Strange BUT TRUE

The Weekly Vista - - Fun & Games - By Saman­tha Weaver

• 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.

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