Wednesday, March 5, 2014
by: Sri Ponnada
Interview with Special Guest, Sean Strub:
Iowa getting bigger?
Gallup released a report yesterday on the state of obesity in the United States. According to the report, Mississippi had the highest obesity rate in America in 2013, at 35.4 percent, and Montana had the lowest rate, at 19.6 percent. Since 2008, the obesity rate has generally increased across America every year.
Iowa ranked #20 on the list of states with the highest obesity rates, at 28.1 percent.
More than two in 10 adults were obese in nearly every state in 2013, except in Montana. Three in 10 adults were obese in 11 states, compared with only five states in 2012. Obesity rates are still the highest in the South and the Midwest, which is a trend that’s been going on since Gallup and Healthways started tracking obesity rates in 2008.
People living in the more obese states are more prevalent to chronic diseases, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, depression, diabetes, cancer, and heart attacks, than those living in states with lower obesity rates.
Speaking of diseases…
A new study by VoucherCloud that was published by the LA Times shows that quite a few Americans don’t know what HTML is! About 1 in 9 Americans think that HTML is actually a sexually transmitted disease.
VoucherCloud surveyed 2,392 people ages 18 and older. These participants were given technology and non-technology terms and were asked to define them by picking one of three possible definitions.
Here are some really embarrassing findings:
23% thought an “MP3″ was a “Star Wars” robot. It is actually an audio file.
18% identified “Blu-ray” as a marine animal. It is a disc format typically used to store high-definition videos.
15% said they believed “software” is comfortable clothing. Software is a general term for computer programs.
12% said “USB” is the acronym for a European country. In fact, USB is a type of connector.
This is really shocking, considering that technology is so widespread in America. Wow. Either tech education in America sucks, or they only interviewed grandmas. But even my grandma knows what those words mean.
Incognito in real life in just 9 steps
Who Is Hosting This, a webmaster tool, created a detailed guide that shows how you can completely disappear online. It starts with doing simple things — like deleting your Facebook accounts — and then gets more extreme. There are ways to falsify un-deletable accounts and even erase search results.
Do you like Pringles?
Well, it turns out that Pringles now has a new flaming hot flavor. It’s Sriracha!
Time Magazine reported that the new Sriracha Pringles are only available at Walmart. The product started shipping at the end of February.
Since the bright red rooster sauce debuted in America, the market has been full of Sriracha flavored products, like vodka, and candy canes.
But why do people love Sriracha so much?
Well, one of the main ingredients in Sriracha are red chillies, which have a molecule in them called CAP-SAY-SIN. According to the American Chemical Society: “The body responds to capsaicin’s burn by releasing a pain-killing endorphin rush, kind of like the one a jogger feels after a long run.”
So I guess we have to wait and see if Sriracha Pringles make consumers happy too. I might go pick some up today, just to see how they taste. I know tons of people who put Sriracha in everything!
8 greatest coffee cities in the world!
They are: Melbourne, Rome, Singapore, Vienna in Austria, London, Reykjavik in Iceland, Wellington in New Zealand, and Seattle.
Even though Iowa City didn’t make the list, we have plenty of great cafes here in town like the Java House. And lucky for us, we have in our studio today, Tara Cronbaugh. the owner and president of the Java House and Heirloom Salad Company!