The Railroad to CNN: Railroad Park, everyone’s new downtown darling, is starting to get even more attention than usual. CNN recently decided to do a short news piece on the park and will film people having fun and enjoying themselves around the park. The park was selected as one of the most beautiful attractions in Birmingham and CNN will send a camera crew to film people enjoying the park. The shoot was originally scheduled for last Thursday, February 4 th , but inclement weather forced the crew to reschedule. While not even a year old, Railroad Park is already a hot destination downtown, both for citizens and businesses alike. As of publication, neither a new film date nor an air date has been announced, but keep an eye out for your chance to represent Birmingham at Railroad Park.
The World’s Expanding Waistline: We’ve all heard about how everyone is becoming fatter and fatter these days. But it turns out the United States isn’t the fattest nation in the world! That dubious distinction belongs to Nauru, a tiny Pacific island north of Australia. The average body mass index of Nauruans is around 34 to 35—well above obese. But they’re not alone. Average BMIs are rising all across the world. The only nations to escape the trend are Bangladesh, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and a few other nations in sub-Saharan Africa, South and East Asia. Essentially, if a country isn’t starving, it’s swelling like a tick. Not to be outdone, the United States (we all knew this was coming) still has the fastest growing average BMI in the world.
Take That, China: With
all the scuttlebutt flying around about how we’re all going to be
speaking Chinese in ten years, it’s always nice to hear some good news about America’s performance on
the world stage. But, as it turns out, we’re not as weak and vulnerable
as some people might think. In fact, according to a recent editorial in
The Tuscaloosa News, we’re still the number one manufacturing country in the world. The
United States still produces 18% of all of the goods in the world.
China still only makes 15%. Some of the scuttlebutt is true of course.
We’ve lost millions of manufacturing jobs since the ‘70s. But we’ve
always been an adaptable nation. Back in the early ‘90s, Japan was
poised to overtake the U.S. economy, but we still came out ahead. It may
not silence the naysayers, but we’re number one baby.