If you haven’t seen Geogessr yet, then I do apologize for introducing you to this addictive Internet game.
I’m currently developing a Sherlock Holmes-like ability to recognize dirt.
I guess it all depends on what kind of alien. If he’s like one of those friendly nice aliens — say Jeff Bridges in Starman — then I’d say go right ahead.
On the other hand, if he is like one of the aliens from Stargate, you know, the wormy guys that take over your body, then you might want to give it more thought. Eventually, he may need your body in a way you don’t find very appealing (such as giving it to his wormy alien girlfriend).
On the other foot, something about an alien like that is they are motivated. And forceful. Powerful even.
I know that women tend to like that in their guys, but then you have to understand that you’re not really in a relationship with your boyfriend’s body, you’re actually in a relationship with the six-inch tubular thing that inhabits his brain.
Of course, that’s the case for most human males anyway, isn’t it?
Next Week: I may have inadvertently started an intergalactic war with the Bleugzag Imperium. Do you think this might be held against me when I apply for college?
This is a fascinating article in Nature showing evidence that being slightly overweight may be healthier.
Of course, the real morsel of truth in the whole article is that the BMI (Body Mass Index) isn’t exactly the most fine-tuned way of measuring health. :
All this suggests that BMI is a crude measure for evaluating the health of individuals. Some researchers contend that what really matters is the distribution of fat tissue on the body, with excess abdominal fat being most dangerous; others say that cardiovascular fitness predicts mortality regardless of BMI or abdominal fat. “BMI is just a first step for anybody,” says Steven Heymsfield, an obesity researcher and the executive director of the Pennington Biological Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. “If you can then add waist circumference and blood tests and other risk factors, then you can get a more complete description at the individual level.”
The average human has 40 billion fat cells. These tiny, glistening, oleaginous buggers are designed to store energy for when we need it. Along with the brain, the liver, the pancreas and the stomach, fat cells manage our energy needs as well, maintaining constant communication through our blood system. This system is highly efficient, and evolved over millions of years, during most of which humans were always looking for food.
And long before the invention of the cheeseburger.