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Facts About Lefties

Friday, Jan, 15 2016


Between 10 percent and 12 percent of the world population is left-handed, and scientists have no idea why! It could be genetic. There are no obvious differences between those who are right-handed and those who are left-handed, we do know that lefties tend to excel at visual and spatial tasks and seem to be overrepresented among geniuses, reports LiveScience.com. What makes southpaws special? Here are ten facts:
1. Just as humans favor one hand over the other, animals also favor one paw over another. But unlike humans, which paw is favored is split about 50-50.
2. Although there is likely a genetic component involved in handedness, environment is also important. For example, researchers have found that identical twins often have different dominant hands.
3. Studies have found that southpaws have higher rates of dyslexia, schizophrenia and autoimmune diseases, such as allergies and lupus.
4. Males are overrepresented among lefties, so some scientists theorize that exposure to testosterone in the womb may affect handedness.
5. Many geniuses and leaders are lefties. Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin were all southpaws, as well as eight U.S. presidents: James A. Garfield, Herbert Hoover, Harry S Truman, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. Fully 25 percent of the Apollo astronauts were left-handed.
6. Lefties tend to excel in fields that require excellent visual-spatial abilities, including architecture and graphic design, but are underrepresented in math and science.
7. Being left-handed can be an advantage in a fistfight when a surprise left hook can be a decided benefit. As many as 45 percent of expert fencers and tennis champions are lefties.
8. Lefties may have a more balanced view of their bodies. Right-handed people are more sensitive to their right side; for example, their right arm is typically stronger and larger. Left-handed people don't have a similar bias; for example, their arms are equally strong.
9. Mothers who are over 40 at the time of a child's birth are 128 percent more likely to have a left-handed baby than a woman in her 20s.
10. August 13 is Left-Handers Day, which celebrates left-handedness and raises awareness of the difficulties and frustrations lefties endure in a right-handed world.

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Who is the Greatest Sports Star?

Thursday, Jan, 14 2016

The debate is as legendary as the athletes themselves. Who is the greatest sports star of all time? The answer is definitive: Michael Jordan. That's the word from The Harris Poll, which surveyed 2,368 U.S. adults nationwide. Jordan was followed on this list of greatest athletes by Babe Ruth and Muhammad Ali.
The top 10 greatest athletes of all time:
1. Michael Jordan (basketball)
2. Babe Ruth (baseball)
3. Muhammad Ali (boxing)
4. Serena Williams (tennis)
5. Peyton Manning (football)
6. Joe Montana (football)
7. LeBron James (basketball)
8. Tiger Woods (golf)
9. Tom Brady (football)
10. Wayne Gretzky (hockey)
The last time this poll was conducted was in 2009. Between then and now, the following athletes fell off the top 10 list: Brett Favre (previously in fifth place), Ted Williams (previously tied for 8th place) and Hank Williams (previously tied for 10th place). New to the list in 2016 are Serena Williams and Tom Brady. Men agree that Babe Ruth is number two, while women lean towards Serena Williams for second place. Men and women agree that Muhammad Ali ranks third. Among generations, Millennials rank LeBron James second, followed by Serena Williams, while Gen Xers and Baby Boomers both rank Muhammad Ali and Babe Ruth as second and third respectively. Matures rank Michael Jordan second and Joe Montana third.

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Did You Know?

Wednesday, Jan, 13 2016


• In the first year of a baby's life their picture will be taken nearly 800 times.
• In a recent survey that asked people, "What is the most stressful thing you have ever experienced?," buying or selling a house was number one.
• The average adult only goes for a swim about a dozen times a year.
• The average teenage girl slams a door about 150 times a year.
• 62% of women wouldn't date a guy who had a ponytail.

posted by: Kathy Keene 3 month(s) ago Comment On This Post


Brett Favre's Family Chili Recipe

Thursday, Jan, 7 2016

 
½ cup chopped green onions
2 green peppers, chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 T. butter
1-1/2 lbs. ground beef
Salt and pepper to taste
Tony Chachere’s seasoning to taste (Some seasoning from down south.  Don't think you need it)
Chili powder to taste
1 pkg. McCormick chili seasoning
8 oz. can Hunt’s diced tomatoes
8 oz. can Hunt’s diced roasted garlic tomatoes
8 oz. can Rotel diced tomatoes and green chilies
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can kidney beans

Saute green onions, peppers, celery, onion and garlic in butter.  Brown ground beef with salt, pepper, Tony’s Chachere’s seasoning and chili powder.  Drain.  Combine meat with vegetables.  Stir and simmer 10 minutes.  Stir in chili seasoning packet.  Add canned tomatoes, cream of mushroom soup and kidney beans.  Bring to a boil and reduce heat, cover and simmer 30 minutes.  Serves 6 to 8.  Optional:  Serve with green onions, jalapeno peppers, grated Cheddar cheese and/or corn chips as Frito pie.

posted by: Kathy Keene 3 month(s) ago Comment On This Post


1915 - One Hundred Years Ago

Wednesday, Jan, 6 2016

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What a difference a century makes!

?Here are some statistics for the Year 1915:

The average life expectancy for men was 47 years.

Fuel for cars was sold in drug stores only.

Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub.

Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.

??The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.

The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower.

The average US wage in 1910 was 22 cents per hour.

The average US worker made between $200 and $400 per year ...

A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year.

A dentist $2,500 per year.

A veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 per year.

And, a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.

More than 95 percent of all births took place at home.

Ninety percent of all Doctors had NO COLLEGE EDUCATION!

Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press AND the government as "substandard."

Sugar cost four cents a pound.

Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.

Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.

Most women only washed their hair once a month, and, used Borax or egg yolks for shampoo.

Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering into their country for any reason.

The Five leading causes of death were:

1.  Pneumonia and influenza
2. Tuberculosis
3. Diarrhea
4. Heart disease
5. Stroke

The American flag had 45 stars ... 

The population of Las Vegas, Nevada was only 30.

Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn't been invented yet. 

There was neither a Mother's Day nor a Father's Day.

Two out of every 10 adults couldn't read or write?, and, only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.

Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at local corner drugstores.

Back then pharmacists said, "Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach, bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health!"  (Shocking?)

Eighteen percent of households had at least one full-time servant or domestic help...

There were about 230 reported™ murders in the ENTIRE U.S.A. !


It is impossible to imagine what it may be like in another 100 years.

posted by: Kathy Keene 3 month(s) ago Comment On This Post


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