February 20, 2008
Staff Picks: The Thing About Life....
The Wall Street Journals own Stephen Bates' review written about the book The Thing About Life is that One Day You'll be Dead :
Coordination and strength peak at 19, IQ at around 20, bone mass at 30, Mr. Shields reports. On the down slope, the brain shrinks, the eyes go cloudy, the metabolic rate falls. You slow down, you break down. If you reach 100, odds are nine out of 10 that you're female -- testosterone makes life and then takes it. More of longevity's secrets: "People with higher education live six years longer than high school dropouts; Oscar winners outlive unsuccessful nominees by four years; CEOs outlive corporate vice presidents; religious people outlive atheists; tall people (men over 6'; women over 5'7") outlive short people by three years;... American immigrants live three years longer than natives."
Happy Hump Day!