More Random Thoughts

How many have seen the ads by some jock who’s head looks so small compared to his body hawking some pill that will put lead in your pencil…..like they would know…steroid use makes the “pencil” a useless appendage.

Okay off my soap box…..do these testosterone pills have any side effects?

In a new study, researchers found that testosterone therapy may double a man’s risk of suffering a potentially life-threatening blood clot.

They found that men had twice the risk for a deep vein blood clot if they’d been receiving testosterone during the previous six months.

The increased risk occurred whether or not a man had the low-testosterone condition known as hypogonadism, but appeared to be more pronounced in middle-aged men than in seniors

The research was conducted by a team at the University of Minnesota.

The “low-T” fad caused testosterone prescriptions to soar early in the 21st century, increasing more than 300% between 2001 and 2013, the study authors said in background notes.

Common testosterone supplements may increase men’s risk of blood clots

I love museums…all the history, the art, the artifacts…..it is a culotural adventure that everyone should participate in……but there is a new museum in London…..a Vagina Museum…..

An new exhibit opening in London this weekend is a glittery and garish homage to the hooha.

The Vagina Museum, built in Camden’s Stables Market, was made possible through a fundraising campaign, which collected almost $64,484 (£50,000) from more than 1,000 vag advocates.

Museum director Florence Schechter was inspired by a similar concept in Iceland: a museum all about the male member. “I discovered there was a penis museum in Iceland but no vagina equivalent anywhere else, so I decided to make one,” she told The Guardian.

https://nypost.com/2019/11/15/worlds-first-vagina-museum-tackles-female-body-taboos/

Speaking of museums….would you like to eat like a Babylonian?

What did a meal taste like nearly 4,000 years ago in ancient Babylonia? Pretty good, according to a team of international scholars who have deciphered and are re-creating what are considered to be the world’s oldest-known culinary recipes.

The recipes were inscribed on ancient Babylonian tablets that researchers have known about since early in the 20th century but that were not properly translated until the end of the century.

The tablets are part of the Yale Babylonian Collection at the Yale Peabody Museum. Three of the tablets date back to the Old Babylonian period, no later than 1730 B.C., according to Harvard University Assyriologist and cuneiform scholar Gojko Barjamovic, who put together the interdisciplinary team that is reviving these ancient recipes in the kitchen. A fourth tablet was produced about 1,000 years later. All four tablets are from the Mesopotamian region, in what is today Turkey, Syria, Iran and Iraq.

https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2019/11/16/779930201/eat-like-the-ancient-babylonians-researchers-cook-up-nearly-4-000-year-old-recip

Speaking of the desert and sand…..is it possible that the world is running out of sand?

South African entrepreneur shot dead in September. Two Indian villagers killed in a gun battle in August. A Mexican environmental activist murdered in June.

Though separated by thousands of miles, these killings share an unlikely cause. They are some of the latest casualties in a growing wave of violence sparked by the struggle for one of the 21st Century’s most important, but least appreciated, commodities: ordinary sand.

Trivial though it may seem, sand is a critical ingredient of our lives. It is the primary raw material that modern cities are made from. The concrete used to construct shopping malls, offices, and apartment blocks, along with the asphalt we use to build roads connecting them, are largely just sand and gravel glued together. The glass in every window, windshield, and smart phone screen is made of melted-down sand. And even the silicon chips inside our phones and computers – along with virtually every other piece of electronic equipment in your home – are made from sand.

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20191108-why-the-world-is-running-out-of-sand

That is my randomness for this Saturday.

Have a day……Be well….Be safe

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Death By Suicide? Or Murder?

How about a Saturday history lesson?

I feel I have been remiss in my educating my readers on history….so much to do about very little I return to historical postings….

Time for a look into our past……yep the old professor is going to teach you a thing or two….like it or not……

How many know who Meriwether Lewis is?

Maybe you will recognize the name when paired with his partner…..William Clark of the Lewis and Clark Expedition fame…called the Corps of Discovery.

Corps of Discovery?

 

On February 28, 1803, President Thomas Jefferson won approval from Congress for a visionary project, an endeavor that would become one of America’s greatest stories of adventure.

Twenty-five hundred dollars were appropriated to fund a small expeditionary group, whose mission was to explore the uncharted West. Jefferson called the group the Corps of Discovery. It would be led by Jefferson’s secretary, Meriwether Lewis, and Lewis’ friend,William Clark.

Over the next four years, the Corps of Discovery would travel thousands of miles, experiencing lands, rivers and peoples that no Americans ever had before.

Inside the Corps has three sections: Circa 1803, To Equip an Expedition and the Corps.

The Corps gives biographical information about the members of the Corps of Discovery, from the most famous to the virtually unknown.

To Equip an Expedition provides a partial list of the supplies Lewis and Clark brought on the expedition.

Circa 1803 puts the expedition into a historical and political context, investigating popular misconceptions of the West, as well as Jefferson’s motivations for exploring it.

You remember them right? They went from New Orleans to the Pacific Ocean in the Oregon Territory…..(later named that)……

But did you know that he was later to become Jefferson’s governor of the Upper Louisiana Territory….where he died…..

Captain Meriwether Lewis—William Clark’s expedition partner on the Corps of Discovery’s historic trek to the Pacific, Thomas Jefferson’s confidante, governor of the Upper Louisiana Territory and all-around American hero—was only 35 when he died of gunshot wounds sustained along a perilous Tennessee trail called Natchez Trace. A broken column, symbol of a life cut short, marks his grave.

But exactly what transpired at a remote inn 200 years ago this Saturday? Most historians agree that he committed suicide; others are convinced he was murdered. Now Lewis’s descendants and some scholars are campaigning to exhume his body, which is buried on national parkland not far from Hohenwald, Tenn.

 
There are too many questions about the death of Lewis…..and so little factual answers…..
 
 
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