Filed Under (Mah Jongg in the News) by Elissa on July 11, 2010
After reporting about mah-jongg-related-deep-vein-thrombosis earlier this week (click here for link to that article), the New York Times has now devoted some space to the social resurgence of the game. Since the profiled ladies at Atlantic Beach play a 5 person game, they thankfully are less likely to be sitting in one position for several hours straight. It is fun to learn about their love of the game. (Click here for the new article)
It’s hard to believe that mah jongg can be bad for your health, but the New York Times reported this week that sitting too long while playing mah jongg was linked to a blood clot. Apparently, a 40 year old woman who played intensely for eight hours straight ended up in the hospital. She was diagnosed with “mah-jongg-related deep-vein thrombosis.” Let this be a lesson for all of us: It’s a good idea to take breaks when playing. We should all remember to stand up and stretch between rounds. Playing with a fifth player can also help because it will force everyone to take a break every five rounds and move around. In addition, if you are playing for a long time, be sure to eat and drink! To read the article, click here.
Back in May 2008 many thought the U.S. Presidential election could again turn on the outcome of Florida. Much discussion about Barack Obama’s campaign focused on whether he could carry that state. In analyzing the issue, the New York Times reported on the efforts of Representative Robert Wexler, a Democrat from Florida who was the co-chairman of the Obama campaign in the state. The Times quoted Rep. Wexler as saying he “would try to convert voters one mah-jongg table at a time, with town-hall meetings in the card rooms of high-rise condominiums and articles in community newspapers.” Obama carried Florida in the election, so it seems the strategy worked!
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