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from JPT Group   |    July 2022   |   Vol. 14 No. 7

Turning up the Heat

    Summertime and the livin’ is easy… and hot. As much of the nation is burdened with extreme heat, we take a Tearsheet peek at heat.

    Let’s start with exploding a myth. Heat does not rise. Warm air rises. Heat travels in all directions. Don’t believe it? Ask any engineer or physicist.

    You may not like to admit it, but you love heat. Medical personnel say that the ideal human body temperature is about 98.6 (Fahrenheit). (It does vary slightly from one person to another. “Slightly” being the key word.) In case you hadn’t noticed, 98.6 is pretty hot, and your body likes it that way.

    So much so that when the outside temperature is also hot, your body tries to acclimate itself by perspiring. Perspiration rises to the surface of your skin. As it evaporates, you begin to feel cooler, according to Houston Methodist Hospital. And, you sweat.

    But, viva la difference! According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, while women have more sweat glands than men, men's sweat glands are more active, leading them to sweat more than women. Ask any woman who has been around a “sweaty” man. Regardless, the International Hyperhidrosis Society says that the average person can have as many as four million sweat glands.

    Of course too much heat is definitely not a good thing. Literally hundreds of Americans die every year from heat-related issues. Hence the summertime admonitions to “keep cool.”

    Really being cool extends beyond the summer months. The urban dictionary claims that “a cool person… is being real. Being themselves and not caring how other people view what they say or do.” There’s a lot to be said for that.

“It ain’t the heat, it’s the humility.”   
— Yogi Berra   

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BUSINESS UPDATE

The Week reported that Ann Turner Cook, whose likeness was used as “the Gerber baby,” died recently at age 96. Gerber legally adopted the image as its corporate logo in 1931 and kept Mrs. Cook’s identity secret for 50 years until 1976. In 1951 Mrs. Cook was finally compensated for the drawing, receiving $5,000.

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Let Me Ask You This

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    The University of Calilfornia, Davis released some interesting information regarding SEO (search engine optimization) performance.
   First, their research showed that there was an even 50-50 split between queries of 2-3 words and queries with more than four words. They also showed that, of all queries, 27 percent were phrased as questions and 73 percent as non-questions.
   The types of questions varied as well. Questions that began with “what” represented 11 percent of all queries; “which” questions were 12 percent; “where” questions were 15 percent; “why” questions were 24 percent; and “how” questions comprised 38 percent of the total.
   They also recommended that when making changes, the website owner should expect 2-3 months to elapse to allow for updated search rankings to take effect.

“I don't know the question, but sex is definitely the answer.”   

— Woody Allen   
 

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Ooo Baby, Ooo Baby.  In an effort to keep the city clean, some trash receptacles in the Swedish city of Malmö have been equipped to talk dirty to people who throw away their litter.

—   cnn.com   

Consider yourself forewarned.  According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, August 2 is the day that most fatal traffic accidents occur.

—   Half as Interesting   

He seems so distant. 61% of U.S. men have been offered the chance to work remotely, compared with only 52% of U.S. women. 

—   McKinsey & Company   

Don’t forget the rear flap.  Some employees who have returned to the office are finding it hard to shed their work-from-home habits – like working in pajamas. 

—   BBC WorkLife   

They wrote the book.  Dating back to World War II, the CIA (formerly the OSS) has a book-length manual on how to be annoying.

—   Half as Interesting   

Gas-driven entities.   Ben & Jerry’s is changing the formula fed to its dairy cows to reduce the methane in their flatulence.

—   The Week   

I’ve been robbed!  Losses to identity theft in 2021: $24 billion. Price of a hacked gmail account: $80. Price of a stolen Social Security number: $2.

—   Quartz   

The vanishing worker.   As of 2020 South Korea had 932 industrial robots for every 10,000 workers; the U.S. had 255. 

—   Rest of the World   

Do you still have room for…   In the U.K., the word “pudding” is used to describe any kind of dessert.

—   uselessdaily.com   

The Month of July

Month of the Month

     Famed Baltimore Oriole manager Earl Weaver once said, “Don’t worry. The fans don’t start booing until July.”  Well, it’s July and who could possibly boo National Deli Salad Month, or National Deli Sandwich Month – which is not to be confused with Sandwich Generation Month.

     If all else fails, don’t despair. July is Bikini Month.

     Friday, July 15th. What a day. Sure, it’s everyone’s favorite – Saint Swithin's Day. But let’s not forget that it’s also Be A Dork Day.
 

If you’re behind in your reading, you can check out last month’s Tearsheet here.

Question of the Month

 

Prior to Donald Trump, who was the last winning presidential candidate who had never held elected office? 

You shouldn’t need an army of scholars to know the correct answer.

Quote of the Month

“Cuckoo people do cuckoo things.”

—   Bill Maher

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