Neil Armstrong Takes Last Small Step – Dies at Age 81

Neil Alden Armstrong, the man who made the phrase “”one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” has died today at the age of 81.  Born in Ohio on August 5 1930, Armstrong had a passion for aeronautics that lasted all throughout his life. Interestingly enough, by the age of 16 he was able to fly an airplane before he could drive a standard motor vehicle.


Armstrong distinguished himself as a flyer of Navy fighter planes in the Korean War, and served as a test pilot for the National Advisory Committee on Aeronautics, the predecessor to NASA. 


He achieved astronaut status by being one of two men to first set foot on the moon.  His famous phrase, “One Small Step” has become a historical marker, and has been referred to in countless science fiction and fact texts. 


After his retirement from NASA in 1971, Armstrong became a professor of aerospace engineering at the University of Cincinnati for nearly a decade and served on the boards of several corporations, including Lear Jet, United Airlines and Marathon Oil.


Mr. Armstrong also served as deputy associate administrator for aeronautics at NASA headquarters, coordinating and managing the space agency’s aeronautics research and technology research.


Read a detailed memorial to this great man at the BBC’s website, and follow the Brittish Broadcasting Corporation on Twitter @BBCWorld. 

Your Blood Type Could Influence Your Risk for Heart Disease

People with blood types A, B, or AB appear to have a higher risk for coronary heart disease when compared to those with blood type O, according to new research published in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology, a journal maintained by the American Heart Association— a national voluntary health agency that works to help reduce disability and death from cardiovascular diseases and stroke.


Study participants with the rarest blood type — AB, found in about 7 percent of the U.S. population — had the highest increased heart disease risk at 23 percent. Those with type B had an 11 percent increased risk, and those with type A had a 5 percent increased risk. Approximately 43 percent of Americans possess blood type O.


“While people cannot change their blood type, our findings may help physicians better understand who is at risk for developing heart disease,” stated Lu Qi, M.D., Ph.D., the study’s senior author and an assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston.


Knowing your blood type can be an important part of staying healthy and avoiding heart disease, Qi said. “It’s good to know your blood type the same way you should know your cholesterol or blood pressure numbers,” he said. “If you know you’re at higher risk, you can reduce the risk by adopting a healthier lifestyle, such as eating right, exercising and not smoking.”


The study’s findings are based on an investigation of two large, well-known U.S. studies — 62,073 women from the Nurses’ Health Study and 27,428 adults from the Health Professionals Follow-up Study. Participants were between ages 30 and 75, and both groups were followed for 20 years or more.


Read More: at the American heart Association’s website — and follow them on Twitter @HeartNews. 

A Grocery Mess

This afternoon while leaving the grocery store, I came across an older lady waiting for her paratransit ride. Paratransit is a service that helps people with disabilities go shopping, visit friends and generally have equal access to public transportation. This lady was utilizing the service to take her groceries home.

After a few minutes, the van drove up, and the driver started helping the lady place her groceries into the back. As soon as the driver started helping the lady, some guy started raising general hell. The gist of the bitch fest was that the driver should not have parked near the store, and the fact that the lady was crippled and can’t walk long distances didn’t matter.

The driver was very professional, and said to the irate citizen in a calm voice, “Sir I’m just doing my job, and if you have a problem with it, you can call the number on the side of the van and report me.” The angry man still yelled, and the driver started explaining how the service worked, while continuing to load the lady’s groceries into the back of the van, totally ignoring all threats and remaining calm.

When he was done, the driver put the basket away, and drove off. The man who was yelling, turned to me and complained that the driver was rude and ignorant. I calmly tapped my cane on the ground, and told him in my deepest voice, “God don’t’ like ugly.” He then asked me why I didn’t use the service, to which I replied “I do, I also am on the advisory board for the service, and that man is going to get a positive recommendation for dealing with your foolishness.”

Sometimes, it’s best to keep your mouth shut. Otherwise, everyone knows how stupid you really are.

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