Archive for the ‘Did you know?’ Category


products_1There are plenty of things inside our houses right now that we may take for granted, from Tide laundry detergent to Drano and Advil. Some of these iconic brands have gone through big design changes throughout their histories. Listerine used to be an antiseptic for surgery, not mouthwash. The average American home has changed in innumerable ways over the last century, from the kitchen to the living room. Our favorite household products have changed along with them. Tide and Drano used to come in powder or crystal form, Listerine came corked in a glass bottle, and Windex was sold in an aerosol can.

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happy_marriageWhen you and your spouse started dating, their insights were sheer brilliance, their laugh made you melt, heck, even their blink seemed revolutionary. Fast forward a couple (dozen) years, and you hardly notice their new haircut and can fill in the blanks about their day without even asking. The longer you’ve been married (or in a committed relationship), the easier it can be to take each other for granted but you already know that. Do you know how to stop that ish ASAP to avoid real trouble down the road, though?

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The power motives and narcissism behind the truly arrogant people in your life.

two-arrogantArrogance is a trait that society often values and rewards, particularly in arenas such as politics and business. We often think of successful people as those who are able to push themselves out in front of others to win any competition. Whether it’s getting more votes, more customers, or more points on the basketball court, the arrogant show little care or concern for whom they leave behind in the dust. If you’ve got an arrogant coworker, you know how frustrating it can be to be constantly outshined when the boss comes around with bonus checks. If you happen to be in a romantic relationship with an arrogant partner, you can feel similarly frustrated with all the pushiness and need for domination.

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It’s fair to assume that everyone has salt in their kitchen. As a staple spice, salt can be used to season nearly any food. But this popular spice has several other uses that most people don’t know about. For instance, have you ever thought of using salt to clean your coffee maker? According to Food Microbiology, salt is a powerful antibacterial and antiseptic. You can use regular table salt to clean many of your belongings and even to help out your hair. Read on for some amazing and incredible ways you can use salt.

Scrub Away Pan Grease

salt_usesSalt is both a scouring agent and a catalyst for other ingredients. By tossing it into cleaning recipes, salt boosts the deodorizing action of dishwasher soaps. Sprinkle some onto your grease-coated pan and scrub. The thicker the salt, the better it’ll clean. If you have an old cast iron skillet, try this trick without the soap. Coat the skillet with salt and leave it for about ten minutes. Then, grab a damp towel, sponge, or other cleaning tool and have at it. The salt should scrub away the grime.

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Should you be eating organs?

Posted: January 13, 2020 in Did you know?
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grilled_liverI recently came across this article evaluating the health of organ meats, but when I read the article I was surprised. Whether or not someone finds organ meats appealing really depends on their cultural background. In many countries, heart, liver, kidneys, intestines, and brains are part of a regular diet. The inclusion of organ meats in traditional diets results from an admirable desire to use the entire animal.

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house_soundsThumps, bumps, and squeaks

We’ve all been there. Your clothes washer thumps and you wonder if that’s normal, or your bedroom floor squeaks but you figure that just happens in old houses. "Most homeowners have a spidey sense when they hear something that’s not right," says Ed Padilla, founder and director of the Association of Certified Handyman Professionals. Some people address such problems promptly while others put them off, but there’s a certain kind of homeowner who’s especially good at resolving issues. While there are some things you can fix yourself, you should never try to DIY these home improvements.

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ibuprofen2Athletes call it ‘Vitamin I.’ Women with menstrual cramps depend upon it. But scientists are beginning to realize that ibuprofen may not be as benign as we thought.

If you have heart disease

While low-dose aspirin can help prevent heart attack, other painkillers in the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug family (NSAIDs) which include ibuprofen—have been associated with an increase in the chance for heart attack or stroke. A 2017 British Medical Journal study reported a 20 to 50 percent elevated risk of heart attack among people who used NSAIDs daily for a week or more. The increased risk associated with ibuprofen could be as high as 75 percent. The greatest danger occurred within the first month of NSAID use and at high doses. Those with heart disease or at risk for heart disease should be especially mindful of these findings, though the elevated risk affects everyone, says Catherine Sherwin, PhD, chair of the clinical pharmacology track at the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists PharmSci 360 Meeting. If you’re taking blood-pressure medication, be especially cautious NSAIDs could make them less effective. Talk to your doctor about alternative medications to treat your pain, whether it’s, say, a Tylenol for a headache or physical therapy for back pain. Find out more about how ibuprofen can increase your risk for heart attacks.

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