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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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Can You Find the Money in Santa’s Sack in This Hidden Image Puzzle?
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Vouchercloud, a website and app for online deals, brings us this holiday-themed test of your vision just in time for Christmas. Hidden among all the identical Santa Clauses carrying sacks of presents, one financially-savvy Santa is carrying a big sack of money. Can you figure out where he is? (Warning: Spoilers below.)

Spot him yet? If you’re stumped, check out the solution below. If this one was a breeze for you, try out a few more hidden-object puzzles here, here, and here. Or if you’re looking for something with a little more real-life relevancy, try to figure out where the snake is in this photo. Happy hunting!

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Speedy Delivery: Mister Rogers Will Get His Own Stamp in 2018
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USPS 2018 Mister Rogers stamp
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After weeks of mailing out this year’s holiday cards, postage might be the last thing you want to think about. But the U.S. Postal Service has just given us a sneak peek at the many iconic people, places, and things that will be commemorated with their own stamps in 2018, and one in particular has us excited to send out a few birthday cards: Mister Rogers.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Fred Rogers’s groundbreaking PBS series that the USPS says “inspired and educated young viewers with warmth, sensitivity, and honesty,” the mail service shared a mockup of what the final stamp may look like. On it, Rogers—decked out in one of his trademark colorful cardigans (all of which were hand-knitted by his mom, by the way)—smiles for the camera alongside King Friday XIII, ruler of the Neighborhood of Make-Believe.

Though no official release date for Fred’s forever stamp has been given, Mister Rogers is just one of many legendary figures whose visages will grace a piece of postage in 2018. Singer/activist Lena Horne will be the 41st figure to appear as part of the USPS’s Black Heritage series, while former Beatle John Lennon will be the face of the newest Music Icons collection. Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, will also be honored.

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