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ampersand

Fish Oil Fabuolous

Sardines, tuna and swordfish are just 3 fish that produce fish oil. Fish oil is high in Omega-3 fatty acids.

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jocoserious

10 Health Benefits of Salmon

Wild Salmon are rich in omega-3s which are essential to brain function - especially memory.

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duck shuffler

5 More Reasons to Eat Tomatoes

Fruit or vegetable may be an ongoing debate when it comes to tomatoes, but there's no debate about the health benefits of these red beauties...

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spelunker

Are there golf balls on the moon?

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spartle

Brain Power

Can you guess how much power the human brain generates daily?

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aglet

Heart Attacks

More heart attacks occur on Monday mornings than any other time of the week. Find out why...

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geloscopy

Be kind to your heart. You only get one!

Treat your heart well with exercise and a healthy diet.

Hangry

Avocados

Avocados have the highest protein content of any fruit.

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Baggravation

Blood Flow

Researchers at the University of Maryland studied the effects on blood vessels when people were shown either comedies or dramas. After the screening ...

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smithereens

What's in your head?

Music that gets stuck in your head can be annoying, but it also serves a multitude of other purposes that benefit you.

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Fauxpology

The World Memory Championships

The World Memory Championship 2012 was held in London. The competition consists of 10 different exercises, where the competitors have to memorize as much as they can in a period of time...

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Anacronym

The Popeye Effect

The Daily Telegraph in London reported a study that showed that children who regularly watch Popeye cartoons are more than twice as likely to eat spinach. And not just spinach.....

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Affluenza

Bubble Gum

In 1928, Walter Diemer was working as an accountant for the Fleer Chewing Gum Company. In his spare time he played around with new gum recipes. One day he made a gum batch that was less sticky but that stretched more easily. Bubble gum was born. The company sold over $1.5 million in bubble gum the first year.

What are you working on in your spare time?

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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pandiculation

Wink Wink

Each time we blink, our brain creates an image that keeps things illuminated so the whole world doesn't go dark each time. We blink about 20,000 times a day. Women blink twice as much as men.

penny- farthing

Einstein

Einstein's brain was similar in size to other humans except in the region that is responsible for math and spatial perception. In that region, his brain was 35% wider than average.

Tizzy

Deep Breath

Stress can result in more headaches as a result of the body rerouting blood flow away from the brain to other parts of the body.

Bugaboo

Have a Coke and a Smile

In perhaps one of the smartest marketing moves in history, Coca-Cola began selling its product to the United States military during World War II at a deep discount . . .

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Brobdingnagian

10 Cool Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

Keep Your Energy High and Mood Lifted By Following These Tips.

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Bosky

The Human Brain - The Organ that Never Sleeps

Your brain actually doesn't slow down when you fall asleep. On the contrary, it becomes very active...

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Tchotchke

Wide Eyes

When you are looking at someone you love, your pupils dilate. They do the same when you are looking at someone you hate.

Fish Oil Fabuolous

Taking fish oil daily can help reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke.

ampersand

(am-purr-sand)

The sign for the word "and" (&)

10 Health Benefits of Salmon

1. Eating salmon reduces inflammation
2. Supports eye health
3. Helps prevent cancer
4. Builds healthy skin and nails
5. Enhances memory function
6. Builds cardiovascular health
7. Prevents depression
8. Supports a healthy pregnancy
9. Slows progression of multiple sclerosis
10. Reduces symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis

Build a brain-healthy diet by adding wild salmon to your meal plan at least 2 times per week. Other fish high in Omega-3 fatty acids include sardines and herring. Salmon is a top brain super food. Enjoy it smoked, baked or grilled.

jocoserious

Combining serious and humorous matters.

5 More Reasons to Eat Tomatoes

1. Contain lycopene which may ward off cancer
2. High in vitamins A, C and E
3. Good source of fluids
4. Contain a lot of water
5. Packed with flavonoids and potassium

duck shuffler

Someone who disrupts your affairs after you've finally gotten all your 'ducks in a row.' You know, when you finally have everything done for everyone else on your list, and you are about to start on things you need to do... Avoid the duck shuffler.

Are there golf balls on the moon?

Yes, there are actually 2 golf balls on the moon. Alan Shepard made his second space flight as commander of Apollo 14 in 1971. Shepard piloted his Lunar Module to the most accurate landing of the entire Apollo program.

While on the Moon, Shepard played golf with a Wilson six-iron attached to a lunar sample scoop. Despite a stiff spacesuit which forced him to swing the club with one hand only, Shepard struck two golf balls, driving the second, as he jokingly put it, "miles and miles and miles."

Make your mark. What would you leave on the moon?

spelunker

(spell-unk-urr)

Someone who explores caves. Known as potholing in the United Kingdom. The longest known cave in the world is called Mammoth Cave and is located in Kentucky. It is more than 600 km (approx. 300 miles) in length.

Brain Power

A single human brain generates more electrical impulses on a daily basis than all the mobile phones on Earth.

spartle

To move the body or limbs in a sprawling or struggling manner.

Heart Attacks

This is due to the fact that the stress hormone, cortisol, rises in the morning. When this occurs, plaque that has built up in our arteries can rupture and block blood flow back to the heart.

Work to manage your stress levels through yoga, meditation, and getting proper amounts of sleep.

aglet

The plastic tip on the end of a shoelace.

Be kind to your heart. You only get one!

geloscopy

(jell-oh-scop-ee)

Fortune telling by listening to laughter

Avocados

Avocados also contain lutein - a nutrient that critical to healthy eyes and good vision.

Hangry

When you are so hungry that your lack of food causes you to become irritable and short-tempered. It can be natural to get angry when you are hungry. It has to do with how your brain responds to lower sugar levels in your bloodstream. Keep small healthy snacks on hand to avoid becoming hangry.

Blood Flow

Researchers at the University of Maryland studied the effects on blood vessels when people were shown either comedies or dramas. After the screening, the blood vessels of the group who watched the comedy behaved normally - expanding and contracting easily. But the blood vessels in people who watched the drama tended to tense up, restricting blood flow.

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.

What's in your head?

Music lessons have shown to considerably boost brain organization and ability in both children and adults.

smithereens

Fragments or splintered pieces

The World Memory Championships

A Sample of Competition Exercises


  1. Recall as many numbers as you can in one hour (43712892....)

  2. Recall as many numbers as you can in 5 minutes

  3. In 30 minutes, recall as many Binary Digits (011100110001001....)

  4. In one hour, recall playing Cards (as many decks of cards as possible)

  5. Remember 52 playing cards as fast as possible. The world record is 21.19 seconds.

Everyone can learn some techniques to make memorizing things quicker and easier.

Fauxpology

When a person makes it sound like they are apologizing when, in fact, they are just shifting the blame or using twisted logic to argue their way out of responsibility for their actions.

"I am sorry you felt offended by what I was trying to say. I certainly didn't mean anything by it."

The Popeye Effect

The Daily Telegraph in London reported a study that showed that children who regularly watch Popeye cartoons are more than twice as likely to eat spinach.

And not just spinach.

Professor Sirkulchaynota found that children doubled their intake of all vegetables -- figuring perhaps, that Bluto could also be defeated by a mouthful of broccoli or asparagus too.

Anacronym

An anacronym is an acronym that is so old, no one remembers what the letters originally stood for.

Examples include RADAR, ASCII, and SNAFU.

Bubble Gum

Affluenza

A blend of 'affluence' and 'influenza'.

A social disease resulting from extreme materialism and excessive consumerism: earning more money and consuming more, which can lead to overwork, debt, waste, stress, anxiety, etc.

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

\k-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."

Wink Wink

pandiculation

The stretching that accompanies yawning.

Einstein

penny- farthing

An old-fashioned kind of bicycle with a huge front wheel.

Deep Breath

Tizzy

A state of nervous excitement or confusion; a dither.

Have a Coke and a Smile

In perhaps one of the smartest marketing moves in history, Coca-Cola began selling its product to the United States military during World War II at a deep discount. Their strategy was to keep soldiers drinking Coca-Cola while they were serving abroad. Soldiers began to call the beverage "a little taste of home." It became so popular its production was even exempted from sugar rationing. In terms of establishing new and emerging markets, Coca-Cola was right again because wherever U.S. soldiers went around the globe so did the Coke.

Bugaboo

Something that causes baseless fear or worry; also, a false belief used to intimidate.

10 Cool Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

1. Exercise
2. Eat a Healthy Diet
3. Get some Sun
4. Act on your Resolutions
5. Avoid Binge Drinking
6. Treat Yourself
7. Relax!
8. Embrace the Season
9. Get Social Support
10. Catch some Zzzzs

Brobdingnagian

enourmous, immense

The word comes from the Land of Brobdingnag (the land of giants) in Gulliver's Travels.

The Human Brain - The Organ that Never Sleeps

Sleep science is still being explored, but one popular theory is that the brain does its most important work during sleep organizing all of the important information from the day into memory. Your brain is so active at night it releases hormones that immobilize our bodies during sleep so that we dont injure ourselves while attempting to act upon any of the ideas going on in our head while we sleep!

Bosky

Having an abundance of trees or shrubbery.

Wide Eyes

Tchotchke

A Trinket; A Knick-Knack