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Eat Your Ice Cream for Breakfast Today

ice-cream-770994_640Today is International Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day. Yes, you read that correctly. So, if you haven’t had breakfast yet, you should run out to the store and buy your favorite ice cream. And if you’ve already eaten that most important first meal of the day – then you can use this excuse to have ice cream for another meal.

So, where did this idea come from and is it just an invention of the ice cream or dairy industries? Surprisingly, it’s not. The holiday was invented in the 1960s by Florence Rappaport in Rochester, New York. A mother to six, she declared one day in February that it was Ice Cream for Breakfast Day. As she said on Wikipedia, “It was cold and snowy and the kids were complaining that it was too cold to do anything. So I just said, ‘Let’s have ice cream for breakfast.'” The tradition spread through the years and has actually spread across the world in part because of Florence’s grandchildren who have traveled extensively.

There have been celebrations recorded in Nepal, Namibia, Germany, New Zealand and Honduras. It has been celebrated in China since 2003 and has had particular popularity in Israel since 2013.

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google-1015751_960_720It definitely pays to be computer savvy, as Boston-area business student Sanway Ved proved recently. He was apparently playing around on Google Domains trying to learn more about Google’s URL-selling service, when he searched for and found that it was up for the taking! He put the ULR in his cart and bought it for $12, only to see one minute after the purchase went through that Google canceled the sale and refunded the order. Ved reported the vulnerability as a courtesy to Google (not trying to get rich off of the glitch).

Google rewarded him with $6006.13, which they claim spellings out “Google” although you probably have to squint to see it. When Google learned that Ved was giving the money to the Art of Living India foundation, a nonprofit that runs free schools in India, they matched the amount for a total of $12,012.26.

As Ved said to Business Insider after Google offered him the reward, “I don’t care about the money. It was never about the money. I also want to set an example that it’s people who want to find bugs that it’s not always about the money.”

Interestingly, in 2015 alone, Google paid out more than $2 million in rewards to researchers around the world who found glitches.

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Caffeine Just Might be Good for Your Health

chocolate-183543_960_720Those of you who love coffee will love this news. Scientists have found that regular caffeine consumption doesn’t trigger heart palpitations and that it can actually be good for your heart health.

The scientists at the University of California, San Francisco say that people should enjoy their caffeinated drinks and chocolate. As Dr. Gregory Marcus explained,

“Clinical recommendations advising against the regular consumption of caffeinated products to prevent disturbances of the heart’s cardiac rhythm should be reconsidered, as we may unnecessarily be discouraging consumption of items like chocolate, coffee and tea that might actually have cardiovascular benefits. Given our recent work demonstrating that extra heartbeats can be dangerous, this finding is especially relevant.”

This new study, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, analyzed coffee, tea and chocolate consumption of 1,388 randomly selected people and excluding those with persistent extra heartbeats. 61% of the participants had more than one caffeinated product a day. The researchers didn’t find any differences in the heart beats of those who had caffeine and those who didn’t; and this was true even with more frequent consumption of these products.

As lead author Shalini Dixit said, “This was the first community-based sample to look at the impact of caffeine on extra heartbeats, as previous studies looked at people with known arrhythmias. Whether acute consumption of these caffeinated products affects extra heartbeats requires further study.”

So for now, drink up and eat chocolate in moderation – and enjoy.

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Vibrations Just Might Boost Your Workout

This might be fascinating – and productive. Adding a 30 Hertz vibration to an exercise session might actually boost the impact by as much as 100%. This is according to research from the Eindhoven University of Technology.

Researchers Massimo Mischi and Lin Xu tested the effectiveness of vibrations on exercise. They found that people who used 30 Hertz vibration had a 25% more effective workout than did those without. The muscles were found to work harder with the vibration in place and to become exhausted more quickly.

They suspect that using vibrations can help subjects who have become weakened due to illness or accident to rehab more quickly. As Mr Mischi said, “The well-known fitness slogan “no pain, no gain” is thereby somewhat diluted by this.”

With this research in hand, the researchers decided to develop a device that will allow people to become stronger, faster. Called the MaxDFM, it operates through a smartphone or tablet app and has individualized programs.

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Morf Your Wardrobe with this Shirt

If you haven’t yet seen this shirt and dress, you should check it out. What a brilliant design and a great way to travel without taking too much with you. Learn more about Morf and the fun you can have getting dressed in the morning.

The Morf Shirt:

The Morf Dress:

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Celebrating National Bubble Bath Day

bubble bathToday is National Bubble Bath Day. What better way to celebrate – especially with the cold, frosty air outside – than a relaxing, hot, bubble bath? Mr. Bubble – founded in 1961 and today marketed by Bevel Brands’ executives James Astrachan, Deb Hartzell and Bruce Shalett, among others – has actually become quite a household name over the years. As well as being dermatologically tested, hypo allergenic, pediatrician-tested and tear free, Mr. Bubble has also appeared on quite a few popular TV shows.

TV shows Mr. Bubble has appeared in include: Ed (1996 with Matt LeBlanc), Eddie Murphy Delirious (1983), Everybody Loves Raymond, Family Guy, Gold Through the Fire and The Simpsons.

In addition, Mr. Bubble is today’s Number 1 brand of bath products in America. In 2011 it turned 50. So while Mr. Bubble sits and celebrates its 55th birthday today, bubble bath lovers should join in with a hot bubble bath on these cold, wintry days and thank Mr. Bubble for coming into their lives.

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A Holiday Gift from the Mesa Verde Center and Shlomo Rechnitz

The Mesa Verde Post Acute Care Center in Costa Mesa has started a program that others should follow. They have a new wish-granting program for patients that is sponsored by the Acute Care Center’s owner, Shlomo Rechnitz. During the holidays, the center administrator Scott Meppen asked patients to share what they most wanted over the holidays.

Roy Casey shared his very sad story. In October, his son Paul Casey was killed in a motorcycle accident. The loss took a very large toll on Roy, he suffered a fall, re-aggravated a back injury and ended up at the Mesa Verde Post Acute Care Center. He explained that all that he wanted for the holidays was to see his family.

The center, however, had other ideas. They planned a limousine ride and dinner at Park Ave restaurant for Roy and his family. As Roy said, “I was very grateful. I had been in … bed for about 10 weeks before.”

As Scott Meppen explained, the gift from Shlomo Rechnitz and the center was “an opportunity to give him not just a present but time and memories with his family. I asked him what his favorite restaurant was, then called his family to help coordinate the evening.”

On December 29th, a limo arrived at the Mesa Verde center and drove Roy and much of his family to Stanton for dinner. Roy was one of the first to receive this generosity from Rechnitz’s new program.

Hopefully others will follow suit.

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New Body Measurement Tool

belly-2354_960_720BMI, or body mass index, is the most widely used measurement to determine if a person is of normal weight. However, experts have long debated if this is the best measurement tool and if it’s an accurate reflection of obesity.

A new team from West Virginia University has created a new measurement that focuses on surface area. Their index, the SBSI or surface-based body shape index, focuses on the body’s surface area, vertical trunk circumference, height and waist circumference.

The team from WVU analyzed data from more than 11,808 people aged 18 to 85 and developed their new standard. As the scientists said, “The BMI provides a simple coarse measure of the body shape. Two people in the same BMI category could have very different body shapes, and different body sizes. The distribution of body weight, rather than the absolute weight, is a key factor in predicting health risk.”

As they point out, a person whose body weight is centered in their midsection is at much greater risk for disease and premature death than is someone whose weight is more evenly distributed.

They put their new measurement to the test. As they explained, “Applying SBSI initially gives reasonable performance when compared with existing body shape measures.”

Their findings were published in the journal PLOS One.

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