Thursday, March 9, 2017

Research findings from academics, Chapman University, Cambridge, England, published in October, 2015. The five surprising health benefits of being short: 1) Being short carries a reduced risk of cancer. 2) Being short means you're less likely to develop blood clots. 3) If you are short, you are likely to live longer. 4) Short people are less likely to encounter stressful situations. 5) Being short puts you at lower risk of heat exhaustion or sun stroke.

It's Thursday, March 9, 2017, and I'm always glad to discover something I don't have to worry about. Someone put up on Facebook a self-shot video of them riding either the zip line or the zoom line in Las Vegas. Supposedly, you can take a tour of the bright lights at 40 mph. That caught my interest, so, I looked it up. Something jumped out at me. They were very clear on this prohibition: Those who are 6'-8" or taller cannot ride the lower line. I don't know about you but that caused me to breathe a huge sigh of relief. I'm just messing around here to get today's episode off and running. I know. It's likely more 'off' than 'running' but I should get some points for trying. I'm just trying to honor that admonition that tells us, if you see something, say something. Yes. I am aware that is the advice for us all to be on alert to our surroundings. But, I used it as an attempt to be humorous. So, don't take it too seriously. The joke. The other thing. Yeah. We all should be on the lookout at all times. That might be fairly hard to do with one of those electronic gizmo's stuck to our noses. That was an attempt at social commentary, therefore, it does not reflect the views or opinions of anyone other than me, myself, and I. As you can readily see, I had nothing to write about today, but, that didn't stop me from beating up on my keyboard.

What's that? You think I probably could find a study that favors taller people? I don't doubt it for a minute. I was actually looking for something else when I landed on that research information about vertically challenged people. And, yes, I am well aware of that hit song by Randy Newman entitled 'Short People'. It was supposed to be somewhat of a parody song but Newman ended up wishing he had never written it, even though it was a huge hit. He received all kinds of hate mail and even a few death threats. One representative in the legislature of Maryland actually introduced a bill that would ban that song from being played in the state. It was not accepted because the majority saw that it infringed on the First Amendment right to free speech. People can be sensitive, especially if it points a finger at them. As best I recall, the wife and I listened to it and thought it was funny, and, I still think it is. Here for your reading pleasure are the song lyrics, one more time:

Short people got no reason
Short people got no reason
Short people got no reason
To live

They got little hands
And little eyes
And they walk around
Tellin' great big lies
They got little noses
And tiny little teeth
They wear platform shoes
On their nasty little feet

Well, I don't want no short people
Don't want no short people
Don't want no short people
Round here

Short people are just the same
As you and I
(A fool such as I)
All men are brothers
Until the day they die
(It's a wonderful world)

Short people got nobody
Short people got nobody
Short people got nobody
To love

They got little baby legs
And they stand so low
You got to pick 'em up
Just to say hello
They got little cars
That got beep, beep, beep
They got little voices
Goin' peep, peep, peep
They got grubby little fingers
And dirty little minds
They're gonna get you every time
Well, I don't want no short people
Don't want no short people
Don't want no short people
'Round here

I guess we all need to just calm down and take a deep breath. That song ended up in a number of movies and television shows. Newman pleaded with people to see the song for what it is and he asked them to think about the part where he says everyone is the same. Perhaps we need a place we can go to report that we are not offended. Sorry about today's subject. It all fell out from that height restriction notice for the zip line in Vegas. When it's all said and done how could anyone stay angry with the fellow who wrote the Toy Story mega hit, "You've Got a Friend in Me"? I do hope you will enjoy the rest of your day and know that God loves us all, no matter our size. Take care and may God bless each one. Amen. ....More later.

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