Q: Doctor, I’ve heard that cardiovascular exercise can prolong life. Is this true?
A: Your heart is only good for so many beats and that’s it; don’t waste them on exercise. Everything wears out eventually. Speeding up your heart will not make you live longer; that’s like saying you can extend the life of your car by driving it faster. Want to live longer? Take a nap.
Q: Should I cut down on meat and eat more fruits and vegetables?
A: You must grasp logistical efficiencies. What does a cow eat? Hay and corn. And what are these? Vegetables. So a steak is nothing more than an efficient mechanism of delivering vegetables to your system. Need grain? Eat chicken. Beef is also a good source of field grass (green leafy vegetable). And a pork chop can give you 100% of your recommended daily allowance of vegetable products.
Q: Should I reduce my alcohol intake?
A: No, not at all. Wine is made from fruit. Brandy is distilled wine that means they take the water out of the fruity bit so you get even more of the goodness that way. Beer is also made out of grain. Bottoms up!
Q: How can I calculate my body/fat ratio?
A: Well, if you have a body and you have fat, your ratio is one to one. If you have two bodies, your ratio is two to one, etc.
Q: What are some of the advantages of participating in a regular exercise program?
A: Can’t think of a single one, sorry. My philosophy is: No Pain…Good!
Q: Aren’t fried foods bad for you?
A: You are not listening. Foods are fried these days in vegetable oil. In fact, they’re permeated in it. How could eating more vegetables be bad for you?
Q: Will sit-ups help prevent me from getting a little soft around the middle?
A: Definitely not. When you exercise a muscle, it gets bigger. You should only be doing sit-ups if you want a bigger stomach.
Q: Is chocolate bad for me?
A: Are you crazy? Cocoa beans. Another vegetable. It’s the best feel-good food around.
Q: Is swimming well for your figure?
A: If swimming is good for your figure, explain whales to me.
Q: Is getting in-shape important for my lifestyle?
A: Hey! ’round’ is a shape!
Well, I hope this has cleared up any misconceptions you may have had about food and diets. And, for those of you who watch what you eat, here’s the final word on nutrition and health.
Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans. Mexicans eat a lot of fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans. Chinese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans. Italians drink a lot of red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans. Germans drink a lot of beers and eat lots of sausages and fats and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.
Conclusion : Eat and drink what you like. And remember, ‘’Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways ,Chardonnay in one hand chocolate in the other , body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming, ‘what a ride!’.’’
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If a man is called a street sweeper, he should sweep the streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a street sweeper who did his job well. —Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I turned around to find a wrinkled, little old lady beaming up at me with a smile that lit up her entire being.
She said, “Hi handsome. My name is Rose. I’m eighty-seven years old. Can I give you a hug?”
I laughed and enthusiastically responded, “Of course you may!” and she gave me a giant squeeze. “Why are you in college at such a young, innocent age?” I asked.
She jokingly replied, “I’m here to meet a rich husband, get married, and have a couple of kids…”
“No seriously,” I asked. I was curious what may have motivated her to be taking on this challenge at her age.
“I always dreamed of having a college education and now I’m getting one!” she told me.
After class we walked to the student union building and shared a chocolate milkshake. We became instant friends. Every day for the next three months we would leave class, together, and talk nonstop. I was always mesmerized listening to this ‘time machine’ as she shared her wisdom and experience with me. Over the course of the year, Rose became a campus icon and she easily made friends wherever she went. She loved to dress up and she reveled in the attention bestowed upon her from the other students. She was living it up.
At the end of the semester we invited Rose to speak at our football banquet. I’ll never forget what she taught us. She was introduced and stepped up to the podium. As she began to deliver her prepared speech, she dropped her three by five cards on the floor.
Frustrated and a little embarrassed she leaned into the microphone and simply said, “I’m sorry I’m so jittery. I gave up beer for Lent and this whiskey is killing me! I’ll never get my speech back in order so let me just tell you what I know.”
As we laughed she cleared her throat and began, “ We do not stop playing because we are old; we grow old because we stop playing. There are only four secrets to staying young, being happy and achieving success. You have to laugh and find humor every day. You’ve got to have a dream. When you lose your dreams, you die. We have so many people walking around who are dead and don’t even know it! There is a huge difference between growing older and growing up. If you are nineteen years old and lie in bed for one full year and don’t do one productive thing, you will turn twenty years old. If I am eighty-seven years old and stay in bed for a year and never do anything I will turn eighty-eight. Anybody can grow older. That doesn’t take any talent or ability. The idea is to grow up by always finding opportunity in change. Have no regrets. The elderly usually don’t have regrets for what we did, but rather for things we did not do. The only people who fear death are those with regrets….” She concluded her speech by courageously singing The Rose.
She challenged each of us to study the lyrics and live them out in our daily lives. At the year’s end Rose finished the college degree she had begun all those months ago. One week after graduation Rose died peacefully in her sleep. Over two thousand college students attended her funeral in tribute to the wonderful woman who taught by example that it’s never too late to be all you can possibly be.
These words have been passed along in loving memory of Rose. Remember, growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional. We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.
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- 750 tweets per second are shared on Twitter.
- The original Twitter beta was launched on the birthday of CEO Evan Williams.
- If Twitter was a country, it’d be the 12th largest in the world.
- 30 percent of Twitter users have an income of more than $100,000.
- Twitter handles more search queries per month than Bing and Yahoo combined (24 billion versus 4.1 billion and 9.4 billion respectively).
Reference: Compete, Twitter Press Centre and BNN News.
- 85 percent of women are annoyed by their friends (note—I don’t think this is just limited to Facebook!)
- Links about sex are shared 90 percent more than any other link.
- More than 350 million users suffer from Facebook Addiction Syndrome.
- 25 percent of users don’t bother with any kind of privacy control.
- The average Facebook user has 130 friends.
Reference: Economist, Social Times, CNN.
- Pinterest drives more referral traffic than YouTube, Google+ and LinkedIn combined.
- Users spend an average of just fewer than 16 minutes on the site.
- The most popular age group is 25-34 year olds, accounting for 27.4 percent of the user base.
- Pinterest receives 1.3 million visitors per day.
- 97 percent of the fans of Pinterest’s Facebook page are women.
- Two new members sign up to LinkedIn every second.
- LinkedIn has 161 million members in more than 200 countries and communities.
- Members are on track to make more than 5.3 billion searches on the platform in 2012.
- LinkedIn’s revenue has doubled every quarter for the last two years.
- There are more than 1 million LinkedIn groups.
Reference: LinkedIn Press Centre.
- “Student” is the number one occupation of Google+ users.
- More than 2/3 of its users are male.
- The Google +1 button is used more than five billion times per day.
- Google+ is adding 625,000 new users every day.
- More than 42 percent of Google+ users are single.
Reference: Google Blog, Techcrunch, Google Investor Reports.
- YouTube was founded to share dinner clips of a party due to the files being too large for email.
- The most watched video is Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance,” with 470 million views.
- The most watched non-commercial video is “Charlie Bit My Finger Again,” with more than 458 million views.
- The average visitor spends 15 minutes per day on YouTube.
- It originally started life as a dating site and was influenced by the Hot or Not website.
Reference: Techzine and YouTube Archives.
- 25 percent of Instagram users upload more than three pictures.
- More than 5 million images are uploaded every day.
- President Obama is on Instagram, having joined in January 2012.
- Earlybird is the most popular filter, with 12.5 percent users preferring it (zero filters is the most popular way to use Instagram, with more than 47 percent of users going au naturel).
- There are 575 likes per second.
Reference: Instagram Press Centre, ReadWriteWeb, Social Media Delivered.
- 3 million new blogs come online every month.
- 60 percent of bloggers are between 25 to 44 years old.
- 20 percent of bloggers have been blogging for more than six years.
- Professional bloggers maintain an average of four blogs.
- 35 percent of corporate bloggers worked in a journalism, media or professional writing role.
Reference: Technorati State of the Blogosphere 2011.
Social Media Influence Platforms
- Klout has 50 times more traffic than PeerIndex, its closest competitor.
- Kred tries to measure offline influence by allowing you to add achievements away from your online activities.
- Klout changed its privacy model to allow opt-out from its service after a negative backlash in 2011.
- Empire Avenue has users in more than 150 countries.
- Justin Bieber is the only person with a perfect Klout score of 100 (says it all, then).
Reference: Social Media Today, The Next Web.
The Mobile Web
- 42 percent of phones in the U.S. are smart phones, with 44 percent of European users using smart phones.
- More than 110 million Smartphone users in the U.S and Europe access social networks and blogs on their phones.
- Tablets took just two years to reach 40 million users in the U.S. It took smart phones seven years to reach this figure.
- China is the No. 1 country in the world for Smartphone use, with approximately 1 billion users.
- In the U.K., there are twice as many Smartphone users than cigarette smokers.
Reference: ComScore and SoMobile.
- Social gamers are expected to buy $6 billion in virtual goods in 2012.
- One in five couples meet online; three in five gay couples meet online.
Reference: eMarketer and Stanford University.
Source: 52 cool facts and stats about social media (2012 edition) by Danny Brown ; prdaily.com, June 8, 2012
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The Seed to Success is in Your Imagination
- Visualize all the things that you want in life.
- Then make your mental blue print, and begin to build.
- Your imagination can show you how to turn your possibilities into reality.
- You must make every thought, every fact, that comes into your mind pay you a profit.
- Make those mental images work and produce for you.
- Think of things not as they are but as you want them to be.
- Don’t just dream, be creative.
The will to succeed springs from the knowledge that you can succeed. About 10% of your power lies in your conscious mind … about 90% in your subconscious mind. So get your subconscious mind to work for you instead of against you by visualizing the goals you want to achieve or the changes you want to make.
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