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Give a guy a beer and get a grin, Things that lose their shine after 25, Phrases

6:15 So pretty much, you give a guy a beer and he'll give you a grin. Cool.

Really it has a lot more to do with approval in social contexts.

Here's the first part of the article:

Consuming alcohol may make smiles more contagious for men, a new study suggests. The new research in Clinical Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, indicates that drinking an alcoholic beverage can make men respond more to smiles from others within their social group. The findings indicate that among men, alcohol contributes to enhanced sensitivity towards rewarding behaviors such as smiling, and could help to expose risk factors that play a role in problem drinking among men.

Catharine Fairbairn, psychological scientist and lead researcher, of the University of Pittsburgh, said in a statement, "This experimental alcohol study, which included a social context, finds the clearest evidence yet of greater alcohol reinforcement for men than women."

Get the full info here:

6:45 Things that aren't so fun after you're 25. Can I get an AMEN?

It's from Cosmo, what do you expect?

Da Club. I can listen to Usher and despise humanity in my own house, for free, without heels.

Eating hedonistically. Because pizza every day is delicious when you have the digestive system of a young woodland sprite, and back then maybe a very greasy diet did not feel like death. But now you have an old(er) person's digestive system and metabolism. Some still have iron stomachs, and power to them, but I cannot have Spaghetti-O and Gatorade dinners like I used to.

Staying out late. I'm still young! I'm still young! I'm still y— Aaaand I'm asleep at the bar. (yeah, this was me. Last night I went to a play in Columbia and I got lost coming home. So I didn't walk into the door until 11:10pm. Not smart when your first alarm goes off at 3:52am. )

Shots.‬ What's that thing where you make the poor decision to do something that you used to be able to handle fine just to prove you can still handle it, and then next thing you know you're puking in a cab? Oh right, shots.


So funny!

Get the whole list:

1. "Arnold Schwarzenegger will be governor of California"

2. "I have angry birds on my phone."

3. "I store my contacts in the cloud."

4. "Aw man, I accidentally liked her photo."

5. "All those people from high school you never thought you would see again? Well, you still won't talk to them but you will see pictures of their kids every day."

6. "My Internet is down so I can't watch TV."

7. "I hope the new Star Wars movies won't be as bad as the last ones."

8. "I really think he likes me because he retweeted my joke about cronuts."

9. "My phone died so my alarm didn't go off."

10. "There are cars on the road that don't have any engines and don't need gas to run."

8:15 Replace Your Device Battery with Chewing Power

A pair of mechanical engineers in Canada says they are developing a wearable device that could one day take the place of batteries in Bluetooth headsets, earpieces and hearing aids. All a person has to do to make it work is chew.

According to a report by the BBC, Dr. Aidin Delnavaz and Dr. Jeremie Voix at the École de Technologie Supérieure in Montreal have built a chin strap that harnesses energy from chewing and turns it into electricity.

The strap is made from a "smart" material that becomes electrically charged when stretched through the simple act of chewing.

When Dr. Delnavaz chewed gum for 60 seconds, they measured up to 18 microwatts of generated power. That's not a lot of juice, but the duo believes that adding layers of the material will make it efficient enough to generate useful amounts of power. Twenty layers of the material would have a total thickness of just six mm.

The pair acknowledges the device would never be able to recharge a smartphone, but they do envision it being used in situations where people are already wearing a strap, such as individuals who work with heavy machinery and wear helmets and earpieces, and soldiers who wear head protection and communicate using earpieces.

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PotatoStock 2014...yaeh, that happened, Offbeat October Holidays, Caffeinated Un

6:15 A man who jokingly sought $10 from a crowdfunding website to pay for his first attempt at making potato salad and ended up raising $55,000 is making good on his promise to throw a huge party.

Zack Brown is planning
PotatoStock 2014, an all-ages, charity-minded party Saturday in downtown Columbus, Ohio, featuring bands, food trucks, beer vendors, potato-sack races and definitely potato salad.

His effort on Kickstarter in early July to buy
potato salad ingredients took on a life of its own and attracted worldwide attention as the amount grew. The 31-year-old eventually raised $55,492.

The Idaho Potato Commission and corporate sponsors have donated supplies for Brown and volunteers to whip up 300 pounds of potato salad for the event.

The Columbus Dispatch reports Brown partnered with the Columbus Foundation to start an endowment that will aid area charities that fight hunger and homelessness. The account, started with $20,000 in post-campaign corporate donations, will grow after proceeds from PotatoStock are added.

"His fund will have potential way after this
potato salad is forgotten," said Lisa Jolley, the foundation's director of donors and development.

Brown has been wooed by chefs, a literary agent and admirers seeking selfies and hugs.

"You never know what's going to take off," said Justin Kazmark, a spokesman for Kickstarter, whose projects reach their goals 44 percent of the time. "This was just the Internet being the Internet."

Brown said the effort was never really about
potato salad.

"I think it says something about how you can spread an idea now," Brown said.

6:45 Offbeat Holidays you can celebrate/commemorate in October.

We all know about Breast Cancer Awareness Month but did you know it's Domestic Violence Awareness Month? Given that it's been very much in the news as of late, I thought I'd mention it. If you know someone who is involved in a dangerous situation, please pass this along to them. Here's a link for more info:

Now for the offbeat holidays:

Here are a few of my faves from the list, but check the link for the full list:






7:15 Makers Of Caffeinated Underwear Pay Up To FTC, Consumers

We know what caffeine does for your energy level, but did you really think adding caffeine to your undergarments would produce weight loss results? No, we didn't believe it either. And now the revelation that said undergarments did not result in weight loss has resulted in a $1.5 million settlement between Norm Thompson Outfitters, Inc. and Wacoal America, Inc. and the Federal Trade Commission.

In addition to the monetary penalty, reports the companies are prohibited from making future "false and unsubstantiated claims" about their shapewear, in addition to shelling out more than $1.5 million in consumer refunds.

False claims made by the companies included that the so-called slimming undergarments would "eliminate or substantially reduce cellulite; reduce the wearer's hip measurements by up to two inches and their thigh measurements by one inch; and reduce thigh and hip measurements 'without any effort," as well as "destroy fat cells, resulting in substantial slimming."

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