I've always had a strong affinity for bacon. At the present moment, I am campaigning for these delicious slices of pig. Bacon shouldn't need PR or any form of strategic marketing. After all, it is bacon. It cooks in it's own fat! Does it get any better than that? I think not.
But, for some reason, I feel the need to represent bacon and its unyielding greatness. First of all, it tastes magical. This we know. Fact. But did you know that bacon is good for you? That's right, bacon is good for you. It helps prevent prostate and breast cancer, strengthens the immune system, fights off hepatitis, prevents the development of cataracts, improves metabolism, and helps maintain a healthy nervous system. Even alcoholics and smokers can benefit from bacon!
How could this be possible? Well, bacon is an excellent source of selenium, thiamin and B12.
Selenium activates an antioxidant enzyme called glutathione peroxidase, which may help protect the body from cancer. Yeast-derived forms of selenium have induced "apoptosis" (programmed cell death) in cancer cells in test tubes and in animals. A double-blind trial that included over 1,300 people found those given 200 mcg of yeast-based selenium per day for 4.5 years had a 50% drop in the cancer death rate compared with the placebo group. Another study found that men consuming the most dietary selenium (assessed indirectly by measuring toenail selenium levels) developed 65% fewer cases of advanced prostate cancer than did men with the lowest levels of selenium intake.
Selenium is also essential for healthy immune function. Selenium supplementation has reduced the incidence of viral hepatitis in selenium-deficient populations, presumably by enhancing immune function. Even in a non-deficient population of elderly people, selenium supplementation has been found to stimulate the activity of white blood cells—primary components of the immune system. Selenium is also needed to activate thyroid hormones.
In a double-blind trial, selenium supplementation of infertile men improved the motility of sperm cells and increased the chance of conception.
Thiamine works with the other B vitamins to change protein, carbohydrate, and fat to energy. It is especially vital for changing carbohydrates to energy. It is a key factor in the healthy functioning of all the body's cells, especially the nerves. Vitamin B1 helps the body cells convert carbohydrates into energy. It is also essential for the functioning of the heart, muscles, and nervous system.
Supplemental thiamin can help protect against some of the metabolic imbalances caused by heavy alcohol consumption. It may help protect against Wernicke's encephalopathy and some other forms of brain damage seen in some alcoholics.
Vitamin B12 may help restrain pre-cancerous lung conditions in smokers. It also might help improve neuropsychiatric disorder symptoms in those with HIV and chronic fatigue. Breast cancer and some vascular diseases might be prevented by vitamin B12.
Vitamin B12 works with folate to create building blocks for RNA and DNA synthesis and the synthesis of molecules that help maintain the proper functioning of the genome. The vitamin also helps the nervous system function properly and aides in molecule synthesis involved in energy production and in fatty acid biosynthesis.
So come on people, jump on the bandwagon and get bacon in your corner. You can find it at your local grocery store, or around the belly of your neighbor's oink oink. If you opt for the grocery store, I suggest the center cut. None of that maple sh*t. You can always put syrup on it later.
It's her 4th DUI? Isn't North Carolina a three strikes state? Meaning fourth felony or DUI conviction (actually the third) and you face seriously elevated penalties (usually MUCH longer jail sentences). I am fairly certain that NC has a "habitual DUI" law that carries a mandatory one year prison sentence for those with three DUI convictions in ten years. I recall reading an article a few months ago about new legislation being introduced to actually reduce the threshold to two DUI convictions and eliminate the time requirement of ten years.
Agreed. Sometimes I think there is a higher power that wants to bestow life lessons on the masses. He was the star of a film franchise that glamorized reckless driving and elevated people who drive like idiots to superhero status. And he died because someone was driving like an idiot.
Now don't take this to mean that I think he deserved it. On the contrary. He's a victim of the culture he helped create, where an adrenaline rush behind the wheel is worth risking your life and the lives of others for. The 16-25 year old male driver mortality rate is already the highest by far out of any other demographic. And in part that's because of movies like Fast and the Furious, or rather because idiots think it's real, and cool, and there is no consequence to driving that way.
So take a young handsome star, build him up in the public eye as the face of dangerous driving, and then kill him in a car crash. Almost like someone is sending a message, no?
Paul Walker died for our sins.
I just hope the morons are paying attention so it won't happen again.
It's a sad situation so don't misunderstand me here...but holy crap on a cracker dude, that is one chortle-inducing statement right there.
Seriously though, has a team ever had 3 consecutive rookies of the year in any category? That's some built-to-last type poo right there. This team is trending up for the next 5-7 years, maybe longer. Enjoy this ride, Panther bros and gals.
Mel Farr won OROY and Lem Barney won DROY in 1968, followed by Earl McCullogh winning OROY 1968 for the Lions. Of course there were only 16 teams at the time.
Urlacher won DROY in 2000 and Anthony Thomas won OROY in 2001 for the Bears.
It may be the most tired and overused gif on this board, but I have found myself doing this in the (minimal) privacy of my office at least three times already today...nothing more than pure gameday excitement.