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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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