You've Been Putting on Band-Aids All Wrong

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You may think you mastered the art of Band-Aid application when you were a little kid, but we're here to tell you you're doing it wrong. You could be putting on your bandages way more effectively, according to Insider.

Getting a paper cut, blister, or other injury on your fingers, hands, and toes always makes for an awkward bandage situation. Straight Band-Aids aren't made to go on fingertips, and often, they slide right off with the slightest tug. This little life hack solves the problem with just a pair of scissors and just two snips.

All you need to do is make a cut down each adhesive strip of the Band-Aid so that instead of two sticky flaps securing the bandage in place, you have four. Place the bandage pad on top of the target area, holding it in place, then tear away the protective liners from the adhesive and criss-cross each strip around your finger, being careful to avoid the joint. Unlike the Band-Aids that are shaped like butterflies, you can wrap each of the four flaps individually so that it none of them are struck to the underside of your finger joint, so you'll be able to move your hand without the bandage bunching and moving on your skin.

Watch how it works around the 14:09 mark in the video from 5-Minute Crafts below.

The trick works on any part of your body to give your Band-Aid a more secure grip, whether that's on your knuckle, fingers, toes, ears, or any other body part that's tricky to stick a regular bandage on. It doesn't have quite the malleability of a liquid bandage, but it's a huge upgrade on the standard cloth or waterproof Band-Aid.

Want to test out the technique for yourself? Try some of these weird novelty bandages, which make it look like you're covering your wounds in pickles, bacon, and other odd designs.

[h/t Insider]

High Levels of Arsenic Found in Bottled Water From Whole Foods and Dr Pepper

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If you're concerned about drinking unfiltered water from your tap at home, bottled water isn't automatically the safer option. As USA Today reports, tests conducted by the California nonprofit Center for Environmental Health (CEH) found that the arsenic levels in two popular bottled water brands exceed those found in the state's tap water.

The affected brands are the Keurig Dr Pepper-owned Peñafiel and Whole Foods-owned Starkey. The arsenic content in each product hasn't prompted a federal recall, but CEH discovered that it does violate state guidelines. CEH sent notices to both companies informing them that their products must be printed with health warnings disclosing the presence of arsenic under California’s consumer protection law Proposition 65.

Arsenic is safe, and often unavoidable, in very small amounts, but in high concentrations it can be harmful. Drinking water with unsafe levels of arsenic can lead to cancer, reproductive problems, and developmental issues in children.

An earlier report released by Consumer Reports in April found that the same brands analyzed by CEH had twice the federal limit of arsenic in their bottled water. Keurig Dr Pepper stopped production of its Peñafiel water, which is sold at Target, Walmart, and elsewhere, for two weeks following Consumer Reports's tests. Starkey water bottles are sold at Whole Foods.

Even if they meet safety standards, many popular water brands contain trace amounts of arsenic. Consumer Reports has found acceptably low arsenic levels in Aquafina, Dasani, Evian, Deer Park, Fiji, and Poland Spring products.

[h/t USA Today]

These ASMR-Ready Headphones Promise to Lull You to Sleep

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What do hushed whispers, gently tapping fingernails, and Bob Ross’s voice have in common? They’re all examples of triggers that may cause what’s known as an autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR), or, as Dictionary.com succinctly explains it, a “calming, pleasurable feeling often accompanied by a tingling sensation” that can be triggered by soothing stimuli. ASMR has recently been recognized as an effective relaxation technique for those looking to calm their nerves; now, ASMR enthusiasts and novices alike can experience it in the form of a sleep-ready headband.

Upon first glance, SleepPhones: ASMR Edition may look like just a fabric headband, but the device actually features flat speakers tucked into soft, stretchy, eco-friendly material. Unlike regular headphones, SleepPhones can be worn comfortably to bed, even if you sleep on your side, and they come preloaded with content designed to help you relax. They feature eight hours of built-in ASMR content by 16 different ASMR artists (or ASMRtists), including but not limited to tracks with rhythmic tapping and "peaceful Italian whisperings."

A close-up of the SleepPhones speaker technology
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The speaker components of SleepPhones
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Using SleepPhones is designed to be a stress-free experience. The speakers have the ability to play for 20 ad-free hours with a mere three-hour charging time in between. There are also zero cords involved, meaning you won’t get all tangled up as you lie down or if you have a tendency to toss and turn at night. The small button located in the back of the headband allows you to start, pause, or skip tracks and control the volume.

For people looking for ways to relax beyond yoga and meditation, ASMR may be the way to go. One study observed that subjects watching ASMR videos not only reported feeling that aforementioned pleasant tingling, but were also found to have reduced heart rates.

You can get a pair of your own SleepPhones on Kickstarter with a pledge of $75 or more. They come in three different sizes with seven colors from which to choose.

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