Sunday’s Useless News

This is all the news that no one can use……

Until recently the oldest love poem was considered to be the Song of Solomon……but unfortunately that is no longer true…..

The World’s Oldest Love Poem was discovered in the library of Ashurbanipal in Mesopotamia. Known as the Love Song of Shu-Sin, the World’s Oldest Love Poem is about both romantic and erotic love, and was read as a part of a sacred ritual known as the ‘sacred marriage.’ In honour of Valentines Day on February 14th, this video chats about the discovery of the poem, it’s part in the sacred marriage, and then it is read in full! Prior to the discovery of the Love Song of Shu-Sin, The Song of Solomon from the bible was considered the oldest love poem!

This piece of news may be a bit disturbing for some….but I like history disturbing or not…..

This is a health issue from 200 years ago….

A cure for headaches, acne and insanity……

For a long time, medicine was pre-occupied with the question “can this be solved by putting something in the butt?”

Take, for example, tobacco smoke enemas, in which 18th Century physicians saw drowning victims and attempted to de-deadify them by blowing tobacco smoke up their rectums with a pipe. Despite having no medical benefit whatsoever, the practice was popular, and enema kits lined the Thames like lifebelts, ready to be used as one final humiliation for somebody who was crap at swimming.

This practice ended sometime after 1800 when it became apparent that it didn’t really work, given how the anus famously isn’t really connected to the lungs, but doctors weren’t quite finished with having a poke around in the general area to see what happens just yet.


Okay as long as we are talking about butts….

Going to the toilet is a vulnerable time for a species that’s grown accustomed to having their private parts covered up. As such, haunting scenes from TV and cinema of spiders and snakes (On A Plane) catching people quite literally with their trousers down can sit heavy on the minds of anxious toilet users. These people may find the concept of an outhouse quite concerning, but surely there’s nothing more dangerous than a moisture-seeking frog to be found at the bottom of an outdoor basin? Think again, says Alaska.

Here to provide you with some serious nightmare fuel is the poor fortune of a woman who last week was bitten on her behind by what’s suspected to have been a black bear. The offending outhouse toilet was in Alaska’s backcountry where bears aren’t uncommon. The Alaska Department of Natural Resource warns on its website, “Nothing will guarantee your safety in bear country, but knowledge of bears and proper behavior greatly reduce your risk.” The information page estimates that 95 percent of the time it’s people who are responsible for negative bear encounters. I think it’s safe to say, then, that the fate of Shannon Stevens sits firmly within the 5 percent exception. Though she admits to not checking the seat before sitting down, finding a bear beneath your butt surely constitutes an unforeseeable consequence of squatting with confidence.

This next entry is not all that ‘useless’…..

KETO is the fad that has become very popular in the last couple of years…but is it all that healthy?

Ketogenic diets, which forgo carbohydrates to replace them with fats, have become extremely popular in recent years, rising to the top as the most-searched-for diet of 2020. Whilst these diets are effective in treating epilepsy and have applications in various other diseases, the evidence for use as a tool for weight loss in healthy individuals remains disputed. 

In a recent study performed on rats, researchers have suggested that keto diets are having a dramatic impact on people’s hearts. The results showed the high-fat-diet-induced changes within the rats’ hearts, reducing the production of mitochondria and creating scar tissue. Their work was published in the journal Signal Transduction and Targeted Therapy

The basis of ketogenic diets revolves around bringing the body into a state of ketosis through consuming mostly fats. Ketosis is a normal metabolic response that kicks in when the body doesn’t have enough glucose to ensure enough energy is provided. The liver begins turning fat molecules into ketones, which are released into the bloodstream and used as an alternative energy source.

There is the news that you cannot use (with the exception of one) for this Sunday.

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

7 thoughts on “Sunday’s Useless News

  1. Those diets built around eating excess fat generally cause people to have loose bowels, and have ‘accidents’ on occasion. They should sell them ‘adult nappies’ (diapers) with the diet plan.
    As for things lurking in our toilet, we are lucky to live in Beetley, where the worst-case scenario might be a mosquito bite on your thigh.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. Hmm, a perhaps illuminating, but not terribly enlightening, post, yet I read it all the same, for some reason: morbid curiousity, perhaps?
    Or is this the time when curiosity should have killed the reading cat? 🙂
    But Chuq:
    this post was useful: Keto diets are in fact as stupid as they seem on first sight, apparetly.
    Not because they don’t necessarily work, but if killing the patient is a good cure for the disease, well, now we have proof, I guess?

  3. Keto diet is what i had tried to do. But honestly, it was too much. Good, lets eat as we have learned to eat. 😉 Thank you for the origin of the first love poem too, Chuq! Love rocks! Lol Best wishes, Michael

    1. I agree I was taught to eat and I shall continue along those lines.,,,,glad you liked the poem…have a safe weekend chuq

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