Sunday, January 22, 2006

Monkey Business

Well, leave it to my friend, the MIT philosophy grad and stud professor, to blog a fascinating piece of news for all endurance athletes and healthy eaters:

Peeling bananas from the other end is easier. Just pinch and pull. Monkeys do it all the time. A thumb, opposable or not, makes it very easy.

Try it. It's brutally true and beautiful. Ah, the things your mama never told you--and the information that didn't come with that expensive liberal arts education.

And...from the Exercise Police "Signs that the Nutrition Apocalypse is Upon Us" department:

GlaxoSmithKline will be proposing a new, over-the-counter version of Xenical (binds to lipases in the digestive tract to decrease the absorption of triglycerides). You absorb about 2/3 of the fat you eat. Reported side effects are frequent, loose stools, increased flatulence and greater urgency with old #2. Some researchers have found that the people who lose the most weight on the drug are those that actually consume less dietary fat because the side effects from the drug (with higher dietary fat intake) are so negative. It seems people decrease dietary fat intake not because they see long-term improvements in health; they change their behavior because of short-term inconvenient and embarrassing personal hygiene issues.


It will be interesting to see how the FDA handles this one. One thing is for certain: If this stuff is approved, I'm investing heavily in toilet paper manufacturers.

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