Some interesting facts

@jess368 (3368)
United States
April 25, 2009 11:13am CST
Here are some interesting facts I have come accross in my reading this morning! *Researchers at Cornell University found that people who pass through an entryway near the kitchen tend to eat 15 percent more than those who use the front door. *You're more likely to have a heart attack on a Monday, or up to three days after you've been diagnosed with the flu or a respiratory tract infection. The risk of dying from a heart attack increases by a third during outbreaks of the flu and related respiratory diseases, found researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. The study authors estimate that 90,000 coronary deaths could be prevented a year in the United States if more heart patients simply got a flu shot. *Obese people spend approximately $485 more on clothing, $828 on extra plane seats, and $36 more on gas each year than their thinner counterparts. Researchers say an overweight driver burns about 18 additional gallons of gas a year. Plus-sized clothing costs 10 percent to 15 percent more than smaller-sized clothes. When it comes to jet fuel, a recent issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicineestimated that the extra weight of obese Americans caused airlines to spend $275 million to burn 350 million more gallons of fuel. *Smokers are four times as likely to report feeling unrested after a night's sleep than nonsmokers. Smokers often experience withdrawal symptoms at night, thus causing periods of restlessness and waking. Smokers were also 1.69 times as likely to develop hearing loss than non-smokers, as smoking may affect antioxidative mechanisms or the blood vessels that feed the auditory system.1(Glad I quit!) *Eating fruits and vegetables may help the human body make its own aspirin. Findings from the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistryindicate that study participants who received benzoic acid, a natural substance in fruits and vegetables, could make their own salicylic acid, the key component that gives aspirin its anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties. *Your kitchen sink is dirtier than your bathroom: There are typically more than 500,000 bacteria per square inch in its drain. The faucet, basin, and sponge are crawling with germs as well. Bacteria colonies with a total population exceeding 50 million can live on a single dirty sponge. *Baking soda can whiten teeth, garlic can help treat athlete's foot, and honey can soothe a hangover. *Regular exercise can lower a woman's cancer riskā€”but only if she's getting enough sleep.
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@carpenter5 (6786)
• United States
30 Apr 09
These are very interesting facts! I have thrown away every kitchen sponge that I owned since looking at mine that was only a week old under a microscope in Biology class last spring. I will not use them period. You can't imagine what it looks like and the creepy crawly things that you are wiping on your dishes and counters if you use one. UGH
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@jess368 (3368)
• United States
1 May 09
Yuck! So what do you use instead?
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• United States
2 May 09
I use a s[ray cleaner with a dishcloth and then put it into the dirty clothes hamper, after that I wash them in hot water with soap. I also use disposable clorox wipes for my counters, and then toss them into the trash. For my stove, believe it or not, I use Foaming bathroom cleaner because it bubbles all the gunk off. Wipe it with a paper towl and throw it away.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
26 Apr 09
I know all about clothing costing more. I am overweight and large boned. And I know you have to keep the kitchen sink and about baking soda and garlic. I know about getting enough sleep, thank goodness I have a little narcolepsy or I would be in trouble. I had my flu shot. I do not smoke and I have to eat more fruit and veggies,I eat a lot of salad, but that does not much good because I am, horrors! obese! I cost the airlines way to much money! Therefore I am a very bad person! What I want to know is the reason for this study. Is it so that we can tax fatter people or discriminate against them? Maybe have a reason to exterminate them. I am rather suspicious of the reason for this study and hope you show the same concerns as I do.
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@jess368 (3368)
• United States
26 Apr 09
I am not sure the reasons for the study. I have always been told that the more weight you have in your car, the more gas you use. Maybe thats how it got started. I am happy to hear that you were well aware of everything I posted!
@lumenmom (1996)
• United States
26 Apr 09
Wow, these are a lot of interesting facts! I hope that is really true about the fruits and vegetables since I am trying to eat more of them.
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@jess368 (3368)
• United States
26 Apr 09
It is true, Eat Up!
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
1 May 09
I got this in one email attachment. This absolutely great revelation.I had no clue about the kitchen sink and the obese man's extravagance should be minimalised just by losing weight.
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@amoyube1980 (2233)
• Somalia
26 Apr 09
*Bacteria colonies with a total population exceeding 50 million can live on a single dirty sponge.**eww! that's really disgusting. I'll never be able to look at a sponge in the same way again.
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• United States
26 Apr 09
WOW!....... just.... WOW!
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• United States
26 Apr 09
What fun it is to read all these things put together in one place! We usually get an interesting factoid her or there, but seldom in a single missive. Good post!
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@sanuanu (11238)
• India
26 Apr 09
Frankly speaking, I do't believe on such facts which have been proven based on some researchs. Although I like the kitchen sink information but again it will do nothing but create panic in woman. I mean what a person can do to avoid a kitchen sink. It can't be moved away from the kitchen as it will increase the work load on woman, isn't it?
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