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5th January 2011 (insuranceusa.com)



When it's business insurance that you need, we'll connect you to the insurance agents who can give you the best deal.

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Life Insurance

2nd December 2010 (insuranceusa.com)



The prospect of getting life insurance is one that few people enjoy, but the process doesn't have to be painful or difficult. InsuranceUSA.com can help you find the life insurance policy that provides sufficient coverage for the best price possible.

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Requests to the Right Ear Are More Successful Than to the Left

24 June 2009 (wired.com)



You’re in a loud and sweaty Italian dance club when a woman approaches you. To be heard over the techno, she leans in close and yells into your ear, “Hai una sigaretta?” If she spoke into your right ear, you would be twice as likely to give her a cigarette than if she asked by your left ear, according to a new study that employed this methodology in the clubs of Pescara, Italy. Of 88 clubbers who were approached on the right, 34 let the researcher bum a smoke, compared with 17 of 88 whom she approached on the left.

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Powered by Ambien

23 June 2009 (stumbleupon.com)



Cats can sleep anywhere at anytime.

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Have You Ever Been So Tired?

23 June 2009 (stumbleupon.com)



Have you were been so tired that you fall asleep without knowing where you are?

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A Cheap Date, With Child Care by Ikea

11 June 2009 (nytimes.com)



IKEA’S inexpensive, contemporary furniture has attracted frugal shoppers for years, but a different kind of bargain is luring deal hunters to the Swedish retailer as the economy struggles to recover. And this offer doesn’t even require you to use an Allen wrench. Over-stretched, money-conscious parents are using the store’s supervised play area as their personal baby-sitting service.

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Make Me Greener, Please

11 June 2009 (nytimes.com)



GEORGE BRYSON and Alina Sanchez flunked the test on water consumption. They had hired a consultant to tell them how they could do better at home in helping the environment, and although they did very well on energy use, water was another matter. “I do a lot of thinking in the shower,” Ms. Sanchez offered as a possible explanation. (The culprit turned out to be the sprinklers.)

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9,000-year-old brew hitting the shelves this summer

10 June 2009 (scientificamerican.com)



This summer, how would you like to lean back in your lawn chair and toss back a brew made from what may be the world’s oldest recipe for beer? Called Chateau Jiahu, this blend of rice, honey and fruit was intoxicating Chinese villagers 9,000 years ago—long before grape wine had its start in Mesopotamia. University of Pennsylvania molecular archaeologist Patrick McGovern first described the beverage in 2005 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences based on chemical traces from pottery in the Neolithic village of Jiahu in Northern China. Soon after, McGovern called on Sam Calagione at the Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton, Del., to do the ancient recipe justice. Later this month, you can give it a try when a new batch hits shelves across the country. The Beer Babe blog was impressed, writing that it is “very smooth,” and “not overly sweet.”

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This Day In Tech Events That Shaped the Wired World June 9, 1928: Across the Vast Pacific, by Air

10 June 2009 (wired.com)



1928: A crew of pilots led by two Australians becomes the first to fly an airplane across the Pacific Ocean. It’s the longest flight ever attempted, covering more than twice the distance of Charles Lindbergh’s fabled 1927 trans-Atlantic trip. Charles Edward Kingsford-Smith, a World War I fighter pilot and pioneer of Australian commercial aviation, had long dreamed of flying across the Pacific Ocean. While working at a series of aviaton jobs in Australia, he met Charles Ulm, a fellow pilot who shared his vision. Together they crafted a plan to fly from California to Australia, and in 1927 they headed to America seeking a plane to make the journey and money to finance it. Kingsford-Smith was the visionary; Ulm was the businessman. The two men convinced an investor they weren’t crazy, and he set them up.

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Top ten ways to provoke a geek

10 June 2009 (wired.co.uk)



Geeks, as a general rule, are pretty easy-going. We like to think things through, so passionate confrontations aren’t commonplace for us. When we get well and truly provoked, though, watch out! We won’t stop talking until every last point that we can think of has been made at least twice. So, what do you say to provoke a geek? Glad you asked... 10. “No real programmer would ever use PHP.” - This won’t work for every geek, of course, but for those it works on, it should work really well. 9. “Comic books are just for kids!” - I’m sure you’ve heard this one before—I know I certainly heard it often enough in high school, and even though it’s even less true now than it was then, I’m sure comic book afficionados still hear it today. 8. “Role-playing games are just for people who can’t deal with real life.” - There are, sadly, still a lot of people who think anyone who plays D&D must live in his parents’ basement and bathe once a month. Such people must be put straight, and immediately!

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Why Girls Are So Cruel to Each Other

3 June 2009 (scientificamerican.com)



About a month ago I was invited to give a brief talk to my nephew Gianni’s first grade class—nothing too deep, mind you, rather simply about what it’s like living in a foreign place such as Belfast. The highlight of my presentation was the uproarious laughter that erupted when I mentioned that people on this side of the Atlantic refer to diapers as “nappies” and cookies as “biscuits.” But one must play to the audience. Now, my sister resides in a small town in central Ohio, so perhaps there’s something about the mid-West which breeds especially endearing and affectionate six-year-olds, but I should be forgiven for momentarily siding with Rousseau that afternoon on his overly simplistic view that society corrupts and turns such naïve, innocent cherubs into monstrous adults. To give an example, one little girl waved at me in so kind a manner that it seemed, in that instant, I was in the presence of a better species of humankind, one that naturally regards other people as benevolent curiosities and the contrivances of social etiquette haven’t tarnished and brutally tamed genuine emotions.

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Five Relationship Rules You Should Break

25 May 2009 (msn.com)



It’s anyone’s guess where they originally came from, but there are some universally accepted relationship mandates that we all think we should abide by. A few of these couple commandments are actually valid (as in: Your best friend's boyfriend is off-limits); others are totally bogus and your relationship will be better off if you break them.

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Do Parents Matter?

10 April 2009 (sciam.com)



In 1998 Judith Rich Harris, an independent researcher and textbook author, published The Nurture Assumption: Why Children Turn Out The Way They Do. The book provocatively argued that parents matter much less, at least when it comes to determining the behavior of their children, than is typically assumed. Instead, Harris argued that a child’s peer group is far more important. The Nurture Assumption has recently been reissued in an expanded and revised form. Mind Matters editor Jonah Lehrer chats with Harris about her critics, the evolution of her ideas and why teachers can be more important than parents.

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American held hostage by Somali pirates 'failed in escape bid'

10 April 2009 (guardian.co.uk)

The American sailor being held hostage by Somali pirates managed to jump off the lifeboat where he is being held last night but was recaptured, it was reported today. NBC news said Captain Richard Phillips tried to swim away before being taken back into the pirates' custody. The escape bid was witnessed by the US navy but happened too quickly for them to come to his aid. The report came as the four pirate gunmen, who are stranded in the Indian Ocean, called in reinforcements and vowed to fight if they are attacked.

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Student visa link to terror raids as Gordon Brown points finger at Pakistan

10 April 2009 (guardian.co.uk)



Suspects were being questioned today after one of the biggest anti-terror operations since the 7 July attacks exploited lax student visa regulations to enter the UK from Pakistan, according to Whitehall sources. As police continued to search ten addresses in Liverpool, Manchester and Clitheroe, Lancashire, after the raids on Wednesday, the Home Office said student visa checks had been tightened in the last fortnight because of widespread abuses of the system. It was reported today that in one of the raids police found photographs of four popular Manchester locations. Last night counterterrorist sources said they had uncovered no definite targets for an alleged plot, and described reports citing a shopping centre and nightclub in Manchester as targets as "wide of the mark.

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Meat now, sex later for Ivorian chimps

10 April 2009 (newscientist.com)



Chimpanzees trade precious scraps of meat for sex, new research shows. A two-year study of wild chimps finds that males boost their chances of having sex with a female by offering her meat. But don't call them prostitutes. "It's not like 'I give you meat and a few hours later you're going to copulate with me,'" says Cristina Gomes, a primatologist at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany. She and colleague Christophe Boesch instead uncovered more nuanced and long-term exchanges.

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The Jail Cell May Be Fake, but the Impact Is Real

9 April 2009 (nytimes.com)



TBILISI, Georgia — The new star of the opposition to President Mikheil Saakashvili is locked away in a jail cell, where he rants against the government, scribbles slogans all over the walls (“Saakashvili betrayed us!”) and banters with politicians who come, like penitents, to seek forgiveness for having once backed the president. And video cameras are taking in every minute of it. The jail cell is a fake, the set for a television program that seems to be riveting Georgia’s capital, a blend of cable news outragefest and did-he-really-just-do-that reality show that is running for several hours a day on an opposition station.

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Intelligent cat door utilizes Twitter, RFID masterfully

9 April 2009 (engadget.com)



What goes well with a communication-enabled water dish? Why, a Twitter / RFID-enabled kitty door, of course! The so-called Tweeting Cat Door is undoubtedly the most hilarious, insightful and useful DIY contraption we've ever seen to wed RFID, social networking and computer programming.

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Can someone live to be a supercentenarian?

3 April 2009 (sciam.com)



And you thought you felt old: Last week, in the village of Prishakhtinsk in central Kazakhstan, Sakhan Dosova celebrated what she, her family and Kazakh officials all agree was her 130th birthday. If true, her advanced age would shatter the old-timer record set by Jeanne Calment, who died in Arles, France, in 1997 at the age of 122. Dosova has a passport and an identification card verifying she was born March 27, 1879; she doesn't have a birth certificate but apparently that is because such records were not routinely kept where she grew up in the late 19th century. Soviet census records, however, list her as being 46 years old in 1926, further supporting Dosova's über-Methuselah status. (To add perspective, if Dosova's story is true, she was pushing 40 during the 1917 Russian Revolution and when World War I ended in 1918, and she was born the same year as Albert Einstein and Joseph Stalin.)

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First as a Child, Then as a Parent: Life’s College Tours

3 April 2009 (nytimes.com)



For many families with 16- and 17-year-olds, the Grand Tour doesn’t mean Europe. It’s New England in mud season, the South as the cherry trees begin to bloom, California, Chicago, Ohio — the architecture may well be Gothic, but the do-it-yourself waffle maker in the cafeteria is among the artifacts most keenly examined on the road trip to college. If it’s Tuesday, we must be in North Carolina. Or is it Ohio?

My own college search years ago was brief:

• One short conversation with the guidance counselor, a battle-ax of a woman who peered at my transcript, declared me a smart young lady and instructed me to do what smart girls did in those days: Take a look at some venerable women’s colleges in New England.

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Digg This URL Grey: Tea Is the New Coffee

3 April 2009 (wired.com)



The drink of choice for Web 2.0 zillionaires isn't a quad espresso anymore. It's a soothingly steeped tea harvested from a shaded mountainside half a world away.

 

Captains of the internet like Digg's Kevin Rose and business guru Tim Ferriss (pictured above) are gravitating to the ancient drink, and enterprising retailers are stepping up to fill their every need. ;We've had the Red Bulls, coffee and everything else," Rose says of Digg, which spends about $1,000 a month just on specialty tea for employees. Rose himself favors a cup of Pu-erh imported from China's Yunnan province after a tough day at the office.

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How to Avoid Choking under Pressure

1 April 2009 (sciam.com)



You’ve practiced your big presentation a thousand times. Your last rehearsal was perfect, and you’re ready to go. You tell yourself that for the real thing, you will focus on keeping your voice up, smiling, and enunciating clearly and slowly. Suddenly, at the podium, you freeze—all your preparation is for naught as you stand there like a deer in headlights. What happened? and we all have had the experience. But why do we sometimes, without warning, inexplicably screw up just when it matters most? The answer lies in the way our brains are structured. When we have practiced something so well that we no longer need to think about it, subconscious processing systems are at work. When we then slow down to focus on these “automated” actions, we can thwart those processes, tripping ourselves up. And a raft of recent research is revealing who drops the ball and when, yielding surprising insights that could help frequent flubbers leave their self-sabotaging tendencies behind.

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Providing Psychotherapy for the Poor

1 April 2009 (sciam.com)

It had been four years since 13-year-old Mohamed Abdul escaped civil war in Somalia, but he still had nightmares and flashbacks. When he was nine years old, a crowd fleeing a street shooting trampled him, putting him in the hos­pital for two weeks. A month later he saw the aftermath of an apparent massacre: about 20 corpses floating in the ocean. Soon after, militia-men shot him in the leg, knocked him unconscious, then raped his best friend, a girl named Halimo.

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Toilet Paper and Other Moral Choices

1 April 2009 (nytimes.com)



When Sheryl Crow said that people should use only one sheet of toilet paper, she was lampooned by everyone from Rush Limbaugh to Jon Stewart. More recently, the issue of toilet paper has become less of a joke (except when celebrities express an opinion) and more of a cause: since the fluffy kind cannot be made from recycled paper, conservationists argue, consumers can do their part to protect the environment by buying the rougher stuff. There are skeptics who say the benefits of such a switch are overstated. But looking beyond the choice of toilet paper, what are the simplest — or the biggest bang for the lowest cost — changes that Americans can adopt that would make an environmental difference?

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My Clock Was Already Ticking

1 April 2009 (nytimes.com)



MY boyfriend collected all sorts of beautiful things: Aalto glass, Eames chairs, exotic plants that he stole from botanical gardens. But he did not wish to add me to his permanent collection, so on the eve of my 34th birthday, he glanced around his tastefully appointed home and decided he had one clock — and one pregnant girlfriend — too many.

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Sweet dreams are made of geomagnetic activity

1 April 2009 (newscientist.com)



Looking for an explanation for recurring nightmares of leaving the house without your trousers on or losing your teeth? New research suggests you can blame the Earth's magnetic field, rather than a repressed childhood. Darren Lipnicki, a psychologist formerly at the Center for Space Medicine in Berlin, Germany, found a correlation between the bizarreness of his dreams, recorded over eight years, and extremes in local geomagnetic activity. Other studies have tied low geomagnetic activity to increases in the production of the melatonin, a potent hormone that helps set the body's circadian clock. So, based on anecdotal evidence that melatonin supplements used as a sleeping aid can cause off-kilter dreams, Lipnicki wondered whether local magnetic fields could induce the same effects.

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Bye, Bye Love: How to Rebound From a Sudden Breakup

31 march 2009 (msn.com)



There’s a long-standing myth, perpetrated by the advice-book industry, that it’s much harder to get over the dissolution of a 20-year marriage than a three-week whirlwind romance. This is patently false for two obvious reasons: First, you can fit a lot of three-week flings and breakups into a 20-year span (though if you attain maximum efficiency, you’ve got much bigger problems than can be addressed in this article), and second, there’s usually more passion, hope, and sheer joy packed into a three-week fling than in any 10 years of your average marriage. Which, of course, makes that unexpected "we’ve got to talk" email from your latest honey all the more painful. So how do you deal with the sudden, pitiless, soul-crushing termination of all your future hopes and dreams? The first step is to phrase the question a bit less dramatically. The second is to pursue one of the following strategies

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What every aspiring inventor needs to know

27 march 2009 (newscientist.com)



AS a student, Nick Park, creator of Oscar-winning characters Wallace and Gromit, spent hours poking about the Science Museum in London, fascinated by the products of other people's ingenuity. This week, his brainchildren and some of their most eccentric contraptions take up residence at the museum to begin a brand new adventure. Wallace & Gromit Present A World of Cracking Ideas does exactly that. Anyone who enters the door of 62 West Wallaby Street can see some of Wallace's crazy inventions, but as in their other adventures Wallace and Gromit are on a mission: this time it's to generate the next generation of inventors.

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Birthday Party ~ Candy Sushi

27 march 2009 (stumbleupon.com)



Lizzy turned 10 yesterday! I know it’s cliche, but time flies. Where is my baby? Who is this BIG girl who longs for skinny jeans and earrings? We had a home party on Friday with some Rockband, hot dogs, cake pops and candy sushi. The candy sushi was the craft and the take home treat. Yes, I am a cheapskate.

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Top 9 Tips to Save Money on Pet Care and Vet Bills

20 March 2009 (about.com)



Pets not only require our time and attention, they require our money, too. Food, vaccinations, and veterinary medical care all add up. In today's tough economy, people are rethinking their personal expenses and cutting the budget where they can. Here are some tips to keep your pet in good health while saving money.

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10 Annoying Habits of a Geeky Spouse

13 March 2009 (wired.com)



Everyone has annoying habits, and a sizable part of every successful marriage is learning to live with those things each other does that annoy you. I think it's safe to say, too, that geeks have some habits that we think are awesome, but that non-geeks find a little...less awesome.

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Personal loan for tenant

Tenants may have as much personal needs as homeowners do have. A homeowner can take various types of loans to gratify his personal needs. Whereas tenants have only fewer options, so far taking a loan is concerned. Being aware of this fact, lenders in UK have designed personal loan for tenant. This loan is exclusively meant for the tenants in UK.
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By Nanny, 26 Jan 10

Right Ear Are More Successful

I’m deaf in my right ear, &if I’m in a loud & sweaty Italian dance club chances are I’m on the verge of suicide….unless Monica Belluci is there, or perhaps Morena Baccarin (who’s not Italian, but I’d make a global exception.)
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By Devil_rul3z, 24 Jun 09

Right Ear Are More Successful

Hence the phrase “right hand man”.

Incidentally: -
“sound from both human ears is processed differently”
Sound from _each_ human ear is processed differently.
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By Zoe, 24 Jun 09

Veronic's Cat

hey Veronica!! What happend to your Cat?
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By Jerry, 23 Jun 09

Cats

i missshhh my kitty :(
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By veronica, 23 Jun 09

Cats



I’m convinced this is a cat conspiracy meant t
o rub in our faces their innate superiority: (a) r
ubber bones, and (b) no anxieties or responsibilit
ies requiring them to be awake and alert.


Although, on second thought, I have witnessed
kitty anxiety when a cat will suddenly jump up fro
m a spot on the couch, and then run to the top of
the bookcase, circle and settle, and go back to sl
eep. It’s like, “omigosh, I’m late for my 10:00 na
pping spot!”

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By Alladin, 23 Jun 09

Cats

I remember my sister’s little kitten, Pasha…she was such a sound sleeper. She fell asleep on a pillow on my sister’s lap, and we very carefully picked her up on the pillow & handed her around the room & she never woke up.
My old long-gone puss, Merlin, would fall asleep on my legs on his back.
(sigh)
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By Saba, 23 Jun 09

cats sleepin

Interesting how I can usually spot a Meg post vs a NTMTOM without even looking. Meg is just so… edgy. Floaters, indeed.
While I agree with the premise, I submit that the last kitteh is not sleeping, only resting and plotting world dominayshe. You can see the yellows of his eyes, a bit.
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By Natasha, 23 Jun 09

sleeeep

Ah, yes, I have always envied the ability of cats to sleep anytime, anywhere. If sleeping were an Olympic event (and animals participated in the Olympics), cats would win every medal. In fact, there should be a platinmu medal for their sleeping prowess.
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By Any, 23 Jun 09

Cats

KittenZ can sleep anywhere WARM, you mean. & do. The ones to watch out for are the ones in the car engine/wheel well, etc.
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By Jerry, 23 Jun 09

Cats

KitcherZ can sleep anywhere WARM, you mean. And do. The ones to watch out for are the ones in the car engine/wheel well, etc.
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By Jerry, 23 Jun 09

How to Avoid Choking under Pressure

Omg I hope this tip works :p
i m really bad at presentations Myself :)
Would definitely make more of my frdz refer to diz
HOT WHAT HOW?.com can definitely be a LIFE SAVER :D
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By Devil, 24 Apr 09

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