Friday, August 26, 2011

Things I learned this week

I learned that:
• Waitresses who stand closer to the customer get bigger tips. Smiling, touching and squatting also work, say French researchers.

• Canadians no longer see the environment as one of their top five issues. It now ranks behind the price of gas, adequate pensions, the state of the economy, and ethics in politics.

• A $1 increase in gasoline prices over a 7-year period would reduce obesity in the U.S. by 10%, according to a study at the University of North Carolina. Higher pump prices mean more walking and less dining out.

• Major cities have significant quantities of fecal bacteria in the atmosphere, and the source is dog poop.

• U.S. president Obama is a night owl, whereas his predecessor was early to bed.

• 90% of American adults say most of their fellow Americans are overweight, but only 39% say they themselves are overweight.
How about that?

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