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Dracula Sneeze

Portion Control

One of the key ways to lose weight and maintain a healthy weight is through portion control. Research has shown that Americans often underestimate how many calories they are consuming each day by as much as 25%.

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Mid-Day Crisis

Nuts!

Can you guess how many peanuts it takes to make a jar of peanut butter?

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Laborhood

Why is it very common to have a 9 minute snooze interval on alarm clocks, why not 10 instead?

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Degifting

Starfish are Stupid

No offense, but starfish actually do not have brains. What they lack in cortical capacity they make up for in their stomachs. Some actually have two stomachs - one of which can be pushed outside the body to aide digestion.

Technophile

Crossing the Atlantic

What's in a word?

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Bibliobibuli

A Goodnight

Can you guess how long it takes the average person to fall asleep?

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mea culpa

Hacky Sack

Was it just for fun?

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Mouse Potato

Just a hobby

What childhood hobby is partially credited with launching two of the biggest industries in American history?

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Opsimath

Cabbage

Although there are many varieties of cabbage, each provides unique and strong health benefits.

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Ludic

Brain Power

Energy 'hog'

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eesome

Water = Vital Nutrient

The human body can last weeks without food, but only days without water. The body is made up of 55 to 75% water.

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Inoculatte

Toll House

How Toll House cookies came to be ...

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Bricks To Clicks

The Skinny on Dried Fruit and Nut Snacks

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Paradigm

Laughter

Not so funny ...

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Renitent

Time to Give Ice Water With Lemons A Try

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izzat

Eating Vegetables Provides Health Benefits

People who eat fruit and vegetables as part of an overall healthy diet generally have a reduced risk of many chronic diseases.

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Ergophobia

Top 10 Health Benefits of Sunlight

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Fernticled

Peanuts

They are a brain healthy food but have you ever wondered where the term "Peanut Gallery" comes from?

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Captive Lunch

The Fat Facts on Ice Cream

Before eating your next sundae, be sure you know what you are going to be eating.

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Backseat Browser

Crank the tunes ...

What's your favorite song?

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Carpool Tunnel Syndrome

An Apple A Day Keeps The Doctor Away

Everyone has heard the old adage, "an apple a day keeps the doctor away." We all know we should eat more fruit. But why apples? Do they contain specific benefits?

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Blackberry Good

Are Pet Owners Happier?

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Apolaustic

What To Order the Next Time You Eat Out

Burger or Salad?

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Stoplight Party

Hold out! Do Not Cave Into Your Next Craving

The next time you are craving sweets - reach for a piece of fruit rather than a piece of candy.

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Anticipointment

What Are the Benefits of Hot Peppers?

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Anathema

Junk Food Can Kill You

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Baggravation

When was the first Mother's Day?

Ancient societies held a day of celebration honoring mother goddesses. It wasn't until the 1600s in England that real mothers were honored with a day of prayer and family gathering.

Nudiustertian

The Happiest Country in the World

What country boasts the fact that 75% of their people are happy and fully content with their lives?

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Lippitude

It Changed the World - The Mechanical Clock

What time is it?

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Boondoggle

Have You Been Experiencing Brain Fog ?

Read On For Tips To Clear Your Head

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Portion Control

One of the key ways to lose weight and maintain a healthy weight is through portion control. Research has shown that Americans often underestimate how many calories they are consuming each day by as much as 25%.

* Vegetables or fruit is about the size of your fist.
* Pasta is about the size of one scoop of ice cream.
* Meat, fish, or poultry is the size of a deck of cards or the size of your palm (minus the fingers).
* Snacks such as pretzels and chips is about the size of a cupped handful.
* Apple is the size of a baseball.
* Potato is the size of a computer mouse.
* Bagel is the size of a hockey puck.
* Pancake is the size of a compact disc.
* Steamed rice is the size of a cupcake wrapper.
* Cheese is the size of a pair of dice or the size of your whole thumb (from the tip to the base).

Dracula Sneeze

Holding your arm up over your face in a position similar to Dracula holding up his cape, and then sneezing into your elbow.

After the H1N1 swine flu pandemic, the Centers For Disease Control began recommending using the Dracula sneeze technique to avoid spreading germs.

Nuts!

There are 1218 peanuts in a single twenty-eight once jar of peanut butter.

Mid-Day Crisis

When you are in desperate need of a siesta because you are extremely tired after lunch. Famous people who took siestas include: Napoleon, Bill Clinton and Margaret Thatcher. Recent studies have shown that we actually have a biological need for a nap in the early afternoon.

Why is it very common to have a 9 minute snooze interval on alarm clocks, why not 10 instead?

By setting the snooze time to 9 minutes, the alarm clock only needs to watch the last digit of the time. So, if you hit snooze at 6:45, the alarm goes off again when the last digit equals 4. They couldn't make it 10 minutes, otherwise the alarm would go off right away, or it would take more circuitry.

Laborhood

The neighborhood in which you work if different from your home neighborhood. Look around and wave at the friendly faces passing by.

Starfish are Stupid

Degifting

1. A mutual agreement to suspend holiday gifts for at least one season, usually within a single family or circle of friends.

2. The act of replacing useless and pointless merchandise with something more meaningful, such as a charitable donation, service project or holiday party.

Crossing the Atlantic

Noah Webster labored for 36 years in writing his dictionary. He crossed the Atlantic twice to gather all of his material.

Technophile

A person who has a love of or enthusiasm for technology, especially computers and high technology.

A Goodnight

The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.

Bibliobibuli

Those who read too much.

Hacky Sack

Mike Marshall created this version of the footbag in 1972 to help his friend John Stalberger rehab an injured leg. In Oregon in 2006, Tricia George and Paul Vorvick set a doubles record of 1,415 footbag kicks in ten minutes.

mea culpa

/mee uh kool pa/

Mea culp means, "It's my fault, my mistake".

The term was taken over from Latin as far back as the 100s and is still used often today.

Just a hobby

Collecting Baseball Cards

Baseball cards were included in cigarette and bubble gum packs. Trading cards were included with cigarettes in the 1880s and added to bubble gum packs in the 1930s.

According to a Forbes Magazine article, the most valuable baseball card sold in recent times was:

1909 T206 White Border #366
Honus Wagner, 2B Pittsburgh Pirates
$1,500,000 in April, 2005

Mouse Potato

The online generation's version of a couch potato. Mouse potato refers to a person who spends a great deal of time using the computer. This was coined in 1993.

Cabbage

Cabbage ranks right up there with broccoli, cauliflower, and brussels sprouts with a reputation for fighting cancer. It's also a good source of vitamin C, fiber, potassium, and other nutrients. Cabbage also offers a major payoff -- the fewest calories and least fat of any vegetable.

Opsimath

A person who begins, or continues, to study or learn late in life.

Brain Power

Your brain is about 2% of your total body weight but uses 20% of your body's energy.

Ludic

Characterized by playfulness.

Water = Vital Nutrient

Water is essential for the human body to function. The body cannot store water and must have fresh supplies every day to perform virtually every metabolic process. Babies and the elderly are vulnerable to lack of water or dehydration. Not drinking enough water increases the risk of kidney stones and, in women, urinary tract infections.

eesome

Pleasing to the eye; Attractive

Toll House

While making cookies for her hotel guests one evening, Ruth Wakefield lacked the powdered cocoa called for in the recipe, so she substituted tiny bits of chopped chocolate in its place. Unexpectedly, the chocolate pieces did not melt in baking but, rather, held their shape, softening only slightly to a creamy texture. She served the cookies anyway, naming them Toll House after the inn she owned.

Inoculatte

To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.

The Skinny on Dried Fruit and Nut Snacks

Dried fruits offers some advantages over fresh fruits: a longer shelf life and portability. If you are watching your weight, dried fruits should be eaten in moderation as they contain significantly more calories per serving than fresh fruits. Some dried fruits contain sugars added in processing which increase its calorie content. However, dried fruits without additives offer numerous health benefits.

Eating nuts as part of a healthy diet can be good for your heart. Nuts, which contain unsaturated fatty acids and other nutrients, are a great snack food, too. They're inexpensive, easy to store and easy to take with you to work or school.

Bricks To Clicks

When a traditional company realizes that a website is necessary to stay competitive.

Laughter

Children laugh about 300 times a day. Adults laugh, on average, just 15 times a day.

Paradigm

1. One that serves as a pattern or model.

2. A set or list of all the inflectional forms of a word or of one of its grammatical categories: the paradigm of an irregular verb.

3. A set of assumptions, concepts, values, and practices that constitutes a way of viewing reality for the community that shares them, especially in an intellectual discipline.

Time to Give Ice Water With Lemons A Try

Drinking water is one of the healthiest things you can do for your body, because it makes all bodily functions run more smoothly and efficiently. Not only does water improve digestion, but it also helps you feel more alert. Because it has no calories, drinking water before a meal may help you to eat less and feel fuller. Drinking ice water with a slice of fresh lemon is a delicious and healthy way to stay hydrated while you are trying to lose weight.

Renitent

Resistance to pressure

Eating Vegetables Provides Health Benefits

* The nutrients in vegetables are vital for health and maintenance of your body.

* Eating a diet rich in vegetables may reduce risk for stroke, cancer, heart diseases and type-2 diabetes.

* One to four cups of vegetables are recommended each day, depending on how many calories you need.

izzat

Honor, Prestige, Reputation

Top 10 Health Benefits of Sunlight

1. Reduce risk of Type 2 diabetes.
2. Reduce cancer risk.
3. Strong bones for better bone health.
4. Protect eye health.
5. Boost immunity.
6. Improve metabolism; fight obesity.
7. Lower blood pressure.
8. Reduce stroke risk.
9. Sleep better.
10. Feel better.

Ergophobia

The fear of work. Ergophobia sufferers often experience a great sense of dread about going to their job. They may have trouble functioning in the workplace even though they realize their fear is irrational.

Peanuts

They are a brain healthy food but have you ever wondered where the term "Peanut Gallery" comes from?

The term became popular in the late 19th century and referred to the rear or uppermost seats in a theater, which were also the cheapest seats. People seated in such a gallery were able to throw peanuts, a common food at theaters, at those seated below them. It also applied to the first row of seats in a movie theater, for the occupants of those seats could throw peanuts at the stage, stating their displeasure with the performance.

Fernticled

(furn-tick-uld)

Covered in freckles. Fair-skinned people are more prone to freckling.

The Fat Facts on Ice Cream

Before you scream for ice cream, a health advocacy group wants you to think about this: A sundae can have as much fat and calories as a T-bone steak dinner.

A chocolate-dipped waffle cone at Ben & Jerry's has about 320 calories and 16 grams of fat. Add one scoop of Chunky Monkey ice cream and the total surges to 820 calories and 26 grams of saturated fat roughly as much as a one-pound rack of ribs.

At 1,270 calories and 38 grams of saturated fat, eating a Haagen-Dazs "Mint Chip Dazzler" sundae is like eating a T-bone steak, a Caesar salad and a baked potato with sour cream.

Captive Lunch

When management wheels in the sandwiches at noon, just when you thought you could escape to run a few errands.

Crank the tunes ...

Surgeons who listen to music during operations perform better than those who don't.

Backseat Browser

Anyone who sits behind someone browsing the Internet and continuously instructs them on what to click on or what to type into the address/search bar.

Backseat Browsing is appropriately applied when the advice or commands are unsolicited by the browser.

An Apple A Day Keeps The Doctor Away

Apples are truly a "miracle fruit" that convey benefits beyond fiber content. Animal studies have shown that apple pectin and polyphenols in apple improve lipid metabolism and lower the production of pro-inflammatory molecules.

Carpool Tunnel Syndrome

The semi-conscious state that is the result of repeated early morning ride sharing.

Are Pet Owners Happier?

According to statistics, people who have one or more pets in their homes lead happier lives, are considerably healthier, live longer and weigh less than those who don't. Pet owners heal better after surgery and have reduced factors for cardiovascular disease.

Blackberry Good

Definition: When something looks good on a tiny smart phone screen but looks awful in real life.

Usage: Kelly squinted at her Blackberry and was relieved - the design looked perfect. A few hours later, though, when she saw it in production, she realized this would never work. It wasn't good. It was just Blackberry good ... not good for the web!

What To Order the Next Time You Eat Out

Burger or Salad?

Even with two tablespoons of creamy dressing, a meal-size green salad (plus a few vegetables) has less saturated fat and fewer calories than a quarter-pound hamburger on a bun. The burger has about the same amount of saturated fat as a quarter cup of blue cheese or a third of a cup of ranch dressing.

Apolaustic

Devoted to enjoyment.

Hold out! Do Not Cave Into Your Next Craving

Fruit is often called "nature's candy"---unlike candy, fruit is good for you. Sweet, delicious, easy to eat, and visually appealing, fruit is served in a variety of ways: in salads and smoothies, added to cereal, yogurt, or kefir, cooked and added to meat and grains as a flavor enhancer or eaten out of hand as a quick snack. No matter how fruit is consumed, it adds nutrition to your diet and enjoyment to your palate.

Stoplight Party

A party where guests wear the colors of the traffic signal to denote their relationship status: green means they're single, red means they're taken, and yellow means their relationship status is "complicated."

What Are the Benefits of Hot Peppers?

The successful use of hot peppers in any dish help improve appetite and enjoyment of food in significant ways.

Hot peppers contain high levels of Vitamin C, Vitamin B6 (niacin) and an adequate amount of pro-vitamin A (beta carotene), all of which are significant antioxidants that protect the body from oxidative stress and free radical damage. Capsaicin, the chemical that releases spiciness in hot peppers, is one of the most potent anti-inflammatory agents that occur naturally.

Despite all of its great health benefits and culinary value, exercise eating hot peppers in moderation and eat them fresh. Hot peppers can easily trigger a variety of gastro intestinal problems, from ulcers to irritated bowel syndrome. Many dried hot pepper powders may be contaminated with industrial chemicals that are known carcinogens.

Anticipointment

The feeling that something didn't live up to its hype.

Junk Food Can Kill You

According to The Journal of the American Medical Association, people have died or been severely injured trying to retrieve drinks from soda vending machines. People who didn't die suffered skull fractures, knee fractures and, in one case, a punctured bladder. Vending companies now post warnings on their machines.

Anathema

Something that someone absolutely cannot tolerate

Ex: Kryptonite for Superman, Garlic for Vampires

When was the first Mother's Day?

Baggravation

A blend of the words 'bag' and 'aggravation'.

A feeling of annoyance and frustration at the airport when your baggage has not arrived but the other passengers' bags have.

Suprisingly, according the the Dept. of Transportation, fewer than 1% of all bags are ever classified as lost.

The Happiest Country in the World

Iceland -This small island nation is ranked among the happiest and healthiest in the world, despite volcanoes, and straight-up darkness.

A high level of trust and strong social bonds are major keys to happiness report Icelanders. A typical day in Iceland might include:

* Reading a newspaper headline story about a wedding ring found in a field when a carrot sprouted through it
* Stopping into a cozy laundromat cafe complete with a simple child's play center
* Leaving your house unlocked for the evening while you head out with friends
* Popping some fish oil - Icelanders have low rates of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) because of this practice.
* Reading - Iceland's literacy rate is among the highest in the world.

Nudiustertian

Pertaining to the day before yesterday.

It Changed the World - The Mechanical Clock

The mechanical clock allowed people to experience time as a controllable element providing great stimulation to commerce. In the Middle Ages people did not have the same concept of time and most people didn't know what year it was or even what century they lived in.

Lippitude

(lipp-it-ood)

Having sore, bleary eyes. If you are lacking in sleep getting some rest may help, however, if you continue to suffer from lippitude you should probably speak with your medical provider.

Have You Been Experiencing Brain Fog ?

1. See your doctor first.
2. Be patient and keep researching.
3. Follow a healthy lifestyle.
4. Clean up your diet.
5. Get rid of the chemicals.
6. Elimate the allergens.
7. Consider supplements.
8. Eat more healthy fats.
9. Keep a journal.

Boondoggle

A waste of time and/or money.