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5 Things You Should Know – Part 170

Here are 5 things you should know.

1. You can download free colouring books made with images from many libraries, research institutes, and museums.

The project is called “Colour Our Collections” and is being hosted this year at the New York Academy of Medicine, here.

2. Space Pinball 3D runs on Modern Windows so if you still have a Windows 2000 or XP installer and feeling nostalgic you can salvage it from a virtual machine.

Space Pinball 3D or “3D Pinball for Windows – Space Cadet” was a game included with Windows NT, 2000 and XP.

Just make a VM, make a shared folder, copy “C:\Program Files\Windows NT\Pinball” into the shared folder, then copy it over to your host. and simply run it. No need for compatibility mode.

3. It’s considered rude in deaf culture to interrupt a conversation to interpret for a nearby hearing friend.

4. You can leave a hospital anytime without fear of your insurance withholding payment.

The idea that you’ll be strapped with the bill if you leave against medical advice is a highly perpetuated myth.

study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine states: A survey of general internal medicine doctors at the University of Chicago Medicine found that two-thirds of residents and almost half of attending physicians believe that when a patient leaves the hospital against medical advice, insurance companies will not pay for the patient’s hospitalization, leaving the patient liable for the full hospital bill.

“We have all heard this, and many physicians may have passed it on to their students, even to patients threatening to leave on their own,” said study author Vineet Arora, MD, associate professor of medicine at the University of Chicago Medicine. “But a closer look revealed this to be a myth, a medical urban legend, albeit a pervasive one.”

“This is a misconception that we need to correct,” she added. When patients leave the hospital against their doctor’s advice, “that indicates a breakdown in the doctor-patient relationship.”

The National Institute of Health also investigated the subject here: Of 46,319 patients admitted from 2001 to 2010, 526 (1.1%) patients left AMA. Among insured patients, payment was refused in 4.1% of cases. Reasons for refusal were largely administrative (wrong name, etc.). No cases of payment refusal were because patient left AMA. Nevertheless, most residents (68.6%) and nearly half of attendings (43.9%) believed insurance denies payment when a patient leaves AMA.

Generally speaking, patients need to listen to the advice given. However, in the cases where the patient simply needs to go home, this is often a tactic used to try and bully them into staying. Many times, the staff don’t know the facts, and hold to this myth, even when shown the evidence against it. This misinformation has been passed down from nurse to nurse and doctor to doctor for years.

5. If you’re getting price gouged on prescription medications, many companies offer copay cards that cover the costs and take 5 minutes to sign up and receive via the medicine company website.


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25 Uplifting Headlines of the Week – Part 68

Here are this week’s uplifting headlines.

1-5 Uplifting Headlines of the Week

1. The University of Wisconsin-Madison to offer free tuition for families making less than $56K. – Source

2. The Koreans who cheer for other countries: “It’s just sports. It’s okay to support other countries and other athletes,” says the founder of a 100,000-strong group dedicated to cheering non-local teams. – Source

3. India’s only openly gay prince discusses coming out and turning his pink palace into a centre for at-risk LGBT+ people. – Source

4. Teenager delivers hundreds of solar lamps to Puerto Ricans living without power. – Source

5. OxyContin maker will stop marketing opioid products to doctors amid scrutiny. – Source

6-10 Uplifting Headlines of the Week

6. Georgian College cancels diploma in homoeopathy. – Source

7. Downtown LA meters will accept donations for the homeless. – Source

8. Mom cancels an appointment due to a sick child; HVAC company sends flowers. – Source

9. Off-duty N.J. State Police trooper saves choking an infant. – Source

10. 110 dogs, 1 cat who were at risk of euthanization in Oklahoma, fly to safety in Oregon. – Source

11-15 Uplifting Headlines of the Week

11. India wants to give half a billion people free health care. – Source

12. Drake donated $25K to high school and also surprised a young student at the University of Miami with a $50,000 scholarship after reading one of her essays. – Source

13. NYC pilot program has cut failure to appear in court rate by 26%, reducing unnecessary warrants and jail sentences. – Source

14. China is re-assigning 60,000 troops to plant trees. – Source

15. Funds raised for the dad who lunged at Larry Nassar will go to charity. – Source


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25 Crazy Headlines of the Month – Part 65

Here are this month’s crazy headlines.

1-5 Crazy Headlines

1. Study finds Americans who join ISIS are disappointed by the experience. – Source

2. Russia tells NATO not to worry about new missiles on the border. – Source

3. Spirit Airlines employee told the student to flush emotional support hamster down the toilet, the student alleges. – Source

4. Britain to the world: please pretend we are not leaving EU. – Source

5. Woman accused of dressing as T-Rex and Growling at horses won’t face charges. – Source

6-10 Crazy Headlines

6. Bitcoin is less volatile than stock market volatility index, SEC Chair says. – Source

7. Nintendo Finally Talks About Mario’s Nipples. – Source

8. Norwegian Olympic team sent 15,000 eggs because of Google Translate error. – Source

9. Dog steals pancake, starts a small fire, naps. – Source

10. After blunder, San Diego adopts safeguards against scooping homeless people into city garbage trucks. – Source

11-15 Crazy Headlines

11. The blind judge will help select beauty pageant winner. – Source

12. In a land of workaholics, burned-out South Koreans go to prison to relax. – Source

13. They’re Disneyland superfans. Why a lawsuit is alleging gangster-like tactics against one social club. – Source

14. The nurse calls out sick with flu, then gets fired for violating hospital’s attendance policy. – Source

15. House Intel Republicans plan to wall off their aides from Democratic staffers. – Source


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21 Interesting Facts About Colombia

Here are 21 Interesting Colombia facts.

1-5 Colombia Facts

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1. In 1985, a volcano in Colombia that was covered in glaciers erupted, instantly melting the glaciers. Two hours later, a 100 ft deep flood of rock and water traveling 39 feet per second leveled an entire nearby village, killing 20,000 out of its 29,000 residents. – Source

2. The Armed Forces of Colombia commissioned a pop song that included a Morse code message to kidnapped military personnel, “19 people rescued, you’re next. Don’t lose hope”, because the kidnappers would let their captives listen to radio. – Source

3. The city of Medellin, Colombia reduced motorcycle assassinations by 39% when it banned male passengers from riding on the back of motorbikes. – Source

4. In the 1980s Pablo Escobar bought four hippos that he kept in Colombia. After Escobar’s death, they were left untended at his estate. As of 2014, 40 hippos have been reported to exist from the original four and are considered potentially invasive.- Source

5. A rodent that was believed to be extinct for 113 years casually showed up on the handrail at the front porch of an ecolodge in Colombia and let researchers photograph it for two hours before disappearing into the night, after which it was never seen again. – Source

6-10 Colombia Facts

6. In the case of Colombia, only 2.6% of the total street value of cocaine produced remains within the country, while a staggering 97.4% of profits are reaped by organizations in first world nations. – Source

7. You can take a tour of a functioning cocaine factory in Colombia. – Source

8. Kidnapping is so widespread in Colombia that they have a radio station that lets family members broadcast 30-second messages to their kidnapped loved ones. The wait to get on air is sometimes 6 hours. – Source

9. The 3 serial killers with the highest known victim count are all from Colombia. – Source

10. Colombia during 1948-58 was so bad, the period is simply called “The Violence”. People were hung, drawn and quartered, thrown from planes and even crucified, as well as mass rape and assassination. – Source

11-15 Colombia Facts

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11. There was an island prison off the coast of Colombia where convicts were dissuaded from attempting escape due to the large quantities of venomous snakes on the interior and vast amounts of sharks patrolling the waters. – Source

12. After the extinction of the dinosaurs, there was a turtle in Colombia that was as big as a car and could eat crocodiles. – Source

13. Colombia produces the most emeralds of any country in South America. – Source

14. El Totumo is an old volcano in Colombia towering to a height of 49 ft (15 m). The crater is filled with mud and can hold up to 15 people who bathe in it and can receive massages from attendants. – Source

15. The first crowdfunded skyscraper is in Colombia. – Source

16-21 Colombia Facts

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16. There is an armed conflict in Colombia that has been ongoing for more than half a century. – Source

17. The U’Wa People of Colombia threatened to commit mass suicide if oil development were to proceed in their land. – Source

18. Thousands of union activists have been assassinated in Colombia at the rate of one every three days over the last 23 years and only 4% of Colombian workers are unionized. – Source

19. A Spanish language, shot for shot remake of Breaking Bad was produced in Colombia and aired as a telenovela. – Source

20. Colombia has a coffee-themed amusement park complete with an interactive coffee museum and a rollercoaster that was relocated from the “Worlds of Fun” theme park in Kansas City. – Source

21. In Colombia there is a traveling library on the back of a donkey. – Source


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5 Things You Should Know – Part 169

Here are 5 things you should know.

1. Giving your dog a whole egg to hold in it’s mouth could be a choking hazard. Please use caution.

Just be aware that if your dog gulps it, the egg can become lodged in the back of his/her mouth and because of its shape you cannot grab it.

2. The Federal government is about to launch their new website.

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) grants anyone the right to request access to any federal record.

The current beta version is available here.

3. You can send valentines to children in the hospital for free.

4. You can easily copy text from a website that has disabled text selection.

Use your browsers “print webpage function”, in the print preview, select and copy the desired text.

5. In the U.S., no “Unlimited Data” plan is actually unlimited for phones. They all have vague rules allowing throttling when you use up to 20-23 GB within your billing cycle.

Truly “Unlimited” data plans do not exist.


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25 Interesting Shower Thoughts – Part 105

Here are this week’s shower thoughts.

1-5 Shower Thoughts

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1. If wookies have a 400-year lifespan, then Han Solo is basically like Chewbacca’s third dog.

2. Social anxiety is basically Conspiracy Theories about yourself.

3. The Great Wall of China has probably brought more foreigners to China than it kept out.

4. Prince Charles is nearly 5 years older than the UK men’s retirement age, and he’s not even started the job he was born to do.

5. The first person who will be killed by a sex robot is probably already walking among us, unaware of how unflattering their obituary is going to read.

6-10 Shower Thoughts

6. Sleeping in until 11 am sounds lazier than waking up at 9 am and taking a two-hour nap later on in the day.

7. What Elon Musk did validate every kid who has strapped a hot wheels car to a toy rocket.

8. They should write “slippery” in the hydrophobic paint on store floors or sidewalks or roads or stairs so when they’re wet, they read “slippery” automatically.

9. Squirrels always look and act like it’s their first day being a squirrel.

10. As kids, we think it’s cool when we run into friends at the mall or grocery store. As adults, we hope to run all our errands and get home without being noticed.

11-15 Shower Thoughts

11. You don’t realize how inappropriate some lyrics are until there is a young kid in your car repeating them.

12. Today, flat earth deniers get to watch a live feed of a billionaires car floating around a sphere thing we have named Earth.

13. Nap time would be more useful in high school rather than elementary school.

14. Someday there will be a Google Doodle celebrating Elon Musk’s 100-and-something birthday.

15. It is possible that a million years from now, the last existing book in the English language will be that copy of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy that’s in the glove box of the space car.


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15 Interesting Facts About Potatoes

Here are 15 Interesting Potato facts.

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1. In order to popularize potatoes in France, Antoine-Augustin Parmentier placed armed guards around his potato fields, instructing the guards to accept all bribes and allow people to “steal” the crop. – Source

2. Potatoes have almost all nutrients humans need to survive. To prove this, the Executive Director of the Washington State Potato Commission ate nothing but potatoes for 60 days. – Source

3. If a potato is exposed to light while growing, it will turn green and become poisonous. – Source

4. The potato has been studied by NASA as an important food source for long space voyages, and that the number of potato plants (grown on board a spaceship) needed to sustain one astronaut is also the amount of potato plant required to process the air breathed by one astronaut. – Source

5. It is possible to combine a potato plant and a tomato plant into a “tomtato”, a hybrid that yields both potatoes and tomatoes. – Source

6-10 Potato Facts

6. China leads the world in potato production with 25% of the world’s total. – Source

7. The introduction of the potato was responsible for a quarter of the population growth in Europe from 1750 to 1900. – Source

8. 2008 was the UN approved International Year of the Potato. – Source

9. The Inca people had a goddess of potatoes. Villages would have one particularly odd-shaped potato that would be worshiped in hopes of a bountiful harvest. – Source

10. There is an American Journal of Potato Research. – Source

11-15 Potato Facts

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11. Vitelotte Noire is a gourmet French variety of blue-violet potato. – Source

12. Potato poisoning can cause paralysis, coma, and hallucinations for days. If left untreated, also death. – Source

13. Potato starch is used in oil drilling. The starch reduces fluid loss in the “drilling mud”, a liquid which is pumped into the hole to clean and cool the drill bit. – Source

14. Potato plants are usually pollinated by insects such as bumblebees. – Source

15. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest potato grown was 7 pounds 1 ounce by J. East (1953) and J. Busby (1982) of Great Britain. – Source


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15 Facts About Breastfeeding

Here are 15 Breastfeeding facts.

1-5 Breastfeeding Facts

1. Breastfeeding invokes in the mother the neurochemical oxytocin, otherwise known as the “love drug,” which helps to focus her attention and affection on her baby. – Source

2. A 2007 study found that men are more likely than women to believe “women should have the right to breastfeed in public places,” “it is appropriate to show a woman breastfeeding her baby on TV programs,” and “breastfeeding education should be available as part of a high school health education.” – Source

3. Breastfeeding was found to be the number one way to reduce preventable deaths of children worldwide. – Source

4. Breastfeeding not only has many traditionally known benefits, such as weight loss and maternal bonding but is also linked to a decrease in maternal risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease. – Source

5. The hormones released when breastfeeding helps shrink the uterus back to its pre-pregnancy size faster. – Source

6-10 Breastfeeding Facts

6. Breastfeeding women produce pheromones that increase sexual desire among other women. – Source

7. Humans secrete the same hormone during breastfeeding as they do when interacting with a dog, which is thought to promote bonding. – Source

8. Continuous breastfeeding is very effective birth control. It is known as the Lactational Amenorrhea Method or LAM. – Source

9. UK breastfeeding rates are the lowest in the world. – Source

10. Zoo officials got a breastfeeding support group to show a gorilla how to breastfeed after her first baby died as she didn’t know how to nurse. – Source

11-15 Breastfeeding Facts

11. Mothers pass tolerance for spicy food to babies during breastfeeding. – Source

12. Breastfeeding results in higher IQs for children. – Source

13. There’s an organization which encourages and educates on breastfeeding named La Leche League (Spanish for “The Milk League”). – Source

14. In Finland, all expectant parents are given a “baby box” by the government. The box contains supplies for the first few months and is often also used as a crib. No formula or bottles are provided, to encourage breastfeeding. – Source

15. There is a World Breastfeeding Week sponsored by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA). – Source


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AskReaders: What products are identical to a brand name, just with a different label?

We asked our regular contributors through e-mail, What products are identical to a brand name, just with a different label? We got many interesting responses. Here are some of them. We have just copied and pasted their responses, not editing them in any way.

1. Bissell carpet soap and Walmart Great Value carpet cleaner.

– JBSConCarne

2. Butter. I worked in a dairy plant for a few months. In the butter room, we would load the wrappers and boxes for brand-name butter. Run that order. Change the wrappers and labels to a store brand. And run that order.

It is the exact same butter.

– SailingmanWork

3. I used to work for a large medical device company as a mechanical engineer. We had an agreement with an LCD monitor company: We would buy the monitor (normal desktop monitor) and snap an injected molded bezel over it with our company’s name screen-printed on it and sell it as ours. All we did was design and manufacture a bezel that could easily be taken off to see the true manufacturer’s name underneath and charged customers nearly ten times what we paid for the monitor.

– Bunkfoss

4. A buddy of mine owns a small nail polish company. We bottle it by hand from squeeze bottles. All the colors for almost every company come from one company in New Jersey. The most expensive part of it is the schmancy bottle it comes in. They sell for about $15+ a bottle at Sephora and cost under $2 to produce, maybe under $3 if you include the $15-$20 an hour I got paid to fill and package them.

– BrotherDBAD

5. (Almost) Anything Kirkland.

Costco doesn’t own any manufacturing plants. But it does have a ton of Kirkland brand products. Who makes these? The manufacturers that make the exact same products that are often sold next to the Kirkland brand items in Costco stores. In many cases, the generic Costco version is made by the same company and sometimes made to higher production standards because Costco buys in such massive quantities they can demand higher quality.

Not every Kirkland item is good or better than the name-brand.

– buttholesaplenty

6. Anything labeled as “Amazon Basic”.

– Chinstrap_1

7. Anything but Lego.

No one can say “Yeah but Megabloks are the same thing”

They aren’t.

– Corn-G

8. Hydro flask and Fifty/Fifty water bottles are the same. The couple got divorced and he kept HF while she started FF.

– plainwhitetyler

9. Kirkland vodka from Costco is B-stocks of Grey Goose.

– Choosecharmander

10. Walmart sugar is the same as dominos sugar. It’s literally this :

  1. Stop the production line
  2. Switch bags from dominos brand to Walmart brand
  3. Fill Walmart bags

– mattleo


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5 Life Pro Tips of the Week – Part 120

Here are this week’s Life Pro Tips.

1. When an app asks you if you want to leave a review on the apps’ store, instead of tapping no, choose yes, wait for it to send you to the review page, then close it: it will think you left a review and won’t bother you anymore.

2. If you realize your fridge is getting empty, take 30 minutes to clean the inside before you go grocery shopping again.

3. Use a shaker bottle to mix pancake batter. You’ll have fewer dishes to clean after, and pouring them into a pan is easier!

4. Most employees in any business are way more likely to help customers that are pleasant than the customers threatening to leave.

5. If “word” crashes or shuts down and your document didn’t save, search “.asd” in the file Explorer under “This/My PC”. It will be there.


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