The Mirror Lake Jump

The Thursday night before the Michigan game — rain or shine, cold or warm — Ohio State students leap into Mirror Lake, which is really a small, shallow pond.  The Lantern tells the story of how the tradition purportedly came to be.  I think it is of much more recent vintage — but who am I to dispute The Lantern?  Let’s just say I don’t remember students jumping into Mirror Lake in the 1970s, even after a long night at Papa Joe’s.

So, tonight campus will be jumping — literally.  The weather’s not too cold, so it will be a good night for a swim.  A video of last year’s jump is below.

To Your Health

A Spanish study has found that drinking alcohol lowers the risk of heart disease among men, and by significant percentages.  Not surprisingly, its findings are controversial, and experts caution that drinking too much alcohol obviously raises the risk of other, non-heart-related health problems.  The study also was based on self-reporting, which may not be an accurate reflection of true alcohol consumption.

Still, it doesn’t strike me as odd that having a drink at the end of the day may be beneficial for your health.  Working is stressful, and alcohol clearly helps people relax.  A more relaxed person is bound to be healthier than one who is stressed out.

In the meantime, the Spanish study can be filed away in the memory banks, to take its place among the other useful medical and scientific studies that justify or excuse bad habits.


Eat Like An Egyptian

Scientists have performed x-rays and other scans on Egyptian mummies and have determined that ancient Egyptians experienced clogged arteries and heart disease, just like modern Americans do. The mummies that were examined as part of the study were of upper-class social status, which meant they ate meat and had richer than normal diets that were similar to those of modern Americans.

The results may mean that the modern activities which often are cited as causal factors for heart disease — such as smoking, eating processed foods, and leading sedentary lifestyles — in fact aren’t significant causes of heart disease at all. Instead, the root causes may be genetic.