Friday, July 13, 2012

Signs of the times

Just because everything is different doesn't mean anything has changed. ~ Irene Peter
• Dogs and cats are good for infants' health, according to a study at Finland's Kuopio University, and the benefits increase with the amount of time the dog spends outside. It is believed that exposure to dirt and bacteria helps build up a baby's immune system.

 • In 75 countries, you can be sent to jail if you're gay, and gays can be executed in seven countries. [Toronto Star]

• Before the internet, the degrees of separation (number of links in the chain that connects you to anyone else on earth) was six. It is now 3.74.

• After ranking number one from 1994 to 2000 on the UN Human Development Index, a measure of quality of life, Canada had fallen to 6th by 2011, trailing Norway, Australia, the Netherlands, the U.S., and New Zealand.
Change is inevitable, except for vending machines.

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