Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. Sometimes in this world it is good not be number one and just recently the United States was surpassed by Mexico… just barely but they did surpass us as being the fattest country in the world. Yep, in a recent study by the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization the adult obesity in Mexico is 32.8 percent versus 31.8 percent in the United States.
Now this has the Dogpound wondering a little bit as to how they came up with this unusual statistic. Can you imagine, like census takers, they show up at your house with a scale in hand asking to weigh every adult in your household? I do hope they brought along a lot of extra scales. I would think the initial reaction for many would be to grab the scales and toss them at the censor taker running for cover to his car.
Now 30 percent plus is bad but interesting enough there are some island territories that have even higher levels; Nauru (71.1 percent), the Cook Islands (64.1 percent) and the Marshall Islands (46.5 percent), and all done without the benefit of fast food restaurants and chains. Wow! Now that covers the lean part of the article, so on to the mean part...which is really mean. Here in the states we have a passion for our sports, especially football, but in the rest of the world their passion is centered largely around their own version of football...soccer.
Recently in Brazil, where they really love their soccer, a story came out where a player was expelled from a game and then got into a physical fight with the referee that ejected him. In the struggle that followed the referee pulled a knife and stabbed the player who died en route to the hospital. In turn, friends and relatives immediately stormed the field and attacked the referee.
Now this is where it really gets mean…they stoned the referee to death, quartered the body, and then they took his head and placed in on a stake in the middle of the soccer field. You think our bench clearing highlight reels are something…they have nothing over the highlights from Brazil.
THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
“You can close your eyes to the things you do not want to see, but you can’t close your heart to the things you do not want to feel.”
– Johnny Depp
A pastor goes to the dentist for a set of false teeth. The first Sunday after he gets his teeth, he talks for only eight minutes. The second Sunday, he talks for only 10 minutes. The following Sunday, he talks for two hours and 48 minutes. The congregation has to mob him to get him down from the pulpit, and they ask him what happened. The pastor explains the first Sunday his gums hurt so bad he couldn’t talk for more than eight minutes. The second Sunday his gums hurt too much to talk for more than 10 minutes. But, the third Sunday, by mistake he put his wife’s teeth in and couldn’t stop talking.
That is a wrap. As always be good, play safe, and remember to keep your eyes and heart open.
JR and Max