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Stinky Breath Or Stroke: How’s That For A Choice?

Staying under the covers is the only thing that makes sense some days.

Take, for instance, the day I got out of bed and started reading the paper while I was walking Buzz, The Garbage Disposal That Walks Like A Dog. That was when I learned that my daily habit of keeping my teeth clean and my breath minty fresh was about to kill me.

Scientists branded the products . . . a health “disaster” claiming they raised blood pressure by killing off vital bacteria which helps blood vessels to dilate.

Using Corsodyl, which contains a powerful antiseptic and widely available in stores across the UK, can push up blood pressure within hours, the team discovered after testing it on a group of healthy volunteers.

Professor Amrita Ahluwalia, who led the study, said: “Killing off all these bugs each day is a disaster, when small rises in blood pressure have significant impact on morbidity and mortality from heart disease and stroke.”

Seriously, dudes, I have got to stop reading the news. It’s getting quite depressing.

The differences in blood pressure were apparent “within one day” of the mouthwash being used, the study published in the journal Free Radical Biology And Medicine revealed.

A two-point rise in blood pressure increased the risk of dying from heart disease by seven per cent and stroke by ten per cent, according to separate research.

Prof Ahluwalia, from Queen Mary University of London, said: “We are not telling people to stop using antiseptic mouthwashes if they have a gum or tooth infection – but we would ask why anyone else would want to.”

Apparently the bugs in your mouth produce nitrite, which is needed to promote the healthy dilation of blood vessels in the body. Without the nitrite, the vessels don’t dilate and your blood pressure goes up.

I wouldn’t say I’m shocked — because lately it seems that everything we do, eat, drink, or watch is bad for us and it’s only a matter of time before the study announcing these sad facts comes out — but I am disappointed. I wouldn’t have thought that scouring my mouth of the germs that cause bad breath would be anything but good.

No matter how hard you try, you’re going to miss some food particles in your teeth and those food bits will decompose and that will have a deleterious effect on your breath. I’d used mouth wash as a mid-day breath cleanser, but that’s right out after this.

It looks like I’ll be going back to gum from now on.

Oh, wait.

Never mind.


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Sunday Serenade: Bohemian Gravity

Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody is probably one of the most frequently poorly-done remake of a song.

That is, the original is a thing of wonder and beauty even if we don’t quite understand what it means, but there have been so many horrifyingly bad attempts to better Freddy and the boys.

The original version is a masterpiece of vocals, brilliantly weaving in and out of the instrumental track, up and down in pitch and tone, wandering across a fascinating story. The thing is, a remake never, ever works.

Until it does.

Meet physics graduate student Timothy Blaise (who posted this link to his recently submitted thesis, along with the video) and his astonishingly entertaining syncretic recitation of modern string theory. To make matters even more wonderful, Blaise, who has done this sort of thing before, does this entire song a cappella. That’s right, using only his voice.

It’s geeky. It’s amazing. And it’s here right now.

Enjoy.


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Annoying On Twitter? Is That Even Possible?

by Richard

Yeah, dudes, we’re on the Twitter. You wanna make something of it?

I figured it was about time we got with the 20th Century. This was about the time the rest of the world danced merrily into the 21st Century. Still got a ways to catch up, but we’re getting there.

Anyway.

So. Yes. We’re on the twitter. You can find us @dudesguide there making with the twits, er, tweets. Or whatever.

Still, even having only been on there for a short while, I’ve already come to find a lot of things there annoying. I know. Hard to believe, but true.

Also, I’m not alone.

Katie Heaney over on BuzzFeed has a few thoughts on how people can be annoying while on twitter. She’s got a total of 11 ways, but I think she probably stopped a little bit before the end. I’m thinking there’s plenty more if she just gave it a second’s thought.

4. Be famous and brown-nose other famous people

4. Be famous and brown-nose other famous people

I don’t have the patience required to explain to you why Kelly Bensimon counts as a famous person. (Fine. “Why do we have to be all flowers and lollipops. Why can’t it be like fighting but we are actually learning? That’s called back-door education.” – Kelly Bensimon.) It’s already kind of embarrassing when celebrities use Twitter to let people know that they are legitimate friends with other celebrities. WE GET IT, you’re all crazy-popular and you’re all definitely going to be elected Homecoming King & Queen. What’s even more embarrassing is a celebrity using Twitter to try to BECOME friends with another celebrity. If you are a celebrity who wants another celebrity to be your friend, you have to do what the rest of us do: follow him or her around. Build a human nest in a tree that overhangs his or her house. Get plastic surgery to become his or her twin. Etc. All of these are less awkward than what you’re currently doing.

The sad part is, some of that even makes sense.

So, anyway, if you’re in the mood to take a break from washing butts and folding diapers, head over to BuzzFeed and take a read. A good laugh can go a long way when you’re wrist deep in the poo.


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