Saturday, September 22, 2018

Numbers 1-7

1. Cigarette butts, not plastic, are the number one
contaminant in the ocean . . . another good reason not to smoke. (Reference links below.)

2. Rum drinkers are in the number two spot when it comes to how much drunk people spend online at Amazon. Gin drinkers have the number one spot. Don’t drink and drive, and don’t drink and buy. 

3. Sunscreen expires in three years. 

4. The fourth germiest place in your home is the coffee pot reservoir with 50,585 micro-organisms per ten square centimeters. The kitchen sponge or rag, the toothbrush holder, and the pet’s food bowl are numbers one through three. Ew.

5. Five million people in the US have Alzheimer’s. That number is expected to triple by 2060. I try not to be too crude on this blog, but that sucks

6. The sixth best-selling novel of all time is Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None. It’s a mystery story so frightening that it borders on horror. 

7. Seven percent of pet owners in the US will dress their pet in a hot dog costume for Halloween. (Surely the article meant dressing up small dogs and not gerbils, great Danes, or iguanas). 

References:
1. https://www.mystateline.com/news/study-shows-cigarette-butts-are-the-worst-ocean-contaminant/1400449159
2. https://www.digit.in/general/gin-drinkers-spend-the-most-on-amazon-when-drunk-study-shows-42605.html
3. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/expert-answers/sunscreen-expire/faq-20057957
4. https://www.cheatsheet.com/culture/germiest-places-in-your-house.html/
5. https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/alzheimer-s-cases-nearly-triple-2060-cdc-says-n911866
6. https://bestlifeonline.com/best-selling-novels/
7. http://www.petproductnews.com/News/Spending-on-Pet-Halloween-Costumes-to-Increase-This-Year-NRF-Reports/

Make this day even better! Consider:


  • Speaking of numbers, there are 100 days left in 2018, 100 days to achieve that New Year’s Resolution you set 265 days ago. Go you! Other 100-day ideas:
  • Learn a new skill like mastering the GIMP image manipulator (it’s free if you want to try it, https://www.gimp.org), or flipping an omelet without suddenly having to announce, “We’re having scrambled eggs instead!”
  • Develop a new habit, like actual daily flossing.
  • Read a trilogy in your favorite genre.
  • Re-home 100 unwanted items currently taking up space in your household.
  • Save a dollar per day so on January 1st you can pay 100 dollars toward debt.
  • Tell a lame joke every evening at the dinner table.
  • Read 2 Samuel through 1 Chronicles in the Bible, one chapter per day. Yep, those books added up have exactly 100 chapters.


17 comments:

  1. Oh dear, only 100 days are left? I must check my new year goals!

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    1. Yeah, the year is going by fast, isn't it?! Thanks for commenting, Nil.:-)

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  2. 1) Are there any good reasons TO smoke? 2) I'd rather the drinkers be drunk online than drunk on the road. 3) The best argument for sunscreen I ever saw was on a 84 year old retired farmer. His forearm was laying across his (unclothed) thigh. His thigh skin looked like that of a child's---white and unflawed. His forearm looked like 84 year old sun-damaged skin. 4) Makes me want to get one of those glass carafe coffee makers. 5) If we don't turn global warming around, there likely won't be that many elderly people around to get Alzheimer's. 2060 is a long way off.6) I wish Whodunnits came in the flavor of who did this wonderful, mysterious thing. Not just murder. 7) And 100% of pets who have been dressed for Halloween will give their owners a look that says, "Really? Couldn't we just go for a walk?" --Fawn

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    1. I certainly can't think of any good reason to smoke. It's yukky. Re number six: as a writer yourself, maybe you'll spawn a new genre! I'm glad you stopped by, Fawn.:-)

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    2. Fredrik Backman kinda started it with his book "My Grandmother Told Me to Tell You She's Sorry." A book I thoroughly enjoyed.

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    3. How interesting, Fawn. I didn't know. I'll have to look for the book, thanks!

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    4. There isn't really a GOOD reason to smoke. As a former smoker though, I can tell you that the buzz you get when you first inhale a few puffs is often incentive enough to light another one. And that by the time you no longer get that buzz, quitting can be very difficult. It's a ridiculously difficult habit to break - 12 years and counting though!!!

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    5. Twelve years, that's awesome, congrats! Thanks for commenting.:-)

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  3. This is very cool. I loved the collection of facts and tidbits of trivia. I've actually always wondered when sunscreen expires, so thanks for the info, LOL.
    Staggering and sad about Alzheimer’s. :(

    Happy Monday!

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    1. Happy Monday back at ya, Mae! Thanks for popping in.:-)

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  4. I'm adding clean my coffee pot reservoir to my to-do list today! What a nasty fact! Glad I don't drink or smoke. Interesting lists!

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    1. I guess from what TJ said above that never trying that first cigarette is the key to not being a smoker. Thanks for commenting, Lucy!

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  5. This was a super fun post!! Lots of fun information! I have read "And Then There Where None" - definitely one of my favorites of A. Christie's novels. Yeah, it was almost horror-like, but I loved it anyways. :D

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    1. And I'm currently reading White Fang, a book you talked about on your blog earlier this year. Whew, the book is so gory I'd say it, too, is almost horror-like!

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  6. I just threw out some five year old sunscreen, realized it was bloody well old when it got too liquidy on its own. I always wash the dog dishes daily, paranoid about Buddy's health. Unfortunately Alzheimers does suck, my Mother in law has it and my husband is deathly afraid he will follow in her footsteps.

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    1. Liquidy sunscreen . . . yes, that sounds old.:-) We have Alzheimer's in our family, too.:-( Thanks for stopping by, Cheapchick!

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