It’s the weekend – and you’re ready to start following your curiosity! Just in time, here are your Weekend Wonderings:
- It’s always fun to see a groundbreaking scientific finding crack open the boundaries on what we know. One of these findings was unveiled this week. Researchers were able to prove Albert Einstein’s theory about gravitational waves, thus offering new avenues for research into astronomy.
- Some people are just obsessed with toilets. First piece of evidence: a recent report by CBS Sunday Morning on Japan’s high-tech toilets (including the Toto Museum, which offers a futuristic display of these contraptions). Then there’s the Toilet Seat Museum in San Antonio, TX. (And yes, this second museum is real – my friend, Kaye, and I actually visited and met founder Barney Smith!). Watch both videos and be flushed with happiness at these plumbing marvels!
- Are you among the millions of people plagued by high cholesterol? Do you deal with it through watching your diet and exercising regularly (as well as taking cholesterol-lowering drugs)? It turns out that medical experts and researchers increasingly are suggesting that another lifestyle factor — stress — may be behind high cholesterol numbers.
- Want to try making a seafood dish this weekend, but stymied about cooking fish? Try Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian’s recipe for pesto-rubbed baked salmon with smashed cucumber and green apple. It’s a wonderful dish that’s easy to prepare for home cooks.
- Love movies with creepy and dystopian plots? The Man in the High Castle, available for streaming via Amazon, is just right for binge-watching this weekend. This series (which is based on a book by Philip K. Dick) offers a disquieting picture of what the United States might be like if the U.S. lost World War II. The nation is divided with the Nazis controlling the country east of the Rocky Mountains while Japan controls the western part of the nation. Hitler’s getting up in years and his health is declining. When he dies, people expect a power grab – and the uneasy peace between the Nazi and Japanese colonies is at risk. Even the opening credits featuring the song Edelweiss (which many people associate with The Sound of Music) will get the hair on the back of your neck rising. Oh, and you’ll never look at snow or waiting rooms in the same way again after watching it!