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“If you’re a cell phone user, you’ve no doubt been reading along for several years as we’ve reported various studies addressing the safety of this technology. Some have said that cell phones are safe to use. Some have suggested they might not be. For our part, we’ve urged precaution until more is known. Now a new examination of the available evidence says that was wise advice.

The new study, Mobile Phones and Brain Tumors – A Public Health Concern, was conducted by noted Australian brain surgeon Dr. Vini Gautam Khurana. Dr. Khurana analyzed more than 100 separate studies, both pro and con, on the potential health effects of cellular phone usage and concluded that the electromagnetic radiation (EMR) emitted by cell phones will likely lead to an epidemic of brain cancers within the next decade.

This evidence suggests that cell phone radiation will eventually pose a larger threat to public health than asbestos or smoking.”

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“Japan has a long history of whaling.

The oldest written mention of whaling in Japanese records is from Kojiki, the oldest extant Japanese book, which was written in the eighth century. In this book whale meat was eaten by Emperor Jimmu. In Man’yōshū, the word “Whaling” (いさなとり) was frequently used in depicting the ocean or beaches.

Japanese traditional whaling technique was dramatically developed in the 17th century in Taiji, Wakayama. Wada Chubei organized the group hunting system (刺手組) and introduced new handheld harpoon in 1606. Wada Kakuemon, later known as Taiji Kakuemon, invented the whaling net technique called Amitori hou (網取法) and increased the safety and efficiency of whaling.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whaling_in_Japan

“Japanese whaling within Australian waters in Antarctica is illegal and should be stopped, a court ruled on Tuesday.

It is now up to the Australian government to decide whether to enforce the injunction. And even then it is unclear whether the ruling could be enforced as unless the whaling vessels enter Australia, “there is no practical mechanism by which orders of this court can be enforced” conceded Federal Court judge Jim Allsop.

The Australian Whale Sanctuary, which protects all whales and dolphins in Australian waters, was proclaimed in 2000.

These waters include a 200-mile wide stretch adjacent to Australia’s Antarctic territory, in which more than 1300 whales were killed by Japanese company Kyodo Senpaku Kaisha between 2000 and 2006, estimates Humane Society International.”

http://www.whaling.jp/english/index.html

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2007/11/18/2094124.htm

http://environment.newscientist.com/article/dn13185-australia-rules-japanese-whaling-illegal.html

“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.” Shakespeare – As You Like It (Act V, Scene I) 

As usual, I always forget about this day till it’s too late to do anything about it and if you play the prank or joke but have to give it up by 12noon or else you’re the fool!

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Well that’s what I was told growing up. In my curiosity of it’s origin I decided to research it further but have discovered no one really knows. There are a few theories but strangely enough it’s beginnings has been ‘lost in translation’.

“Sometimes called All Fools’ Day, is one of the most light hearted days of the year. Its origins are uncertain. Some see it as a celebration related to the turn of the seasons – the spring equinox, while others believe it stems from the adoption of a new calendar.

April Fools’ Day is observed throughout the Western world. Practices include sending someone on a “fool’s errand,” looking for things that don’t exist; playing pranks; and trying to get people to believe ridiculous things.”

http://www.infoplease.com/spot/aprilfools1.html

http://www.southcom.com.au/~seymour/aprilfool/april.htm

http://www.museumofhoaxes.com/hoax/aprilfool/

Following on, in relation to my last post, I’m sure all have been frustrated by this time and time again. So in case you have wondered why or just plain need reminding when the frustration becomes all too much:

 “A male brain is configured to concentrate on one specific, dedicated task at once and most men will tell you they can only do one thing at a time. When a man stops his car to read a street directory, what’s the first thing he does with his radio? He turns it down (most of them at least)!

Most women can’t understand why this happens. She can read while listening and talking so why can’t he? Why does he insist on turning down the TV when the telephone rings?

The answer is that a man’s brain is configured for one thing at a time because of fewer connecting fibers between the left and right hemispheres, and a more “compartmentalized” brain. Take a brain scan of his head when he’s reading, and you’ll find he is virtually deaf.

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A woman’s brain is configured for multi-tasking performance. She can do several unrelated things at the same time, and her brain is never disengaged, it’s always active. She can talk on a telephone, at the same time as cooking, reading the new recipe and watching television. Most of the time she would be able to pay attention to all of those things. But if a man is cooking a recipe and you talk to him, he is likely to become angry because he can’t follow the written instructions and listen at the same time. If a man is shaving and you talk to him, presumably, he’ll cut himself. Most women will have had the experience of being accused by a man of making him miss a turn-off on the highway because she was chatting to him at the time.

Because women use both sides of their brains, many find it more difficult to tell their left hand from their right. Around 50% of women cannot instantly recognize which is which, without looking for a ring or a freckle first. Men, on the other hand, operating in either the left or right brain, find it much easier to identify left from right. As a result, women all over the world everywhere are criticized by men for telling them to turn right – when they really meant left.”

http://www.where-what-how-why.com/?p=89

http://www.orionbooks.co.uk/HB-28233/Why-Men-Can-Only-Do-One-Thing-at-a-Time-Women-Never-Stop-Talking.htm

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