People From This Small Village Live To Be 100

Living to be 100 years old is something to marvel at, but living to be a century and in great health is even more astonishing. Scientist are baffled by residents in the small village of Acciaroli, Italy. The town has a population of 2,000 and boast about 300 elders who have reached the age of 100 with 20 percent of them reaching 110.

“For us, it’s natural,” Acciaroli Mayor Stefano Pisani told CBS. “We have many people living 100 years.”   Many of them say they feel young and need little to no assistance to complete daily tasks. According to New York Post the small village, located on the country’s southern coast, has prompted researchers to study the residents way of life and figure out why they live so long.

One secret they’ve found is rosemary, they grow the herb and use it as a garnish or in oils. The herb prevents diseases such as Alzheimer’s and improves brain function and memory. Researchers also attribute the residents good health to their diet of fresh fish and locally grown fruits and vegetables. Despite a diet filled with wine and cigarettes, they have less Alzheimer’s, cataracts and bone fractures, according to Dr. Alan Maisel a cardiologist and professor at the University of California, San Diego.

“We don’t see any heart failure, they have high blood pressure, but the heart seems good in practically everybody we’ve measured. So there’s something there,” Maisel said.

It also helps that the residents live a tranquil laid back lifestyle and live in an untouched utopia. Acciaroli doesn’t have a lot of industry so the air they breath is unpolluted, as well as gorgeous weather, mild temperatures, Mediterranean breezes and lots of sunshine.

We are definitely taking notes as we could learn from these wise elders.  

The Golden States Finally Bans Orca Captivity And Breeding

Seaworld has always faced it’s own measure of controversy, but ever since the debut of the movie Blackfish in 2013 that controversy has been in uproarious.

The film highlighted the deplorable treatment that some orcas face in captivity and in Seawold’s many parks. The documentary eventually caused the marine parks to end it’s orca breeding program and to rethink the ways in which it highlights the orca population. The killer whales still in captivity have been dubbed “the last generation” to be held as such.

However, this week, California governor Jerry Brown signed a law that will end orca breeding and captivity programs in the Golden State once and for all. Beginning next June, killer whales will only be able to be used in educational programs and not for entertainment. They will also not be allowed to propagate. 

Seaworld is trying to rejuvenate it’s image as an organization with conservation as it’s fundamental principle and has decided to stop pure entertainment shows at all it’s marine parks nationwide. They have always conducted research on the preservation of ocean along with beach habitats and have helped in environmental recovery and cleanup programs. But, they are now expected to now bring those efforts to the forefront of their parks.

However, some critics think it’s a little late for such efforts given their orca controversy. Orcas have the second largest brains of any sea mammal and are considered extremely intelligent. Some scientists site frustration at being held captive as a motive for the incident highlighted in Blackfish, in which a killer whale mauled a human trainer at Seaworld.

This may be supported by the fact that there have never been any recorded instances of orcas killing humans in the wild. Activists for the welfare of orcas believe that given their intelligence, size, and deference to humans in the open ocean, the treatment of orcas by Seaworld in the past is simply unforgivable.

What do you think? Let us know!

Lyft Rides To Be Driverless In 5 years

Robots are getting more adept, drones are delivering your Amazon purchases, and now companies like Uber and Lyft are using driverless cars! Welcome to the future, ladies and gentlemen, it’s going to be an awesome ride!

 

You might be thinking, “Hey! I took a Lyft just last week and there was definitely a human driver sitting in the driver’s seat! What gives?” Lyft president John Zimmer thinks that driverless vehicles will comprise the majority of his company’s cars in just five years time! He also thinks that car ownership by the average individual will cease being the norm in a mere nine years. Why is he predicting the big change?

One estimate shows cars costing their owners an average of $9,000 a year in various expenses including parking fees, insurance, and repairs. Zimmer thinks that ride-sharing is quickly becoming an alternative to the traditional practice of owning an individual car.

He said, “The car has actually become more like a $9,000 ball and chain that gets dragged through our daily life… The age of young people with driver’s licenses has been steadily decreasing ever since right around when I was born. All told, a millennial today is 30% less likely to buy a car than someone from the previous generation.”

If Zimmer is right, it could mean a solution to many of the problems of modern urban living including lack of parking, traffic congestion, and cost of living. However, not everyone agrees with his rosy prediction.

Professor Timothy Carone of Notre Dame thinks his timescale might be too short. And, he also predicts that driverless cars will have the ability to be driven remotely, should the need arrive, which sounds equally space-agey and cool to us!

Maid Of Honor Carries Dying Dog Down The Aisle Of Her Sister’s Wedding And Not A Dry Eye Is In Sight

When Kelly O’Connell was marrying the man of her dreams, James Garvin, she knew exactly who she wanted by her side- her 15-year-old lab mix named Charlie. Charlie had been by her side for so many big moments in her life that Kelly couldn’t wait to share her wedding with him, too. But at 15 years old, Charlie was diagnosed with a brain tumor just 5 months before Kelly’s wedding and Kelly wasn’t sure if her best friend would be able to make it.

Kelly and Charlie first met when he was just 12 weeks old and she 19 years old. Charlie had been found abandoned in a shopping cart and was brought to the animal shelter where Kelly was working. She wasn’t looking for a dog at the time, but it was love at first sight. Kelly said,”I was 19, still living with my parents and going to college. It was the worst time in my life to even attempt to get a dog… He came in, and I was like, ‘Yup. I’m taking this puppy home.’” The best friends were inseparable, even when Kelly moved from New York to Colorado.

When the wedding day finally arrived, Charlie was there. Before the ceremony began, Charlie hobbled his way down to the aisle, but as soon as the ceremony began, he couldn’t find the strength to stand and walk the length of the aisle behind Kelly.