Trauma Thursdays: Exercise for the Full Figured

Trauma Thursdays: Exercise for the Full Figured

Scientists at the University of Wollongong in Australia recently conducted a study to determine how running in deep water versus running on a treadmill affected full-busted women’s comfort levels. Granted, they only used 16 women with bust sizes of only C cups or larger, but the effort was there and it will not go unappreciated. Anyway, the women perceived the deep water running as more strenuous but also more comfortable. They had significantly less exercise-induced breast pain. The comfort came from the reduced velocity of bust movement. Isn’t water wonderful?

Trauma Thursdays: Lightening Crashes

Trauma Thursdays: Lightening Crashes

Long Island has had a few bad thunderstorms this summer. Over the next few decades, major storms will be getting worse and more frequent. Today, I sat on my deck as the storm rolled in and the sky became dark. I was able to catch the last bit of light being swallowed by the billowing clouds. I remember being little and my mom rushing us into the basement with blankets, water, et cetera and stressing that we stay away from the windows. Yet as time went by, we developed a penchant for sitting near the bay window and leaning over the couch, watching the incoming storm with fascination. How can something so fearful be so beautiful?

Anyway, lightning can still be deadly, with the main causal situation being talking on a landline during a storm. Lightning burns can be pretty cool looking, but you can Google the pictures if you want. I know some of you may be a bit squeamish so I refrained from posting them on here.

Sorry for the shoddy image quality. This old camera’s image quality suffers greatly when the batteries are dying. I would never recommend this camera, for several reasons I may discuss later.

Trauma Thursdays: Sending Out an SOS

Trauma Thursdays: Sending Out an SOS

If I had a dollar for every time I wished someone in a horror movie could text 911 for help, I could …well, I could pay back my student loans. Verizon must have watched the same movies, because they plan to offer their customers a 911 texting service starting sometime in 2013. Not only will this help people stuck in real-life horror movie situations, but also will help hearing-impaired and deaf people to get their emergency message through. Let’s just hope people don’t (ab)use this service to prank dispatchers as often as they do with verbal calls. Believe it or not, EMTs and Paramedics don’t necessarily enjoy waking up at 3:30 a.m., only to find you and your drunk friends cracking up on a sofa.

More information here and here.

Trauma Thursdays: The Newest Form of Birth Control…

Trauma Thursdays: The Newest Form of Birth Control…

is Cost Realization.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture releases a report every year on the annual costs to raise a child. It was calculated out that raising a child for 17 years costs $300,000, not including college. Now that figure applies to middle income families, with low income families spending $212,370 and high income families spending $490,830. Yowza! Do you know what you could buy for $300,000?

392 pairs of Manolo Blahniks
A PHD from Harvard
1250 hamsters (life expenses included)
Fund the building of 12 schools in India

More birth control inducing prices here.

Trauma Thursdays: This explains a lot…

Trauma Thursdays: This explains a lot…

The prefrontal cortex is not fully developed until the age of 25. This part of the brain allows one to foresee consequences, simultaneously consider multiple stream of conflicting information, and basically to make good judgements. There are other parts it plays, which can be read here.
Picture taken from the The Orange County Register.
Trauma Thursdays: Braaaaaiiiins!

Trauma Thursdays: Braaaaaiiiins!

Someone at the Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center messed up (either by accident or on purpose) and basically left the freezer door open (I’m paraphrasing loosely, here). The damage to the brains could cost 10 years in Autism research.

It was probably Jenny McCarthy (I’m just speculating).

Meanwhile, zombies the world over are wailing in disappointment.

Picture and information taken from here.

Trauma Thursdays: Honey, I shrunk the brains.

Trauma Thursdays: Honey, I shrunk the brains.

As a species, our brains are shrinking. For a long time (understatement of the year, haha) our brains were growing, but over the last 20,000 years we’ve lost about 1 tennis ball size chunk of brain. Below is a three-page article discussing the different theories as to why this is happening. Personally, I think it is a mixture of Justin Beiber and Rebecca Black’s poisonous “music” seeping into peoples’ heads through the airwaves. Maybe the brain isn’t really shrinking; maybe different parts of it are just committing suicide.