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  • The Weirdest Foods People Eat

    What's your favorite 'weird' food combination? We asked our Facebook friends and found some pretty crazy eats:
    Healthy Ballpark Food.Healthy Ballpark Food.1. Banana and mayo sandwich. -- David L. Chautin

    2. I eat bananas topped with ketchup.
    -- Ma Bernice Carmela Liquigan

    3. Pineapple, banana, and cucumber pieces. -- Hina Seemeen

    4. Pizza with nutella. -- Ðana Ticinovic

    5. I put jelly on my cheeseburgers. -- Misti Lott

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    7. Dipping French fries in chocolate sundae from McDs. Yummy! -- Claudia Vilela

    8. Salt-n-pepper french fries dipped in chocolate ice cream. -- Krisnina Syahputri

    9. French fries and vanilla sundae! -- Angeline Malbas

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    10. Peanut butter and tomato sandwiches. -- Amy Pence

    11. Peanut butter with maple syrup is AWESOME! -- Rachel Goan

    12. Peanut butter and bacon on toast. -- Gina Martinez Bergren

    13. Peanut butter and dill pickle sandwiches are great! -- Kelly Wolbert

    14. My son eats peanut butter and bologna. -- Regina Jordan

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  • How to Eat Healthy at the Ballpark

    SHealthy Ballpark Food.Healthy Ballpark Food.tadiums are now stocking healthier ballpark food options besides hot dogs and nachos.

    Ballpark Food at Angel Stadium of Anaheim
    Team: Los Angeles Angels
    Healthy Bite: Mediterranean Garden Salad (no dressing)
    Calories: 250 calories
    The Dietitian Says: Feta cheese and olives add a tasty kick to this healthy choice.

    Ballpark Food at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington
    Team: Texas Rangers
    Healthy Bite: Chicken, veggie, guacamole, and black bean burrito
    Calories: 395 calories
    The Dietitian Says: The burrito's healthy fats and fiber will keep you feeling full until the last out.

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    Ballpark Food at Nationals Park
    Team: Washington Nationals
    Healthy Bite: Veggie burger
    Calories: 300 calories
    The Dietitian Says: This patty contains about half the calories and 20 percent of the fat of a beef burger.

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    Ballpark Food at Progressive Field
    Team: Cleveland Indians
    Healthy Bite: Fruit cup (melons, pineapple, grapes,

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  • 3 Things You Didn't Know About the Titanic

    TitanicTitanicApril 15th marks the 100th anniversary of the Titanic's sinking. We bring you surprising bits of trivia and Titanic facts you've never heard. By Damon Beres

    1. A full moon may have caused the fatal iceberg to cross paths with the ship.
    Scientists recently arrived at a new theory that the full moon months before could be to blame for the collision, which killed about 1,500 people.

    Quoting astronomer Donald Olson of Texas State University-San Marco, National Geographic's Richard A. Lovett wrote, "That full moon, on January 4, 1912, may have created unusually strong tides that sent a flotilla of icebergs southward-just in time for Titanic's maiden voyage."

    This wasn't a normal full moon, though: "It was the closest lunar approach, in fact, since A.D. 796, and Earth won't see its like again until 2257," wrote Lovett.

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    2. Nearly five Titanics could be built with the money James Cameron's Titanic movie has made worldwide.
    According to the

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  • The Funniest Texts from Parents

    Text-off.Text-off.Brothers Stephen and Wayne Miltz, creators of the popular crazythingsparentstext.com, recently published a book of hundreds of private text messages between parents and children. A selection of our favorites:
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    Mom: Love you, kiddo!

    Me: Aw, thanks. Love you, too!

    Mom: Sorry, wrong person

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    Dad: What is IDK?

    Me: I don't know.

    Dad: Oh, do you know who does?

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    Mom: I think I keep getting messages or missed calls or something.

    Me: From who?

    Mom: Some woman called…Betty Low?

    Me: Um, battery low?

    Mom: Yeah, that's it!

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    Mom: Come downstairs and talk to me please. I'm lonely.

    Me: Isn't Dad there?

    Mom: Yes, but I like you more.

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  • 5 Surprising Ways to Sleep Better Tonight

    Sleep Better Tonight.Sleep Better Tonight.Having trouble getting a good 40 winks? Your mattress, sheets, computer, or cold medicine might be the culprit. Here's how to sleep better tonight:

    "One of the biggest disrupters of sleep is the pulling and tugging of sheets and blankets. I tell couples that each person should have a sheet and blanket. If you pull a big comforter or duvet over the top when you make the bed, you really can't tell. Couples call me after I suggest that and say, 'Wow-you changed our marriage.'" - Robert Oexman, chiropractor and director of the Sleep to Live Institute in Joplin, Missouri

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    "If you like a firmer mattress and [your partner] likes a softer one, you don't have to compromise. Get two singles, push them together, and use king sheets. Or you can buy a strap that attaches the mattresses to each other." - Alan Hedge, PhD, professor of ergonomics at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

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  • Are Generic Drugs Safe?

    Are generic drugs safe?Are generic drugs safe?
    What you've always heard: Switching from brand-name to generic drugs is safe and can save you money. In fact, the average price of a generic medication is 80 percent less than its brand-name alternative. The FDA promises that when a generic drug is approved, it has met "rigorous standards" of quality, purity, and potency-a guarantee that makes a swap very appealing.

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    But wait...: The American College of Cardiology has warned that the absorption rates and potency of generics may differ from those of certain types of brand-name drugs-a discrepancy that could be life-threatening in some cases. With some medications, slight changes in the level of the drug in the blood can cause unintended side effects. For example, too weak a dose of a blood thinner could leave a person vulnerable to a heart attack or stroke; too strong a dose might cause internal bleeding.

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  • Three Things an IRS Agent Won't Tell You

    Tax TimeTax Time1. You may be eligible for free tax software
    If you earn less than $57,000 annually, many major tax program companies will provide services for free. You can view a list of them here. Even if you don't qualify for the program you want, everyone is eligible to use the IRS' online forms, which cuts down on paperwork, if not costs.

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    2. Rewards may be taxable
    Did you get any rewards this year? You may have gotten them and not be aware that they might be counted as income and therefore could be taxed. An obvious example: When Oprah Winfrey gave her entire studio audience cars back in 2004, the lucky individuals had to pay taxes of up to $7,000 since the value of the vehicles was counted as income. The same principle applies to rewards you may have gotten, say, from your credit card companies-frequent flier miles, for example-though you're in the clear with bonuses that are specifically tied to purchases. It's good to keep track of these over the

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  • Can TV, Wine, and Sugar Help You Lose Weight?

    Tv timeTv timeYes! TV time, wine, and sugar can all help you lose weight. Here are 3 things weight loss experts won't tell you.

    TV Time is OK-but Make It a Sitcom
    We're not recommending you ditch your exercise routine and sit on your couch popping handfuls of chips. But TV isn't the weight loss devil that many experts make it out to be, particularly if you use it to make you smile and laugh.

    Here's why: Stress takes an enormous toll on your health (research shows it can increase belly fat and slow down weight loss), and laughing is the perfect stress-relieving, fat releasing antidote.

    What's more, it's a pretty potent calorie burner in its own right. When British researchers looked into the number of calories burned by intense laughing and compared it to the calorie burn of other daily activities (strength training, running, even vacuuming), they found that an hour of intense laughter can burn as many calories-up to 120-as a half hour hitting it hard at the gym!

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  • Does Money Really Buy Happiness? Plus More Questions, Answered!

    Money Money MoneyMoney Money Money
    1. Does money really buy happiness?
    No. Because happiness isn't for sale. Many people get tripped up by this one, amassing wealth only to find themselves cycling into a bottomless pit of unsatisfiable yearning. Turns out, joy and misery are not that far apart when it comes to very big wads of cash. Consider the case of a Kentucky couple who won $34 million in 2000. Thrilled to be released from the demands of their boring old jobs, they frittered their fortune away on fancy cars, mansions, all the usual stuff -- losing everything that mattered in the process. They divorced, he died of an alcohol-related illness, and she died alone in her new house just five years after cashing the winning ticket. When it comes to happiness, only people you love, and who love you, can bring it. If you have enough dough to buy yourself a luxurious yacht, but no real friends to sail with, you're sunk.

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    2. Can spenders and savers stay married?
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  • Can Love Really Last a Lifetime? Plus More Love Questions, Answered!

    Groovy kind of love.Groovy kind of love.1. Can love really last a lifetime?
    Absolutely -- but only if you chuck the fairy tale of living happily ever after. A team of scientists recently found that romantic love involves chemical changes in the brain that last 12 to 18 months. After that, you and your partner are on your own. Relationships require maintenance. Pay a visit to a nursing home if you want to see proof of lasting love. Recently I spoke to a man whose wife of 60 years was suffering from advanced Alzheimer's disease. He came to sit with her every day and hold her hand. "She's been my best friend since high school," he told me. "We made a promise to stick together." Now, that's a love story.

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    2. Why do married folks begin to look like one another?
    Watch any two people who like each other talking, and you'll see a lot of mirroring. One smiles, and so does the other. One nods or raises her eyebrows, and so does the other. Faces are like melodies with a natural urge to stay in sync.

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