Dear Readers:
Now that Christmas is over and New Year is next week, it’s time to start thinking about an important resolution: WEIGHT LOSS!
(Boy, have we got news for you!)
Fewer than 1 in 10 adult Canadians is in ideal cardiovascular health, according to the new CANHEART health index developed to measure heart health published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).
Cardiovascular disease, which includes heart disease and stroke, is the second leading cause of death in Canada.
“A large proportion of Canadians are in poor cardiovascular health, and the overall trend has not changed in the past decade,” says senior author Dr. Jack Tu, from the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) and the Schulich Heart Centre, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, Ontario. “There is an urgent need to improve the heart health of Canadians.”
(We here at the Perspective Research Department have found that one SURE-FIRE way to lose up to 20 pounds a day is to hire a big 6’2″ stinky, mean and ugly looking 360 pound guy with scars all over him and a gold tooth, then get him to strip naked and put a sign around his neck that says:”If I catch you ……, YOU’RE MINE!” Then have him chase you all over the house!)
P.S. This works equally well for men or women! -Ed.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) – An attack by a school of carnivorous fish has injured 70 people bathing in an Argentine river, including seven children who lost parts of their fingers or toes.

131226_piranha_attack_660Director of lifeguards Federico Cornier said Thursday that thousands of bathers were cooling off from 100-degree temperatures in the Parana River in Rosario on Wednesday when bathers suddenly began complaining of bite marks on their hands and feet.
Cornier blamed the attack on palometas, “a type of piranha, big, voracious and with sharp teeth that can really bite.”
Paramedic Alberto Manino said some children he treated lost entire fingers or toes.
He told the Todo Noticias channel that city beaches were closed, but it was so hot that within a half-hour, many people went back to the water!
Time to go get a dictionary and look up the word “Hypocrite!”

Next to that word you should see a picture of “A & E!”
Check THIS out, kids, A & E fired the guy from Duck Dynasty for the sake of publicity, but since they already have about six months of the show pre-taped, you won’t notice a thing until next year ………………………….., if at all!
Cute, eh?
(Personally, the big mystery to me is why anyone watches that show to begin with!)

A gene variant that seems to increase the risk of diabetes appears to have been inherited from Neanderthals, a study suggests.
_71940577_e4380208-neanderthal_man-splTHAT’S RIGHT folks, we got diabetes from the Neanderthals!
People who carry the higher risk version of the gene are 25% more likely to have diabetes than those who do not, and people who inherited copies from both parents are 50% more likely to have diabetes.
(Gee folks, from the picture I’ve seen, they don’t look very sweet to begin with!!!)

wea-eastern-canada-storm-20131222Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who has faced questions and some criticism over his refusal to call a state of emergency after the ice storm left tens of thousands of people without power for days, is getting support for his decision from several experts in emergency management.
Richard Kinchlea, chair of the Emergency Management and Public Safety Institute at Centennial College, said he didn’t believe the situation was ever out of control or bad enough to declare an emergency and that the city seemed to be handling the crisis fairly well.
Kinchlea added that declaring a state of emergency would have done “absolutely nothing” in getting the power restored any faster. Many of the frontline services have mutual aid agreements in place, meaning they will get additional resources without the declaration of a state of emergency, he said.
AND FINALLY: Who’s the fairest camel of them all?
The annual camel beauty contest is being  held in Abu Dhabi this weekend! The Al Dhafra Camel Festival is an annual event held in Abu Dhabi, aiming to showcase the culture and heritage of the UAE.
One of the highlights of the event is a ‘Camel Beauty Pageant’, the only of its kind held in the world. Camels are judged on their size, form, posture and colour.
(Well, what else is there to do when ya live in the middle of the desert …………………, and the women are all covered up!)