Miscellany – July

It’s official and just what chocoholics want to know: chocolate has been found to lower the risk of heart attack and stroke, according to findings published online in the European Heart Journal and by healthandage.com

In the largest observational study to date to examine the link between chocolate and the risk of cardiovascular disease, researchers from the German Institute of Human Nutrition sought to investigate the association between consumption of chocolate and blood pressure and cardiovascular disease. They studied 19,357 people aged 35-65 years who had no history of heart attack or stroke and were not taking any medications for high blood pressure. At the start of the study, participants underwent medical checks, including blood pressure measurements, and answered questions about their lifestyle and diet, including chocolate consumption. Study participants also responded to follow-up questionnaires every two to three years. During an average follow-up period of 8 years, the researchers found that average blood pressure was lowest among those people who ate the most chocolate. Cardiovascular risk reduction associated with chocolate consumption was stronger for stroke than for heart attack, with a nearly 47% lower risk. Dark chocolate is best, but then we knew that all along!

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No parking or stopping? Yeah right!





No parking or stopping? Yeah right!

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You've heard of Kiwi ingenuity – how about Russian tenacity? Take a look at this and admire – but watch all the way through… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5aKewzoUGDw&NR=1

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Not many authors can boast of having written a best-selling pornographic novel, much less one regarded as an erotica classic—but Pauline Réage could. Make that Dominique Aury. No: Anne Desclos.

All three were the same woman, but for years the real name behind the incendiary work was among the best-kept secrets in the literary world. Forty years after the publication of the French novel Histoire d’O, the full truth was finally made public. Even then, some still considered it the most shocking book ever written.

http://www.guernicamag.com/features/2772/ciuraru_6_15_11/

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Last requests: In death, John Ross wanted his ashes mixed with
pot, rolled into a joint, and smoked at his funeral… http://nplusonemag.com/on-john-ross

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