Wednesday, August 13, 2008

AUGUST 13, 2008

Got an email from a friend of mine in San Francisco who has an upstairs neighbor, that she's said "hi" to a few times, yet she's worried about him. His car is in the driveway and he hasn't been around for 2 weeks. His newspapers started piling up, so she's been collecting it for him. She's worried that something happened to him up there, or that he's even dead.

We asked you what you would do in this situation. Someone suggested contacting the landlord and let them investigate. Someone else said knock on the door, listen for sounds in the apartment, or smell for the scent of gas or foul odors. Our listeners also said you should wait at least 2 weeks before calling.

If you turn on the news on any given day... chances are there will be a story about someone getting attacked by a shark, or dying in a natural disaster. But it turns out there are a lot of deadlier things out there... which you might not even know could kill you.

--Worldwide, about FIVE people die in a shark attack every year.

--24 people die in champagne cork accidents every year.

--25 people die in saunas every year.

--31 people die from dog attacks every year.

--53 people die from bee stings every year.

--62 people die from lightning strikes every year.

--80 people die in tornadoes every year.

--150 people are killed by coconuts every year.

--Around 560 men die from taking too much Viagra every year.

--3 MILLION people worldwide are killed by mosquitoes every year.

It was kind of a morbid show today, huh?

Daily popcorn snackers may be more likely to hit their quota of whole grains, reports a study in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association. Researchers surveyed more than 15,000 people and found that popcorn poppers consumed an average of 2.5 servings of whole grains per day; non-'corn connoisseurs got .7 servings, the recommended daily allowance is three servings. Let's face it: We snack. But grazing on high fat or sugary treats often comes at the expense of eating fiber rich grains, says Kristin J. Reimers, Ph.D., manager of nutrition for ConAgra Foods. One six-cup serving of dry popcorn such as SmartPop! has about 90 calories and supplies two servings of grains.