In 1995, no state had a population where more than 20% of adults were obese. Today, all but one state does.
Colorado’s obesity rate is 19.8%, the lowest in the country, which would have been the highest in 1995.
In 2006, Mississippi was the only state with a rate over 30%. Just five years later, a dozen states top that number.
Smart, rich, white people are the healthiest (surprise, access to healthy foods, duh): —-In 15 states, the obesity rates for African Americans tops 40%. By comparison, whites only topped 30% in 4 states. —-One-third of people who did not graduate from high school are obese versus one-fifth of people who graduated from college.
And let’s not forget how lawmakers in some states are trying to make fast food available for purchase with food stamps. Nice job, America.
If you didn’t already know this was going to be about China, a lot of people would probably guess Cai to be an ethnic minority in some European country. His pale skin, deep-set green eyes, and wavy blonde hair make him stand out among most of his Chinese compatriots whose phenotypical variation from dark, straight hair and dark, almond-shaped eyes is very rare. Cai is indeed Chinese, from two Chinese parents that have never left China. What’s more, Cai isn’t as much of a rarity in his part of china—there are others who display ‘western’ features around Liqian. So where do they come from?
Not BP. Not Transocean. Naw, that would be too much like right, and our government does a lot of things, but doing the right thing is not one of them.
A federal court just ruled that the government, meaning US taxpayers, are responsible for footing the bill. I mean, you can try to tell me that the government isn’t run by big business. You can try to tell me that all sorts of corporations don’t walk around with politicians squarely in their pockets. But I promise you, I will laugh in your face and walk away, looking at you like Boo Boo the Fool.
I could have sworn the Japanese had enough to do right now, between figuring out what to do with all their old people and dealing with that big ass earthquake and all. But I guess not. Because now they’re making steaks out of people shit.
Scientists bring back extinct species of plains zebra-like animal.
ABC News reports on a group of scientists who say they’ve brought back the African quagga, an animal whose last specimen died in captivity in the 1880s. In 1984, the quagga became the first extinct animal to have its DNA extracted from a long-dead specimen, which later became the inspiration for Jurassic Park. After a suggestion made by a South African taxidermist, scientists have now used that DNA to create a living replica of the extinct quagga.
The quagga looks very much like a zebra whose stripes are only on the front half of its body. The taxidermist thought maybe the DNA from the quagga could be combined with the DNA from lesser-striped zebras today to eventually create a quagga.
Fascinating. There’s some debate about whether its really a quagga or just a zebra who looks like a quagga, but it’s an interesting breakthrough.