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For this posting I’m going to write about three things that go ‘POP’ … in three different ways. Sounds a bit weird, doesn’t it? Not to worry, read on and you’ll see what I’m rambling on about.
THINGS THAT GO ‘POP’ No.1
I’m into podcasts in a big way at the moment. Mainly history and biographies, and I download whatever I can from Itunes and from the BBC Radio 4 website and I listen to them during the late evenings when it’s quiet on the bus.
Apart from the BBC (of course) there are two other podcast authors that are head and shoulders above the rest. Firstly, there’s RADIOLAB, presented by Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich (pictured), and which is a product of America’s National Public Radio network, coming out of New York radio station WNYC.
The two hosts manage to turn difficult and deep topics into extremely entertaining and informative broadcasts, and I’m often mesmerised by their shows.
So, if you want to know why people tell lies, or what life would be like if nobody knew any words … or even details about the most famous tumours in history, then Radiolab is the place to go.
The other exceptionally good podcast is presented by Dan Carlin. He actually produces two podcasts – one called COMMON SENSE and the other called HARDCORE HISTORY – and both are brilliant. Although Common Sense concentrates mainly on political events in the States, it’s not as boring as it might sound.
Dan Carlin gives the impression of a man being dragged around the studio by his genitals, and it takes a bit of getting used to. He’s frenetic, fast, enthusiastic and very knowledgeable and his podcasts are a delight.
Hardcore History takes a look at various events of the past – such as the German invasion of Russia during WW2 or the downfall of the Roman Empire – and dissects and analyses every aspect of the subject in a unique and highly entertaining way. Both of Dan Carlin’s podcasts are a MUST, and I’m addicted to them.
I learned an interesting thing from Radiolab recently. It involves the medical procedure known as CPR (cardio-pulminary resuscitation). Such a procedure can be used by anybody in order to aid a potential drowning victim or a heart attack sufferer, or anyone who’s not breathing after some such incident.
The procedure involves placing the victim on his or her back, and holding the victim’s head back to give air access to the mouth. 30 firm compressions should be given to the chest, using both hands, followed by 2 long, steady breaths into the victim’s mouth, and this procedure should be repeated until professional aid arrives.
The problem is that there’s no real, cast-iron instruction regarding how often the 30 compressions should be performed. Sometimes they may be too slow, and sometimes too fast, but there’s a foolproof way of getting the timing right if you know any pop music.
With a title that's very appropriate, the Bee Gees’ song ‘Stayin’ Alive’ has the precise beat for giving CPR chest compressions, so you can hum the song to yourself and be sure you’re going at the right speed.
Alternatively, if you’re a Queen fan, their song "Another One Bites The Dust" also has the correct tempo of 100 beats per minute, so you could sing along to that one – although the title may be a bit inappropriate for someone who’s flat on their back and not breathing.
'Stayin Alive' - the classic 70's disco song from The Bee Gees and the ideal tempo for giving someone CPR
THINGS THAT GO ‘POP’ No.2
There’s been a dramatic development in the world’s boob department, as record holder Sheyla Hershey announces that she’s having her Mount Everest-sized breast implants removed because of health reasons (story HERE).
Ms Hershey, who boasts M-cup size breasts (M for ‘mountains" I would think), is in the Guinness Book of Records for her silicon-enhanced assets, and is going under the knife to try and make herself look more like "a normal housewife" after becoming "too scared to look in the mirror".
Who am I to advise a woman regarding that particular area? I can only give my humble opinion as a mere male, and say that whenever the subject of breast implants comes up in polite conversation between myself and other men (as it often does of course) very few of us think they’re the slightest bit sexy or attractive.
"Like a couple of inflexible beach balls superglued to the chest" is the general opinion, and the consensus is that the natural type are far more appealing – whether or not they’re heading south with age.
So, no sympathy from me for Ms Hershey. She shouldn’t have been so stupid in the first place as to buy such monstrosities. Just take a look at the video below to show what can happen if breast implants fail. Be happy with what nature gave you, is what I say.
And this ‘POP’ is about the popping of yet another internet myth – of which there are untold numbers floating around. It never ceases to amaze me why these sorts of things keep circulating and I get them regularly in my e-mail box. Nobody seems to bother checking whether or not they’re true … they just forward them on and perpetuate the myth.
I check everything before I take it as being gospel truth. If there’s any doubt in my mind, I go to either URBAN LEGENDS at ABOUT.COM or to SNOPES to see if they’ve picked it up, and the majority of times they’ve done just that, and it’s shown to be a hoax. I wish everybody would do that, and then we wouldn’t get so much crap floating around the internet.
This is the e-mail. It’s supposedly from the proprietor of a McDonald’s restaurant in South Australia to some other manager somewhere, urging him to swindle his customers in order to raise profits.
If you can't read the relevant bit, it's enlarged below
McDonald’s became so perturbed about this alleged memo that they had to put out a press release denying all knowledge, but no doubt some damage was done by the fact that a lot of gullible people would have believed it.
The signature could have been a clue, if anyone had cared to think about it. Signed by someone called Robert Trugabe, it’s a dead ringer for the signature of that idiot Robert Mugabe, who rules over the unfortunate country of Zimbabwe. His signature is shown below.