We can all learn something neat and new

Fun facts and hilarious "Did you knows" in this week's Hammertime.

Isn’t it great that in this wonderful electronic world of fancy cell-phones, tweets and texts, Facetime, Internet, emails and all the rest that if we can’t always get together for visits or ‘coffee chats’ we can still stay in touch with family and friends each and every day?

There are also so many new fast-facts and ideas zooming around the airwaves and media that we can now find out how to find or fix just about anything, as well as informing us what might be the best way to live our lives, according to the so-called experts.

One of my email buddies sent me some neat lifestyle quotes last week entitled DID YOU KNOW? from which I considered and then of course added a few wise and fun comments that you and I might offer to these facts and figures:

Did you know that there are at least six people in the world that look exactly like you and I do, and there is a 9 per cent chance that we will meet one of them in our lifetime? I guess that occurrence may be the shock of our lives, especially when we always hoped that we have always been unique and ‘one of a kind.’

Did you know that a smile is the ultimate antidepressant? Smiles are great but lots of laughs with others will always be the best and free-est ‘feel good’ medicine available.

Did you know that stomach acid is strong enough to dissolve razor blades? Most of us challenge our tummies with so many tasty and tantalizing items each and every day, so we will always be most thankful for tums and all the rest of those other assorted ‘gas busters.’

Did you know that a human brain has a capacity to store 5 times as much information as Wikipedia? That’s great, but how are we ever supposed to remember all that knowledge?

Did you know that a person’s height is determined by their father and their weight by their mother? My dad was short and my mother was petite, but after I left home I never got past 5 foot 8 inches but have been slowly expanding in other directions.

Did you know that according to Albert Einstein, if honey bees were to disappear from earth, the results would be devastating to our existence? It is now up to all of us to Bee kind to these little ‘buzzers,’ because without them we would have no flowers to sniff, no berries to pick and no honey to mix with our peanut butter and porridge.

Did you know that our brain uses the same amount of power as a 10-Watt bulb? That’s great, but we all need to learn when to turn it on or off.

Did you know that our body gives enough heat in 30 minutes to boil 1.5 litres of water? Some have been known to refer to this phenomenon as ‘hot flushes or flashes.’

Did you know that sleeping without a pillow reduces back pain and keeps our spine stronger? Makes sense, but what are we going to cuddle if we lose our favourite fluffy cushion?

Did you know that there are three things that the human brain cannot resist noticing, and those are food, attractive people, and danger? These are just some of the real life experiences that we have or are sure to encounter along the way. How we react will always be our choice, and while many may be very hard to resist, most are precious to experience.

It is a well known fact that Grammas and Grandpas will always be there to help children get into the mischief that they haven’t thought of yet; and when we continue to hold grudges our hands won’t be free enough to catch the blessings.

Please dress a little warmer this week, drive carefully, look forward to the surprise arrival of our income tax forms and the Alberta Carbon Tax rebate, and then just go ahead and have a great week, all of you.


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