How to Stop Yourself from Crying in Public
Let's face it, we're all been in those situations when we really need to cry, but in the current place we were, there was no way you'd let yourself cry. Perhaps it was during a romantic movie in a public movie theater, or in front of your friends. You've all probably tried to blink the tears away, and that might help, but there are actually different and more effective ways.

- Swallow the saliva you have in your mouth, and then bite your tongue.
- Take slow deep breathes while still biting your tongue.
- Think about something happy or something that made you laugh once.
- Release your tongue and go back to your normal breathing.
- Inhale through your nose and exhale though your mouth.
- Blink a few times then look into the light. This makes your pupils constrict and keeps your tears from falling.
- Cross your eyes, or simply roll them.
- Press your tongue to the roof of your mouth, and tickle the roof of your mouth.

Hopefully some of these simple things can help you in that time of stressed emotion the next time you think you might have to cry. But hey, sometimes we really do just need a good cry... privately.

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January 4, 2010

The Box Jellyfish

This Jellyfish lives less then a year, can be 3 m long, is a carnivore, and can kill you with one touch.

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One of the most dangerous and venomous animals in the world is the Box Jellyfish. Its bell is shaped like a cube, with 15 tentacles coming out of each corner. On each side of their cube like bell, there is a cluster of 6 eyes (24 eyes in total), and they can actually see quite well, but scientists are still stumped as to know how this works.

Each of their tentacles have about 5,000 stinging cells, which can cause cardiac arrest, nasty skin eating and a crippling of the nervous system. If you happen to be in the ocean when this happens, you'll be dead within 30 minutes, with nasty tentacle 1234567.pngburns covering your body.

The Box Jellyfish is one of the most developed Jellyfish. It has a brain and is the only Jellyfish that is known to sleep. This Jellyfish can actually move, rather then just drift along.

Since it contains such dangerous venom, you'd think this guy is invincible. That's not the case. There is one sea creature that will actually eat this Jellyfish, a green sea

Box jellyfish. (n.d.). Retrieved from
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January 4, 2010

"No blood. No sticky, hot, messy, awful blood. No blood at all! Why haven't I thought of that? No blood, what a beautiful idea."
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at a crime scene is probably one of the most important factors. I've been watching Dexter like crazy, and I've noticed that blood tells you are story. You can play out the crime scene just by seeing what has been left behind.
The blood helps you to understand Origin(s) of bloodstain
Distance of bloodstain from target
Direction from which blood impacted
Speed with which blood left its source
Position of victim
Number of blows/shots
Movement of victim

Some things I found interesting about blood at crime scenes:
- Blood will spread out smoothly in a circle shape if the surface it fell on is straight, but it the surface is an irregular shape, the blood will look broken and spread out irregularly too.
- Blood will usually drip with it reaches a weight of 0.5 ml, this is if the victim stays in the same spot and position, but if the victim is being moved during the time they are bleeding, the drops of blood are much smaller in millilitres.
- The size of the blood stain depends more on the target it is falling on, rather then the height it had fallen from.

Department of forensic medicine, university of dundee . (2006, April 21). Retrieved from
January 1, 2010


Most of you have been there. The dreaded hangover. Of course a hangover never goes by smoothly, here are a few things that might help you in that time of need.HANGOVRER.png

- Drink as much water as possible. Basically until you physically can't take in any water anymore.
- Sex, it gets your blood flowing, therefore making you feel better. This one may not be recommend for fellow classmates.
- Drink either Gatorade or Powerade. These drinks contain electrolytes, which we need more of after a wild night.
- Get your caffeine fix with either coffee or Coca Cola.
- Eating fruits will give you energy and help with that dry mouth feeling.
- Drink flat ginger ale.
- Lay down with a damp cloth to your forehead.

Griggs, K. (2009, December 31). Help for a hangover. Retrieved from
December 31, 2009

"Here's the Deal: Don't Touch Me"

568789979.pngMany of you know Howie Mandel from the show Deal or No Deal, but what many of you don't know is of his many battles. Not only is Howie Mandel color blind, he has adult ADHD, and his biggest battle of all OCD. You've probably watched Deal or No Deal and noticed that Howie doesn't shake his guests' hands, instead he fist-bumps them. No, it's not a trendy style he's going for, but he's actually afraid of germs.

OCD is Obsessive - Compulsive Disorder, and it only affects about 1-2% of the population of Canada.

*Obsessions are unwanted and disturbing thoughts, images, or impulses that suddenly pop into the mind and cause a great deal of anxiety or distress
*Compulsions are deliberate behaviors (washing, checking, ordering) or mental acts (praying, counting, repeating phrases) that are carried out to reduce the anxiety caused by the obsessions.
I've been reading Howie Mandel's autobiography, Here's the Deal: Don't Touch Me, and Howie once sat in the car in his driveway, and went back and forth to check if he had really locked the door. Checking over and over again, up to 10 times. He's afraid of peoples germs, and therefore he just can't shake your hand, it really freaks him out. He even went as far as getting surgical soap and washing his hands many times a day with that, which is extremely unhealthy, since he's actually killing antibodies.

OCD ends up taking up a lot of peoples lives, leaving no more time for anyone to actually live their life.

I know an older man who works at my current job, Diplomat, and I thought he was the biggest wuss ever, since he would yell at the dishwasher if he ever got any dirty water on him, even a single drop... turns out he has OCD too.

What is Obsessive-compulsive disorder?. (2007). Retrieved from
Mandel, H. (2009). Here's the deal: don't touch me. United States: Bantam Books.
December 30, 2009

"Dimples are considered attractive in many cultures..."

wjuzac.jpgLet's just face it, all those people we know who have dimples, are absolutely adorable. But what are these slight imprints in their cheeks that make them so cute? I've been asking myself this question since I can remember, and I've always wanted to have them... but my mom said “no.”

It turns out that if one of your parents had dimples, you have a 25-50% chance of getting them yourself, and if both your parents had them, then just double that percentage. You might say “neither of my parents have dimples, but I do. Uh oh...” Well, this could mean either that your parents may have had them when they were younger, as muscles in our body tend to stretch and turn to fat as we age, or you just had a spontaneous mutation at birth.

Something that I recently discovered was that now you can actually get plastic surgery to get yourself a pair of lovely dimples. The procedure itself doesn't take that long, but I think it's a bit strange... don't you?

Smith, S.E. (2003). What are Dimples? . Retrieved from
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December 29, 2009

I watch Lie to Me, so don't lie to me.
Universal Expression:

Lie to Me airs on Mondays on Fox, right after House. The show deals with people who can read your facial expressions and know exactly when you're lying. There are
10,000 expressions that can be made, 3,000 are relevant to emotion. In a conversation you might only see 50 of them.

There are two sets of expressions:
- Macro Expression, normal. Comes on and off the face in 2-5 seconds.
- Micro Expression, lasting less then 1/25 of a second. This expression happens very fast, and is used to hide your true feelings.

For example:
In a genuine smile, a persons lip corners are raised and their eyes will have crows-feet, but in a fake smile, the only thing you'll see is lips, nothing going on with the eyes.


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December 6, 2009

How Kissable is your Tongue ???
Something I found quite interesting and amusing, this video.
I thought all along it was your breath that stank so bad, now I know it's your tongue. I'd love to offer all those people gum, I'm just not rich enough.
It turns out that 90% of bad breath comes from your tongue, it's like a gross little sponge that soaks up all those germs.
To tell if you have bad breath, simply brush a spoon on the back of your tongue and let it dry. Then smell it. Does it smell nice?

YOUTUBE, . (2009, November 4). Test your breath—how to tell if you have bad breath.. Retrieved from
December 5, 2009

Abby & Brittany, Joined for Life
abigailbritanny02au9.jpgIt's a commercial break on TLC, and I'm in the middle of watching 'Joined for Life.' Abby and Brittany are conjoined twins, basically one body is shared between two brains. They have one rib cage, holding two hearts, two stomachs, three lungs, and one bladder (etc.). Each twin controls one leg and one arm. The other can't feel what happens on the other side of their body, and when they need to clap their hands together, it sort of just happens. Of course they finish each other sentences like normal twins, except these two seem to be more in-sync.
Even when one of the girls gets embarrassed for saying something, both hands seem to fly up to cover Abby's face from embarrassment, even though they have two brains. Some of the things these two do can't be explained by a doctor, and I find that really strange.
I know if I had a twin like this, I would become extremely annoyed with the other person. I have huge respect for them actually being able to handle this.

Hayes, Bill (Director). (2003, March 23) Joined for Life [Television broadcast]. American Broadcasting Company (ABC).
November 15, 2009

"He didn't die from cancer, but from believing he was dying from cancer."
pills.jpgIn the 1970s, a man named Sam Shoeman died, from believing that he had cancer. He was given a certain time to live, and actually died within that time frame. But when his autopsy was later complete, it showed that he only had a small tumor that hadn't even spread yet. Sam Shoeman basically died, due to the fact that his mind believed that he had cancer.
I'm sure you've all heard of a placebo, a harmless pill that consists of nothing but sugar that tricks your mind into thinking you're better, but have you heard of the opposite, the nocebo effect? An nocebo effect could potentially kill you if you believed hard enough.
Another man named Derek Adams had taken a lot of pills, hoping he would overdose. When he got to the hospital, he was nervous and thought he would die. He got all the symptoms of an overdose, but when his tests came back clear, showing that the pills he took were harmless, it only took his body 15 minutes to return to normal.
"The ultimate cause of the nocebo effect, however, is not neurochemistry but belief." Next time your sick, you better believe you're going to get better, because your negative thinking could get you into trouble. Even if a smartly dressed doctor told you otherwise, it's best to have hope.

This reminds me, October 19th, the new episode of House, deals somewhat with the nocebo effect. View House Promo

Pilcher, H. (2009, May 16). Beware Witch Doctors. New Scientist , 202(2708), 30-33.
October 17, 2009

"I think you should push back from the table when you're still hungry."
oldestmanx-large.jpgWalter Breuning (113 years old), the world's oldest man, has revealed his secret for a long life, skip dinner. For the past 35 years, Walter has only been living on a giant breakfast and lunch, and one baby aspirin per day. He does eat a lot of fruit during the day, but he thinks that "you should push back from the table when you're still hungry." Seeing as the economy is today, that wouldn't be such a bad idea.
These days, people go out and eat dinner around eight in the evening, and that's close to the time you go to bed, meaning that your body doesn't even have the time to disgust the food, leaving you feeling gross and full. "You get in the habit of not eating at night, and you realize how good you feel. If you could just tell people not to eat so darn much." His eating has been so constant that he has weighed about the same for those 35 years, only 125 pounds.
Perhaps this could be the truth for a long life, but I'm sure that most of us aren't ready to skip dinner. In the time we live in now, dinner is the biggest meal of the day, but it really shouldn't be.

George, S. (2009, September 24). Two-meal diet aids in oldest man's longevity. Retrieved from
October 11, 2009

“Like I always say, there's no "I" in team. There's a "me" though, if you jumble it up.”
Gregory-House-house-md-9307947-624-352.jpg I can guess you're the type of person that watches House every Monday night, but have you ever sat there wondering if any of that stuff is true? You have a dying husband who gets better as he becomes sicker, a patient who is certain her cat is killing people, and a very unstable doctor who is giving out orders. Sure it's all fiction, but in some twisted way, the cases are very true.
Author, Andrew Holtz, has studied every House episode in season one and has come to the conclusion that what you see, is what you get. Every twitch of the patients foot or eye, gives a little information about what illness this person is battling. Even though you may think that the chances of this really happening are slim, they aren't completely impossible. From the start of the episode of how the patients reacts,
to the end of the episode and the treatment, somehow what you've just watched in that hour, has happened to someone in this world. Youtube

(2004). Author of Medical Science of House M.D. Answers Questions. Retrieved from
October 2, 2009