Written by Andy Cohen
Tuesday, 16 December 2014 06:18
There's a reason why men's noses are bigger than women's (and it's not beacuse men lie more). A new University of Iowa study that charts nose size and growth reports that male noses are, on average, 10% larger than female noses. The research team has found that gender differences in beak size begin to materialize at around age 11, roughly in concert with the onset of puberty, which sparks the growth of more lean muscle in men and more fat in women. It’s thought that bigger noses enable men to draw in more oxygen, which helps them grow and maintain those muscles.
So much for the age-old belief that women are more nosy.
Written by Tyler Bieber
Monday, 15 December 2014 15:13
For the fifth time in five years, the Edmonton Oilers will attempt to right the ship by changing bench bosses.
The club announced on Monday that they have fired Head Coach Dallas Eakins, just 18 months after he made the leap from the AHL's Toronto Marlies.
General Manager Craig MacTavish is taking over on an interim, interim basis, as he announced he will step behind the bench for a few games, before allowing Todd Nelson (Prince Albert, Saskatchewan), current Head Coach of the Oilers AHL affiliate, the Oklahoma City Barons take over on an interim.
Wait, say that again.
Eighteen months ago the Oilers hired a coach with minimal NHL coaching experience, who left his job as a minor league head coach. They are now replacing him with a new coach who has minimal NHL coaching experience, who is leaving his job as a minor league head coach.
Throw on top of that the fact that MacTavish was fired by the organization as head coach five years ago, and eventually brought back to try and turn the franchise around.
Wait, say that again.
The Edmonton Oilers fired Head Coach Craig MacTavish five years ago, and in 2012, brought him back in a Hockey Operations role, eventually letting him take over the club's roster.
MacTavish replaced Steve Tambellini as GM, who stepped in for Kevin Lowe, who the team promoted to President of the organization, despite the fact that in seven seasons as GM, Lowe's biggest accomplishment was having MacTavish catch lightning in a bottle in 2006, which nearly resulted in a Stanley Cup Championship.
Part of me wonders if the Oilers are still holding on to that season in their minds, because despite the fact that they have had two General Managers, and five - potentially six next year (seven if you include MacTavish), Lowe has had none of the multiple losing seasons fall on him.
Sorry, he knows how to win. Forgot about that.
Infact, Lowe knows how to win so much so, that in the 16 years that he has been with the organization post-playing career, the Oilers have won a grand total of three playoff series, while missing the playoffs ten times - eight straight - and you can bank on that number increasing for this year and beyond.
Perhaps Lowe is including the six times he rode on the coattails of eight Hockey Hall of Famers.
Fair enough, but then perhaps it is time to include Randy Gregg in the organizational structure.
Written by Leisl Lefebvre
Saturday, 13 December 2014 08:12
The joy and struggle of putting up Christmas lights
If anyone has watched that show over the last couple of years, it brings certain images to mind. The acres of land covered in thousands of lights. The days and people it takes to create those immense displays. And often, watching the contestants turn on their huge Christmas light display, in a t-shirt and shorts.
Yes indeed, it is definatley an american show. Many of the contestants are from the southern states, where there is no snow or frozen ground to contend with.
So, what do you do when you live in the great white north? We have our own version of the Great Christmas Light fight, and it goes a little something like this.
Bring all of the lights inside the house or heated garage to allow them to thaw before you work with them.
One the lights are warm, plug them in one string at a time to make sure they are all working.
Attach lights to house/garage/fence using any plastic device that made it through last year's deep freeze without shattering.
Continuous forays into the house to heat up your hands and feet, and replenish/thaw the coffee you took outside with you.
Plug in lights, then mutter to yourself, because of course now, some of them aren't working.
Shatter some of the plastic bits holding the lights on, as you try to remove them from the house to fix them.
Get fed up, and go to the store to pick up a new set of lights, and plastic bits to attach them. Oh look, something new for the lawn.
Back to the house, and get the new set of lights up, because now you want to play with the new something for the lawn.
Discover that your something new for the lawn requires a stake to be set in the ground for support, which would have been much easier to do before the ground froze solid three weeks ago.
Devise a way to support the lawn decoration without a stake, as you broke the plastic stake trying to pound it into the frozen ground.
Back into the house to check for any frostbite, and wait for dark, to see the full effect of your efforts.
Dark has arrived, the timers work, and you have triumphed in the great Christmas light fight once again.
For all those who do this every year, so we can enjoy the lights of your efforts, I thank you. You do an incredible job each and every time.
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