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Want to Live to 100? Move to One of These Five Areas

Singing the Blues usually involves tunes of sad tales. Picasso said his Blue Period was partially inspired by the suicide of his friend. If you say you’re feeling blue it means you’re down in the dumps. Yep, the misunderstood color tends to have a pretty bad reputation... but that could all turn around if the idea of Blue Zones catches on.

You see, most people have a maximum life expectancy of 80 or so. That number is a bit higher in a few areas of the world and quite a bit lower in other areas, but overall, you don’t see many people in their 90s and 100s wandering around. If you reside in a Blue Zone, though, chances are pretty decent that you’ll live to see 100 candles on your birthday cake.

Five communities in the entire world have been identified as Blue Zones by Dan Buettner, a researcher who worked with National Geographic, the National Institutes on Aging and AARP to discover them. People living in Loma Linda, California; Okinawa, Japan; Ikaria, Greece; Nicoya, Costa Rica and Sardinia, Italy (pictured) tend to live much longer and healthier lives than the rest of the world. Despite their vastly different geographies, Buettner and his crew found similarities in the communities of Okinawa, Sardinia and Loma Linda.

In case you want to incorporate some of those little nuggets into your life, here’s what you need to do: focus on your family more than work and other stresses. Stop (or don’t start) smoking. Eat legumes. Avoid meat for the most part. Stay moderately active. And stay socially involved.

Makes sense, right? Apparently these traits are so engrained in the cultures of the people living in these five areas that they don’t have to work at living to a enjoy happy and healthy old age - it just happens.

In case you’re curious as to why Loma Linda seems to have such a high rate over any other city in the U.S., researchers think it’s because the town is a big center for the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Seventh-day Adventists tend to stick to a vegetarian diet, are consistent about having a day of rest every week, don’t smoke and avoid beverages with caffeine or alcohol.

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Take a Rare Glimpse Inside the World's Largest Seed Reserve
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Since 2008, the remote Arctic island of Spitsbergen has been home to the world’s largest seed storage facility, known as the Svalbard Global Seed Vault.

The 11,000-square-foot facility contains nearly 865,000 seed samples—many of which are crops—and functions as both a reserve in the event of a catastrophe and as a backup for other seed banks around the world. Countries can send samples for preservation and access the reserves as needed (the effort is funded by Norway in conjunction with the organization Crop Trust). The vault was opened for the first time last year in light of the destruction caused by the Syrian War.

Access to the fault is notoriously limited, but AJ+ has a glimpse inside on its YouTube page. It’s a rare look at a place that isn’t known for its looks, but holds some of the planet’s most beautiful and valuable offerings.

[h/t The Kid Should See This]

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This Infographic Explains the Difference Between Perfume and Eau de Toilette
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Ever wondered why you can't smell the perfume you dabbed on earlier this morning? Maybe it's because you aren't actually wearing perfume. Instead, you likely applied eau de toilette, cologne, or another type of fragrance.

These sprays contain different concentrations of fragrance oil dissolved in solutions of alcohol and water. Scents with a heavier amount of oil are stronger, they're more expensive, and they also last for longer periods of time. Even the most discerning shopper might not know whether to opt for parfum or eu de parfum when perusing bottles of Chanel No. 5 at the fragrance counter—or even realize there's a difference. 

If you'd prefer to smell like a few roses instead of a field of them, it's handy to know the difference between perfume, eau de parfum, eau de toilette, cologne, and eau fraiche when you're out shopping for a new scent. Lifehacker recently ran this handy infographic by Real Men Real Style, which breaks down the strength of each fragrance along with how long it lasts. Use it as a guide to purchase the perfect product for you.

[h/t Lifehacker]

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