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Great Kuwait Sand and Surf Challenge: Q8Geek

Wait until you see these entries in the Great Kuwait Sand and Surf Challenge. The Q8Geek RULES! These are going to take your breath away.

Look at the gleam on sand and log!
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Oh! Oh! Well done, Q8Geek!

November 4, 2008 Posted by | Arts & Handicrafts, Beauty, ExPat Life, Kuwait, Living Conditions, Photos | | 9 Comments

More Bacteria on Women’s Hands

This is from BBC Health News:

Women’s hands ‘harbour more bugs’

Human skin harbours many bacteria
Women have a greater range of different types of bacteria on the palms of their hands than men, US research suggests.

The study also found that human hands harbour far higher numbers of bacteria species than previously thought.

Using powerful gene sequencing techniques, researchers found a typical hand had roughly 150 different species of bacteria living on it.

The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences study found bacteria types varied greatly between individuals.

The researchers, from the University of Colorado at Boulder, hope their work will help scientists to establish a “healthy baseline” of bacteria species on the human hand.

This could potentially help them to identify which species are linked to specific diseases.
Lead researcher Dr Noah Fierer said: “The sheer number of bacteria species detected on the hands of the study participants was a big surprise, and so was the greater diversity of bacteria we found on the hands of women.”

The study detected and identified more than 4,700 different bacteria species across 102 human hands in the study.

However, only five species were shared among all 51 participants.
Even the right and left palms of the same individual shared an average of only 17% of the same bacteria types.

Acidic skin
Dr Fierer said that the higher bacterial diversity on women’s hands may be due to the fact that men tend to have more acidic skin, which provides a more harsh living environment for the microscopic bugs.

Alternatively, differences in sweat, oil gland or hormone production may be key – or the fact that women and men tend to make different use of cosmetics such as moisturisers.

Dr Fierer said the study also found hand washing had little impact on the diversity of bacteria found on an individual’s hands.

Maybe it’s because Women carry purses?

November 4, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | 11 Comments

Election Joke: Today, You Voted

A good friend sent this non-partisan joke just in time for election day:

While walking down the street one day a US senator is tragically hit by
A truck and dies.

His soul arrives in heaven and is met by St. Peter at the entrance.

‘Welcome to heaven,’ says St. Peter. ‘Before you settle in, it seems
There is a problem. We seldom see a high official around these parts,
You see, so we’re not sure what to do with you.’

‘No problem, just let me in,’ says the man.

‘Well, I’d like to, but I have orders from higher up. What we’ll do Is
have you spend one day in hell and one in heaven. Then you Can choose
where to spend eternity.’

‘Really, I’ve made up my mind. I want to be in heaven,’ says the
Senator.

‘I’m sorry, but we have our rules.’

And with that, St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes Down,
down, down to hell. The doors open and he finds himself In the middle
of a green golf course. In the distance is a clubhouse And standing in
front of it are all his friends and other politicians Who had worked
with him.

Everyone is very happy and in evening dress. They run to greet him,
Shake his hand, and reminisce about the good times they had while
Getting rich at the expense of the people.

They play a friendly game of golf and then dine on lobster, caviar And
champagne.

Also present is the devil, who really is a very friendly guy who Has a
good time dancing and telling jokes. They are having such a Good time
that before he realizes it, it is time to go.

Everyone gives him a hearty farewell and waves while the elevator
Rises…

The elevator goes up, up, up and the door reopens on heaven where St.
Peter
Is waiting for him.

‘Now it’s time to visit heaven.’

So, 24 hours pass with the senator joining a group of contented souls
Moving from cloud to cloud, playing the harp and singing. They have a
Good time and, before he realizes it, the 24 hours have gone by and St.
Peter returns.

‘Well, then, you’ve spent a day in hell and another in heaven. Now
Choose your eternity.’

The senator reflects for a minute, then he answers: ‘Well, I would Never
have said it before, I mean heaven has been delightful, but I think I
would be better off in hell.’

So St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, Down
to hell.

Now the doors of the elevator open and he’s in the middle of a Barren
land covered with waste and garbage.

He sees all his friends, dressed in rags, picking up the trash and
Putting it in black bags as more trash falls from above.

The devil comes over to him and puts his arm around his shoulder.
‘I don’t understand,’ stammers the senator. ‘Yesterday I was here And
there was a golf course and clubhouse, and we ate lobster and Caviar,
drank champagne, and danced and had a great time. Now there’s just a
wasteland full of garbage and my friends look miserable.
What happened?’

The devil looks at him, smiles and says, ‘Yesterday we were
campaigning.. .

Today you voted.’

November 4, 2008 Posted by | Cross Cultural, Humor, Joke, Living Conditions, Political Issues | 6 Comments

Soft Sunrise 4 Nov 08

It’s a soft sunrise this morning, still cloudy but not so intensely so as yesterday. It looks like we could still get some rain. At the same time, it is lighter, the atmosphere not so heavy . . . it may turn out to be a gorgeous day.

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Have a good day, Kuwait.

November 4, 2008 Posted by | ExPat Life, Kuwait, Living Conditions, sunrise series, Weather | 3 Comments

   

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