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What the heck?

Recently I saw this headline, “Chemical in many antibacterial soaps linked with impaired muscle function.”  Seriously?  Good grief, what the heck are we doing to our doggone selves?  We can’t even get soap right anymore!  What a mess, and how scary to think that the soap you may be using could actually be causing you harm in other areas of your body. 

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Introduced in the 1970s, the compound triclosan has become an increasingly popular ingredient in many antibacterial soaps and other personal-care items, such as deodorants and mouthwashes.  However, as the chemical’s popularity continues to grow, a recent report has raised concerns about some frightening risks that triclosan could pose to public health.

A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has revealed that exposure to triclosan is linked with muscle function impairments in humans and mice, as well as slowing the swimming of fish.  By reducing contractions in both cardiac and skeletal muscles, the chemical has the potential to contribute to heart disease and heart failure.

Click here to read the whole thing: Chemical in many antibacterial soaps linked with impaired muscle function

Heart failure?  From soap?!  Wow.  Just wow.  Well, I swore off anti-bacterial soaps a long time ago when I found out they didn’t reduce germs any better than regular soap.  But apparently this chemical is in other things too, so it pays to read labels. 

As for soap, I’m all aboard the homemade soap express now.  I think I have been for a bit, but reading this article just confirms that I’ve made a good decision.  My friend Sherri makes a great soap that’s fragrance free and she’s going to be selling it, so check out her link if you’re interested.  I can personally vouch for it because I’ve actually used it.  I have a local friend who makes a soap designed for skin conditions, specifically my skin condition, and she’s going to be teaching me how to make it myself in the next few months since I go through her stock so fast.  I love the homemade soaps – it’s like skin candy.  But it really is so much healthier too, and you have control over what the ingredients are so you know what’s in it.  No fears of heart failure from my soap, that’s for sure! 

I’ll probably do a post on my first efforts, and I’m kind of looking forward to it.  The thought of making my own soap feels so … pioneer-ish, heh, but it’s something I want to get into.  I think it’ll be fun. 

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Wild Things Have Gone

It’s sad news about Maurice Sendak’s passing.  Anyone who has kids probably knows who he was – the author of the famous children’s classic Where The Wild Things Are

My kids never really got into that one too much, but they (and I!) loved the Little Bear cartoons

In reading some news stuff, I came across this video – I can’t rightly call it a tribute, but it was doggone funny.  My son watched the entire thing and laughed the whole time. 

I present to you, “Christopher Walken* reads Where The Wild Things Are.”  Enjoy!

*Some say it’s an impersonator. 

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Treads and Toss ups

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I saw these the other day and did a double take.  Too weird, even for me!  If you can believe that, lol.  The heel is just bizarre looking and I actually had a moment of pity for the model who had to traipse down a runway wearing these things.

Plus, I hate the color combination.  The sparkle is nice, but that’s about it. 

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Know what I saw in the paper a few days ago?  Get this, Burger King is trying out a delivery service.  I had no idea they already do that in other countries (what are we, chopped liver?) but so far they’re doing a trial run in D.C. and are thinking of expanding it. For $2 Burger King Will Come to You

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Another article I found was this one about How Much Is A Homemaker Worth?  I like articles like that, for obvious reasons, lol.  Smile  Some women who stay at home get put down a lot by either a less than considerate husband or thoughtless friends or neighbors.  It’s nice to see the affirmation that homemakers often need.

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Lastly, I have a post up on my recipes blog.  You can check out my Cheesy Egg BakeSmile  Pull up a chair! 

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Thoughts

Just a couple of really neat things I wanted to share with you!

First, my friend MR over at Mountain Republic sent me this awesome video.  The future is here!  Star Trek has arrived!  Check it out:

Earl Grey, hot!

The other cool thing I wanted to show you is here: Noah’s Ark Set to Sail

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Just click the link or the picture to see more – it’s amazing! 

Thanks to Seraphic Secret for that one.  Smile

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This Week’s Thoughts

A collection of some of the more weird, funny, or interesting news items I’ve come across recently. 

I got this email titled ‘Worse than Wal-Mart‘…

well, you be the judge- definitely some serious competition here:

via ‘People of Wal-Mart’- the Music Video!

Not responsible if you need the eye bleach afterwards!  
ROAD RAGE, African Style….
Oh yeah, this does give “road rage” a whole ‘nother meaning!  LOL
Americans don’t know rules of the road.
Speaking of road rage …
World’s Only ‘Brand-New’, 100% Original 1950 Chevrolet Coupe!. Maybe they’d know those road rules better if they were driving one of these babies!

Highway numbers aren’t random — and mean more than you might expect.

via Who Knew? – Yahoo! News.

Fun stuff about America’s highways.  There’s a method to the madness!

Rare color photos from the 1940s

via – Yahoo! News Photos.

Cool pictures from the 40s, without the sepia overcast, or being in black and white.

LIFE Slideshow: Terrible Beauty: A-Bomb Tests

via Trinity – Yahoo! News Photos.

Amazing and thought provoking pictures.

3D Street Art by Edgar Mueller

via German artist Edgar Mueller – Yahoo! News Photos.

More amazing shots, but in a fun way.  Smile

Adorable lady finds missing cat during interview outside tornado-ruined home

via – Yahoo! News.

If you’ve ever found a lost pet, this one’s for you.  Keep the tissue close!

Click through this slideshow for a comprehensive list of all the shows that won’t be coming back.

via Canceled TV Shows – Yahoo! TV.

Do you watch TV?  Check out this list to see if your favorites will be back next season.

AC/DC Is The Preferred Music Of Sharks

via AC/DC Is The Preferred Music Of Sharks.

This one just tickled my funny bone and I laughed and laughed.  And laughed.  :lol:  Some things just hit me in the right spot at the right time.
Got Paraprosdokian?

Paraprosdokian (noun): Figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected

…frequently used in a humorous situation.

"I’ve had a perfectly wonderful evening… but this wasn’t it." —Groucho Marx

"If all the girls who attended the Yale prom were laid end to end, I wouldn’t be a bit surprised." — Dorothy Parker

"I like going to the park and watching the children run around because they don’t know I’m using blanks."
Emo Phillips

You do not need a parachute to skydive- you only need a parachute to skydive more than once.

via Got Paraprosdokian?

These were some of my favorites.  Check out the rest, there’s lots more!  Open-mouthed smile

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This Week’s Thoughts

 America’s Prettiest Towns. These would make a great summer driving tour.  Remember when people used to do that sort of thing?
Animal Kingdom likely to run in Preakness. Did you see the race?  I saw the race!  I was able to stream it on the web!  It was a great race, you should have seen Animal Kingdom come from behind to win. 
13 Beauty Lessons Mom Was Right About. Somebody’s mom, I’m sure.  Smile  We can all use a tip or 2, right? 
The Best and Worst Kitchen Appliances. I love kitchen gadgets and appliances.  But no matter what, my dream freezer is still an upright.  Ahh, someday!

The Army Corps of Engineers disguised various aircraft plants along the West Coast

via After Pearl Harbor.

I stumbled on these a couple of years ago, and by chance found them again recently.  These are amazing photos, not just because they’re cool, but also for what our engineers were able to accomplish.  Stunning!
Commodore USA. Remember the Commodore 64?  It’s baaaaa-aaaack!
The 5 Biggest Mistakes Used Car Buyers Make. Are you in the market for a newer used car?  Here are some helpful tips we all could use, I’m sure.  I know car buying is a science at which I fail , so any help is welcome.
Cool Video: 9 Months = 2 Minutes. This is a really fun video.  I wish a real pregnancy lasted only 2 minutes!  LOL  Labor too!

Praying for those along the Mississippi River.  I remember when it flooded back in ‘93, only I’m hearing that this time is the worst it’s been since something like 1937.  Memphis is under water y’all, and Texas needs water to put out the wildfires.  Our southern heartland is hurting.  Don’t forget they’re trying to recover from all those tornadoes down in Alabama and surrounding states a couple of weeks ago, too.  So I’m praying for our south.  Join me!

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This Week’s Thoughts

The Nielsen Company, which takes TV set ownership into account when it produces ratings, will tell television networks and advertisers on Tuesday that 96.7 percent of American households now own sets, down from 98.9 percent previously.

via tv-ownership-nytimes: Personal Finance News from Yahoo! Finance.

It’s not the TV I  object to – I love TV.  It’s the enormously high cable bills I’m no longer willing to pay.  Count me among those finding alternative forms of entertainment. 

The data breach comes on top of the 77 million PlayStation accounts it has already said were jeopardized by a malicious intrusion.

via Sony says 25 million more accounts hacked – Video Games Blog Plugged In – Yahoo! Games.

PlayStation Network users beware!  I know they were down for something like 10 days.  Heh, it was probably cable hackers getting even for those of us finding alternative forms of entertainment.

a federal lawsuit alleging that the firm, Atlanta-based Aaron’s Inc., loaded computers with spyware to track renters’ keystrokes, make screenshots and even take webcam images of them using the devices at home

via Suit against PC renter raises privacy questions – Yahoo! News.

This gives whole new meaning to the term “spyware”! 

Doug Flutie’s daughter, Alexa, was recently selected to join the New England Patriots 2011 cheerleader team. The 23-year-old reigning Miss Massachusetts was one of 31 women to make the squad.

via Doug Flutie’s daughter will be a Patriots cheerleader – Shutdown Corner – NFL Blog – Yahoo! Sports.

As a Patriots fan, I just thought this was fun.  Smile  Doug’s daughter is the real “Flutie Cutie” although dad is still a contender. 

every food on this list boasts multiple healing effects, from fighting cancer to reducing cholesterol, guarding against heart disease, and more

via 12 Foods With Super-Healing Powers.

Super foods!  Sometimes it really amazes me how awesome our food is. 

Here are the 16 worst (and most confounding) gifts Shine moms have unwrapped or unleashed their fury over on Mother’s Day

via Heinous clothing in the wrong size – You told us! The absolute worst Mother’s Day gifts on Shine.

Yep, Mother’s Day is this weekend!  This is a funny list of the kind of gifts not to buy for that special mom you might know. 

Also this weekend, the Kentucky Derby!  Yay, horses, racing, mint juleps, woo!  Open-mouthed smile   

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