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Screen Time or Green Time?

Do you like “screen time” or “green time”?  Do you know the difference? If you would rather watch television and play videos, then you are a screen time person. But if you prefer to be outdoors, playing sports or hiking, then you are a green time individual.

Screen Time

According to researchers, kids in the United States average about seven-and-a-half hours a day in screen time – and this is before the Coronavirus pandemic. Ph.D. candidate Tassia Oswald from the University of Adelaide in Australia explained that too much time in front of a screen can lead to poor development in language and other skills in younger children. For older kids, too much screen time seems to cause depression and anxiety.

Green Time

Spending time outdoors among the “green” nature is believed to be healthy both physically and mentally. Chances are if you’re outside, then you are getting some kind of exercise by playing sports or just going for a walk. But it isn’t always easy to get outside and play. In many places, there just isn’t anywhere safe to play outside.

Rule Makers or Rule Breakers?

Recently, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was in the news after going to a beauty salon for a hair appointment. Not only were salons not allowed to have indoor appointments yet, the speaker was not wearing a mask. To make matters worse, Pelosi then accused the salon of setting her up and said the owner should offer her an apology. Protesters argue that the House Speaker – who is responsible for a lot of the nation’s shutdown regulations – should have known the laws in her own area.

New York City’s mayor, Bill de Blasio, and the state’s governor, Andrew Cuomo, have been caught more than once not wearing masks. And they blame the president for the spread of Coronavirus. In fact, de Blasio was caught at a gym before they were allowed to be open. When confronted about the double standard, he said, “I need exercise to be able to stay healthy and make decisions.”

The “practice what you preach” approach doesn’t seem to be very important to these officials. They should be setting an example for their citizens. Those citizens are now wondering why we have these regulations in place at all if these people who are “in the know” don’t feel mask-wearing is necessary for their own health and safety?

The Cows Have Eyes

Have you heard the saying that someone must have eyes in the back of their head? Well, how about cows with eyes on the back of their bottoms? You may laugh, because it does seem like a silly idea, but nevertheless researchers and farmers came up with an idea to paint eyes on cow butts to help reduce herds from losing members to predators.

Researcher Neil Jordan, who is a study co-author from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, explained the reasoning for painting eyeballs on the rear ends of cattle. “Lions are ambush predators that rely on stalking, and therefore the element of surprise,” he said, “so being seen by their prey can lead to them abandoning the hunt.” The study showed that cows with eyes painted on their rumps were much more likely to survive when lions attacked the herd.

For some of nature’s creatures, this technique is nothing new. There are other species that are born with features resembling eyes on their bodies such as butterflies, birds, and fish. However, mammals do not produce such a protection and humans are now finding that painting eyeballs on the backsides of vulnerable herds may go a long way towards discouraging predators from attacking. It’s taken a while for humans to adopt the practice to save livestock, but at least some cows are thankful today that they have eyeballs painted on their behinds.

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