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LINKS, WORLD WATER DAY EDITION

Yes, it’s a bit of self-promotion.  No, I’m not proud of it.  Sorry.

Today is World Water Day, and today’s event explores the relationship between the availability of water and world hunger.  Earlier, we discussed it in an article, WORLD WATER DAY: A far more meaningful cause than National Oatmeal Cookie Day.

If you’re interested in World Water Day and recent discussions of world hunger, you may want to check out a few other articles on this blog, such as PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES, COMPETITIVE EATING AND WORLD HUNGER: when sarcasm and epidemics collide.  If you enjoy the original, don’t forget to read the sequel, A HEARTFELT APOLOGY TO COMPETITIVE EATERS… but only if you ignore the sarcasm and cynicism.  Anyone who was forced to watch Caddyshack II knows that sequels rarely live up to the original, but the second article isn’t really all that bad.  Don’t trust me, though: I’m biased.

Also, if you’re interested, don’t forget to check out THIRST FOR KNOWLEDGE: bottled water, cultural phenomena and two million tons of landfill waste.  It’s not necessarily an article that discusses the availability of water, but it does address the corporate and environmental aspects of the bottled water industry.

Yeah.  Self-promotion.  Painful.  Sorry.  Penance.

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THIRST FOR KNOWLEDGE: bottled water, cultural phenomena and two million tons of landfill waste

I’ve never been accused of being overly trendy or hip, and I always seem to be somewhat behind my friends and colleagues when it comes to the latest developments in pop culture and society.  I missed out on Snuggies, never heard of Shake Weights until the videos went viral and completely overlooked Big Mouth Billy Bass.  That’s not necessarily a bad thing, honestly, because folks who mounted the singing plastic fish really embarrassed their children and were secretly ridiculed by their guests.

Well, I was also late to the proverbial party when everyone else in the world starting drinking water from a bottle.  I still think that’s a pretty unique phenomenon: even in a recessed economy, people are still paying fairly considerable amounts for something may be necessary to sustain life but typically available for free.  I guess, in the end, we really should never underestimate the influential power of corporate marketing and advertising.

So, for what it’s worth, here’s a few early morning facts about good ‘ol H2O:

  • According to the United States Geological Survey, up to 60% of the human body is water, the brain is composed of 70% water and the lungs are nearly 90% water. Lean muscle tissue contains about 75% water, body fat contains 10% water, bone is composed of 22% water and about 83% of our blood is water.  That’s a heck of a lot of water.
  • Dehydration is the excessive loss of bodily fluid, and commonly refers to the extreme loss of water.  Dehydration is associated with a variety of dangerous conditions, including heat exhaustion, heatstroke, cerebral edema or the swelling of the brain, seizures and loss of consciousness, hypovolemic shock, kidney failure or even death.
  • Bottled water may not be healthier or purer than tap water.  According to the Environmental Working Group, its recent study found contaminants in every brand of bottled water that it tested.  These contaminants included fertilizer residue and pain medication.

That’s it for now.  Be sure to tune in next week, when I’ll draft an entry about the increasing market for pre-packaged air, or something else equally ridiculous.

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