There’s something that feels good about taking care of your belongings.
The time and money are well spent, because good maintenance leads to less waste, fewer breakdowns, lower cost of ownership, lasting beauty, longevity, and higher satisfaction.
Yet, when it comes to taking care of ourselves, 70% of our diet consists of processed foods.
Paint-by-number kits were invented back in 1951 by Max Klein and Dan Robbins. Klein was an engineer and owner of The Palmer Paint Company; Robbins a commercial artist. They went on to sell 12 million kits under the Craft Master brand by promising, ‘A beautiful oil painting the first time you try.’
According to the Paint-by-Numbers Museum:
Have you heard about the new Miyazaki world record?
No, not that Miyazaki. The other one, Hidekichi Miyazaki. He’s the quick one.
He recently set an official world record for the 100-meter sprint.
This is a delicious oil-free Caesar salad dressing recipe made from scratch with whole foods . I eat it at least a few times a week, tossed into a super-sized dinner salad.
If you’re trying to reduce processed foods in your life, you may want to eliminate oils. Eliminating processed oils doesn’t mean you have to totally avoid fat, though. The idea is to eat whole foods, and the fat is in the food.
“You can’t polish a turd,” the old saying goes. It tells us that when you start with crap, no matter what you do to it, you’ll still end up with crap; don’t waste your time making poo look good.
Well, it turns out that you can, in fact, polish a turd. Adam, Jamie, and our friends over at MythBusters even show us how.
And, you know something? There are people all over the world spending crazy amounts of time putting the shine on feces everyday.
What dietary advice do nutritionists, doctors, and researchers universally agree on? I see this very same advice more than any other in the hundreds of health stories and papers I read each week, too. It goes something like this:
Eat a whole-food diet!
Hippocrates and Michael Pollan imply this in their famous dietary dictums. It’s also the favorite afterthought of health and staff journalists everywhere. You know, those nearly-dismissive final words tucked away at the end of a long essay boosting or bashing the latest pill or magic potion. It typically goes something like this:
Many of us struggle with issues of control (or lack of control). We wish to run our lives like puppet masters pulling the marionettes’ strings. Each movement calculated. Each line rehearsed. Every story neatly tidied up before the curtain closes.
Decades ago a story began circulating about NASA and space pens. It went something like this:
When NASA started sending astronauts into space, they quickly discovered that ball-point pens would not work in zero gravity. To combat this problem, NASA scientists spent a decade and $12 billion developing a pen that writes in zero gravity, upside-down, on almost any surface including glass And at temperatures ranging from below freezing to over 300 C.
The Russians used a pencil.
The first time I heard this story, it seemed plausible enough, and there was no Internet, let alone a snopes.com, to help with fact checking. Well, it turns out the story is totally bogus.