Marilyn Monroe's bust has sold for a bundle.

A 1954 x-ray of the stunning starlet's chest sold at auction in Las Vegas on Sunday for a sizable $45,000. This was well above the estimated $800 to $1,200 it was expected to fetch.

X-ray of Marilyn Monroe's chest was taken in 1954 in Los Angeles.

The bizarre medical photograph was one of several of Monroe's belongings that were up for bid at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino via Julien's Auctions over the weekend.

"[The x-ray] was taken around the time she was believed to be pregnant, and rumor has it that she had a miscarriage," President/CEO Darren Julien told the Daily News back in April.

It was captured at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital (which in 1961 merged with another hospital to become Cedars-Sinai Medical Center), and features the then 28-year-old Monroe's chest and lungs.

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Here are some little-known sex facts that may surprise you – or at least give you ammunition for a fascinating dinner conversation!

1. The best medicine...
According to the Museum of Sex, the vibrator was originally used as a medicinal treatment for female "hysteria" during the 19th century. The vibrator-induced orgasms helped doctors dissipate hysteria's anxiety-related symptoms.

2. Say cheese!
Semen contains zinc and calcium, both of which are proven to prevent tooth decay.

3. Hop to it.
The iconic "Rabbit" is renowned for two things: excellent results and an odd smiley face on its tip. Women's Health tells us the smiley face was actually a result of conservative Japanese customs. Apparently, Japanese consumers frown upon "the production of sex toys that too closely resemble phalluses," so the smiley face was added.

4. Does he measure up?
The average size of an erect penis is 5 inches, and the average flaccid penis measures about 3 inches.

5. The sad truth.
While this fact is neither entertaining nor humorous, it’s shocking to note that homosexuality remained on the American Psychiatric Association's list of mental illnesses until 1973.

6. Protect our troops.
Today the government issues "Support our Troops" paraphernalia; however government-issued brochures and videos featured a slightly different slogan during the WWII era – "Don't forget – Put it on before you put it in." During the Second World War, many soldiers returned home with venereal diseases, costing the government millions of dollars in medical expenses.

7. Work it.
Hate the gym? You burn about 200 calories during 30 minutes of active sex.

8. What a tease!
Burlesque costumes are the epitome of sexy – think Dita Von Teese and lingerie; however, a few centuries ago, the outfits had a slightly different purpose. According to the Museum of Sex, merkins (the bottom half of burlesque costumes) were originally created as "pubic wigs" for 15th century prostitutes. The designs helped hide pubic lice and syphilis symptoms. Make sure to share this information with your boyfriend the next time he heads to Vegas with the boys.

9. Justice is served.
In Hong Kong, adulterous husbands get more than a steep monthly alimony payment – a betrayed wife is legally allowed to kill her husband if he cheats on her – but she may only do so with her bare hands.

10. Whatever happened to Southern comfort?
The sale of sex toys and vibrators is banned in Alabama and Mississippi.

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Many use the Internet for information gathering, many use it for work. But if you just want to waste time, like channel surfing until something interesting comes by, here are some sites for you to visit. In almost all, you will waste time. That's good isn't it?

StumbleUpon

Channel surf the internet with the StumbleUpon toolbar to find great websites, videos, photos and more based on your interests. StumbleUpon learns what you like and makes better recommendations. StumbleUpon is a toolbar that beds into your browser and gives you the chance to surf through thousands of excellent pages that have been stumbled upon by other web-users.

What is Fark?

Fark isn't an acronym. It's about news that isn't really news. It is a news accumulator and an edited social networking news site. The first thing you should know is that Fark.com isn't a Weblog. The slogan "It's not news, it's Fark;" says it all.

Orisinal

Orisinal has 59 online games. They allow you to play and waste time in multiple dimensions. If you want to solve the cancer, world hunger or the U.S. budget deficit problem, then go someplace else. This is a complete time waster.


New Yorker Reporting and Essays web site

Writing, blogging, politics, culture, arts, music, profiles, cartoons and much more--not less. Whether you are liberal or conservative, the writing is clear and provocative. You may spend a lot of time here--some just to get acquainted, some to waste. For a different take, the New Yorker Reporting web site will give you many hours of information. Not exactly a time waster, but a time devourer nevertheless.

Unspun

Lists, lists, lists and more lists. Who are the best baseball players on Steroids? What is the Worst Month to Plant Flowers, and what is the Most Enjoyable Television Talk Show? Unspun has lists of odd and unusual topics. They are built by consensus from users and participants. It's fun to spend time there. Oh, by the way, Barry Bonds leads the list.

Google Earth

Where is your childhood home, your grade school, Barbara Streisand's home or any number of other locations? Google Earth combines the power of Google Search with satellite imagery, maps, terrain and 3D buildings to put the world's geographic information at your fingertips. Just type in an address, press Search, and you'll zoom right in.

The Onion

If you take your news seriously, don't visit The Onion. No news is serious here; it's a great place to find out what is happening around the world by taking the anti-serious approach. It's not real but it is. Here's an example: "Modern-Day Martin Luther Nails 95 Comment Cards To IHOP Door."

Bit Torrents

If you are into file sharing, then Bit Junkie or Mini Nova have some of the largest index sites for torrents. What is a torrent? BitTorrent is a peer-to-peer protocol used for the distribution of large files or file sharing. This is a place where you can spend and waste a lot of time looking for videos , books, anime, movies and music.

Rotten Tomatoes

Guilty Pleasure? Hmm? Reading about celebrities? Hmm? At Rotten Tomatoes you can indulge in tripe, meaningless lives. Your life is boring, so live vicariously through Matt or Jessica, or Ben or Cameron. You can get news, pictures, gossip and enjoy all the envy you can muster. And rest assured, you'll never win any important prize, Nobel or otherwise.

Craigslist

Meaningful and meaningless and important and worthless, Craigslist is the site for you. Go waste your time here, because for every meaningful item you find you can look around at all of the junk out there.

These are the 10 sites on the net to waste time on. There are many others to add to this list but that would be a waste of time.

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Pizza Huh, instead of Pizza Hut


HiPhone and APhone A6
Apple may have only one store in China — in Beijing, with a Shanghai store set to open this summer — but shanzhai iPhones have been a fixture in the country's bustling electronics markets for years. One of the earliest models, the HiPhone, which sold for as little as $100, had its share of problems, such as faulty construction and malfunctioning apps. The APhone A6, released last November, uses an iPhone interface to run Google's Android operating system.

iPed
The iPads sure look real. Upon closer inspection, however, one notices subtle differences. First, there's the screen size — roughly 5 in. by 7 in., or a touch smaller than the real iPad. But that's forgivable, given the extras, including a USB port, built-in webcam and expandable memory slot.
There are about 30 different iPad copycats on the market now, from Cynovo's C7 tablet to the creatively named iPed from Orphan Electronics.

Goojje
Launched in January around the same time Google threatened to leave the country over censorship rules and repeated cyberattacks, the maverick Goojje incorporates elements from the home pages of both Google and China's most popular search engine, Baidu. The logo, for instance, uses Google's font but Baidu's trademark paw print.

Nat Nat Shoes
China is awash with uninspired fashion copycats like "Avivas" and "Pama." More clever are the Nat Nat knockoffs of Converse high-top sneakers, which have a zipper around the sole, allowing the wearer to transition easily from city to beach by turning the shoe into a sandal. At $30 a pair, the Nat Nats are reasonably priced, but as always, the quality is questionable.

Pizza Huh
In an effort to drum up business in Nanjing, a property developer took shanzhai to the next level in 2008, lining a street of storefronts with signs advertising knockoff Western chains, such as "KFG," "Pizza Huh," "Haagon Bozs" and "Bucksstar Coffee."

China's White Houses
Chinese architects have gone crazy for the city — particularly its iconic symbols of power. Full-scale replicas of the U.S. Capitol building have been constructed in recent years in the nondescript midsize cities of Wuxi and Fuyang, while in Hangzhou, real estate tycoon Huang Qiaoling has constructed a mirror image of the White House, complete with his own Oval Office and portrait gallery of American Presidents, as well as miniature versions of the Washington Monument and Mount Rushmore. Huang's bizarre estate is now a tourist destination — in 2002, then President George W. Bush paid a visit.

China's Next Top Model
Reality TV has been slow to hit China, but producers are taking their cues from the U.S. and Britain to make up for lost time. China now has its own versions of American Idol (Super Girl and Super Boy), Project Runway (the roughly translated Magical Talented Designers) and America's Next Top Model (obviously, China's Next Top Model).

Shanghai's World Expo Song
In the lead-up to Expo 2010 Shanghai, China lined up some of its biggest stars — Jackie Chan, Andy Lau, Yao Ming — to record a "We Are the World"–style theme song titled "2010, Waiting for You." Shortly after it was released in April, however, netizens began commenting that the song's tune was strikingly similar to a 1997 ballad by Japanese singer Mayo Okamoto, "Stay the Way You Are." Expo organizers immediately suspended the use of the song — and then belatedly asked for permission to use the melody. Okamoto graciously granted the request.

China's Fine-Art Factory
Once a small village of 300 people in southern China, Dafen is now the center of the world's reproduction-art market, with factories of artists churning out tens of thousands of fake Picassos, Rembrandts, Van Goghs and Da Vincis each year.

The village (now a part of booming Shenzhen) accounts for 60% of the world's oil-painting market.

Huanhai Landscape VA3 and Lifan 320
In a luxury-car-obsessed country, the Beijing Auto Show attracts swarms of people each year to gawk at the most extravagant new Lamborghinis, Bugattis and stretch Range Rovers. Take the Huanhai Landscape VA3, which appeared at this year's auto show. It's an almost exact replica of a Lexus RX SUV.

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"Pepper Mouth" is a usb device that releases bad smells as the result of "bad language" usage on a computer.

Pepper Mouth is part of a series of objects in the Ultra-Modern-Life Training Lab, that are attempts to visualize the new kinds of surveillance online which people are not fully aware of.
There has recently been many incidents where people got in trouble for the language they use in social media sites. Especially young people are not actually aware of what is public and what is private.

















Maybe when your "bad language" disturbs you with a bad smell, you will start to understand that it might also have other, more serious consequences.

Also the smell is very persistent to not leave. Just like things you type and send, it is there to stay. So you better watch it!

There also is a light inside to warn you of your behavior before releasing the smell. But if you insist, it starts releasing the fragrance.






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Father's day is just around the corner.


Here's a brief history of Father's day.

Father's Day history begins with Sonora Louise Smart Dodd, the resident of Spokane, Washington. She was the oldest of six children who were raised by their father, Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart, after their mother died during childbirth. Listening to a Mother's Day sermon in 1909, Sonora made up her mind to establish a day to honor fathers.

With support from the Spokane Ministerial Association and the YMCA, the first Father's Day was celebrated in Spokane on June 19, 1910 — a couple of weeks after Sonora's father's birthday. On that day, young members of the YMCA went to church wearing roses: a red rose to honor a living father, and a white rose to honor a deceased one.

Although the holiday continued to be celebrated, it would be another 62 years before it was officially recognized. Father's Day history was bumpy, with some people resisting the idea, making fun of it, or fearing that it would become too commercialized. In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge recommended that the third Sunday in June be set aside for a national holiday. President Lyndon Johnson signed a similar proclamation in 1966, but Father's Day become an official national holiday until President Richard Nixon's proclamation in 1972. Sonora Dodd, the driving force behind the holiday, died March 22, 1978.

Father's Day is now celebrated in every part of the world. In the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and many other countries, it falls on the third Sunday in June.

For fun Father's day ideas, check out this cool website.



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They're the most sensual part of the body that's out there for all the world to see. They're vulnerable and expressive. Good lips are crucial to sexual attractiveness.

Attractive lips look kissable and approachable, while thin or tight lips seem to suggest someone is prim or stern. For most women, the bigger and softer their lips are the better -- to a limit. Lips that look fake or that don't fit the face are turnoffs, the sign of bad surgery or poorly applied makeup. For men, it's a little tougher to define great lips, but the best ones manage to say, "I'm virile, but I have my tender side."

Men may make the best of what they have, but women labor for lovely lips. Ancient Egyptian women used henna to color theirs. In "Gone with the Wind," Southern belles bit their lips to redden them. The modern lip-coloring industry got its start in the silent-movie era, when such vampish stars as Theda Bara and Clara Bow plied bright-red lipstick. Today, wanna-be movie stars and ordinary women try lip augmentation -- injections or surgery.

Some celebrity lips gain widespread but perhaps fleeting contemporary fame, setting our standards for beauty.

5. Angelina Jolie

What is it about Angelina's lips that makes them so desirable? "Full," "sexy" and "bee-stung" are the adjectives that pop up most frequently in the lip-related media frenzy.

One sign of the fame of Angelina's lips: There are Web sites on which people devote a good deal of time and energy discussing whether they're real. Some even show baby and childhood pictures of girls identified as a full-lipped young Angelina to illustrate their theories.

4. Beyonce Knowles

How to describe Beyoncé's lips? They are full and soft-looking, certainly as sexy as the rest of her. And that's part of their charm -- Beyoncé's voluptuous lips fit her image.

She may try to tone her lips down on stage, but Beyoncé's well-defined lips have won her a gig advertising L'Oreal lipstick in commercials. The Internet buzz on Beyoncé's lips tends to focus on whether she looks good in pink or mauve, or if red is more her thing.

3. Mick Jagger

The pouty mouth with the big, expressive lips -- often described as "rubbery" -- was integral to his bad-boy, rebellious, hard-rocker image. The Stones were in the second wave of the British rock invasion, and shaggy haired, rubbery lipped, scrawny, rough Mick Jagger looked daring and dangerous when compared to the early Beatles with their cute haircuts, matching suits and choirboy features.

As if anyone would ever forget them, Mick Jagger's lips are now enshrined in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. At an auction in September 2008, the museum paid $92,500 for the Rolling Stones' lips and tongue logo original artwork. The museum said that the design, created by John Pasche in 1970, "perfectly encapsulated Mick Jagger's sensuous lips and the band's rebelliousness." And David Barrie, the director of The Art Fund, Britain's No. 1 art charity, called it "one of the most visually dynamic and innovative logos ever created".

2. Elvis Presley

Elvis' lips were as important to his romantic rebel image as were his bedroom eyes, the unruly shock of hair on his forehead or the drawl. Girls could almost feel what it would be like to kiss them, especially that full, soft-looking lower lip. Elvis' mouth was not especially large. But the way he used his lips was as important as how they looked. They quivered. They sneered. He emphasized the Cupid's bow shape of his upper lip, raising it to show his teeth at appropriate times.

Even today, more than 30 years after his death, there are Elvis categories such as "best curled lip" in Elvis look-alike contests. There are also Web sites offering to teach people to draw Elvis caricatures, with detailed instructions for his distinctive lips.

1. Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe knew how to make the most of her assets. She transformed herself from Norma Jean Baker, who grew up in foster homes and orphanages, into the world's most famous blonde movie star and unabashed sexpot. She bragged about wearing no underwear with her revealing clothes.

She used makeup to further her image of being overwhelmingly sexy but somehow innocent. Her strikingly light hair came out of a bottle. She had darkened, perfect eyebrows and a painted-on mole. And the lips -- Marilyn often made up her well-shaped lips herself, taking great care as she applied a blend of three shades of lipstick, and then covered it with Vaseline and wax. And she knew how to use those shiny, flaming lips for a dazzling smile or a provocative pout.

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A lot of people skip breakfast for several reasons. But that’s not a healthy practice because breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Below are the five basic reasons why you should eat your breakfast everyday; and choosing the right foods for breakfast is equally important as the meal itself.

Many people don’t know it, but breakfast is really the most important meal of the day. It does not only give you the energy you need to start the day, it is also beneficial to your health in general.

Eating breakfast has several important health benefits such as:


Breakfast Benefit # 1: Weight Control

A lot of people would raise their eyebrows at this since skipping breakfast is one of the popular practices weight watchers do. But many studies in adults and children alike have shown that those who eat breakfast are more likely to lose weight or control their weight than those who skip it.

Breakfast Benefit # 2: Provides a more complete diet rich in nutrients, vitamins and minerals

It is not enough to eat just anything for breakfast though to obtain its benefits. You need to know the right foods to eat too. Instead of eating a high-carbohydrate breakfast which does not help much in giving your body a balanced meal and in losing weight, go for foods high in protein like lean meat, eggs and low-fat dairy.

A breakfast meal should also contain foods high in fiber, vitamins and minerals to make it more nutritionally balanced and healthy.

Breakfast Benefit # 3: Enhances concentration and performance in school and at work

Breakfast is vital for everyone, particularly in children and teenagers. The American Diabetic Association says that children who eat breakfast are better in terms of performance both in the classroom and on the playground, having better concentration abilities, problem-solving skills, as well as eye-hand coordination.

By eating breakfast, you’re giving your mind and body the right energy and essential nutrients at the start of the day which help promote alertness, stamina and improved performance throughout the day.

Skipping breakfast on the other hand, does not raise your energy level when you need it most to start the day. And even after eating a heavy lunch, your energy level does not pick up as your metabolism has slowed down due to lack of food in the morning. And to make it worse, your concentration is affected as your hunger persists making your performance even more undesirable.

Breakfast Benefit # 4: Improves strength and endurance to engage in physical activity

When you eat a healthy breakfast, your metabolism perks up, giving you the energy you need to engage in physical activity. Without breakfast, your metabolism remains sluggish and sufficient energy is not produced making you slow, weak and lazy for any form of physical activity.

Breakfast Benefit # 5: Helps prevent development of insulin resistance

A study by a research team at the University of Nottingham in England found that people who skipped breakfast had higher resistance to insulin, the hormone responsible for promoting cellular uptake of glucose to lower its concentration in the blood. Insulin resistance refers to the resistance of the cells to the action of insulin which leads to the increase of glucose in the blood, thus increasing a person’s chances of developing type 2 diabetes.

Eating a healthy breakfast is indeed associated with a number of benefits. Just be sure to add the right foods in your breakfast meal to be able to maximize its benefits.

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Japan has successfully set a new world record. Having 250 men and 250 women who commenced to have sex in the same place at the same time, completing the world biggest orgy ever!


The Orgy was held in a warehouse with a professional camera crew taking pictures and recording the entire event, which was pretty hot and sticky.

orgy girls standing World Record in Japan: Largest Orgy picture

Imagine what it must be like to come stumbling across a room filled with 500 people having oral sex and screwing their brains out. Not to bad a way to end your day huh?

It all seemed a little too organized for our personally liking but leave it to the Japanese to accomplish a goal. Especially if it had anything to do with naked women and sex.

The entire event was actually filmed and available for purchase on DVD for around $40.

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1. Man Who Watches Paint Dry

Unless you are a skydiving lion tamer, chances are your job tends to get tedious from time to time. You might even compare it to “watching grass grow” or more commonly “watching paint dry”. For some folks though, such a comparison is downright insulting, seeing as they have made a career out of observing drying paint.

One such person is Keith Jackson from the UK, who for the last 30 years, has been assessing the time it takes for his company’s paint to dry. By gently touching test area on his work station wall, Mr. Jackson times how long it takes for a paint to stop being wet. It might seem horribly unnecessary, but keep in mind that there are places out there which have to occasionally be painted in record fast time (like subway stations or freeways), and it’s up to Mr. Jackson to see just how his company’s formula is holding up.

2. Coconut Safety Engineer

This profession is unfortunately only available in tropical paradises like the Virgin Islands, but luckily it requires very little training or special skills other than the ability to swing a big stick. The job of a coconut safety engineer is to go around to private properties like hotels and resorts and whack their coconut trees until all potentially dangerous nuts fall down.

This is done to protect their guests from falling coconuts (some of which can reach well over 3 pounds in weight) sparing the hotel/resort owners any unnecessary lawsuits. In fact, a falling coconut can do significant damage or even be fatal. The job might not pay that much, and there is no word if a CSE can keep the coconuts he knocks down, but it is a job which concerns itself with the public’s safety, making it quite noble and well worth the effort.

3. Mosquito Gatherer

Malaria, a mosquito transferable disease, is still a huge problem in certain parts of the world, so science is constantly on the job trying to find ways to cure it. In order to do that however, they need mosquito specimens. And that’s when it gets a little weird.

It turns out one of the easiest ways to attract the little disease spreading bloodsuckers is to roll up your sleeves and let them start feasting on the red bloody goodness inside you. That is the job of a mosquito gatherer who turns his own body into an All You Can Eat buffet for mosquitoes. After they latch onto his skin, the mosquito gatherer sucks them up through a straw and deposits the insect vampires into specimen jars for further studies.

The job’s risks include contracting malaria and up to 3000 mosquito bites a day, making it without doubt the suckiest non-prostitution-related profession in the world.

4. Chicken Sexer

This is one of those job titles which could be easily misunderstood, causing less than hilarious mix-ups with certain less than well adjusted individuals. In a sane reality though, a chicken sexer is the person who checks the sex of chicks in poultry sorting facilities.

Today everything is industrialized, even and especially animal farms. What happens there is that a clucking adorable sea of yellow chicks comes down a shaft and onto a conveyor belt or something similar while the factory employees stand around them sorting out the males from the females. The females later go to other farms to lay eggs while any number of things can happen to the males, but most often they get chopped up and put in dog food.

5. Egg Breaker

You might be thinking – “Egg breaker? Hot dog, I’ve been training for that job all my life!” but sadly professional klutzes have been in very low demand in the last few decades and no one is currently interested in paying you to be clumsy. Actually, the job of the egg breaker is to manually separate the egg whites and yolks in food service industries, additionally keeping an eye out for spoiled eggs.

Modern technology can do wondrous things like send communications from one end of the globe to the other in half a second, but we still need humans to separate our eggs, apparently. This is good news for all of you worrying that your job is going to be taken over by robots in the future. Whatever happens, at least you will always be able to find a job breaking eggs.

6. Butt Wiper

Let’s talk about Sumo wrestling. Have you seen how huge those guys are? Flipping hot heck, some Sumo wrestlers get so big you could stab one in the back and not have the knife reach any internal organs for like a week. This is, of course, one of the many sacrifices these wrestlers have to make to achieve fame and glory in the ring, but their size often comes at a much more terrible price: the inability to wipe.

Indeed, a few Sumo wrestlers tend to get so big they no longer can reach down behind and below them to wipe after using the toilet. Not that long ago, this actually was the job of the “freshman” at the school the Sumo wrestler attended, but since finally discovering the concept of basic human dignity, many Japanese officials banned this practice. But there will always be people willing to do many terrifying things for money.

The professional sumo-butt wipers are of course most often hired as full time nurses but the implications of their future tasks are made quite clear in the interview process. Bizarrely, many still take this job willingly.

7. Fart Smeller

Yes, turns out one of the many names kids used to call you back when you were younger is actually a real thing. Incidentally, “Poop Eater” continues not to be a real thing (at the time of this writing), but someday… who knows?

The Fart Smellers have been first described in 2005 in “Popular Science” concerning an experiment performed by Dr. Michael Levitt. Levitt, a gastroenterologist, paid 2 evidently desperate people an undisclosed amount of money to smell and rate farts from his test subjects, according to their noxiousness. The experiment used gasses collected from 16 healthy volunteer after eating pinto beans and concluded that the worst smelling parts of farts are hydrogen sulfide.

1. Caffeine Can Kill You
But you'd have to drink 80 to 100 cups in a hurry, health experts say. We advise not trying.

2. Coffee Can Be Good For You
A study shows that Americans get most of their antioxidants from their daily fix of java. One to two cups a day appear to be beneficial. Or, if you don't like coffee, try black tea, the second most consumed antioxidant source. Bananas, dry beans, and corn wrap up the top five.

3. Caffeine Might Boost Female Sex Drive
It worked on rats anyway. But researchers say in humans, coffee might enhance the sexual experience only among people who are not habitual users.

4. Caffeine Might Cut Pain
Moderate doses of caffeine — the equivalent of two cups of coffee— can cut post-gym muscle pain, a small study found. But the research was done on people who were not regular coffee drinkers.

5. Caffeine Can Indeed Keep You Up at Night
Health experts advise avoiding it for 6 hours before bedtime.

6. Decaf Coffee Has Caffeine!
If you drink five to 10 cups of decaffeinated coffee, you could get as much caffeine as from one or two cups of caffeinated coffee, a study found.

7. Decaffeination Uses Chemicals
Beans are steamed, so that dissolved caffeine rises to the surface, where it is washed off using an organic solvent called methylene chloride.

8. Caffeine Is Not The Bitter Culprit
Caffeine is not the main bitter compound in coffee. Rather, the pungent perpetrators are antioxidants.

9. Great Coffee Depends on Roasting and Brewing
When it comes to great flavor, coffee chemistry boils down to roasting and brewing. During roasting, oil locked inside the beans begins to emerge at around 400 degrees. The more oil, the stronger the flavor. Caffeine content goes up as the water spends more time in contact with the grounds, so regular coffee often has more of it than espresso or cappuccino. Darker roasts also yield more caffeine.

10. Coffee Was Discovered by Goats
A millennium ago on a mountainside in Africa, a herd of goats kept a shepherd up at night after feasting on red coffee berries. The shepherd took his animals' discovery to some monks, and very long prayer sessions ensued. It's a good story, anyway.

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World's Environment Day is here!

Here are just some suggestions to help you organise, get involved in and to celebrate World Environment Day:

  • Take the “What’s Your Next Step?” – Sustainability Challenge. Adopt a sustainable way of life with lots of useful ideas and actions to help you play your part in enhancing the New Zealand way of life – go to www.sustainability.govt.nz now!
  • Ask your local council if you can help clean-up your local area or plant trees.
  • Undertake a community awareness campaign or project to reduce household consumption – eg replace light-bulbs with energy saving ones, switch off stand-by electrical appliances such as TVs and computers when not in use, check insulation and water heating options, encourage household rainwater harvesting, vegetable gardening or self-sufficiency.
  • Promote ideas to reduce, re-use and recycle waste. Maybe even hold an event to make art from recycled material.
  • Encourage others to use sustainable modes of transport (walking, jogging, cycling, skating, public transport, carpool) for a day.
  • Hold a bicycle or walking parade or organise a walking school bus.
  • Organise a visit to nature sites, botanical gardens or other sites of environmental interest.
  • Hold an art competition or exhibition and ask others to create and show banners, drawings, essays, paintings, posters or poetry that promote the Kick the Carbon Habit theme.
  • Organise community performances of plays, songs or poetry that promote the Kick the Carbon Habit theme.
  • Hold an eco-fair or festival or ask local retailers to put in window displays that promote the Kick the Carbon Habit theme.
  • Undertake an awareness campaign in your community to offset your greenhouse gas emissions – see www.carbonzero.co.nz.

Think of other activities that have high participation, raise public awareness and have a legacy or sustainable outcome that will mean the most to your community.

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What Not to Say About Someone's Appearance

Don’t say: “You look tired.”
Why: It implies she doesn’t look good.
Instead say: “Is everything OK?” We often blurt the “tired” comment when we get the sense that the other person feels out of sorts. So just ask.

Don’t say: “Wow, you’ve lost a ton of weight!”
Why: To a newly trim person, it might give the impression that she used to look unattractive.
Instead say: “You look fantastic.” And leave it at that. If you’re curious about how she got so svelte, add, “What’s your secret?”

Don’t say: “You look good for your age.”
Why: Anything with a caveat like this is rude. It's saying, "You look great―compared with other old people. It's amazing you have all your own teeth."
Instead say: “You look great.”

Don’t say: “I could never wear that.”
Why: It can be misunderstood as a criticism. (“I could never wear that because it’s so ugly.”)
Instead say: “You look so good in skinny jeans.” If you slip, say something like “I could never wear that…because I wasn’t blessed with your long legs.”

What Not to Say in the Workplace

Don’t say: “That’s not my job.”
Why: If your superior asks you to do something, it is your job.
Instead say: “I’m not sure that should be my priority right now.” Then have a conversation with your boss about your responsibilities.

Don’t say: “This might sound stupid, but…”
Why: Never undermine your ideas by prefacing your remarks with wishy-washy language.
Instead say: What’s on your mind. It reinforces your credibility to present your ideas with confidence.

Don’t say: “I don’t have time to talk to you.”
Why: It’s plain rude, in person or on the phone.
Instead say: “I’m just finishing something up right now. Can I come by when I’m done?” Graciously explain why you can’t talk now, and suggest catching up at an appointed time later. Let phone calls go to voice mail until you can give callers your undivided attention.

What Not to Say During a Job Interview

Don’t say: “My current boss is horrendous.”
Why: It’s unprofessional. Your interviewer might wonder when you’d start bad-mouthing her. For all you know, she and your current boss are old pals.
Instead say: “I’m ready for a new challenge” or a similarly positive remark.

Don’t say: “Do you think I’d fit in here?”
Why: You’re the interviewee, not the interviewer.
Instead say: “What do you enjoy about working here?” By all means ask questions, but prepare ones that demonstrate your genuine interest in the company.

Don’t say: “What are the hours like?” or “What’s the vacation policy?”
Why: You want to be seen as someone who focuses on getting the job done.
Instead say: “What’s the day-to-day like here?” Then, if you’ve really jumped through every hoop and time off still hasn’t been mentioned, say, “Can you tell me about the compensation and benefits package?”

What Not to Say About Pregnancy and Babies

Don’t say: “Are you pregnant?”
Why: You ask, she’s not, and you feel totally embarrassed for essentially pointing out that she’s overweight.
Instead say: “Hello” or “Great to see you” or “You look great.” Anything besides “Are you pregnant?” or “What’s the due date?” will do. Save yourself the humiliation and never ask.

Don’t say: “Do you plan on breast-feeding?”
Why: The issue can be controversial, and she may not want to discuss her decision publicly.
Instead say: Nothing. Unless you’re very close, don’t ask. If you slip, make up for the blunder by adding, “And do you feel comfortable telling me?”

Don’t say: “Were your twins natural?” or “It must have been hard for your child’s birth parent to give him up.”
Why: You’re suggesting that natural conception is better than in vitro fertilization (IVF) or adoption.
Instead say: To a parent of multiples, try a light “Wow, you have your hands full!” To an adoptive parent, say the same stuff you would to any other parent: “She’s adorable!” or “How old is he?”

What Not to Say to a Single (or Newly Single) Person

Don’t say: “You were too good for him.”
Why: You are basically saying she has bad taste. And you’ll be embarrassed if they ever patch it up.
Instead say: “His loss!” It gets the same point across without disparaging her judgment.

Don’t say: “I’m glad you got rid of him. I never liked him anyway.”
Why: She’ll wonder about your fake adoration for him while they were together.
Instead say: “I’m confident you’ll find someone who will give you exactly what you want.” It focuses on what’s to come, not on the dud you’re glad she’s done with.

Don’t say: “How could someone as perfect as you still be single?”
Why: A statement like this comes off as a backhanded compliment. What she hears is “What’s wrong with you?”
Instead say: “Seeing anyone?” If she’s tight-lipped about her love life, move on to other topics.

What Not to Say During a Fight with Your Beloved

Don’t say: “You always” or “You never” or “You’re a [slob, jerk]” or “You’re wrong.”
Why: Speaking in absolutes like “you always” and “you’re wrong” is playing the blame game, and resorting to name calling makes your partner feel helpless, which puts him on the defensive and makes a bad fight worse.
Instead say: “I’m upset that you left the dishes in the sink again. What can we do so that this stops happening?” Starting with the pronoun I puts the focus on how you feel, not why he’s in the doghouse, and it will make him more receptive to fixing the problem.

Don’t say: “If you really loved me, you would...”
Why: The more you treat your partner as if he’ll never satisfy you, the less satisfied you’ll be. Controlling your partner by imploring him to do something isn’t a good way to build intimacy.
Instead say: “I feel taken for granted when you don’t help around the house. I would feel better if we could…” The best way to keep a productive fight from becoming a dirty one is to be clear about why you’re upset and then offer a solution.

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Featuring 47 emoticons, imagine how hilarious this thing could be on your desk, especially as your mood changes when interacting with certain co-workers. Silly, yes, but it it might give you a much-needed laugh. (And, doesn't this thing belong on an episode of "The Office"?!)

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