Solely In Black and White: March 2011

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Religious Fat

Too Many Cookies! Via Flickr (CC)

According to a new report from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, religious people tend to be fatter than their non-religious counterparts. (via a CBSnews link) This news is quit irking. Granted, the study should also be praised for its accurate portrayal of the non-intrinsic values of being religious. Nonetheless, how can anyone expect religious people to not be heavier than everyone else, we have eating centric holidays. And that is completely negating Oneg Shabbos

To add insult to injury, this reports was publish between Purim and Pesach, right when I need to get rid of my (our) extra cake, chometz, and candy as well as prepare for the onslaught of kosher for Pesach cake. Btw, if anyone would like some extra cake, I am looking for recipients, but let me know asap because its yummy and going fast. Aside from cake, I doubt eating large quantities of starch-heavy potato based product over the course of a few days is sufficiently healthy. 

I can’t really say that this article upsets me much. The prospect of being slightly chubbier than my non-religious counterparts isn’t shocking. There is even well known and documented term for it: the shana reshona boich. At first I thought I found the solution to this known phenomenon, making an in house no-baked good system. This is because having three dozen yummy chocolate chip cookies sitting and politely begging to be eaten by two people is not a good plan of action, neither for the cookies nor for the cookie monsters. So to combat this, basically, the rule of the system dictates that one can’t engage in purely recreational baking. Cakes and cookies can only baked if the majority will be given away with challah being the exception to the rule. 

Aside from Yomim Toivim, the plan is not air tight, but it’s pretty much solid. Granted, there are some gaps but it’s a workable system. That was true until I actually started researching a scientific cause for the shana reshona boich. Interestingly, there is a something called "Couvade Syndrome" a.k.a. Male Sympathetic Pregnancy (which includes minor weight gain)!?! I don’t know about you, but this one (of the many) things they don’t tell you before you get married. (Hey, that might be a future post… Top 10 Things….) Anyway, I wonder if there is a direct correlation between increases in a Jewish male’s weight and the amount of children he has…?

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Friday, March 18, 2011

A Purim Request 2011

In continuing with the theme I wrote about last Purim I will repost and update my pre-Purim post and probably write a Post-Purim/ Drunkenness synopsis. Perhaps, if I have the wherewithal to get to a computer while inebriated I will type something up of humorous nature; well at least it might be funny to read when sober. :-)

First and foremost, I must apologize. I intended to retry and restart the "Blogger's Group Tehilim Initiative" in time for Purim as a one-time project, but I did not have enough time this week to work on it. The new idea was to divide and distributed the entire Tehilim (preferably into 30 parts) amongst anyone who would like to participate. The ultimate goal being: the one-time collaborative completion of the entire Tehlim over this year’s extended Purim weekend. I don’t know if it’s too late to set up this project, but it's worth a shot. Let me know what you think. 

Essentially, I don’t really what else to add to this post. We live in a strange world enduring some epically peculiar times. What the future holds for us as individuals and as a society does seem rather daunting at the moment. In the wake of the current evolving catastrophe in Japan and horrific incident in Israel one can only wonder what will be tomorrow and further realize what little control we have over our lives and our world. It sort of gives credence to the lesson “Hakol min hashamayim chutz me yiras shamayim.” Just some food (pre shalach manos) for thought…

A Purim Request for 2011
I hope this post finds all of you in good spirits. No, I am not drunk yet. Yes, this post is serious.

Purim has the potential to be a very powerful day. The things that can be accomplished are nearly endless. I hope the last post (last year) didn’t give you the impression that I believe otherwise. Purim is a lot more than just getting drunk.

If I humbly may, can I ask of you a favor? When you daven/learn/or say tehillim this Purim, can you please ask (or have in mind) that Hashem should help all the singles in Klal Yisrael (including your fellow bloggers and commenters) to find their match soon, a true zivig, and without any pain? Additionally, consider adding that Klal Yisrael and the world should have true everlasting peace and tranquility.

Generally, I try not to ask favors of my readers unless I deem them to be necessary or very important. Obviously, I deem this request necessary and hope you feel the same way.

Thank You. 


SiBaW and TAW

A Freilichen Purim!

Pre-Purim Fun

I would embed the Maccabeats' Purim Video, but that would way too cliché. Besides, the Purim video doesn't hold a candle to the last one! ;-) Here is my addition to the  Pre Purim Fun: 

Monday, March 14, 2011

Don’t Smile!


You’re not going to believe this, but smiling can be harmful to you. Well, I took that out of context a bit, but according to this study presented in the NYTimes, faking a smile may have unexpected consequences, mainly putting you in a bad mood! Now I have to tell you, this piece of scientific research is befuddling to say the least. For one, I remember being taught that one should greet their fellow with a pleasant face; i.e. a smile! One the other hand I recall having to smile even when I didn’t want to. Some of those occasions where innocuous, such as way too many pictures at some happy event, or worse, such as being in a situation that I was stuck in with no decent exit strategies, such as a bad date.

Regardless, I can attest that smiling insincerely doesn’t really work. That applies both on the giving end and the receiving end. To complicate matters further, once you’re married to someone and know their intricacies quite well it become almost pointless to fake a smile since your spouse can see right through-it, although generally this isn’t applicable, at least in my case. Hmmm… my wife is reading this post over my shoulder and smirking… :-/ Anyways, in the meantime when I choose not to smile, I will just walk around with my tongue sticking out (vis-à-vis:  :-P ) I can’t imagine that will do any harm! ;-)

P.S. I hope this post made you smile! :-)