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15 Reasons Walking is Good for Your Mind and Body

Margaritas by the water, wine at sunset and long walks on the beach; those are three things you can get into, correct? Maybe your margarita and your wine are going to affect you in one pretty certain manner, but your love of long walks on the beach is a good one. Walking has a number of health benefits and other benefits that make it completely worthwhile. If you have the time to take a walk, go ahead and do it; just about every body part will thank you for it later.

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The Food Lab's Complete 5 Step Guide to a Stress-Free Thanksgiving

The key to a successful Thanksgiving is planning. Know what needs to get done, when it needs to be done, and how much manpower and time it's going to take you. There's no better way to derail a calm evening by scrambling at the last minute to make sure your turkey is cooked through, or the gravy isn't burning. By far the best way to make sure your kitchen doesn't turn into a disaster site on the big day is to prepare everything as far in advance as you can. Some foods not only do well prepared in advance, but actually improve with a few days in the fridge. There are many theories as to when to prep each individual item, but here's my own schedule of events starting three weeks before Thanksgiving.

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Ten Cars That Killed Mercury

Officially, Mercury's dead, but Ford's special platform prostitution diet doomed the brand from the start to a life of mediocrity. But, if we believe the 71-year-old brand ever truly lived, then here are the ten cars that killed Mercury. Choosing just ten vehicles responsible for the demise of Mercury is a challenge because Ford trotted out so many underwhelming clones of their own products with minor luxury touches, so we've narrowed it down to ten cars notable for being copies that were notable for being poorly received, ill timed, awfully designed or a mixture of all three.

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10 Vintage Soviet School Propaganda Posters

One of the ways in which the mighty Soviet Union maintained control was through extensive propaganda aimed at young children. Education was the cornerstone of Stalin’s efforts to create a new society. And the media that students were exposed to in the classroom promoted the communist system, obedience to the state, and the rejection of Western ways of life. These efforts were undoubtedly a form of social control, and at the same time they depicted the utopia that the Soviet Union intended to create. The propaganda was designed to strengthen values like co-operation and respect for authority figures and to encourage the generation of workers being raised under communism to better themselves. There was also a strong emphasis on technological and scientific advancement that is interesting to note.

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The 13 Most Iconic Villains in Horror History

Before you head to the theater to see Freddy Krueger slice and dice his latest victims in A Nightmare on Elm Street, take a peek at this definitive list of the most iconic villains in horror film history.

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Top 10 Skills Children Learn From The Arts

You don’t find school reformers talking much about how we need to train more teachers in the arts, given the current obsession with science, math, technology and engineering (STEM), but here’s a list of skills that young people learn from studying the arts. They serve as a reminder that the arts — while important to study for their intrinsic value — also promote skills seen as important in academic and life success.

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10 Oddest-Named New-Car Features

Automakers not only strive to develop new gizmos and gadgets to capture the hearts and minds of new-car buyers, they love to create intriguing names for what are otherwise relatively mundane components. As introduced on the 1941 Chrysler Imperial, power windows were dubbed as being “Hydro-Electric,” while the car’s optional automatic transmission was called the “Vacamatic.” In the 1960’s, Oldsmobiles didn’t come powered by mere V8 engines – they were “Rocket 88s.” Buick’s once offered a “Super Sonomatic” car radio, and later designated its bump-absorbing suspension “Dynaride.” That sort of oddball naming convention lives on in the 21st Century, with high-tech-sounding suffixes like “–tronic” and “–matic” continuing to abound and confound, particularly among upscale automakers to help their cars seem more, well, special. To help car shoppers cut through the clutter we’ve compiled a list of 10 contemporary new-car features carrying oddball names that could well have been taken from a 1930’s edition of Popular Science. They range from MINI’s sci-fi sounding “Openometer,” to Mercedes-Benz’s nature defying “Magic Sky Control” and BMW’s provocative “Gentleman Function.” See if you can guess what each of them actually do before reading the descriptions.

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Top 10 Sell-Out Songs

So what if your favorite band's songs are featured in car commercials? Who cares if they hold the distinction of having the biggest selling digital album in history? That's not a bad thing, right? Well, for many people, it is. I don't know when "selling out" became such a big issue for fans of popular music, but it most definitely is. It often seems you can't have even a hint of commercial success lest you be labeled as a sell out. However, what defines a sell out can often become muddled. A sell out is commonly defined as someone who sacrifices their integrity, morality or principles in exchange for money or success. While some artists sell out and consequently achieve a new level of success while maintaining their original fans, others do so to much different results. I present to you ten artists who sold out -- as well as the exact moment, in song form, at which it happened.

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5 Celebrities Who’ve Undergone Coronary Bypass Surgery

News of Burt Reynolds’ recent quintuple bypass surgery reminded me of when my Dad had the same operation back in 1997 at the ripe old age of 73. His age plus the dangers of anesthesia plus such a blocked-up ticker prompted the cardiologist to prepare us for the worst, but thanks to a combination of modern medicine and Dad’s upbeat attitude when it comes to hospital stays (it’s better than a hotel because pretty young girls give him sponge baths!) he’s still going strong 13 years later. Here are a few other famous folks who owe their lives to just-in-time heart surgery.

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10 Surprising Uses of Insects in Medicine

Elders and healers among the indigenous people of the Americas impress upon their nations’ children, “There is no bad medicine. Mother Earth nourishes all living things for the people’s use and instruction.” As children grow older, elders add, “A little of the poison often serves as the cure.” Modern medicine has begun mastering and applying the ancients’ traditions, rigorously testing timeless remedies, generally proving their value and showing their great promise. Biochemists and pharmacists are especially confirming insects’ value as sources of powerful anti-inflammatories, stimulants, and pain relievers. Say “eeew” if you must, but ten disgustingly creepy-crawly things show exceptional promise as treatments for heart disease, arthritis, and cancer.

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10 Rifles You Should Own Before You Die

In the introduction of “The Rifle Book,” Jack O’Connor wrote, “To me the rifle has always been the most romantic of all weapons, and of all rifles the one I love most is the rifle for big game… I like a handgun, I hold a shotgun in high regard; but rifles—well, I love the darned things.” Here you'll find a subjective list of the ones I believe you should own at some time in your life, and why.

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10 Athletes With Insane Diets

Arguably one of the biggest draws of becoming a professional athlete is the seemingly limitless amount of food one can consume after finishing a day’s worth of strenous workouts. When your job relies on your physical strength, every calorie counts. While it’s undeniable that professional athletes are at their peak fitness levels, not every player achieves this status by heeding a diet of kale and kombucha. Some have chosen looser regimens, making things like McNuggets the center of their post-workout meals. But either way, the sheer volume of food intake truly blows us away.

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