Thu, May 23 2013 at 3:25 PM
Yes, Australians DO have the highest rates of skin cancer, which is what happens when you import millions of English people to a tropical desert type environment. Over the last 20 years, Australian scientists and government agencies have spent way more time and money than anyone else to figure out what REALLY works when it comes to protecting skin, and because of that info and related public health campaigns, their skin cancer rate has dropped a lot (still more work to do, but the younger generations are much more informed). How do I know all this? I'm actually half-Australian, attended school there and most of my family still lives there (that's where my German and English ancestry comes from).
Sun, May 19 2013 at 1:01 AM
Katnapper, you clearly didn't read much beyond the beginning of the piece I linked to - Edison slept between 5-7 hours a night and often took 2 naps a day, which adds up to close to 10 hours - perhaps an estimate, but not too far off the mark. Of course he wanted to be THOUGHT of as someone who slept less - only 4-5 hours - but the reality didn't prove that out. He wrote a great deal about sleeping minmal amounts, but it's not what he actually lived, and slept quite a lot. More to the point regarding what I wrote about (which was more about the time that we sleep, not amounts of sleep), was the fact that he had atypical sleeping patterns: As quoted in the piece I linked to: "For two days, and nights and twelve hours — sixty hours in all — he worked continuously without sleep, until he had conquered the difficulty; and then he slept for thirty hours. He often works all night, thinking best, he says, when the rest of the world sleeps."
Fri, May 03 2013 at 1:55 PM
My grandma always used to eat apples that way and tell me how wasteful I was being throwing half the apple out!