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  • How Long Does it Take to Earn a Big Mac?

    How long would it take you to earn a Big Mac?How long would it take you to earn a Big Mac?Just as more fast-food workers are planning to strike later this week, strategist firm ConvergEx Group has compiled data to see how long it takes workers to earn enough for a Big Mac on their minimum wage. In America? It takes 34 minutes. In India? It takes 347 minutes, almost six hours.

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    This variation on the Big Mac Index, which compares countries' currencies by looking at the average price of a Big Mac, instead sees how long people have to work at minimum wage to afford a Big Mac in their country.

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    "We wanted to see where the U.S. minimum wage ranked on an international scale, so we took a fairly well-known indicator - the Big Mac Index - and compared burger prices to minimum wages in different countries," the ConvergEx team told Business Insider. "It's near impossible to gauge minimum wages apples-to-apples, of course, so we took a different route for

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  • What to Drink when You're Sick

    No matter your ailment, there's a beverage to help ease the aches and pains.No matter your ailment, there's a beverage to help ease the aches and pains.Judging by the headlines these days, it's not hard to be scared off by just about every drink in the supermarket aisle. Energy drinks might kill you. Soda might kill you. Heck, even our beloved cup of coffee might kill you, thanks to new studies. It's enough news to make you clutch your (BPA-free) water bottle just a little tighter. And in fact, that might not be such a bad thing.

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    When you're feeling sick - whether nauseous, hungover, down for the count with a cold or migraine - there's no better miracle worker than water. Dehydration is the root of many common illnesses, such as certain kinds of headaches, and hydrating often relieves certain symptoms of illnesses, such as nausea or a sore throat. And water acts as a dieuretic, which can clear the body of toxins faster. So when in doubt, stick with the H2O.

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    But there are plenty of other beverages that can relieve all of your illnesses. The next

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  • 6 Delicious Ways to Use Cheez-Its in the Kitchen

    Cheez-It topping to your mac and cheese? That's a no-brainer. Cheez-It topping to your mac and cheese? That's a no-brainer. One of the best things about cooking is how it can surprise you. Combining sweet with savory flavors, adding a smooth texture to a crunchy one, or using a piece of equipment for something it wasn't designed for can yield results that will excite your taste buds and expand your cooking repertoire.

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    One of the best ways to let cooking amaze you is by using an unconventional ingredient in a recipe, like, for example, Cheez-Its. The endearing square crackers have been making their way into fans' hearts for more than 90 years now, but rarely do we see them as an ingredient in a recipe. Loved and craved by all for their crunchy texture and real cheese taste, they're mostly thought about as a light and satisfying snack (often eaten by the handful), and few have thought about the taste, texture, and flavor they could add to a meal.

    To surprise ourselves, we thought about Cheez-Its and the role they could play in some of our favorite recipes.

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  • 5 Famous Fake Food Figureheads

    Lorna Doone was never a real person; the cookies are named after the titular character in a famous book from 1869.Lorna Doone was never a real person; the cookies are named after the titular character in a famous book from 1869.There are plenty of brands out there that are named after real people, who once lived real lives and, in many cases, actually invented the product that's named after them. Look at Chef Boyardee, for example. Hector Boiardi ran a popular Italian restaurant in Cleveland in the 1920s, and his recipes were so popular that people convinced him to mass-market them. So he changed his last name's spelling to make it easier to pronounce, slapped it on a can, and boom, Chef Boyardee was born. But not all brands involving a person's name have origins that are so cut and dry. In several cases it's not clear whether the namesake ever actually lived, and in many cases the person the brand is named after never existed at all.

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    So why would a brand name itself after someone completely fictitious? In some cases, the name simply sounds good. Doesn't pancake syrup called Mrs. Butterworth's just sound delicious? In other cases, they were created

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  • 5 Back-to-School Recipes Guaranteed to Make Your Kids Happy

    If your kids are happy about what they're eating, you'll be happy, too.If your kids are happy about what they're eating, you'll be happy, too.When everyone is getting ready to go back to school, each meal of the day requires special attention. Breakfast is, of course, an important one to start planning ahead for, as our kids need to be well fed and energetic as they head toward the bus. Lunch is also a vital meal to think about, too, whether your kids are eating the school lunch or you're packing one for them. Even after-school snacks need a lot of special attention, because there are sports, tutoring, and activities that your kids need to be well fed for.

    And then there's dinner. Along with breakfast, lunch, and after-school snacks, dinner is an important meal for you to pay attention to in order to ensure that your kid has a successful school year. No matter what age your child is, it's important to make sure they're eating a well-balanced and healthy dinner, whether it's to fuel up for a big test or a game. Research has shown that when families eat together, kids are more likely to eat healthier and less likely to become

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  • 5 Fun New Ways to Use Feta

    Delicious recipes using fetaDelicious recipes using fetaAdding tangy, salty feta to everyday dishes like salads, grilled vegetables and seafood, and even tacos and nachos is a great way to give them a boost of flavor without a lot of effort. That's why this week, we decided to use feta in creative ways to create five original recipes for you to try at home.

    Feta found in most stores comes from a few different countries, not necessarily just Greece. You can find French feta, Bulgarian feta, and feta from other Balkan countries. The best feta is sold in brine, which helps keep the cheese fresh and moist. If you're not a fan of the pronounced saltiness of feta, you can tone it down by soaking it in some water before using, or if you're not using it right away, you can drain it from the brine and store it in milk instead, for up to three months in the refrigerator.

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    When you're ready to experience feta, make sure to let it come to room temperature first, like any other cheese, in order to maximize its

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  • 5 Delicious Drinks to Help You Fall Asleep Faster

    Flickr/Magic RobotFlickr/Magic RobotWhatever we may consume ourselves with during the day - work, school, or even play - can severely interfere with our sleep. We wake up early to get the day rolling and maybe squeeze in a trip to the gym before work or do some last-minute studying before a 9:00 a.m. exam or meeting. Then, we push through the day and often stay up late, whether out on the town with friends or at home finishing up the work of the day. These habits affect our ability to get in the recommend seven to nine hours of sleep needed each night and can take a toll on our physical and mental health.

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    It is often difficult to wind down and relax before hitting the sack because of the 101 things we all seem to consume ourselves with. To ensure a good night's sleep, it is important to slow down, stop your mind from racing, and take it easy before bedtime. Still, every now and then we need a little help from an outside player.

    Mothers often send their children to bed with a

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  • Easy and Tasty Lunch Ideas to Bring to Work

    Jane BruceJane BruceSandwich. Wrap. Chicken salad. Sandwich. Ugh, bringing a lunch to work can get boring - but it doesn't have to. With a little more effort the night before, a delicious and creative lunch can easily be made.

    Why bother bringing a lunch at all? Well, if there aren't a bounty of lunch options near the office it might be a necessity, but more importantly, bringing a lunch generally means eating one that is healthier and has fewer calories. The tricky part is thinking of what to bring, and not toting in exactly what you ate for dinner the night before. Yes, that's an option, but isn't it more fun to eat something new the next day?

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    This requires a little creativity, but let's try breaking it down. Take a protein for starters. If there is leftover chicken, beef, salmon, pork, etc., from dinner, try to think of how this can be made into something new. Shred larger pieces of meat for variety and because the change in structure may convince you that it's

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  • Formal and Fun: The Cake Pop Wedding Cake

    Bigcitypops.comBigcitypops.comWedding cakes are an art form - an edible art form for that matter. And for many brides, the wedding cake is just as important as the dress and bouquet on their big day. A wedding cake is not something that is simply eaten and forgotten; it makes a statement with how good it looks, how great it tastes, and it reflects the bride and groom as a couple.

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    If you are the kind of couple that flirts with styles between "formal" and "fun," an exciting choice for a wedding cake may be a cake pop cake. Instead of using these bite-sized dessert bursts as an aside, use these treats as a replacement for the traditional tiers. From color-coordinated pops (all white seems to be the "it" trend these days) to themed characters, pops are popping up across wedding dessert tables everywhere. While your traditional wedding cake can only cram so much into its design, cake pop pieces can be intricately designed and personalized for a stunning visual presentation.

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  • 5 Reasons for Childhood Obesity

    Veer/Wave Break Media MicroVeer/Wave Break Media MicroWe are having a public health crisis. Childhood obesity is a growing problem in the United States and the statistics are startling. According to data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 17 percent of children and adolescents aged 2 to 19 are obese, a number that has tripled since 1980. Obesity in children is defined as a body mass index in or above the 95th percentile on the standard growth chart for children of the same age and sex.

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    There are multiple health risks for kids who are obese. They can suffer from breathing problems such as sleep apnea and asthma, as well as suffer muscle and joint pain. Kids can also develop high blood pressure and high cholesterol, which can eventually lead to cardiovascular disease, and are also at an increased risk for type 2 diabetes. Unfortunately, these problems can follow obese children throughout their

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