March 14, 2013 4 Comments
An interesting visualization of the major causes of death in the 20th Century. Click to enlarge.
Notably absent is abortion.
August 29, 2012 4 Comments
For want of a nail the shoe was lost.
For want of a shoe the horse was lost.
For want of a horse the rider was lost.
For want of a rider the message was lost.
For want of a message the battle was lost.
For want of a battle the kingdom was lost.
And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.
August 27, 2011 Leave a comment
Perhaps that should be, the world’s oldest known person:
Besse Cooper’s birthday celebrations were held at her residence in Monroe, Georgia – although this year, unlike last, there was no Elvis impersonator at the party.
A researcher from Guinness Book of World Records was on hand at Mrs Cooper’s birthday party to deliver the Tennessee native her second plaque that certifies her as the oldest person on the planet.
“We thought one was enough,” said her son, Sidney Cooper, 76.
“She still remembers things and thinks clearly and talks.
“But she has her good days and her bad days. I’d say she sleeps about 80 per cent of the time.
Born in Tennessee in 1896, Besse Cooper moved to Georgia during World War in search of work as a teacher.
She married her husband Luther in 1924, and they had four children.
Today she has 12 grandchildren and more than a dozen great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
In the same year Mrs Cooper was born, the first Dow Jones Industrial Average was published, the first modern Olympic Games were held and the first Ford vehicle was built.
“She never worried,” says her son.
Besse Cooper told local newspapers that her secret to longevity lies in two key tenets.
“I mind my own business,” she said. “And I don’t eat junk food.”
Good advice (though no mention of faith).
Wow… Born in 1896! And her son is 76. She’s old.
March 3, 2011 Leave a comment
But nobody knows when they will die! Exactly…
Rabbi Elizer said, “Repent one day before your death.”
His disciples asked him, “But does a person know on what day he is going to die?”
“All the more reason, therefore, to repent today, lest one die tomorrow. In this manner, one’s whole life will be spent in repentance.”
- Babylonian Talmud, Shabbat 153a