Water Cooler Wit: Strange Facts We Didn’t Know Before

Water Cooler Wit: Strange Facts We Didn’t Know Before

Cheetahs don’t overheat when running. It was previously believed that cheetahs, who can achieve speeds of up to 60mph, could only maintain such speeds in short bursts because they would overheat. This is apparently not the case, according to a study published in Biology Letters. Scientists remotely measured the body temperature of cheetahs in action, and found that their inner temperatures weren’t the problem at all.*

Just remember, though, we’re not cheetahs, by any measure, and we do overheat (even when performing mild exercise).  We also overheat (and sweat) when the weather is cooler – it’s just not as noticeable. This is why it’s advisable to make sure you have your water glass or bottle topped up and make frequent trips to your water cooler.

The chance of life existing on another planet is much more likely if there’s water to be found. This news comes as in 2015; scientists tracked down evidence of ‘liquid water flows’ on Mars. Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta’s Lujendra Ojha, the lead author of the study which presented the evidence, explained, “The presence of liquid water on Mars’ present-day surface therefore points to environment[s] that are more habitable than previously thought.”*

Such discoveries, while incredible, should indicate how precious a resource water is, to, at the very least, sustain life. Until we can reach the stars, so to speak, we would recommend relishing every mouthful of water we have to drink.

Your eardrums move when you move your eyes. Your eardrums don’t have anything to do with your sense of sight, as far as we know. That’s why it was so surprising when a 2018 study in PNAS revealed that our eardrums move when we move our eyes.*

To all of you rushing to the closest mirror to check, it said eardrums, unlikely you’ll be able to confirm this unless you are an ENT.

The world’s most intense natural colour comes from an African fruit.  Pollia condensata, sometimes called the ‘marble berry’ is a small blue fruit that grows in African forests in countries like Ethiopia, Mozambique and Tanzania. While the fruit isn’t edible, Smithsonian reported that a 2012 study “determined that the fruit’s tissue is more intensely coloured than any previously studied biological tissue – reflecting 30 percent of light, as compared to a silver mirror, making it more intense than even the renowned color of a Morpho butterfly’s wings.”*

Having being fortunate enough to visit all three countries mentioned, this blogger is a little regretful to have not ever seen this intensely coloured berry. Haven’t seen the Morpho butterfly either, come to think of it! This is when one is very thankful for the triple w’s (World Wide Web).

Now you have some new (hopefully) knowledge tucked under your belt, you’re all set not only to refresh your drinking water when visiting the office water cooler, but also your water cooler chitchat with your colleagues. If working remotely, you can, of course, regale everyone at the next Zoom meeting.

*source: from an article at Best Life

Just how far does good will go?

Just how far does good will go?

Recently, while I was on a water refill break at our office water cooler, I read an article regarding ‘influencers’ and a certain holiday resort in South East Asia. What had transpired is that this very popular resort began to be inundated with requests from self-proclaimed ‘influencers’ – travellers with social media accounts (predominantly YouTube and Instagram) who have a number of followers – asking if they could stay at the resort for free in exchange for sharing photos about their stay, thereby ‘influencing’ their followers to travel and stay at the location.

After a period the resort owner’s reaction was to himself go on to social media whereupon he posted a comment stating that he would not be offering accommodation at the resort in exchange for the proposed reach that these followers had and further to that, his suggestion to said influencers was that they pay for the accommodation just like any other guest.

This got me thinking.  With the incredible advent of digital based business, with social media users increasing at a phenomenal rate year on year, is it possible to quantify physically based goodwill e.g. your taking your customers out for a coffee vs. ether based good will e.g. your commenting on social media about how wonderful your customer’s product/service is?

Of course, it may not help that there are different definitions of goodwill from a social aspect versus a commodity based aspect. Goodwill in business terms is a quantifiable asset of an intangible portion of a business which is calculable when the entity is being bought or sold.

Goodwill, in my opinion, (always become a little more clearheaded when I up my water intake) is any action that is undertaken as a kindness or is an act of benevolence without forethought of any reciprocation.

What do you think?


Summer at the Water Cooler II

Bananas are Best!

I found this Scottish children’s song:

Banana, banana, bananas are the best
A nice squishy middle in a big yella vest
Today or manyana, ah’ll be sayin ‘Can ah,
Can ah have a ba-na-na?

What am ah goin to have for ma tea? Banana!
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday? Banana!
What’s ma Sunday dinner goin to be? Banana!
Can ah have a ba-na-na?


Fifty million monkeys can’t be wrong – banana!
From totie wans tae Old King Kong – banana!
They all love to sing this song – banana!
‘Can ah have a ba-na-na?’

Lovely! I can see me singing this for the next few weeks and getting myself some serious skew looks!

Now for the amazing properties of the banana peel:

Banana peels are full of antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins, so they can naturally cure many ailments and can aid cell regeneration.

* Water Filtration – Research shows they have a capacity to absorb lead and copper from water.

I wouldn’t suggest trying this using the office water cooler + AquAid’s water doesn’t need to be filtered. So there. J

Bug Bites – Just rub a banana peel on a bug bite to soothe the skin and reduce the itch.

Bruises – With regenerative properties, banana peel can speed up the healing of bruises.

Teeth Whitening – Rub the inside of a banana peel on your teeth for a couple of minutes every other day, and your teeth could be noticeably whiter in a few weeks.

Warts – Banana peels help eliminate warts and prevent their return. Tape or somehow strap a piece of banana peel to the wart overnight for about a week or rub the banana peel on the affected area daily. This can also work for plantar warts. A potato skin has been known to be able to do the same thing.

Scrapes and Scratches – Rub a banana peel on small cuts or scratches and it can help promote healing

Splinters – The enzymes help dislodge the splinter and can help kick-start the healing process if you tape a piece of the peel over a splinter for a couple hours.

Acne – A banana peel can soothe the inflammation and irritation of acne. It also helps to prevent future outbreaks. Rub a peel over the acne every night. You should see a positive change within a few days.

Psoriasis – Once or twice a day, try rubbing a banana peel on a psoriasis-affected area. Bananas have properties to reduce itchiness, moisturize, and heal psoriasis. You should see noticeable differences in a few days.

Rashes and Itches – Poison ivy, mild rashes, dry skin, irritated skin and even sunburn. Banana peel is good for relieving itch and promotes healing of the skin. Rub the peel over the rash or affected are twice daily until it is gone. If you notice it getting worse you should see a professional.

Oh, the photo. I’m in no way suggesting that you try this at home (or anywhere for that matter). Nor should you immerse bananas in your water cooler for summery tasting water. It’ll just be messy and most likely you’ll be getting the bill for cleaning out said water cooler.

*excerpts from an article at Natural Cures Not Medicine