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Getting older sometimes means that the act of bending or moving around gets harder.
That's why the Work Science Division at the University of Oulu in Linnanmaa, Finland, studied the way kitchens should be designed for an elderly population.
They got 55 elderly people to putter around a sample kitchen, then measured the right heights for chairs, tables and work areas. As reported in Applied Ergonomics:
The best height for a kitchen chair is about 17.7 inches high. Testers also tried chairs that were 14 inches and 22 inches, but the 17.7-inch model was just right.
If you're putting in shelving, don't install anything less than 12 inches above the floor.
As for work surfaces, 33.4 inches is just about right for elderly people.
Pun of the day March 27, 2003
He went on a cheese diet in order to cheddar few pounds.
This day in music On March 27
2000 Ian Dury, one of the best-loved individuals in recent U.K. music history, dies after a long battle with cancer. He is 57.
2000 A recently taped N.W.A. reunion is aired on USA Network's "Farmclub.com" TV show. The reunion features original members, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, and MC Ren with Snoop Dogg stepping in for the late Eazy E.
1999 The Bee Gees play the inaugural concert at Sydney's new Olympic Stadium as the concluding event of their "One Night Only" tour.
1998 Alice Cooper breaks ground for Cooper's Town, the 50-year-old rocker's sports- and rock'n'roll-themed restaurant and bar to be built three blocks from the Arizona Diamondbacks' baseball stadium.
1995 Tupac Shakur's ``Me Against the World'' makes him the first rapper to debut at No. 1 on the charts while in jail for sexual assault.
1993 Clifford Jordan dies of cancer in Manhattan at age 61. Jordan was a jazz saxophonist and big-band leader known for his improvisations and his light, floating approach. He recorded more than 35 albums.
1991 Donnie Wahlberg of New Kids on the Block is charged with first-degree arson in connection with a fire at the historic Seelbach Hotel in Louisville, Ky. The singer performs later in the evening after posting $5,000 bail.
1987 No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: ``Lean on Me,'' Club Nouveau. Bill Withers took the song to No. 1 for three weeks in 1972.
1984 No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: ``Footloose,'' Kenny Loggins. The title song to the film starring Kevin Bacon is nominated for an Academy Award.
1974 No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: ``Sunshine on My Shoulders,'' John Denver. The song is used as the title theme to an NBC-TV movie during the 1974-75 season.
1970 Singer Mariah Carey, whose vocal range spans five octaves, is born in New York City.
1951 Tony Banks of Genesis is born.
1948 No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: ``Manana (Is Enough for Me),'' Peggy Lee. The singer performed with Benny Goodman from 1941-43 and appeared in the films ``Mister Mister'' (1950) ``The Jazz Singer'' (1953) and ``Pete Kelly's Blues'' (1955).
Today's birthdays People born on March 27
Melissa Stern (1986): Widely known as "Baby M," she is the surrogate child who was the subject of a highly publicized legal battle between Elizabeth and William Stern (biological father) and Mary Beth Whitehead (surrogate mother). Custody of Melissa was eventually awarded to Mr. Stern, partly because Mrs. Whitehead fled with the baby when she did not receive temporary custody following the infant’s birth.
Emily Ann Lloyd (1983): Actress who began her career in 1990 playing the role of Betsy Gibson Ewing on the primetime television drama, "Knots Landing." She also starred on the short-lived 1996 TV sitcom, "Something So Right." Other television appearances for Emily include guest spots on "Early Edition", "Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman" and "Evening Shade". No stranger to the big screen, Lloyd's feature credits include Kindergarten Cop, Apollo 13 and Home for the Holidays.
Quentin Tarantino (1963): Predominantly a screenwriter, but also a director/actor, his first project, Reservoir Dogs, made a big splash at the 1991 Sundance Film Festival. The public, however, didn’t take notice of Tarantino until the release of his 1994 film, Pulp Fiction, a movie which revived John Travolta’s acting career, and won Quentin an Oscar for "Best Original Screenplay." Other Tarantino screenplays include True Romance, Natural Born Killers, From Dusk Till Dawn and Jackie Brown.
Cale Yarborough (1939): One of the most accomplished NASCAR drivers in history. From 1976 to 1978, he won the NASCAR season championship Winston Cup race. In doing so, he became the first driver to win the championship three consecutive times. At his retirement in 1988, Yarborough had won 83 races, ranking fourth at that time on the NASCAR list for career victories. Since his retirement, Yarborough has pursued a number of business ventures, acquiring car dealerships and fast-food restaurant franchises.
Cyrus Vance (1917): American lawyer and public official who was secretary of state from 1977 to 1980 during the administration of President Jimmy Carter. Under this post, he played a critical role in the Camp David negotiations between Israel and Egypt, and promoted the Panama Canal Treaty and the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks. In 1980, in opposition to the U.S. attempt to rescue American hostages in Iran, he resigned from the position. In the early 1990’s, Vance was selected to be a United Nations Mediator, a job that took him to South Africa in 1992 to mediate talks between the South African government and the African National Congress.
This day in history On March 27
1855 Abraham Gesner patents Kerosene
1884 The very first long-distance call is made. The call is between The American Bell Telephone Company in Boston and New York.
1917 The Seattle Metropolitans defeat the Montreal Canadiens to become the first U.S. hockey team to win the Stanley Cup.
1964 Southern Alaska is hit with the strongest earthquake in American history. The earthquake measures 8.4 on the Richter scale. Adding to the disaster is a tidal wave that measures over 100 feet at certain points.
1968 The windsurfer is patented.
1971 UCLA wins their fifth consecutive NCAA basketball title.
1980 After 123 years of remaining inactive, Mount St. Helens in Washington becomes active once more when it begins to shoot out ash and steam. The most distructive eruption in U.S. history will later occur on May 18th... when Mount St. Helens erupts at the power of 10,000,000 tons of dynamite.
1998 The Food and Drug Administration approves the drug Viagra.
Daily trivia March 27, 2003
Question: What movie was about the singer who performed the song, `Oh, Donna`?
Answer: La Bamba
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