Saturday, July 27, 2013

If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson


July is Hemochromatosis Screening Awareness Month. Chronic fatigue and joint pain are the most common complaints of people with hemochromatosis. For this reason, the complete diagnosis is often delayed because these two symptoms are commonly seen in other diseases. Pain in the knuckles of the pointer and middle finger “The Iron Fist” is the only sign or symptom specific to hemochromatosis, but not everyone with HHC experiences the Iron Fist. Check out the for signs, symtoms, and what tests to have your doctor run if you suspect you may have this condition.

 Lust in Translation


Today we have the book Lust in Translation: The Rules of Infidelity from Tokyo to Tennessee by Pamela Druckerman. This hardcover book is just over 300 pages. Amazon gives the following description:


An irreverent and hilarious journey around the world to examine how and why people cheat on their spouses; this global look at infidelity reveals that Americans are uniquely mixed up about being faithful.

It’s an adulterous world out there. Russian husbands and wives don’t believe that beach-resort flings violate their marital vows. Japanese businessmen, armed with the aphorism “If you pay, it’s not cheating,” flock to sex clubs where the extramarital services on offer include “getting oral sex without showering first.” South Africans may be the masters of creative accounting: Pollsters there had to create separate categories for men who cheat, and men who only cheat while drunk.

In America, however, there is never a free pass when it comes to infidelity. According to our national moral compass, cheating is abominable no matter what the circumstances. But do we actually behave differently than everyone else? Pamela Druckerman, a former foreign correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, decided to delve into this incredibly taboo topic. She interviews people all over the world, from retirees in South Florida to Muslim polygamists in Indonesia; from Hasidic Jews in Brooklyn to the men who keep their mistresses in a “concubine village” outside Hong Kong. Druckerman talks to psychologists, sex researchers, marriage counselors, and most of all, cheaters and the people they’ve cheated on, and concludes that Americans are the least adept at having affairs, have the most trouble enjoying them, and suffer the most in their aftermath.

Lust in Translation is a voyeuristic, statistics-packed, sometimes shocking, often hysterical, worldwide glimpse into the endlessly intriguing world of extramarital sex. It may be politically incorrect to say so, but who knew infidelity could be this fascinating?


Today is National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day. It is the 60th anniversary.


Today is National Day of the Cowboy. This day is observed each year on the fourth Saturday of July. Celebrate American cowboys today.


Today, ladies and gentlemen, is Barbie-In-A-Blender Day. I am not joking, this is for real. This day is in honor of a court case victory in which a photographer beat Mattel. Mattel sued the photographer for publishing nude Barbies in awkward positions and being blenders, mixers, and other kitchen appliances.


Launched in 2010 by “So You Think You Can Dance” co-creator and Dizzy Feet Foundation co-president Nigel Lythgoe, National Dance Day is an annual celebration that takes place on the last Saturday in July. This grassroots campaign encourages Americans to embrace dance as a fun and positive way to maintain good health and combat obesity. NDD achieved national recognition when Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, a long-time proponent of healthy lifestyles, announced at a press conference on July 31, 2010, in Washington, D.C., that she was introducing a congressional resolution declaring the last Saturday in July to be the country’s official National Dance Day.


Today is a day for walking. It is Take Your Houseplant For a Walk Day, Take Your Pants for a Walk Day, and Walk on Stilts day. Can you do all three at once? Whether you decide to celebrate, one, two, or all three of these today, let us know. We would like to see photos of you taking your plant and your pants for a walk…while on stilts.


The first U.S. federal government agency was established on this day in 1789. It was called the Department of Foreign Affairs but is now called the Department of State.


On July 27, 1890 the artist Vincent van Gogh shot himself. He died two days later.


The Chicago Race Riot erupted on July 27, 1919 after a racial incident occurred on a South Side beach, leading to 38 fatalities and 537 injuries over a five-day period.


Researchers at the University of Toronto led by biochemist Frederick Banting proved on this day in 1921 that the hormone insulin regulates blood sugar.


On this day in 1981, Adam Walsh, the 6 year old son of John Walsh, was kidnapped in Hollywood, Florida. His body was found two weeks later.


RMS Titanic Inc. began the first expedited salvage of wreckage of the RMS Titanic on July 27, 1987.


Some of the writers born July 27th include:

Jacob Aall (1773), Thomas Campbell (1777), Denis Davydov (1784), Alexandre Dumas (1824), Giosuè Carducci (1835), Vladimir Korolenko (1853), Hilaire Belloc (1870), Jerzy Giedroyc (1906), Joseph Mitchell (1908), Julien Gracq (1910), Rayner Heppenstall (1911), Elizabeth Hardwick (1916), Norman Lear (1922), Jack Higgins (1929), Gary Gygax (1938), Michael Longley (1939), Peter Reading (1946), Robert Rankin (1954), Ricardo Uceda (1954), Cat Bauer (1955), Maya Rudolph (1972), Cassandra Clare (1973), and Foo Swee Chin (1977).


Much of the information in this blog is taken directly from Wikipedia, Amazon, and other sources such as, which are directly linked to within the text. Images have been taken from various sources found via Facebook, and Google.
Village Book Shop and the blogger claim no credit for the information above.


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