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Dither

Pet Rocks

In the 1970s, Gary Dahl packaged ordinary beach stones in an attractive box and sold them with instructions for their care and training. They cost a penny to make, and sold for $3.95. Pet rocks made millions.

Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best.

Hype Aversion

Powerhouse

Mitochondria have long been known as the energy powerhouse. Learn how to increase your number of mitochondria...

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NIMBY syndrome

4 Benefits of Deep Breathing

Shallow breathing can contribute to exhaustion. We need oxygen to metabolize our food so our body can produce energy. If you make a real effort to...

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Pentheraphobia

Presidential Trivia

Which former president was also a licensed bartender?

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Copacetic

Sleep It Off

If you weigh 160 pounds, you burn 69 calories per hour sleeping, which adds up to 552 calories burned during eight hours of sleep. A 120-pound person burns 51 calories per hour sleeping, or 408 for eight hours. A 200-pound person burns 86 calories per hour, or 868 during eight hours of sleep.

Boondoggle

Transformation

Originally created as wallpaper cleaner in 1956, what substance was reintroduced as a creative red, white or blue children's toy in 24-ounce cans?

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Caffeine Window

History of the Handshake

First recorded in Egypt in 2800 B.C., a handshake signified the passing of power from a god to an earthly ruler. The handshake was portrayed in a hieroglyph of an extended hand.

walla-walla

Girl Power

Bullet proof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers, and laser printers were all invented by women.

Collation

Blueberries are Brainberries

Neuroscientists at Tufts University discovered that feeding blueberries to lab rats improved their mental capacity and motor function. This finding may have important implications for humans. Blueberries are high in antioxidants.

Circular File

Burn Calories with Water

When you drink water, your body heats the water up to body temperature, which for most people is about 98.6 degrees.

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Pet Rocks

Dither

A state of indecisive agitation

Powerhouse

Increasing your exercise quotient is the best bet for more energy. At the cellular level, mitochondria produce energy. You can increase the efficiency, size and number of mitochondria by exercising your body. This plugs you into the overall energy grid.

Hype Aversion

Rejection of an insanely popular idea, movie, sports team, place etc. simply because it is so insanely popular. Hype Aversion is well-documented in the childhood favorite, Green Eggs and Ham.

Some people have hype aversion to The Beatles and the New York Yankees.

4 Benefits of Deep Breathing

Shallow breathing can contribute to exhaustion. We need oxygen to metabolize our food so our body can produce energy. Making a real effort to deepen your breathing to gain better control over your moods and improve your sleep quality.

Deep Breathing Benefits
* Relieves Pain
* Improves Emotional Control
* Strengthens Your Immune System
* Boosts Nervous System

Begin by focusing on breathing out. We have greater control over exhalation. By learning to use the muscles to exhale you can naturally begin to breathe more deeply.

NIMBY syndrome

NIMBY is an acronym for "Not in My Back Yard," referring to major community resistence to new landfills, cell phone towers, prisons, roads etc.

Presidential Trivia

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) is the only U.S. president who was also a licensed bartender. He was co-owner of Berry and Lincoln, a saloon in Springfield, Illinois.

Pentheraphobia

Fear of your mother-in-law

Sleep It Off

Copacetic

\kô-pə-ˈse-tik\

Very satisfactory.

Ex. Don't worry if you can't make it to the party tonight. Everything is copacetic.

Transformation

Play Doh

Boondoggle

An unnecessary activity or wasteful expenditure.

History of the Handshake

Caffeine Window

That time of day when you must have some form of caffeine otherwise you will get a headache.

No amount of caffeine after this window will cure the headache. Headaches are a common ailment of coffee addicts who need their morning fix before they can function properly.

Girl Power

walla-walla

The unintelligible sound made by many people talking at once.

Blueberries are Brainberries

Collation

A light meal.

Burn Calories with Water

A 2006 study published in "The Journal of Endocrinology" estimates that you could burn about 17 calories heating 16 oz. of cold water. If you drink 8 cups of water a day, this sums to 68 calories per day, or about 7 lbs. per year.

Circular File

The garbage can.

Example: "Can you please put that message in the circular file for me."