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If this isn't the most interesting story we've heard all week, well then we just don't know what is. It seems that scientists have figured out why Usain Bolt dominates the track and Michael Phelps dominates the pool: their bellybuttons! A person's bellybutton determines his or her center of gravity and a study, based on nearly 100 years of records in men's and women's sprinting and swimming, has found that bellybuttons are located "significantly higher" on the bodies of people of West-African descent than people of European descent. This gives a black person a "hidden height" that is three percent greater than a white person's, giving the black person a speed advantage on the track. In simple terms, explained by Duke University professor Andre Bejan, "locomotion is essentially a continual process of falling forward, and mass that falls from a higher altitude, falls faster."
 
In turn, the lower bellybutton on a white person creates a longer torso, which helps in the pool. "Swimming is the art of surfing the wave [which is] created by the swimmer," said Bejan. "The swimmer who makes the bigger wave is the faster swimmer, and a longer torso makes a bigger wave. Europeans have a three-percent longer torso than West Africans, which gives them a 1.5-percent speed advantage in the pool."
 
Could You Lose Weight Without Gastric Bypass?
Is anyone out there interested in gastric bypass surgery but afraid of the possible health risks (or the large bill)? Well, you could try following the example of 36-year-old Emma Eveleigh-Anderton of Coventry (over in England, kids). She was hypnotized into thinking that she'd had the gastric bypass surgery and dropped 10 dress sizes! Emma had four sessions with a therapist who started everything with a "virtual" surgery, during which he talked her through every step of the medical procedure as though she was actually having it. "It was as if I was having the operation, except I was in an office," she explained. "After the first session I felt hopeful. But after the second I really felt positive and much more controlled about my eating. It has actually re-educated my mind. I was starting to feel fuller quicker and was eating much less." Emma lost an average of 3-pounds a week until she dropped the 10 sizes. But while it worked for her, don't attempt any weight-loss plan without first consulting your doctor.
 
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Monday, July 19, 2010
 
In the NEWS:The government's point man for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill says he's authorized BP to keep the cap on its blown out Gulf well for now after getting the right answers about monitoring.
 
Blustery winds eased early today, giving firefighters a chance to try to gain ground on a wildfire that destroyed at least three homes and threatened others in Central Washington state
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POWERBALL
Wednesday’s  jackpot $ 37 Million
20 21 23 38 42 PB 6 last numbers drawn
MEGA-Millions – $12 million Friday
Hot Lotto –  3.4 Million
 
EVENTS for more detail see Interactive Calendar link        
 
Idaho Stampede starts Tuesday.
 
Entertainment ON TV -  DoSomething.org honors volunteers who are 25 and under who are exceptional ``do-ers.'' They see a problem and try to fix it rather than leaving it to someone else. Jane Lynch hosts tonight's ``Do Something Awards'' on VH-1.More on the TV tonight link. 
SUMMER CONCERTS 
 Adam Lambert - July 18 Morrison center-  Tim McGraw – Idaho Center July 29; Guess Who – July 29th,Canyon Co, Fair; Jackson Browne - Aug 2 IBG; Chris Isaak-Aug. 11 Outlaw Field  Steve Miller August 12, ERP; Bob Dylan August 15, IBG; John Prine; August 21 – ERP, Blues Traveler – Aug. 21 Donnelly airport; Doobie Brothers – August 24 West Idaho Fair; 38 Special - August 26 West Idaho Fair; John Hiatt & Los Lobos-August 28, ERP. Dave Mathew’s - August 31 
ALIVE AFTER FIVE – Staxx Brothers - Wed at the Grove
GREAT GARDEN ESCAPE –Kevin Kirk & Onomatopoeia -Thurs at Botanical Garden
Shakespeare Festival -  A Midsummer Night’s Dream thru July 30;  An Ideal Husband  July 16 - August 27
Starlight Mtn Theatre – Thoroughly Modern Millie. June 26th - Aug. 21st
Tops at the Box office
·         Inception
·         Despicable Me
·         The Sorcerer's Apprentice
·         The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
·         Toy Story 3
 READER BOARD-Hardcover Fiction       
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1. THE SEARCH, by Nora Roberts
2. THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST, by Stieg Larsson
3. PRIVATE, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
Non-Fiction -- ---- MY DAD SAYS, by Justin Halpern
Advice-. 1. WOMEN FOOD AND GOD, by Geneen Roth- 1. THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE, by Mark Cotta Vaz
Sports   - British Open
 
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