Speaking English Kills You
From the (free) weekly Nanotech Insider newsletter:
I was advised by a fellow speaker, many years my senior, to practice my Spanish. And here’s why: We all know that Heart Disease is the #1 cause of death in the U.S. But think hard about this: In Japan, they’ve got a diet that is low in fat and they have less heart disease than the US. While in France, the diet is very high in fat, and they also have less heart disease than in the US. In India, almost nobody drinks red wine and the heart disease rate is lower than in the US. But in Spain, everybody drinks too much red wine and sure enough they have less heart disease than the US. Algeria has the lowest sexual activity rate, and they’ve got less heart disease than in the US. But Brazil has the highest sexual activity rate and sure enough…the heart disease ratio is lower than in the US. His sage wisdom to me? Drink, eat and make merry all you want. It’s speaking English that kills you.
I know it has nothing to do with nanotech, but it’s the funniest thing I’ve read in it yet.
Originally published on Friday February 6, 2004 at 8:38 am
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