The Friday Bulletin December 28

Timely nuggets of information and ideas we want to share with you.

Environmental tip: Seals, dolphins, sea turtles and seabirds can get tangled up in plastic bags. To help keep sea critters from suffocating, getting trapped or eating a plastic bag, tie a knot in the plastic bags you discard. A large dense knot prevents the bags from becoming airborne and carried out to sea. It also prevents the bags in the ocean from filling with water, resembling a jellyfish and being eaten by sea turtles. Better yet, try not to use plastic bags ever! Bring reusable cloth bags with you when you shop. When you order online, ask the shipper to skip the plastic packaging.

Bodyguard is a British television drama that premiered last August on BBC. It is a six-part series that has gotten rave reviews. When it premiered it received the highest BBC viewing rates since 2008. It’s about a British Army war vet hero with PTSD who becomes a bodyguard for the Home Secretary, with whose politics he disagrees. I’m a total wimp when it comes to really scary, tense shows, but I got through the first episode and survived my heart palpitations. My husband, however, will love this series! It’s available on Netflix.

The Most Danceable US Billboard Number Ones since 1958

Rank Track Artist Year
1 Give It To Me Timbaland 2007
2 SexyBack Justin Timberlake 2006
3 Hot In Herre Nelly 2002
4 Ice Ice Baby Vanilla Ice 1990
5 Pop Muzik M 1979
6 Another One Bites The Dust Queen 1980
7 Funkytown Lipps, Inc. 1980
8 Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down Puff Daddy 1997
9 Baby Got Back Sir Mix-A-Lot 1992
10 Billie Jean Michael Jackson 1983
11 Bad Girls Donna Summer 1979
12 I’ll Be Missing You Puff Daddy & Faith Evans 1997
13 Hollaback Girl Gwen Stefani 2005
14 Fancy Iggy Azalea 2014
15 Then Came You Dionne Warwick 1974
16 Boogie Fever Sylvers 1976
17 Low Flo Rida 2008
18 Hypnotize Notorious B.I.G. 1997
19 It’s Still Rock And Roll To Me Billy Joel 1980
20 In Da Club 50 Cent 2003

Feel like Dancing? Research from Columbia Business School and INSEAD (a French business school) using data from Billboard and an audio tech company called Echonest produced the most ‘danceable’ number one hits since 1958. The 1960’s don’t seem to have done very well!

Twenty-two American Ambassadors recommend one book to read to understand the country where they are posted

Rent a cottage made out of chocolate – really! It’s in Sèvres, France and can be rented from Booking.com for $59 a night. Full disclosure, it is inside a glass house in a museum.