Monthly Archives: May 2007

A proof in point

The title of my blog? Here is a proof in point. Tess Gerritsen delivered the commencement address at the University of Maine, and used some of the “creepy facts” she’s collected over the years to comment on life.

Like the Candiru fish, who will lodge in the urethra of the human male (ouch) if he happens to take a leak in the Amazon river. Here’s what she has to say about that:

“The second lesson the Candiru fish can teach us is this: Be careful where you take a piss. Don’t foul the water where you live. Don’t poison your workplace with gossip. I work in the publishing industry, and if I were to say nasty things about an editor or agent or another writer behind her back, you can pretty much bet she will eventually hear it. It’s the same for any other business out there. The people you piss on today will never forget it. And the chances are, you will meet them again.”

Another one, related to eating fried squirrel brains (a once delicacy in Kentucky):

“Be critical about what you consume from the media. Because what you put into your brain is as important as what you put into your mouths. Whether food or information, insist on the truth. Don’t swallow propaganda, even though it’s quick and easy to digest, the equivalent of those fast-food outlets we see on the highways. The truth is often a lot more complicated, but like real food, worthwhile food, in the end, it’s a lot more satisfying.”

But the most significant comment at all, based on a real woman (and not creepy at all, so she didn’t sustain her them ’til the end), Sally Ride, the first female astronaut, who changed careers several times in her life.

“But life can change, in ways you can’t predict. What you thought was a dream job turns out to be a daily ordeal. Or you get fired. Or your business collapses. You’ll wake up at age 30 or 40 or 50 (some of you parents may be going through this right now) and suddenly realize that you hate your job, and you desperately want to do something different. You want another chance. You want another life. I’m here to tell you that it’s not impossible.”

And I agree with her. In my life, I was a housecleaner, a telephone operator, a finance officer, a personnel officer, a human resources consultant, and a writer. Some of these, you’d say, are fairly incompatible. Yet, they all led me to who I am today, and I like what I see. Life is too short to do something you hate.

Thanks to dynastic_queen for pointing me to Gerritsen’s blog entry.

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Water Facts

I always tell myself I should drink water (if water tasted like scotch, I’d have no problem). If you’re like me, here are some factoids that might you to increase your water intake:

  • 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. (Likely applies to half world population)
  • In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is often mistaken for hunger.
  • Even MILD dehydration will slow down one’s metabolism as much as 3%.
  • One glass of water shut down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a U-Washington study.
  • Lack of water, the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.
  • Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.
  • A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a printed page.
  • Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79%, and one is 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer.
  • Thanks to for this information.

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6 billion Others, A project by Yann Arthus-Bertrand

6 billion Others, A project by Yann Arthus-Bertrand is a fantastic project that shows how different but how similar the human race is, regardless of continents, borders, language, skin color, or gender.

The project will be completed in 2008, but it’s possible to roam through the site right now and listen to people speak on joy, dreams, love, parents, laughter, nature, and a host of other subjects.

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