October 17, 2017

Hygiene Hypothesis

CLEAN LIVING NEWS: Two studies, one published in the Scandinavian Journal of Immunology, have found that gritty rats and mice living in sewers and farms have healthier immune systems than those living in antiseptic laboratories. The lesson for humans is that clean living may make us sick. A theory called the hygiene hypothesis claims that people’s immune systems aren’t being challenged by disease and dirt early in life, possibly to blame for the soaring rates of allergy and asthma cases and some autoimmune diseases.

COFFEE PROFIT NEWS: Starbucks has decided to shrink its shareholder perks. Every spring the company sends its shareholders a gift along with its annual report the past five years–a gift card for $3.50, enough for a latte, previously a coupon for a free drink of their choice. This year, it’s a coupon for two coffee-drip drinks. By giving away the cheaper drip coffees, the company expects to save hundreds of thousands of dollars.

STILL MORE ELECTORAL FRAUD NEWS: In Waldenburg, Arkansas, a town of 80 people, there were three candidates for mayor in the last election. The two top candidates received 18 votes each, and Randy Wooden got none. When his wife saw the results at City Hall, she asked him if he had voted for himself, therefore he should certainly have had one vote. In addition to his question about voter fraud, Wooden seems to have another and larger question: Whom did his wife vote for?

SPECIAL INTERESTS NEWS: In Minnesota, State Representative Patti Fritz has introduced a bill designating the Tilt-A-Whirl as the state’s official amusement ride. She said she is doing so because 52 kindergarten students from her district say it deserves special attention because it was invented in their town. Rumor has it, Sedona is considering nominating its Cultural Park for American Idle.

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