Looks like I'm in good company at least.
It seems the last few days I've been afflicted with the "Disease of Kings", aka gout. My right foot / big toe started hurting like hell, as if I dropped a 50 pound weight on it, except without all the black and blue. The doc diagnosed it and gave me some meds, and I'm much better now.
In the olden days it was usually royalty that had gout, mainly because they were the only ones who could afford red meat and alcohol, two of the prime culprits that cause gout. But in my case, however, it seems the problem is Coca Cola's.
My red meat and alcohol intake are very modest....a few beers or glasses of wine a week, depending on what is served for dinner, and the same for my red meat consumption....but I buy and drink Cokes by the case. And a check on the World Wide Web says that "high fructose sweetened drinks" are bad, bad, bad for causing gout. Looks like it's adios, my good canned buddies. :(
Wonder if this means I'll have to stop wearing my crown, too? (Just as well. Most of the little rhinestones have already fallen out.)
As you all know, I'm a news junkie. Some of what I take away is very serious stuff, but some is just comical, to wit:
The NYT headline read: "After Outside Pressure, Rebels in Congo Lay Down Their Arms".
Ummm....it looks to me like their arms decided to just lay down and surrender all by themselves. I'm guessing the term "maintenance" doesn't translate into Congolese.
And the BBC is reporting a new warning put out by the UN that says our output of atmospheric clogging "stuff" is again setting records. They go on to say much of this is due to the well known problem of cattle flatulence. (That's a $3 term for cow farts.)
As anyone who has driven anywhere even close to a West Texas cattle feedlot will testify, it's a serious problem for sure. So why hasn't someone thought of just producing a heavy-duty version of Beano for bovines?
And the same article says that much of the global emission of greenhouse gasses is due to he way farmers in may parts of the world improperly plough their land, citing this photo ^ as an example.
Just thinking out loud here....instead of just throwing out billions of dollars in foreign aid money around the world to see it siphoned off by the corrupt dictators and generals, why don't we just start sending them boat loads of John Deere's and Massey Ferguson's? Jobs for us, more food for them, cleaner air for us all. DUH! This ain't rocket surgery, people!
See, I've already fixed our global warming problem, and it isn't even noon yet. (Note to Nobel committee: That's Scott with two "T"s :)