Be careful With Whom You Play

States With The Highest Cancer Rates
Cancer was first recorded 4,000 years ago. Every year, approximately 1.6 million Americans are diagnosed with the disease. For many years, doctors and researchers have speculated that environmental issues may contribute substantially to this number. The website 24/7 Wall Street recently posted data on cancer rates in all 50 states. The data fall in several categories that produce an over all cancer rating. These categories include: cancer diagnoses per 100K of population, breast cancer rates per 100K of population, and lung cancer rates per 100K of population to name just three. New Mexico ranks lowest at 50 followed by Nevada, Arizona, Colorado and Utah. To find out which states have the highest cancer rates, click on Hint: Mississippi is not the highest ranked state for cancer. Surprising isn’t it?

Be Careful With Whom You Play
Federal health officials reported that STD cases reached an all time high in 2016. The U.S. Center for Disease Control recorded more than 2 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis last year. Infection rates increased in several groups including women, infants, gay and bisexual men. To learn more about this infection increase, visit Between 2015 and 2016, syphilis rates increased by 18% over all. But syphilis rates increased by 36% among women during the same period. Infection rates for newborns increased 28% as well. STDs can be controlled by safe behavior. This is serious, folks.

Another Useless Questionnaire, But Fun Nonetheless
If you have time to spare and wish to find out where your soul resides, complete a set of questions that claim to pinpoint the state of your soul. While the accuracy of this poll is questionable, the questions provide a mild diversion for the fatally bored. To learn more, surf over to The same site also tells you “What State Your Soul Longs For” and “Which Western State Matches Your Soul’s Aura.” And a sidebar gives you chances to decipher slang from Pennsylvania, Nebraska and West Virginia. Enjoy.

Korean Cultural Society Sponsor Writing Contest
The Sejong Cultural Society recently announced its annual writing contest for writers living in the U.S. age 25 and younger. Prizes range from $1,000 for the adult essay division to $100 for 3rd place in the junior essay division. To find out more about the contest, visit or email the society The contest this year collaborates with the Korea Institute at Harvard University and the Literature Translation Institute of Korea. This contest presents an opportunity for teachers to acquaint students with the literature and poetry of Korea. Visit the website to find the rules and submission deadlines. Note: teacher accounts may also be created to monitor and submit student applications. Good luck to those who enter.

Are Rechargeable Batteries or Long Life Batteries Better For The Environment?
The Sierra Club Magazine, Sierra, recently posted a question and answer article about which type of batteries cause the least amount of environmental harm. It seems that both battery types offer benefits as well as liabilities. For those who are environmentally sensitive and interested in protecting the planet, click on over to

Neanderthals Invented Adhesives 200,000 Years-Ago
An extinct branch of early humans appears to have invented adhesives that affixed stone axe heads to wooden shafts as long ago as 200,000 BCE. Excavations over the last few decades in Germany have unearthed tar lumps and adhesive residue on stone tools at Neanderthal sites. Thus, it seems that our early ancestors were far more advanced than previously thought. To read more about this topic, click on And so it goes.

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