Friday, March 22, 2013

Things I learned this week

• Men tend to marry younger women because men are capable of producing children for a longer time than women and thus, when they're older, are more likely than women to marry.

• Research seems to indicate that eliminating leaded gasoline lead to a major reduction in violent crime and teen pregnancies between 1960 and 2009. Something to do with lead making you stupid.

• Do not heat any liquid in a microwave oven for more than two minutes per cup and, after heating, let the cup stand in the microwave for thirty seconds before moving it or adding anything into it. Microwaved water and other liquids can actually get superheated and not bubble at all, then bubble up out of the cup when it is moved or when something like a spoon or tea bag is put into it. People have been badly burned this way.

• Not one of the top-five smartphone vendors from early 2007 (Nokia, RIM, Sharp, Motorola, and Palm) remains in the top five today.

• Of Americans who changed their minds to favour gay marriage, 37% said this was because they know someone who is gay or lesbian.

• A new study from the University of Colorado says that if you eat while you should be sleeping, you will gain weight. You heard it here first.


  1. Maybe I shouldn't, but I had to laugh with the lead making you stupid...particularly about the pregnancy part.

    I didn't know that about the microwave. That is a great tip!

  2. The gay marriage statistic shows the value of coming out. At one time, people always figured they didn't know anyone who is gay. Surprise!

    1. Some people still think that, but they are wrong, of course. Still, much progress has been made.