# Monday, 02 March 2009

This article suggests that eating an egg a day could actually help lower your blood pressure. It is based on research that has found eggs produce proteins that mimic the action of drugs that lower pressure such as Ace inhibitors. These drugs lower blood pressure by stopping the hormone angiotensin narrowing the body's blood vessels and it appears that eggs can do the same thing when they come into contact with stomach enzymes. The study was, however, funded by the poultry industry so whilst I find it interesting I can't help feeling a little skeptical.

posted on Monday, 02 March 2009 13:09:10 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, 01 March 2009

If you are thinking of having an affair then you might want to check out this article, it suggests that the average affair costs an adulterer £8,000. This figure is based upon a poll which looked at 2,000 adulterers. On average unfaithful partners will spend £2,000 on secret holidays, £1,000 on dining, £916 on food and drink in country pubs and £1,000 on flowers. In additional to this most mistresses receive 10 boxes of chocolates, 11 bouquets of flowers, and 10 sets of clothes, underwear or jewellery in a 12 month period. The poll also found that adulterers also spent more money on their cheated partners, with eleven per cent of adults being more likely to take them away for a weekend if they are having an affair and one in ten buying flowers on the way home from a liaison.

posted on Sunday, 01 March 2009 12:20:02 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, 28 February 2009

A barman in Norfolk found himself in trouble with his boss after he cooked the pub takings. Luke Woolston, the barman at the Jolly Farmers in Ormesby, Norfolk stored the money inside an oven for safe keeping after he cashed up. Unfortunately he had failed to realise that the oven was switched on and it was only when he smelt burning that he realised he had cooked £1,000 on the pub takings. He later confessed to his boss by text message who took the unusual tactic of simply telling the customers what had happened saying I thought I could handle it in one of two ways - either give him a strong talking to or tell two or three customers, thinking it would be round the village in no time and his life would be hell for two or three weeks. It seems to have worked."

posted on Saturday, 28 February 2009 14:08:27 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

I drink a lot of tea so was pleased when I found this article which suggests that drinking three cups of tea a day can help to reduce the risk of stroke. The study was carried out by scientists from the American Heart Association who found that drinking three cups of tea a day cuts the risk of brain clots by 21 per cent. It is thought that it may do this by reducing blood pressure.

posted on Saturday, 28 February 2009 14:06:41 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, 27 February 2009

article-0-03AD21E6000005DC-395_468x648 This is great its an office space that comes complete with its own helter skelter slide. The feature is part of the Electric Works office complex in Sheffield which opens on Monday. The slide inside is part of one of the office suites, it is made of steel and plastic and is 87ft with a 40ft drop. The slide takes you from the third floor right down to the ground floor reception in just seven seconds so it could be a great way of getting rid of annoying clients very quickly.

posted on Friday, 27 February 2009 10:30:03 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, 26 February 2009

PD*27155414 This is interesting, its a portable sandwich toaster which has been invented by a Korean designer. It is designed to allow users to heat up their lunchtime sandwich without the need for a grill or a toaster. It works by producing heat via nanotechnology using moleculer sized tubes of carbon. It then spreads this heat using the ceramic unit until the bread is toasted. Unfortunately it appears to have a few flaws, it can only toast one side at a time and it only toasts part of the sandwich at the time. It's an interesting idea and perhaps if it were the size of a slice of bread might be a little more practical.

posted on Thursday, 26 February 2009 13:09:09 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, 25 February 2009

This article suggests that the type of exercise you do dictates the type of food that you want to eat afterwards. Apparently some work outs trigger cravings for health foods such as fruit whilst other make you more inclined to reach for a chocolate biscuit or a piece of cake. A long tiring swim in a cold pool tends to leave you hungry for high fat foods whereas going for a run on a warm day is more likely to make you want to eat fruit. Dr Stensel explains this saying: 'While some high-intensity exercise, such as running in hot conditions, suppresses the ghrelin hormone, which stimulates appetite, other high-intensity exercise, such as swimming in cold water, actually increases the hormone which, in turn, increases hunger.' I'm not sure I agree, any form of exercise makes me want to eat chocolate.

posted on Wednesday, 25 February 2009 14:27:32 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Pancake Tower This is apparently the world's tallest pancake stack. It stands 29.5 inches (75cm) high and beat the previous record by 0.4 inches. To make this amount of pancakes took 100 eggs, 17 pints of milk, 11lbs of flour and 6.6lbs of butter. The stack includes 672 pancakes and took 22 hours to build, that's a lot of pancakes.

posted on Tuesday, 24 February 2009 13:45:56 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

article-1150131-0394E3CB000005DC-996_233x281 Marks and Spencer have recently started selling a wedding ring and engagement ring set for those on a budget. At just £18 it certainly won't break the bank. The rings are platinum plated and diamante encrusted with the underneath being made of a tin alloy. The engagement ring also includes a fake diamond. The M&S logo features on the inside of the ring in place of a hallmark and the set comes in a purple jewellery box. I wonder how popular these will turn out to be.

posted on Tuesday, 24 February 2009 11:40:19 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, 23 February 2009

PD*27095430 According to this article this is Britain's fastest ever police dog. He has been nicknamed The Stig after the Top Gear racing driver because at only three months old he can already outrun dogs that are twice his size and age. Following the completion of his training in 2010 the dog will be used to catch fleeing criminals.

posted on Monday, 23 February 2009 12:32:29 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback