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Did You Know – 10/27/2015 –

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  1. Magic Mushrooms Hyperconnect the brain – 

Researchers at King’s college  London asked 15 volunteers undergo brain scanning by a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) machine. They did so once after ingesting a dose of magic mushrooms, and once after taking a placebo. The resulting brain connectivity maps showed that, while under the influence of the drug, the brain synchronizes activity among areas that would not normally be connected.

A 2011 study found that after one dose of psilocybin, some people became more open to new experiences for at least 14 months.

2. More about Mushrooms –  Long before trees overtook the land, earth was covered by giant mushrooms  – Source

3. And More –  Lightning makes mushrooms more plentiful, according to ongoing research that offers a solid scientific basis for Japanese farming lore. – Source

4. Still more –  In a 2004 study, Chinese women who ate mushrooms and drank green tea reduced their risk of breast cancer by nearly 90% – Source

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5. Jellybeans are a tasty treat and come in many flavours, but did you realize their shiny coating is made from bug feces? Shellac, also known as confectioner’s glaze, is made from a resin excreted by the female lac beetle, indigenous to India and Thailand. The resin is processed into flakes, dissolved in denatured alcohol to make liquid shellac, and then sprayed on food products

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6. Gelatin is made from cattle hides and pork skins

Gelatin is used to make many desserts, such as jelly powders, marshmallows and frozen cakes. Gelatin is made from the collagen of animal skin and bones. Gelatin melts to a liquid state when heated, and solidifies when it cools. You may see gelatin form if you use animal bones to make your own soup stock and cool the broth.

Gelatin is the main ingredient in jelly powder. During the manufacturing of gelatin, chemical changes take place so that the final product, the composition, and the identity of the original material is completely eliminated.
Beware Vegans !

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7. An American typically takes 14 minutes to eat a meal at McDonald’s, while a Frenchman lingers on for about 22 minutes.

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Informative And Fascinating Illustration maps

1.This map shows the world divided into 7 sections (each with a distinct color) with each section containing 1 billion people.
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2.This map shows (in white) where 98 percent of Australia’s population lives.
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3. It may not come as a surprise but more people live inside the circle than outside of it.
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4. This map shows what is on the other side of the world from where you are standing. For the most part it will probably be water.
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5. Apparently you can’t get Big Macs everywhere. This map shows (in red) the countries that have McDonalds.
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6.This map shows the
countries (in blue) where people drive on the left side of the road.

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7.This map shows countries (in white) that England has never invaded. There are only 22 of them.
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8.The line in this map shows all of the world’s Internet connections in 1969.
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9.This map shows the countries that heavily restricted Internet access in 2013.
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10.This map shows (in red) countries that were all Communist at one point in time.
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11.This map shows (in red) the countries that don’t use the metric system.
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12.This map shows (in blue) places where Google street view is available.
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13.This map shows (in green) all the landlocked countries of the world.
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14.And this is what the world would look like if all the countries with coast lines sank.

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15.This is a map of the all the rivers in the United States.

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16.And these are all the rivers that feed into the Mississippi River.
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17.This is a map of the highest paid public employees in the United States.
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18.This map shows how much space the United States would occupy on the moon.
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I learnt It At McDonald’s.

For years now I have heard that Employers are always happy to employ anyone who has worked and been trained at “McDonald’s. The reason being is that they are usually focused and have learnt the art of teamwork. That is a plus for any Employer.

In these economic times the qualities such as leadership are rather rare. Leadership qualities are ofter discouraged in a lot of work places as often they do not like changes or in some cases some employees do not like anyone being a threat to their job.

Here is an article that I found on bottom line that was written by Paul Facella management consultant who spent 34 years of his career at Mc Donald’s. Starting from the ground floor, so to speak.
Here is some Company principles and culture and why employees do so well in other jobs.

LEAD BY EXAMPLE

At McDonald’s, I learned that effective leaders model the behavior that they want to see in others. This started first and foremost with Ray Kroc, McDonald’s founder.

I saw humility and graciousness the first time I met Ray. He was known for visiting with regional employees whenever he came to town. Because I was the highest-ranking staff member in the New York franchise where I worked, it was decided that I would dine with him. I was a director of operations at the time, and so this was quite an honor for me. In the limousine, Ray insisted on taking the small “flip seat,” offering me the most comfortable seat because I was his guest.

Having the head of one of the most successful businesses in the world put me at ease made a huge impression on me. I have never forgotten his efforts to make an ordinary employee feel special. I vowed to adopt this mind-set in my own life.

Even today, I always try to remember the impact I have on others. When new members join an organization that I belong to, I go out of my way to interact with and welcome them.

It was not unusual at McDonald’s to see leaders, such as Ray himself, demonstrate what needed to be done. No task was too humble, even for the boss.

During a visit to one New Jersey restaurant, Ray picked up cigarette butts in the parking lot, setting the tone for cleanliness. When executives were out in the field, they always made a point of pitching in. If there was a problem, they would jump behind the counter and help out.

The influence of Ray Kroc and others at McDonald’s has always stayed with me. Even though I am a senior member and former officer of my local volunteer fire department, I always try to be the first to pick up a mop or a broom. When junior fire department members see me doing this, they invariably pitch in as well.

FOSTER RELATIONSHIPS

Integrity is valued above all else at McDonald’s and permeates the culture of the company. Everyone is treated as a partner. Some even say it is like a surrogate family. There was an unprecedented level of trust between people involved in all aspects of the business. We called it the “three-legged stool.” This meant that the relationship between the three interdependent partners — the franchisees, the suppliers and the corporate staff — was understood to be vital to the company’s success.

Making the “three-legged stool” work often required taking gutsy steps that might have seemed counterintuitive.

Example: There were times when Ray told suppliers to raise their prices. He figured that for these companies to become long-term partners, they needed to succeed, and they wouldn’t if he forced them to accept profits that were too low. This worked. When vendors increased profits, the result was stronger loyalty to McDonald’s. Vendors had so much faith in McDonald’s that they actually helped bail out the company in 1959, when it was in trouble because of a real estate deal gone bad.

This culture of trust was so strong that important agreements often were made with a handshake rather than a written contract. Many suppliers, now second- and third-generation businesses, haven’t had a formal contract with the company for 50 years.

The high level of trust also reaped rewards for the company. Because they felt such loyalty, suppliers, franchisees and employees often suggested some of McDonald’s most successful products and concepts.

Example: Herb Peterson, a franchise owner, was the creator of the Egg McMuffin in 1973.

RAISE THE BAR

At McDonald’s, the company mantra is “Never be satisfied.” We always were looking to break our records, whether it was increasing the number of customers or lowering costs.

To raise the bar as high as possible, we used metrics, or measurements, to determine whether we had reached our goals. We measured everything from hourly sales to how many bags of potatoes were used each day. We made goals measurable. This especially helped team members know what they were working toward and gave them a sense of ownership. It also encouraged an environment of friendly competition.

Example: When I was a manager, many cashiers were coming up short each day, so I put up signs showing just how over or under each cash register was. Within 24 hours, every person’s total was perfect. No one wanted to be the lowest performer in the store.

PROVIDE RECOGNITION

At McDonald’s, recognition is everywhere. The company makes it a way of life, encouraging managers to recognize employees regularly. Ray knew that there is no better way to inspire people. Even front-line employees were recognized. You might think of a crew job at McDonald’s — working the kitchen — as menial, but if you worked hard, you were noticed and rewarded. For many, that meant being promoted and advancing from crew to operator to the corporate office.

Result: About 42% of the current worldwide leadership at McDonald’s started out as crew members. Whenever possible, employees at McDonald’s are recognized in public with fanfare.

Source. Paul Facella written for Bottom Line Secrets

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