Have you ever heard of goat weed? Or specifically Horny Goat Weed?
Well if you could think of what it might be, given the name you may just be right.
Yes it has to do with a goat and a weed (well actually an herb). And it does have something to do with making a goat – shall we say frisky?
Goat weed is actually a natural supplement that has been used by the Chinese for centuries to cure a number of ailments.
The interesting name comes from a tale that an old farmer noticed his goats acting very frisky with one another after eating this herb. It is said that this is how the herb got the name horny goat weed.
As mentioned above, it is used for many ailments, but one major one is as an aphrodisiac.
It can also increase energy and testosterone, so it has become popular in many gyms with men trying to build muscle.
Scientifically the herb is known as Epimedium and has an active ingredient called icariin.
The herb has since spread to other countries and is readily available at a lot of health and supplement stores and even online.
The people interested in and knowledgeable about dinosaurs might amuse and amaze you.
A gay man named Franz Nopcsa is one such individual. A baron in Transylvania in the early 1900’s, Nopcsa was rather knowledgeable about dinosaurs and fossils.
According to Scientific American, he ‘pioneered techniques for fossil analysis’ that are still used today. He also had theories about dinosaur evolution that seem to have been accurate. This is according to new fossils discovered by paleontologists.
He was so astute in the field, he once moved the toe bone of a giant Diplodocus skeleton at the British Museum of Natural History because he noticed it was in the wrong place! Who knows that? It seems as though he did.
Unfortunately his personal life was often more interesting to others than his extensive knowledge. You can read more about him here.
Uh….yes, of course they should!
Kids in school should absolutely learn how to code. Really, there are a lot of people who should learn how to code, but let’s start with the kids so they are ahead of the game. Well, really they are already behind in the game if they are not coding, but we won’t focus on the negative.
It is time however, to get the ball rolling and get people coding. Computer technology is the thing. That’s it folks. Technology is only going to get better and better and even more a part of our daily lives than it already is.
And now, the UK has made computer science a part of its national curriculum. Sadly, they are one of the only countries that has done so. But hopefully they will lead the way and others will follow soon after.
Of course one of the main problems is the fact that there are too few teachers that can teach children how to code.
To get things moving, however the tech start-up, Codecademy is looking to step in. They recently opened offices in London (they are based in New York). They have also just announced the launch of a coding program for Estonia. Estonia along with Buenos Aires have also made computer science part of their national curriculum. Codecademy does not plan to stop there. They have very big, international plans and hope to reach globally.
A home run for this tech startup! We need everyone on board. You can read more about this on wired.
Change the lighting in the room…
Here is an overview of the study:
500 subjects were asked to judge a wine and also indicate how much they would be willing to pay for it. The researchers exposed tasters to red or blue ambient lighting. They also exposed tasters to green or white ambient lighting.
Keeping in mind that all tasters had the same wine. The tasters rated the wine higher ‘when exposed to red or blue ambient light rather than green or white light’. Not only that, they were willing to pay more for the wine when the ambient lighting was red as opposed to green.
This would certainly be information that a restauranteur might want to know.
It is known that ‘the color of a drink can influence the way we taste it’. And now it seems the lighting in which it is presented also has an impact on taste.
Subjects said that wine in red light was sweeter and fruitier than in other light.
There really is no clear explanation for why this type of lighting alters taste. One thought is that the simple psychology of being in what we think of as a pleasing environment with pleasing lighting will make our wine taste better.
Why do we yawn?
It is a mystery. Or is it? You may have once been told that yawning serves to get extra oxygen into our body. That sounds great, but the fact is, there is nothing scientifically that supports that. It’s almost like Descartes’ explanation of where the mind meets the body (the pineal gland – epic fail).
To the rescue however is some new research that offers a bit more proof. It seems as though we may yawn in order to cool off our brain.
It seems that your human brain is most effective when near a particular temperature (around 68-70 ºF). If we are in temperatures that will allow the human brain to cool down, they we yawn.
But when we are not in temperatures that can cool our brain down, we should yawn less (or really not at all?).
Scientists looked at yawning behaviors in diverse parts of the world to learn more. They looked in Vienna (where conditions reach freezing during the cold seasons) along with Tucson, AZ (where temperature conditions get super hot in the summer months).
The actual thinking was that when the temperatures are at the extreme conditions (very cold within Vienna and scorching in Tucson) there is going to be a lesser amount of yawning. And this is in fact what they found. That is, during a Tucson summer season, folks yawned significantly less (yawning wouldn’t serve to cool the brain down in these extreme hot temperatures). Furthermore, within the very cold air of Vienna, individuals yawned less because they don’t have to cool their brain in this environment.
Guess there is some additional investigation to do into the mystery of yawning.
(the name of this blog that is)… a fossil from a 90-million year old dinosaur was found in Argentina. The claim is that it belonged to the largest dinosaur that has been found thus far.
So how big was it? The estimates are that is was about 130 feet tall and could weigh as much as the size of 14 grown elephants. I’m pretty overwhelmed by one grown elephant, but 14.
Can you even image an animal walking the land that big?
See a picture of its femur bone (which is much larger than a full grown man) here. The smaller portion of its leg is bigger than the size of a man!
What countries have the highest life expectancy? You might be surprised.
The number is going to change depending on whether you are a man or a woman, but there are a few countries that seem to do pretty well for both (pretty well meaning people are living longer).
Spoiler alert: the US was is in the top 10.
So who were the winners? For men – Iceland (with an average live expectance of 81.2 years). For women – Japan (with an average life expectancy of 87 years.
The life expectancy of women is always higher.
But what are some countries that both sexes do well in?
Switzerland is the best for both sexes.
Then there is Singapore, followed by Italy then Japan.
The best places for women are Japan, Spain and Switzerland (expectancy from range is 85.1 – 87).
While the best for men are Iceland, Switzerland and Australia (expectancy range from 80.5 – 81.2).
So how does the US stand up? The average life expectancy for men is 76 years and women 81 years.
As a point of reference, life expectancy for the world population is 68.1 for men and 72.7 for women.
See page 9 on the report from The World Health Organization for a chart that outlines the top 10 countries for both men and women.
Thinking about moving?
This is interesting. Especially given all of the Buddhist tattoos I have seen on people.
I found this in one of my favorite news sites, The Guardian. A British tourist was in Sri Lanka when detained by the police for a tattoo she had on her arm. She was ordered to be deported from Sri Lanka because of a tattoo of Buddha on her arm.
The arrest was made because the tattoo was insensitive to the religious feelings of others.
This is apparently not the first time this has happened.
Travelers be aware of where you are going, the laws in the region, and any insensitivities you may unknowingly display. Yes, it may interrupt your travel plans and you may not understand ‘what the big deal is’, but every culture is different and they must be respected.
This is not to suggests one shouldn’t travel if they have a buddhist tattoo, just be aware and respectful.
Are you one of the 15 cities that will be getting deliveries from Amazon via the USPS on Sundays?
Amazon has offered Sunday delivery to New York, LA, and London already. But now they will be opening this service to the following new cities:
Indianapolis; Lexington and Louisville, Kentucky; New Orleans and Shreveport, Louisiana; Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio; Oklahoma City; Philadelphia; Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Waco and College Station, Texas
Next on the list may be Arizona cities.
The question is, how do the postal workers feel about this? Are they angry about the Sunday hours or does this open up more opportunities for work?
What are your thoughts on getting mail on Sunday?
What are the priciest homes sold in the United States to date?
Here is a run down from lowest price to highest…..
A New York penthouse overlooking Central Park
Details: 11K square feet
Access to a 65 foot pool
Bel Air estate
Details: 28K square feet
15 car garage
Full sized basketball court and putting green
Palm Beach (Donald Trump’s estate)
Details: 69K square feet
50 car garage
Silicon Valley mansion
Details: 30K square feet
Upper East Side New York townhouse
Details: 20.5K square feet
Los Angeles Fleur de Lys estate
Details: most expensive home ever sold in LA County
Movie theater, tennis courts, 9 car garage
Details: 40 acres
No house yet
Details: 9K square feet
360 degree views of the Woodside Mountains
Cooper Beach Farm Connecticut
Details: 50 acre estate, 15K square feet, grass tennis court
Details: 124K acres
Details: 18 acre with formal gardens and a pond
See some pics here.