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Need Help Around the House? Use Coca-Cola

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19 days ago

When it comes to picking a beverage of choice, it should be water, plain and simple. Our bodies are around 60% water. So why shouldn't we be chugging our eight glasses a day? For some folks, sodas, like Coca-Cola, are their preference. After reading these five practical uses of Coca-Cola around the ...

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5 Bruce Lee Mind Memes

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about 1 month ago

Need help getting through the final month of winter? Toughen up by reflecting on the wisdom of Bruce Lee, a self-made action star who commanded Hollywood to come to him. 1. "Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and ...

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A Complete Unknown: 5 Bob Dylan Mind Memes

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11 months ago

In honor of Bob Dylan's 72nd birthday today, we are sharing 5 of our favorite Dylan mind memes among the thousands that can be found in his body of work. Please share your favorites in the comments below.  1. "There's no ideas in Time Magazine, it's just facts." Throughout his career, Dylan ...

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You Can Get Published on Mars

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11 months ago

Anyone on planet Earth can submit a haiku to be sent to Mars on the MAVEN mission. Here are the guidelines. The poem must be three lines. It must have five syllables in the first line, followed by seven syllables, followed by five syllables.  The submission deadline is July 1st. The public will ...

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Mind Memes for May Day

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12 months ago

May 1, or May Day, or the Feast of St Joseph the Worker, the patron saint of workers, is a day that workers were traditionally given off following the planting of the fields that later became a bank holiday and is today an annual occasion for displays of social unrest throughout much of Europe ...

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Shakespearean Mind Memes

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12 months ago

Historians believe that Shakespeare was born on April 23, 1564, making today his 449th birthday. He also died on this date in 1616. And so Shakespeare is the subject of today's Mind Memes. 1. Shakespeare <3 Spring Shakespeare might be a poet for all seasons, but Germaine Greer writes in The ...

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Making Sense of Senselessness

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about 1 year ago

1. Nicholas Thompson writes at The New Yorker: There’s something particularly devastating about an attack on a marathon. It’s an epic event in which men and women appear almost superhuman. The winning men run for hours at a pace even normal fit people can only hold in a sprint. But it’s also so ...