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Why Sugar Is So Harmful

Did you know sugar is eight times more addictive than cocaine and linked to the deaths of almost 600,000 Americans a year? It’s true.

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One recent study found that Oreo cookies, of all things, were actually MORE addictive than both cocaine and heroin.

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No wonder people have such a hard time saying “no” to sugary snack foods. They’re designed to stimulate certain parts of your brain and create addictive behavior.

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The Ostrich eyeball is bigger than it’s brain!

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Ostrich

The eyes of the ostrich are about the size of billiard balls — their brains are smaller, meaning they’re not very smart birds. Although ostriches aren’t brilliant, they are capable of running at tremendous speeds of up to 40 miles per hour to escape their natural predators. They can cover 10 to 16 feet in a single step…….annnnnd, they tend to run in circles 🙂

In addition to having eyes that are bigger than their brains, ostriches also lay the biggest eggs in the world (3.5 to 5 pounds). Although an ostrich egg is the largest of all eggs, it is the smallest egg in relation to the size of the bird.

The Ostrich egg will weigh 1600 – 2300 gm (about 3.5 to 5 pounds) and is equivalent in volume to 2 dozen chicken eggs.

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The Power of Negative Self Talk

Studies show our normal rate of talking is 120 words a minute, but we can think at a rate of 1300 words a minute.*

No wonder I sometimes get depressed when I dwell on my problems. Imagine ten minutes of negative self-talk. That’s 13,000 negative, sad, angry, and discouraging words pumped into my soul.

brain technical difficulties2 Corinthians 10:5 says, “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” (NIV)

When we begin to think negative thoughts, we must spring into action…demolishing and taking thoughts captive. What a great picture of warfare—a reminder that most battles are won or lost in our minds.

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 A Crocodile cannot stick it’s tongue out!

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To many people, alligators and crocodiles look very much alike. They are two distinct species with many notable differences. While both have tongues, only the alligator can stick his out.

A crocodile’s tongue doesn’t move. It is held in place at the roof of the mouth by a membrane.

Because crocodiles spend so much time underwater, the tongue helps keep the throat closed, protecting the animal’s airway. Unlike other species, the tongue plays no part in feeding.

P.S. At the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter since it swallows it’s food whole anyway 😉

FYI – Here is a comparison between a crocodile and an alligator…

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U.S. PRESIDENTIAL TRIVIA:

Who was the tallest U.S. President?

Who was the shortest U.S. President?

Which U.S. President got stuck in the White House bathtub?

The tallest U.S. President was Abraham Lincoln

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The shortest U.S. President was James Monroe

monre shortThe U.S. President who got stuck in the White House bathtub was William H. Taft

(and supposedly it took several men to get him out)

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Stats:

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emotions are contagious

“We all share emotions, and we’re all affected by the emotions others share with us. We spread our emotions through face-to-face conversations, phone calls, emails, Facebook posts, tweets, or in wordless expressions 🙂

These all influence the moods of others.

When someone smiles at you, you smile back. This is known as imitation. If someone cries, you experience more or less sadness and/or urge to help. In small children, such contagion is irresistible. Any preschool teacher will confirm times when one crying kid has led to all the kids being in tears.

Why is this? Is there some kind of benefit underlying the emotional contagion between human beings?

According to an article published by Elaine Hatfield, John T. Cacioppo and Richard L. Rapson, emotional contagion is ”the tendency to automatically mimic and synchronize expressions, vocalizations, postures, and movements with those of another person and, consequently, to converge emotionally.”

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From an evolutionary perspective, emotional contagion is essential for survival. For example, when threatened by a predator, emotional arousal spreads within a prey group and enables more of the animals to escape from danger. Researchers at the University of Chicago observed that rats became distressed when they saw other rats in distress, and they displayed pain behavior if they saw other rats in pain, suggesting that the most principal form of empathy is well-known to other species.  scared rats

Emotional contagion serves human beings as well, it was helpful to our ancestors, enabling them to understand each other in a time before verbal communication was possible.

Although we tend to believe that, as adults, we’re adept at emotional management and control, even the most stoic among us is susceptible to emotional contagion.”

Excerpt from an (April 17, 2012) article, by Dr. Ryan T. Howell, Ph.D.