New Chemicals

In 1965, the CAS Chemical Registry System listed 211,934 synthetic chemicals. In 2006, that number rose to 88,758,285 and it’s still growing. Many of the chemicals are in products you use everyday from cosmetics to plastic toys.

Many soak through our skin or are breathed in and can be detected inside our bodies. For instance, researchers sprayed the common household oil, WD-40, on volunteers’ fingertips, and detected it in their blood five minutes later.

The average American male has a sperm count 75% lower than 40 years ago. Could this be partially due to these chemicals?

Mozart at Age 2

At the age of two, Mozart could hear sounds and tell what pitch they were. There is a story that he heard a pig oink and yelled “G-sharp!” Someone duplicated the pitch on a piano, and discovered that it was indeed G-sharp.

Mozart started playing the piano at age three but not formally until age four. It was his choice. He started interfering with his sister’s lessons so he could learn more. By age four he could learn a minuet within 30 minutes!

Mozart’s full name was Johan Chrysostom Wolfgang Theophilus Mozart. Amadeus was just what people called him. His father called him Woferl.

One of Mozart’s tricks, which he performed from the age of six, was to cover a keyboard with cloth so that the keys couldn’t be seen, and then play music perfectly anyway.

Christmas Cards

Americans send over three billion Christmas cards a year. The average American gets 10 cards a year, or 31 cards per family. If you figure that you can stack about 30 cards with their envelopes per inch, and put the whole stack together, that would be 1,578 miles (2539 kilometers) of cards. It would reach more than six times farther out into space than the International Space Station. Measure that in trees, and it works out to about 3.156 trees. Assuming some of the paper is recycled, figure 2,000 trees cut down per year to make Christmas cards, and that’s just in America.