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We require competency exams for teenagers, but once life has beat them down or their natural instincts have worn down enough to suck at everything else, we give them the benefit of the doubt. We asked you to come up with some tests that would correct that oversight, and make the world less annoying.

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Anyone who’s ever had surgery should absolutely be grateful it wasn’t done with a hot poker and a shot of whiskey, as it would have been years ago. But the truth is that most of us aren’t exactly doctors when it comes to our knowledge of modern illness. A lot of what we know and believe about how to avoid being sick is based on old wives’ tales.

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There is an endless debate about why school kids in the Western world are falling behind everyone else. Some say it’s a shameful lack of funding; others say kids these days are too lazy and too busy Twittering on their iPads about the Justin Biebers to learn calculus.

But there are actually things you can do to help kids learn that cost next to nothing. For instance, studies show that kids do better if you …

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After a tough workout at the gym, many people reach for a sports drink. You know the ones; those technicolor fruit drinks, most often labeled with an “ade” suffix (“Powerade,” “Gatorade,” etc.) and an ingredient list long enough to make any nutrition-minded person give pause.

Full story at The Huffington Post

You should think of your freezer as a savings account. Not for storing stacks of bills, but for saving you money on your groceries. So often we find ourselves throwing out withered, rotten or spoiled food that could have been salvaged with just a little bit of forethought. You know that half used can of tomato paste? You can freeze that. And the quarter of a glass left in that bottle of wine, don’t let it turn to vinegar — freeze it.

Via The Huffington Post

A change in bad habits leads to a good change in life…

Here are twenty bad habits many of us repeatedly struggle with:

Via Marc and Angel Life Hack

Having trouble mastering patience? Well, to combat that, you could try standing in the longest line at the supermarket. Or, when driving on the freeway, get behind someone observing the speed limit—and stay there. Or, if someone yells at you because you are not paying attention, turn and give him or her a big compliment.

Patience requires absolute control over your thoughts, words, and deeds. Here’s how you can ace it.

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People are always smiling, especially in groups, but it doesn’t just signal that they’re happy, far from it. We use smiles for specific social purposes because they can send out all sorts of signals that can be useful for us. Here are ten ways smiles can be used to our advantage by sending out messages about our trustworthiness, attractivity, sociability and more.

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What the contents of your fridge say about you:

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We tend to rewrite the histories of technological innovation, making myths about a guy who had a great idea that changed the world. In reality, though, innovation isn’t the goal; it’s everything that gets you there. It’s bad financial decisions and blueprints for machines that weren’t built until decades later. It’s the important leaps forward that synthesize lots of ideas, and it’s the belly-up failures that teach us what not to do.

When we ignore how innovation actually works, we make it hard to see what’s happening right in front of us today.

Via The New York Times

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Lightning may contribute to the onset of headaches and migraines, a new study says.

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