air to stop at least once during vocalization. This is why “y” is only a vowel sometimes–the ‘Y’ in “yellow” is a consonant but in “wry” it is a vowel. Well, it turns out that by the technical definition there is a seventh vowel: w. At the end of words like “now” or “how”, it is actually considered a vowel because air doesn’t stop. The same appears true when you say “zzzz” but because your teeth have to be almost touching (try saying the “zzzz” while opening your mouth wider) it is actually a subclass of consonant called a fricative
, made by pushing air through a small gap in your teeth. Yowee, this is getting complicated!
It’s May Day, that multi-purpose holiday which is not actually celebrated in too many places. Infoplease.com explains it this way:
May 1st, often called May Day, just might have more holidays than any other day of the year. It’s a celebration of Spring. It’s a day of political protests. It’s a neopagan festival, a saint’s feast day, and a day for organized labor. In many countries, it is a national holiday.
Read more: http://www.infoplease.com/spot/mayday.html#ixzz30BoTATGs
It’s a day that has included massive shows of military hardware in communist nations, as they celebrate the international worker. Some folks in the US recognize this date as “Law Day.”
This Law Day is an interesting concept. It was created as a special day by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, in 1958. Yet, it is not a legal holiday. That’s sort of like the way I see law practiced in the US. It’s there. We are supposed to be a country of laws. Those responsible for the observance of the law, however, seem to make it up as they go along. The US Constitution, the original law of the land, seems to be optional to those in power.
Perhaps this attitude may be linked to the response to an older and more important law: God’s moral law. It us viewed by much of society as, at best, a set of suggestions. If we treat God’s law that way, it’s no wonder that we are willing to forg
o the rigors of man’s.
Happy May Day. Maybe our (subdued) celebration could include a reading of the Ten Commandments.
What do you think?