Friday, May 17, 2013

5 Random Facts to Enhance Your Social Life

Happy Friday! I offer you 5 random facts, so that this weekend you'll be able to make smart small talk with friends, family, and random strangers.
1-  According to Douglas Adams and John Lloyd, authors of The Deeper Meaning of Liff, "ahenny" is an adjective describing the way people stand when examining other people's bookshelves.

2- The Doldrums are a calm area near the equator where warm air steadily rises, creating an area of low pressure. The cool air warms so rapidly, it rises before it can move far. As a result, there's little horizontal motion. That means very little wind! Next time you're feeling as if you're in the doldrums, remembering this fun fact will get you giggling. Or not. :p
sailing ship
3- A book called Medications and Mother's Milk by Thomas W. Hale, Ph.D.  is a great reference for evaluating pharmaceutical use by breastfeeding and pregnant moms. I still own the eleventh edition from when I volunteered as a breastfeeding counselor. A copy of this book would make a great gift for your doctor or midwife.

4- People following the increasingly popular Paleo-diet are told not to consume grains and milk products because our ancestors didn't. Apparently they were healthier--eating how people are meant to eat. I'm not touching that controversy. There's much about the Paleo-diet that appeals to me.

I only want to mention that agriculture isn't a modern construction. The Neolithic Era (beginning as early as 10,000 years ago) is when the first farmers began growing crops and keeping animals for food (including milk). This is considered part of the Paleolithic (stone-age) era.
I suppose if you consider that homo sapiens appeared 200,000 years ago, we were hunting and gathering for a whopping 190,000 years before taking up farming. But still, we've been farming for 10 thousand years! That's no small sneeze of time. If eating grain and milk was going to kill us off, you'd think we'd be dead of cheese and bread saturation by now.

5- The Uldra are dwarves who live in the Arctic Circle. They care for moose and reindeer. I wonder if those are the "elves" whom Santa employs.
the little man who stands on my thermostat


Joylene Nowell Butler said...

Honestly, your posts are always so informative, Amanda. I always learn stuff, and that is what makes the world of blogging so fascinating. Especially at my age!

Amanda Borenstadt said...

Thanks Joylene.:)
My mother always says, you've got to learn something new every day!

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

My mother used to say... Wear clean underwear everyday in case you're in an accident. Sounded silly for a time until I started having stupid accidents. Never landing in the hospital worrying whether my underwear was clean. LOL.

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