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World’s weirdest medical cures

Tired of getting no results from medications that claim to sooth a fever or cough, reduce the pain of a headache or backache, or help combat respiratory problems? Maybe some of the following alternative medicinal methods – albeit all a little on the wild side – may make a difference.

1. Sloppy solution for pesky pimples and that raking rheumatoid arthritis

Similar to the famous “Fountain of Youth” in sunny Florida – just take away most of the crystal clear water, promise of immortality and add a bit of mud – is the “Lagoon of Miracles” in Chilca, Peru. Natives swear to its ability to cure anything and everything from acne to rheumatism. In order to get the beneficial effects of the lagoon’s seemingly magical waters, one must immerse him or herself in thick, greenish-black mud. Yummy.

2. Dry sand and dry heat to fight sexual dry spells and joint pain
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26 bad pick-up lines

Pick-up lines have the tendency to be creepy for the most part but are always funny. So the next time you find someone you’re considering to pursue, remember two things. First, try not to be creepy. Second, definitely don’t use the following.

Feel free to add your own!

1. If you think I’m looking at you like a piece of meat it’s because I am.
2. You know, when you and I get old and our son or daughter comes up to me and says “Daddy, how did you meet mommy?” I’m gonna have to tell him or her how quiet you were, or how difficult you were being.”
3. Attacker:Hey baby, what’s your sign? Victim: (appropriate answer) Attacker: Wow! We are the most compatible love signs. (more…)

26 alternative medicine options

Alternative medicine has been around since, well, before it was called alternative medicine. I suppose they probably know what they’re talking about. I’m not saying that it’s always the best option, but these alternative health care remedies tend to work. The main aspect in alternative medicine are herbs. Below is a list of 26 natural remedies and what each can do to help the body.

1. Chamomile- Chamomile relieves stomach issues, fights infection and calms nerves.
2. Aloe Vera- Aloe Vera extract can be ingested to help digestive system issues and also helps boost the immune system. Aloe can also be used topically to help sooth dry skin and help heal cuts and sores.
3. Garlic- Garlic might produce a famously pungent odor that can make you stink, but it also helps reduce cholesterol and the risk of developing blood clots. (more…)

Massachusetts making fast food fitter

Sadly, it may not come as a shock to discover that more than one-third of U.S. adults (that’s 72 million people!), and 16 percent of U.S. children are not just overweight, but obese, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In an attempt to combat these frightening statistics, Massachusetts is preparing to administer some of the most stringent restaurant menu labeling rules in the country on Wednesday, which will require fast-food chains to list how many calories are in the food they sell.

According to Fox News, the state’s Public Health Council will vote on Wednesday whether to make fast-food chains list the calorie counts of their menu items on their menus or menu boards.
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Suicide? Blame the sun

When the word “suicide” comes to mind, usually it isn’t followed by pictures of blue skies and a bright yellow sun nudged between two puffy white clouds. Instead, and it would only seem logical, to picture dark, hazy skies with a side of thunder and rain. Suicide only happens on insidiously dark days and nights, right? Wrong. Actually, as Swedish researchers have come to discover, suicides may be just as common, if not more so, on long summer days.

It’s in places like Greenland where the sun doesn’t set in the summertime, where many people face insomnia, which can drive a person to suicide.
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Recent spike in births to unmarried mothers

With as much new material as Maury Povich is able to find for his “Who’s My Baby’s Daddy” series – one of the most popular programs on daytime television – it might not be surprising to discover that births to unmarried women in the U.S. has been sharply rising in recent years. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that about 40 percent of all U.S. mothers are unwed. This number might seem high; however, a new U.S. report on births shows that the U.S. is still far behind northern European countries.

The award for leader in unwed mothers giving birth goes to Iceland, with six in 10 births among unmarried women. Following closely behind are Sweden and Norway. About half of their births are to unwed mothers.

According to the CDC, France, Denmark and the United Kingdom also have higher percentages than the United States.
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In other ridiculous news…

Watching the news sure can get you down sometimes. I suppose it’s important to know about the swine flu and the state of economy, but there’s so many other interesting things happening that we just never hear about. Here is an account of five recent events that didn’t get as much air time as they may have deserved.

1. Today is Odd Day: And you thought that every day was odd. Today literally is odd day. Today’s date (5/7/09) is one of six dates this century with three consecutive odd numbers. What a cause for celebration. Bust out the champagne! Maybe we’re all not ready to admit to enjoying something this nerdy. I will. I’ll admit it especially if we could have made it be a national holiday where we get to stay home and “celebrate privately.” What’s even more exciting is that Ron Gordon, who is really nobody in particular, is offering a prize. (If you have yet to begin celebrating you better hop on it.) The person or group who celebrates most enthusiastically will get…. $579!! Please contain your excitement!
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Hmm… What does a swastika mean again?

People will always hate other people. No matter what you want to think, it’s always going to be a truth in life. It’s been this way since the beginning of time. In some countries people are outright with their hatred and carry it out through genocide or other hate crime atrocities.

Here, in America, we choose to be a bit more secretive and manipulative with our hatred… for the most part at least. We all know of the groups throughout the country that continue with past ideas of hatred that are passed down from generation to generation.

For example, many Southerners continue to fly their Confederate flags high and proud. Now, I can’t say that all people who put their rebel flags up are necessarily racist, but if they aren’t, then I can certainly say that they haven’t thought it through. There are certain symbols that stand for hatred of certain people that cannot be reclaimed for good.
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Top 10 hidden meanings in company logos

It may be difficult to believe, but thousands of logos and other graphic images that bombard us on a daily basis – from the flat screen monitors at your local grocery store or Best Buy to the annoying flashy ads that appear on the sides of many of the Web sites you visit – are filled with hidden meaning, and sometimes literally. Maybe you’ve noticed some of these before and maybe not. Either way, the following 10 logos and accompanying explanations will prove just how powerful the “voice” of an ingeniously designed logo can be.

1. Body Wisdom

This graphic image features two outwardly pointing hands joined together at the wrists. Between the ends of the palms comes a point, outlining a nose-like shape and the two white circles in the center make the shape of eyes with black pupils. Body Wisdom is a high-end day spa. The hidden meaning is between the hands, so to speak, signifying a relaxation message through the owl-like eyes, which also convey wisdom.
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Making Mary J. legal

The idea of legalizing marijuana in the U.S. has been floating in the air for decades. Now that the economy is in the toilet trying to maintain its grip for another impending flush, legislatures are seeking any possible way to raise money.

According to a report on Fox News, Democratic state Assemblyman Tom Ammiano says that legalizing marijuana for adults over the age of 21 and taxing it at $50 an ounce could bring a state more than $1 billion a year.

Will $1 billion make much of a difference? Well, that’s just the tax money that could be raised from legalization. What about all the money that could be saved?
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