Strange BUT TRUE
• It was pioneering Mexican-American musician Carlos Santana who made the following sage observation: “The most valuable possession you can own is an open heart. The most powerful weapon you can be is an instrument of peace.”
• Those who study such things say that men who tend to be womanizers when they’re single are more likely to be jealous husbands once they’re married.
• The beginning of a new school year seems a good time to note the origin of that lunchtime favorite, peanut butter. A Canadian named Marcellus Gilmore Edson patented the product in 1884, but it didn’t become popular in the United States until 1898. That was when John Harvey Kellogg’s Western Health Reform Institute began selling it at expensive health care institutions. It seems that protein-packed peanut butter was perfect for elderly patients who had trouble chewing.
• Rats tend to be right-handed, too. Or, rather, “right-pawed.”
• Standing desks, stand ready: There’s a new trend in workspaces. It seems that standing up while working isn’t enough to counteract the detrimental health effects of sitting in an office chair all day. Enter Fluidstance, a company that wants to help you surf your way through the workday. Their balance boards, designed to be used with standing desks, reportedly increase heart rate and improve range of motion, allowing users to burn calories while burning their way through the mundane tasks of office life.
• Driving isn’t the only activity that is dangerous to mix with alcohol. Statistics show that 40 percent of skiers who get injured in the French Alps are legally drunk.