Sunday, February 19, 2006

Sunday Salmagundi

What do Minnie Driver and
Drew Barrymore have in common?

Has anyone ever told you that you look like a particular celebrity?
Or have you just wondered who you might resemble? Now you can go to this site and find out for free.

You can upload an online photo of yourself and run it through
the celebrity database. The list is not just movie stars, but famous and notable people from the past hundred years+. Your exciting (or depressing) results will include photos of the celebrities you resemble. I found them quite helpful since I did not recognize all of the names.

Which celebrity faces were matched with me? Well I couldn't believe it when Drew Barrymore popped up.
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Also Minnie Driver--that was kind of cool because she's been one of my choices to play me in a movie if I ever find myself in a movie.

I need to scan in more pictures of myself one of these days, but I did have a baby picture and one from the 1980's. I searched with those, as well as the photo that appears with this blog. Oddly enough, Drew Barrymore came up all three times. Minnie Driver twice. They were the only repeats so I'll give it a touch of credibility. Maybe on my best days when my makeup is perfect and people squint.......

Hey, it was fun. Hope that you enjoy playing with it too.


On to the latest everyday item that might cause cancer:
Teflon Pans
Remember when they were the height of innovation? Food wouldn’t stick to the bottom, no more scrubbing the pans. And they were introduced in a time when few families had automatic dishwashers.   Posted by Picasa

According to a February 16th AP story (yahoo link below) “A group of scientific advisers to the Environmental Protection Agency voted unanimously Wednesday to approve a recommendation that a chemical used in the manufacture of Teflon and other nonstick and stain-resistant products should be considered a likely carcinogen.”

The chemical, PFOA, is a processing aid used in a variety of products such as non-stick cookware. DuPont is the only US producer of POFA and disagrees with the findings. The news story cites several studies over the years, including one in the 1980’s that linked PFOA to mammary tumors in laboratory rats.

DuPont will continue making products with PFOA, and the EPA will review the recommendations of the advisory board. According to Risk Assessment Director Oscar Hernandez: “The EPA will use the report as well as all new information that becomes available, to formulate the next steps in our continuing assessment of these chemicals."

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EPA Science Advisory Board Details


It is Better to Drink Toilet Water

When you are hot and tired, what could be more refreshing than a nice cup of ice? In sunny Florida, twelve-year old Jasmine Roberts choose microbiology for her school science project.

Her hypothesis was that ice in a fast food restaurant would contain more bacteria than the toilet water in those same restaurants. Her results won her prizes in her school’s and the regional science fairs. She stated: "I found that 70-percent of the time, the ice from the fast food restaurants contain more bacteria than the fast food restaurant's toilet water."
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In sampling the toilet water she flushed the toilet first. In the follow-up story her mentor, microbiology professor Dr. Daniel Lim, said: “And simply the act of flushing may cleanse the toilet of any residual bacteria, most residual bacteria." However, when it comes to ice machines Dr. Lim pointed out: "If you don't clean the receptacle, the materials routinely, there may be a possibility of bio-film or residual material remaining in that receptacle."
Something to think about the next time you grab a cup of ice somewhere.

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