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Last But Not Least
Call it "supper-sizing," a study published in the International Journal of Obesity looked at 52 paintings created over a span of 1,000 years, each famously depicting Jesus Christ and his disciples at their last supper.
The analysis revealed that, not unlike real life, the emphasis upon eating and food has grown along with our waistlines. Specifically, portion size in the paintings expanded 69 percent from the first painting to the last. Plate size grew 66 percent. And the size of the loaves of bread on the table swelled 23 percent.
The researchers were brothers Brian and Craig Wansink. Brian studies eating habits at Cornell University. Craig is a professor of religion at Virginia Wesleyan. They calculated the growth in Biblical proportions by comparing food on the table to the one constant in all of the paintings: the size of the apostles' heads.
"My doctor is nice; every time I seem him I'm ashamed of what I think of doctors in general."
— Author Mignon McLaughlin
STORIES FOR THE WAITING ROOM
A Georgia Institute of Technology survey found that women attending college are routinely offered more for their eggs than the $10,000 limit recommended by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. The exact sums, said researchers, depended upon the academic rating of the women's universities.
BODY OF KNOWLEDGE
All of the genetic material in the sperm and egg cells that produced the Earth's current population could fit into a space the size of an aspirin.
Concluding an exam, the doctor said to his patient: "Mrs.
LIFE IN BIG MACS
One hour of running at six miles per hour (a 10-minute mile) burns 680 calories (based on a 150-pound person) or the equivalent of a single Big Mac with cheese.
PHOBIA OF THE WEEK
Levophobia — fear of things to the left of the body
Dextrophobia — fear of things to the right
The site is actually an aggregate of items culled from the Internet and aimed primarily at dentists. Nonetheless, there's lots of interesting stuff to peruse, from the latest developments in orthodontia (braces) to occasional bits of gossip about what celebrities do to their teeth.
"I've got to get to the top of the hill."
— American financier John Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913), who created General Electric and U.S. Steel. At one time, he was one of the richest, most powerful men in the world.
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