July 4 breather

Wednesday - 7/4/2012, 2:00am EDT

We hope you're reading this from a hammock, surrounded by beautiful or nubile admirers who are feeding you dainties while they grill your lunch. Good for you. A nice little break in the middle of the week is always good for your mental health.

And, if today finds you at work, that's good too. Maybe not for you, but certainly for us. Because what you are doing and where you are doing it is probably good for our health, safety and security. Even if we can't see you.

Most media outlets find that readers, listeners and viewers drop off on holidays, which makes sense. So we are saving the good stuff for tomorrow, July 5, when lots of us will be back to work. Enjoy today and check it out tomorrow.

Happy holiday. Check this space tomorrow.


NEARLY USELESS FACTOID

By Jack Moore

In the fairy tale classic Snow White, the evil queen creates a sorcerous concoction to poison the apple she gives to the unwitting princess. But Listeria monocytogenesis, dangerous bacteria more commonly referred to as listeria, could be a simpler explanation, according to Life's Little Mysteries, which provides the "science of fairy tales." Listeria can reside in a variety of foods, including apples. Last fall, more than a dozen people were killed in an outbreak traced to contaminated cantaloupe.


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