"We do not hunt seals, or any animal for that matter, for fashion," Killaq Enuaraq-Strauss, 17, says. "We hunt to survive. If Canada were to ban the seal hunt, so many families would suffer, would face harsher forms of malnutrition, and wouldn’t be able to afford proper clothing for the Arctic environment we live in. Even more so, another part of our culture would have been killed."
#4. You Have a Higher IQ Because of Chemicals Added to Salt
For most of history, humankind has been tormented by goiter, which is one of those rare words that is exactly as unfortunate as the thing it describes. Basically, goiter is a condition that makes you look like you swallowed a plastic shopping bag full of golf balls. … It wasn’t until the 1920s that a doctor called David Murray Cowie heard about how landlocked Switzerland had vitalized their neck modeling industry by adding sodium iodide to the nation’s table salt. Cowie convinced some of America’s biggest salt manufacturers to follow the Swiss plan and dose America’s salt right up. At the time, iodine fans were focused on preventing deficiency and wiping out those nasty neck lumps. But then, in what was the exact opposite of every science fiction plot ever, this newfangled chemical in our food came with an unexpected side effect … it made people smarter. In areas where iodine deficiency was formerly the norm, iodizing table salt increased people’s IQ an average of 15 points.