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Pandemic pet names: COVID has heavy influence

Many pet dogs and cats born or adopted in 2020 have been tagged with pandemic-related names by their owners, according to a recent poll by Rover, the world’s largest pet sitting/dog walking service. “Generally what we see is what is going on in the world around...

Can people dodge bullets?

We’ve heard of the popular idiom ‘dodge a bullet.’ It’s a figure of speech and not meant to be taken literally. But can someone dodge a bullet, literally? The answers (plural) may surprise you. Yes and no. It’s all a matter of physics and circumstance. Wonder...

Onside kick: Success rate doesn’t make it exciting

Remember when the post-touchdown conversion was so boring? For decades in the NFL, teams had only one option after scoring a touchdown. The extra point. It equated to about a 19/20 yard field goal and the seasonal success rate was usually between 98 or 99 percent. Finally,...

Face shields and goggles for COVID – Can virus be transmitted via eyes?

Coronavirus is raging again in some parts of the U.S. Los Angeles County on Thursday raised the COVID-19 threat level to a “high” level, making the return of universal indoor masking in the region likely. If the county remains at the high community level for two consecutive weeks,...

CTE: Football brain disease bigger threat than head trauma in boxing?

Is CTE prevalent in boxing? It was announced in 2017 that Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) was found in 99% of deceased NFL players’ brains that had been donated to science, according to a study published in the medical journal JAMA. A progressive degenerative disease, CTE is...

I love you: Men usually say it quicker – and have serious feelings sooner?

You must be kidding…A man is more likely to get hooked before his female partner in a heterosexual relationship?According to a 2010 study based on responses from 172 college students, men not only tend to fall in love with their dating partners/girlfriends first, but they are also more...

Diet vs exercise: Is weight loss 75-90% how we eat?

Obviously, most people lose weight by implementing a combination of dietary and exercise regimens. However, is watching your diet of greater consequence than physical activity when wanting to shed pounds? Hence, is it more detrimental to splurge on a diet day than stay in bed and...

What’s the best age for a child to get a pet?

I wanted a puppy more than anything when I was a child, but my parents refused. They insisted I wouldn’t be responsible enough to take care of it. Unfortunately, I struck out with my parents from the ages of 4 to 13. In fact, it wasn’t...

Long fIeld goals in NFL: 60+ will soon be just ‘very good’

On September 26, 2021, Justin Tucker of the Baltimore Ravens set an NFL record. With three seconds remaining and his team trailing the Lions 17-16, he booted a 66-yard field goal that hit the crossbar and bounced over for the victory. The successful field goal was the longest...

Plastic bottle recycling rates: Norway best in the world

According to Statista.com, the recycling rate of PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastic bottles in Norway in 2018 was 97 percent, making it the best recycler in that arena and one of the most effective overall reprocessors of scrap in the world. Following Norway were Japan, Sweden, India,...