I heard a radio dj last Friday trying to pronounce the word that means a fear of Friday the 13th. It’s Paraskevidekatriaphobia. The challenge with any long word is remembering which syllables to accent. The English language has some very long words, some of which ring familiar because we’ve heard them somewhere, such as Supercalifragilisitcexpealidocious from the movie Mary Poppins.
It’s Friday the 13th. I’m not superstitious (he says as he tries to type with his fingers crossed). As we approach mid-October, folks who have been contemplating a winter vacation may be wondering what options there are in the Caribbean in the aftermath of the hurricanes. We’re told there are some places that are still in recovery mode such as the Virgin Islands, St. Martin and Puerto Rico but there are others that escaped any damage and where it is business as usual.
A recent study suggests the excitement of watching your favourite hockey team, whether live or on tv, can have a profound effect on the cardiovascular system, in some cases even doubling the heart rate. The Montreal study monitored the heart rates of Canadiens fans during games and found that those watching on tv had an average increase of 75% while those attending live games saw an average spike in their heartbeats of 110%. Accordingly, the study’s senior investigator, a cardiologist, says results have important public health implications because they show viewing a hockey game can be the source of intense emotional stress and carry the potential to trigger cardiovascular events in susceptible individuals.
We talk about the crazy-high salaries that are paid to major-league athletes. Then there is the world of entertainment where we hear about the A-list movie and television stars making millions per picture or season. Are there any radio hosts that make astronomical sums? The answer is yes. Howard Stern was the highest paid this past year, grossing $90 million. #2 was Rush Limbaugh who, thanks to a “Trump bump”, made $84 million.
Here’s a word, “Cannabinoid”. Cannabinoids refer to any of a group of closely related compounds that are the active constituents of cannabis, the plant from which we get marijuana. Cannabinol is one of the compounds whose primary derivative is THC, Tetrahydrocannabinol, the primary intoxicant in marijuana. I love these scientific definitions. And there are more like cannabinoid receptors that are in cells that alter neurotransmitter release in the brain and are part of the endocannabinoid system which is involved in a lot of our physiological processes affecting appetite, mood, memory and pain sensation.