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March 2007

The "new" daylight saving time

First of all, it's daylight saving (singular, not plural) time.  Many of you were taught that good old Ben Franklin came up with the idea, but few know that he did it as a JOKE!

There's no energy savings, and it's just one more scam.  If you want more light at the end of the day, rather than at the beginning, then just shift the time zones permanently.  Of course, the time zones are mostly based on the notion of noon being the time when the sun is highest in the sky.

It's not nice to fool Mother Nature.

Read all about it in this Health News Digest article.

Remember "The Burning Bed"?

How many of you remember that 1984 TV movie that starred Farrah Fawcett, playing the part of Francine Hughes, a real-life battered housewife who finally takes revenge on her husband by setting him on fire as he sleeps?  Hughes got off with a temporary insanity plea, and then went on with her life, which included being married to an ex-con, who claims that SHE was the baddie in the relationship (not to mention her daughters).

But, besides being the catalyst for a film that may have created the wrong sort of hero, it called attention to the fact that far too many home fires start in the bedroom.

Check out this article, and get some good ideas on saving the lives of yourself and your loved ones.

One thing not mentioned is that it is all well and good to mandate tighter flammability standards for mattresses and kids' sleepwear, but this takes rather higher doses of chemicals that can cause allergic reactions in many people.  Better to prevent the fire in the first place.