Friday Coffee and other nonsense
Good morning World! As much of the Christian world prepares to celebrate St. Jean Baptiste, I find myself asking: Where does the time go? Seems only yesterday we were at the beginning of the year, but today I awoke to a completely different reality: I found out that there are only 191 days left until the end of the year! Yikes! Double-Yikes!
It might be even worse: Can today be the end of the world?
Apparently some scientists (and a fair number of dooms-day fanatics) think that today, June 23, a giant asteroid might hit the earth! If that is indeed the case, then why wasn’t I warned about it? I feel a bit psychologically unprepared, to say the obvious.
But I will survive, even if that means moving…
Some Coffee News
Another one of these silly studies that the beer-lobby has no doubt cheerfully funded. Apparently 1000 people were surveyed with respect to their food and drink preferences. Then they were given a series of personality tests. It was found that there was a correlation between drinking black coffee and having some anti-social traits that might be found in psychopaths. (People who drink their coffee with milk and sugar were found to be more ‘normal’ and therefore ‘happier’)
Can you tell which one of these two prefers black coffee?
That is what I love about these ‘correlation’ studies. It is like taking the science out of science. The pimple on my dead grandmother’s butt might some day be found to be what is causing global warming, or maybe even why the Jews and Palestinians can not seem to find peace. Correlation studies should become part of the English Department’s courses on writing fiction.
Well atleast this is something that makes sense! Along with plastic bottles, plastic bags and other ‘disposable’ items, we are building a ticking time-bomb of garbage. In the Vancouver area alone, 22% of all on-street garbage collected is disposable coffee cups. Almost 3 million coffee cups make their way to the garbage dumps each week. It is estimated that the city spends millions each year in the process. Vancouver gets my vote! Besides, coffee was never meant to be drunk from a plastic cup…
How much are your balls really worth?
Call me biased, but I really cringed when I read this story about an American man who was advised by his doctor to have one of his testicles removed, only to wake up from the surgery to find that the WRONG testicle was removed…
It’s not as if you can just sew back the ‘removed’ testicle and then cut the ‘right’ testicle. Nor is it likely that you want to still go ahead and cut off the remaining testicle. It is like the most horrible nightmare come true for any man.
The man in question sued the doctor and won: he received some $620,000 in compensatory damages (plus an extra $250,000 in punitive damages). Which begs the question: how much are a man’s balls worth? If my math is correct:
$620,000 X 2 = $1,240,000
(Now you know why they are often referred to as the ‘Family Jewels’)