Have you ever wondered why Usain Bolt can run so fast? Have you ever wanted to take part in an African circumcision ceremony (if so, I’m wondering why)? Have you ever suspected that farming is the worst mistake the human race has ever made? Then grab a cup of coffee, my friend….
A couple of my buddies in southern Tanzania were invited to take part in this rite of passage (maybe “take part” is not the best wordage there). This little essay is not only interesting and informative, but it begs the question, “Are we American men missing out by having no formal ceremony in which we become men? And if so, can we please choose something besides circumcision?”
Many of us assume world class sprinters have higher foot turnover than the rest of us. Not true, studies show. Running fast is not an issue of taking more (and faster) steps, but an issue of 1) how long the foot is actually in contact with the ground and 2) how much force is applied in that fraction of a second.
Are we reaching the limits of speed? How fast exactly can the human body run? Will anyone ever be faster than Usain Bolt? [My opinion: If there’s ever a period of time longer than 10 years in which no new world records are set in running, we should begin setting wild animals loose behind the starting line, just before the gun goes off. I’m convinced all we need is a little extra motivation (well, that and more steroids).]
Many of you know I switched over to barefoot and minimalist shoe running in February 2010. And I love it. If you’re interested in making that transition — or if you’re just interested in reading more about barefoot running form — this website’s packed with great information.
Yep, the author suggests agriculture is the source of all our problems. This is a great read if you enjoy anthropology, history, farming, or hunting/gathering. Are there any hunter/gatherers reading my blog?
And the average person has read six of them. I’ve read… (I’m ashamed to say it) four. Though I think 8-10 of them were given as reading assignments in school. I also should point out, though, that if we count watching movies as reading books, then I’m easily over the average of six. How many have you read?
It’s just not true. Dozens of studies have proved it false. It’s a misconception and nothing more. However, sugar can make your kids fat. It can also make them not want to eat their vegetables. And it can ruin a good cup of joe.