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Expand Your Mind: It’s Bizarre

by Miki Saxon

I’m an article sender. I constantly send articles to family, friends and clients. Some because they are of direct interest to the recipient and others because they are interesting, fun, weird and, occasionally, bizarre. Today I thought I’d share a few of them with you.

The first two I just saw and although I know I’m a digital dinosaur I wonder if I’m the only one who finds both these articles tending to the bizarre.

The first really is bizarre; I do not doubt that the condition is real, but I still find nomophobia—the fear of being without one’s phone to be bizarre.

Characterized by an overwhelming fear of being phoneless—so much so that it results in physical symptoms, such as panic attacks, dizziness, sweating, nausea…

The second doesn’t really qualify as bizarre, probably more a glimpse of the future. One in which parents substitute a tablet or smart phone in place of investing themselves in their young kids—exactly the way a previous generation of parents used television only portable.

…it’s not really because you want to stimulate his little brain or nurture his grasp of gadgetry.  You do it to shut him up for a few minutes.

How do you take your caffeine?  Do you sip, slurp, gulp or just inhale it? Don’t laugh, the last option is now available.

Caffeine inhalers are a byproduct of the energy drink craze and began emerging on scene at the peak of the drink’s popularity.

Of course, inhaling doesn’t quench your thirst when it’s hot, so an enterprising entrepreneur created caffeinated water.

This final link is definitely weird, possibly bizarre—unless you have a billion dollars and plan to live to 125.

Because he is 87, it makes him an unusually robust specimen [He has never been sick], which is what he must be if he is to defy the odds (and maybe even the gods) and live as long as he intends to. He wants to reach 125…

Enjoy your weekend!

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