Friday, August 22, 2014

Friday, Aug 22, 2014

1.        An elderly Milwaukee woman called 9-1-1 when she thought she was having a heart attack, but she wasn’t, so EMS charged her $315.  ***  Fortunately, the story has a happy ending:  When she saw the charges she really did have a heart attack and got a refund.

2.        According to a study published in the journal “Nature,” Neanderthals and humans coexisted for 5,000 years, giving them plenty of opportunity to meet, mix and mate.  ***  Of course, to meet humans the Neanderthals had to be fairly creative in their profiles.

3.        According to a study published in the medical journal “Brain,” older people sleep less because they lose brain neurons that control sleep patterns.  ***   To be specific, they lose neurons that control nighttime sleep.  The neurons that control afternoon naps are still going strong.

4.        Casey Kasem’s wife plans to have him buried in Oslo, Norway.  ***  He once said it would be a cold day in hell before he’d be buried next to that overbearing woman, and she figured Oslo was close enough.

5.        Kid Rock is about to become a grandfather.  ***  And he’ll be changing his name to Kid Rocking Chair.

6.        A Harvard researcher claims “there is no limit to the human lifespan” and reaching 150 years old is very possible.  ***  In fact, he believes that someday people might even live long enough to pay off their student loans.

7.        In Altadena, California an 85 year-old man accidentally drove his car into a swimming pool when his footwear got entangled with the pedals.  ***  So, maybe it was a good thing he was wearing flippers.

8.        As part of the Ice Bucket Challenge, Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander dumped ice water on girlfriend Kate Upton.  ***  Actually, that’s just the Alaskan version of the wet T-shirt contest.

9.        A new Gallup poll shows that millennials are starting to show interest in spending money on housing, utilities and other necessities.  ***  In other words, they’re finally getting kicked out of their parents’ basement.

10.     According to a University of Oregon study, early morning is when elderly people are best able to carry out complex tasks and avoid distractions.  ***  The rest of the day they are better at carrying out distractions and avoiding complex tasks.

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