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Robert Marchand, Cycling Records at Age 105

Robert Marchand

These UpGraded Senior Superstars just keep raising the bar. Record keeping organizations are having to create new categories and age groups. That was the case when Robert Marchand, age 105, set the world 1 hour cycling record for the 105+ age group. Apparently, no one had ever attempted a record at that age before. For…

New York Minute vs. Internet Minute (the Internet Wins)

Data Storage on Internet

The pie chart below demonstrates in graphic terms what’s going on with the Internet. To put it mildly, the internet is storing/transmitting an almost incomprehensible amount of information every minute. According to IDC, a market research firm, in 2013 there were over 4 zettabytes of data on the Internet. For you non-techies, a zettabyte is…

Words Used Badly

use of words

We UpGraded Seniors need to continually (not continuously) challenge our minds to keep them sharp. Vocabulary Challenge Here’s a quick read that you may find instructive.  I did. Steve Pinker, a linguist and cognitive scientist at Harvard has compiled a list of the 58 most commonly misused words and phrases in the English language. As…

Champagne Trivia for New Year’s Eve

champagne flute

Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Champagne Did you know that the pressure in a bottle of champagne, prior to opening, is 3-4 times the pressure in a car tire? Well, now you do, so don’t put someone’s eye out when you pop the cork. And, how many bubbles do you suppose are produced in…

Emma Morano, Age 117

Emma Morano

Raw eggs, ladyfingers and brandy.  Could that possibly be the secret to living longer than anyone else on the planet? Enter Emma Morano Emma recently turned 117, and is the oldest person alive today. What’s her secret? Well, since she was a teenager she has eaten 3 eggs a day – 2 raw and 1…

Health Alert: COSD Epidemic

Crisis

Do you have chronic COSD?  It’s an epidemic that has swept the country in recent years and remains uncontrolled – but not uncontrollable. The Latest (Absurd) Manifestation I read the latest manifestation of this epidemic just yesterday. A university (theoretically an institution of higher learning) decided to stop using the term “Holiday Parties,” which was…

They’re Saying Your Grandkids Won’t Live As Long

Grim Reaper

I just used that headline to get your attention.  Sorry! New statistics from the National Center For Health Statistics released this month indicate that a baby’s life expectancy at birth actually declined for the total U.S. population from 78.9 years in 2014 to 78.8 in 2015. This is the first such decrease in more than…

Don’t Exercise For Weight Loss!

Don't Exercise to Lose Weight

I’ve kinda known this for a long time, but it runs exactly opposite to the popular notion of why we exercise. We don’t exercise for weight loss, or at least we shouldn’t. If you’re one of those people spending hour after boring hour every week on a treadmill, stationary bike, stair climber, elliptical trainer or…