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Reader’s Digest New Zealand

Reader’s Digest New Zealand

November 2020

No wonder Reader's Digest is the world's most widely read magazine. Hard-hitting, thought-provoking and entertaining, with unforgettable stories in each issue, RD is packed with features short enough to read in one sitting, but stimulating enough to keep you thinking for days. Every month millions of people get inspired, informed and entertained by its wide variety of stories about people, health, humour, adventures and world events, written by the best local and international journalists. All the stories are fact checked to the smallest details to ensure that readers get the most accurate and truthful stories, making Reader’s Digest the world’s most trusted magazine.

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in this issue

4 min.

Conquering Antarctica Dr Geoff Wilson’s solo expedition to Antarctica, ‘The Man Who Conquered Antarctica With a Tent and a Kite’ (September), was nothing short of a breathtaking and highly dangerous adventure. It’s impossible to imagine the courage and mental stamina that would see this man complete what would become a solo, world-record-breaking adventure. There’s no doubt that Geoff’s hunger for adventure and discovery already has him dreaming of new places to conquer, far beyond the walls of his veterinary practice. JUDITH CAINE Wacky Inventions ‘Weird and Wonderful Inventions’ (August) showed me how creative people solve problems, no matter how big or small. With this, I feel motivated to pursue an invention of my own that could help the world environmentally or socially, even if it is a little bit wacky. AUSTIN LOO Driving the Civil Rights…

1 min.
news from the world of medicine

HUMILITY IS GOOD FOR YOU For psychologists, the concept of ‘humility’ means having a relatively accurate view of your own abilities, biases and limitations – and an interpersonal orientation that’s more focused on others than yourself. It’s a trait that’s been associated with better relationships, higher life satisfaction, more openness to others and a greater willingness to learn and improve, according to a recent review led by psychology professor Daryl R. Van Tongeren. PRE-DIABETES CAN BE MANAGED IN OLDER ADULTS Even in older age, pre-diabetes can often be controlled or reversed, according to hopeful results from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. More than 900 seniors with the condition were followed for up to 12 years. Analysing subjects’ health factors suggested that “managing blood pressure, incorporating physical activity to your daily routine, and maintaining…

3 min.
real super humans

THE WOMAN WHO CAN FLY Nicknamed the ‘birdwoman’, as a BASE jumper and wingsuit pilot, Géraldine Fasnacht of Switzerland leaps thousands of metres off the sides of mountains and tall buildings. Wearing what’s known as a wingsuit, a full-length jumpsuit with additional fabric between the legs and under the arms, BASE jumpers ‘fly’ for a few minutes before deploying a parachute. THE MAN WITH THE PHOTOGRAPHIC MEMORY All it took for British artist Stephen Wiltshire to memorise and draw intricate details of the Tokyo, Rome, Hong Kong, Dubai and New York skylines was a brief helicopter ride over each city. Wiltshire, who is autistic and didn’t speak until age five – his first two words were “paper” and “pen” – has a highly developed photographic memory. In his panoramic drawing of Rome, he…

1 min.
life’s like that

Skin Deep Suffering from an unsightly scaly rash, my friend Denise made an appointment with a dermatologist who happened to be very attractive. After the examination, the doctor cocked his head and asked, “Denise, did you get your hair done?” “Why, yes. Thank you for noticing,” said Denise, flattered. “I thought so,” the doctor replied. “Because your scalp looks red and irritated.” SUBMITTED BY SANDY HAGGLUND Dead End I tried having my mother’s phone disconnected, but the customer service rep told me that since the account was in my dad’s name, he’d have to be the one to put in the request. The fact that he’d been dead for 40 years didn’t sway her. Then a solution hit me: “If I stop paying the bill, you can turn off the service, right?” “Well, yes,” she said reluctantly. “But…

4 min.
i am almonds … the health nut (only not)

If you’ve never seen a harvest machine shake my tree, sending almond fruits spraying into the sky like an explosion of glinting confetti, I recommend googling it for a small thrill. Then, next time you encounter a farmer who calls his wares “ammonds”, you’ll understand the joke when he tells it. They always tell the joke: “They’re almonds in the tree and ammonds on the ground because we’ve shaken the ‘L’ out of them.” In California, where the majority of the world’s almonds are produced, not everyone appreciates a good almond joke. In the past several years, almond growers in the water-starved state have caught flak for contributing to low river levels and endangering fish, among other things – as have growers in Australia, the world’s second largest supplier of me.…

2 min.
living on my own

Larry Signy, 89, has been living alone since his wife, June, entered a dementia care unit last year. Here, he explains how he feels: “The worst thing about loneliness is that although you talk to people, your thoughts are always with your wife. You get a physical ache and tears in your eyes when you wish, almost beg, for just one more conversation with your wife. Your mind continually reminds you that she is not there. You sit watching TV in the evening, and although you know she is not there, you frequently look across to her seat to check. When you go to bed, you are conscious that you are alone, even when you turn the lights out you see the dark shape of a second pillow next to you, with…