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Freaky Friday: It’s All About The Chocolate, Baby

by Richard

There’s the old saw that women, and only women, love chocolate. I’m here to tell you that the old saw just won’t cut wood. Now, I wouldn’t say I’m consumed by the thought of consuming chocolate, nor are many other men and women I know — and, hey, if I don’t know anyone like that then it just must be true because I am the center of the universe — but I do know that I will be eating more chocolate in the future. Why?, I hear you asking. The reason is simple: Chocolate will help me stay alive.

According to a recent study, eating chocolate helps to cute the death rate in heart attack survivors. Hhn. If only I knew a heart attack survivor I could ask about this. Oh, wait. That’s right. I am one. I’ll ask myself. Heh, heh. This makes me feel right funny. In a good way.

Heart attack survivors who eat chocolate two or more times per week cut their risk of dying from heart disease about threefold compared to those who never touch the stuff, scientists have reported.

Smaller quantities confer less protection, but are still better than none, according to the study, which appears in the September issue of the Journal of Internal Medicine.

Apparently, the study found, the benefits to heart attack survivors are only specific to chocolate. Unfortunately. Which means I won’t be eating more of that vanilla ice cream of which I’m so fond. Oh, well.

In the study, (scientists) tracked 1,169 non-diabetic men and women, 45-to-70 years old, in Stockholm County during the early 1990s from the time they were hospitalised with their first-ever heart attack.

The participants were queried before leaving hospital on their food consumption habits over the previous year, including how much chocolate they ate on a regular basis.

They underwent a health examination three months after discharge, and were monitored for eight years after that. The incidence of fatal heart attacks correlated inversely with the amount of chocolate consumed.

“Our findings support increasing evidence that chocolate is a rich source of beneficial bioactive compounds,” the researchers concluded.

The results held true for men and women, and across all the age groups included in the study.

Of course, there is that one slight drawback. Unhindered consumption of chocolate might be contributing to that growing spare tire that’s sitting above my belt. And we all know that fat bodies don’t go well with stricken hearts. There’s a fine line to be walked here, but I do love to live life on the edge. Maybe this is my latest edge walk. Care to join me?

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Nature Can Be Creepy

For those of you reading only this little teaser, I’m telling you right now, you need to click through to the site, if only to see the picture that I’m going to put up in just a few more words. Seriously. This is something you’ve got to see. Possibly the ugliest fish every seen. Or at least the strangest. Check out this deep-sea barreleye fish.

barreleye1-350Yes, that fish’s forehead is, in fact, transparent. You can see right inside the creepy little dude. And, get this, those eye-looking things just above it’s mouth: not eyes. They’re olfactory organs, similar to human noses. The fish’s eyes are actually those green things floating inside the transparent, fluid-filled head. Yeah, it sees through the top of its head.

I know there have been times, since I started having kids, that I wanted to have eyes in the back of my head, but this is ridiculous.

It gets even creepier. Those green-looking eyes point upwards, yeah? Well, they can also swivel and point forward, almost like a snail’s eye stalk. Just rotate down and up. Inside. Its. Head.

The reason for the fish’s strange eye arrangement is that it lives deep down in the ocean, basically where the sunlight fades away to eternal black. It uses its large fins to basically sit still and then stares up — through its own head — to watch for anything swimming by or falling into the depths. Then the creepy eyes rotate forward and it swims by and eats whatever it can catch.

My middle little dude is hugely into reading everything he can about animals of every kind and then telling me all about it. Ad nauseum. But I’ve got to think this is stranger than anything he’s ever come across. I can’t wait to show it to him and watch him freak out. It’ll be better than that time I hid behind the door to his room, jumped out and screamed, and made him drop his Sprite. At least this time I won’t have to clean up that sort of mess.

— Richard

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