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Tips and Tricks for Conquering Bad Breath

At best, halitosis is an inconvenience. At worst, it’s humiliating. Gum and mints are a temporary solution, but they’ll only mask the smell. Enter the people at Lifehacker, who have created a video that will help you banish bad breath once and for all.

Bad breath is commonly caused by dry mouth, according to the video: Saliva production slows down, the cells on your tongue dry out, and bacteria breaks them down, which is when things start to get stinky. So the first and easiest thing you can do to combat bad breath is to stay hydrated. Other strategies involve brushing and flossing after every meal, scraping off your tongue, and avoiding coffee, wine, dairy, and spicy foods. Instead, drink green tea, chomp on raw apples, celery, and carrots, and use mouth-friendly herbs and spices like cinnamon and dill.

To test your breath, don’t breathe into your hand and sniff; it doesn’t work. Instead, take a spoon, scrape the back of your tongue—which is where bad breath begins—let it dry, and then smell.

[h/t Lifehacker]

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26 Facts About LEGO Bricks

Since it first added plastic, interlocking bricks to its lineup, the Danish toy company LEGO (from the words Leg Godt for “play well”) has inspired builders of all ages to bring their most imaginative designs to life. Sets have ranged in size from scenes that can be assembled in a few minutes to 5000-piece behemoths depicting famous landmarks. And tinkerers aren’t limited to the sets they find in stores. One of the largest LEGO creations was a life-sized home in the UK that required 3.2 million tiny bricks to construct.

In this episode of the List Show, John Green lays out 26 playful facts about one of the world’s most beloved toy brands. To hear about the LEGO black market, the vault containing every LEGO set ever released, and more, check out the video above then subscribe to our YouTube channel to stay up-to-date with the latest flossy content.

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Of Buckeyes and Butternuts: 29 States With Weird Nicknames for Their Residents
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Tracing a word’s origin and evolution can yield fascinating historical insights—and the weird nicknames used in some states to describe their residents are no exception. In the Mental Floss video above, host John Green explains the probable etymologies of 29 monikers that describe inhabitants of certain states across the country.

Some of these nicknames, like “Hoosiers” and “Arkies” (which denote residents of Indiana and Arkansas, respectively) may have slightly offensive connotations, while others—including "Buckeyes," "Jayhawks," "Butternuts," and "Tar Heels"—evoke the military histories of Ohio, Kansas, Tennessee, and North Carolina. And a few, like “Muskrats” and “Sourdoughs,” are even inspired by early foods eaten in Delaware and Alaska. ("Goober-grabber" sounds goofier, but it at least refers to peanuts, which are a common crop in Georgia, as well as North Carolina and Arkansas.)

Learn more fascinating facts about states' nicknames for their residents by watching the video above.

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