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Tuesday, Aug, 11 2015

From  Nothing replaces a visit with a health care professional when you have a medical problem, but there are some issues that can be tamed with a simple visit to your pantry or fridge. Here's how you can squelch some troublesome topics without going any further than your own kitchen. Here are ten foods with additional health benefits.

In some cases, vinegar could prevent a simple burn from blistering; however, if your burn is deep or severe, be sure to seek attention from your physician.

Tea bags
The tannins and caffeine in tea could help to reduce the ache of swelling and inflammation. If you wake up with puffy eyes, steep some tea, allow the bags to cool and apply to shut eyes. A tea bag also helps blood clot, which could come in handy after getting a tooth extracted. In summer, steep some black tea bags to ease a sunburn.

Olive oil
Soothe chapped or chafed skin with the silky rich feel of olive oil. Add moisture to dry hair by applying some oil to the ends before bed. You can also smooth out those sand-paper-feeling heels by rubbing your feet with oil and slipping them into a pair of cotton socks before turning in.

Vitamins C and E, plus carotenoids (a type of antioxidant), in this green fruit calm redness and inflammation while moisturizing your skin to relieve dryness and itchiness. If your face is in need of some TLC, try mashing half of an avocado and apply as a face mask for 30 minutes. Just remember to buy extra avocados as a snack so you're not tempted to scrape your mask off with chips!

Ginger, anise or peppermint tea
High-fiber, cruciferous veggies like cauliflower, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts may be kind to most of your body but may create painful rumbling in your gastrointestinal tract. To combat these unwelcome side effects, sip ginger or peppermint tea or make your own tea from anise seeds to help cut gas.

If tea doesn't help your upset stomach, try eating papaya for dessert. The enzyme, papain, has been show to beat bloat, gas, and gastrointestinal unrest by helping aid digestion and preventing constipation.

Lavender's light purple shade has been shown to ease anxiety, while its scent eases muscle aches and tension by reducing spasms. A squeeze of a lavender hand lotion before bed can help lull you to sleep.

Tart cherries
The anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative properties of tart cherries could work wonders to help squelch the pain of gout. Studies show that it may pay to pucker up with tart cherries to relieve aches and pains resulting from an intense workout or a pulled muscle.

This fiber-filled breakfast favorite not only promotes heart health, but also soothes, cleanses, and exfoliates skin and clears acne. Prepare plain oats with hot water, let cool to apply it to your skin, and leave it on the affected area for a few minutes, or soak in an oatmeal bath to help lock in moisture and soothe irritated skin. Great news for summer skin maladies -- sunburns, mosquito bites, eczema, and poison ivy: Oats are beneficial inside and out!

As a natural anti-microbial, this pungent bulb can help you avoid getting the common cold -- or at least ease its symptoms. The key component is allicin, which kills off bacteria and viruses. If you feel sniffles coming on and you can tolerate it, try eating raw garlic, which has been shown to be a potent infection-fighter!

Let your pantry items do double duty by helping cure minor irritations, bites, and swelling. These common household items may be able to mend common ailments -- but remember, they're not meant to replace a physician's opinion or treatment.

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Misunderstood Song Lyrics

Monday, Aug, 10 2015


Misunderstood lyrics are not only confusing, but also quite funny. conducted a survey of 1,042 people to find out the songs they most commonly hear other people singing incorrectly and from those answers assembled a list of what it deems the best of the lot.

The top most misquoted and misunderstood song lyrics:

1. "Excuse me while I kiss this guy."
The correct lyric: "Excuse me while I kiss the sky."
Artist: Jimi Hendrix, "Purple Haze"

2. "Rock the Cat Box"
The correct lyric: "Rock the Casbah"
Artist: The Clash

3. "Hold me closer, Tony Danza."
The correct lyric: "Hold me closer, tiny dancer."
Artist: Elton John, "Tiny Dancer"

4. "There's a bathroom on the right."
The correct lyric: "There's a bad moon on the rise."
Artist: Creedence Clearwater Revival, "Bad Moon Rising?

5. "Take me down to a very nice city."
The correct lyric: "Take me down to Paradise City."
Artist: Guns N' Roses, "Paradise City"

6. "Animal!"
The correct lyric: "Panama!"
Artist: Van Halen, "Panama"

7. "Like a cheese stick."
The correct lyric: "Like a G-6."
Artist: Far East Movement, "Like a G-6"

8. "Don't go, Jason Waterfalls."
The correct lyric: "Don't go chasing waterfalls."
Artist: TLC, "Waterfalls"

9. "I blow bubbles when you are not here."
The correct lyric: "My world crumbles when you are not near."
Artist: Macy Gray, "I Try"

Where are we most likely to hear these mangled lyrics?

    Concerts: 34 percent
    Karaoke bars: 23 percent
    Public transportation: 20 percent
    The office: 18 percent

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Trash Men

Friday, Aug, 7 2015

Americans throw away 251 million tons of trash each year, before recycling:

    34% paper
    13% yard trimmings
    12% food scraps
    12% plastics
    9% wood and other
    8% metals
    7% rubber, leather, and textiles
    5% glass

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Worst Seat on an Airplane

Thursday, Aug, 6 2015

The worst seat on an airplane is any window seat, be it in first class, business class or economy. People who sit in window seats while flying on an airplane are more likely to sit longer and move less than people in other seats, putting them at a higher risk for developing potentially dangerous blood clots in the legs, warns the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP).

It has long been thought that passengers on long-haul flights sitting in economy class were at a higher risk of developing deep venous thromboses (DVTs) -- so much so that it got the nickname "economy class syndrome."

What are DVTs? They are blood clots that usually form in the legs and become especially dangerous if they travel through the bloodstream to the lungs. Once there, they can form potentially lethal pulmonary embolisms.

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Top Restaurant Complaints

Wednesday, Aug, 5 2015

Consumer Reports surveyed 1,003 adults nationwide to find out biggest grumbles and grievances when it comes to dining out. Consumer Reports gripe-o-meter's top restaurant complaints:

    Dirty utensils or tables: 76 percent
    Dirty or ill-equipped restrooms: 73 percent
    Impolite or condescending servers: 72 percent
    Servers with a sloppy appearance or poor hygiene: 67 
    Meals or beverages served at incorrect temperatures: 66
    Meals that are not what you ordered: 62 percent
    Feeling rushed to finish or leave by the server: 61 percent
    Server removing your plate or beverage before you are
      finished: 59 percent
    Food that does not look or taste as described on the
       menu: 54 percent
    Slow service: 51 percent

Other complaints included servers who are confused about who ordered what, servers who do not bring water to the table, other diners talking or texting on their phones, loud diners, tables place too close together and either too much or not enough nutritional information on the menu. We are also annoyed when we have to wait 15 minutes past a reservation time and when gratuities of 18 percent or more are automatically added to the check.

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