Dogs > Prozac

A recent study at the University of British Colombia and published in the journal “Psychosomatic Medicine” has found that the effects of owning a dog “included several signs of reduced stress, including lowered blood pressure, slowed heart rate and more relaxed muscles. And those relaxing effects were attained much more rapidly than pills. Having a dog close by reduced stress in as little as five minutes, where prescription medications can take weeks before taking effect.” So, instead of reaching for that bottle of Zoloft, maybe you should be reaching for a warm puppy.

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OMG Chocolate Skittles!

I honestly think this is the most fascinating thing I have discovered all winter break.

I spotted these little wonders at Northern Star Coffee, and had to wonder seriously why such a thing would exist. Chocolate Skittles don’t sound like a good concept. The flavors aren’t particularly appealing. It sounds like a disaster in every possible way.

A couple minutes into my chai latte, I had to find out myself just how bad these things were, so I spent the $1.05 necessary to appease my curiosity.

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Oscar Wilde: Phrases And Philosophies For The Use Of The Young

By Oscar Wilde

First published in the 1894 December (and only) issue of the Oxford student magazine The Chameleon.

The first duty in life is to be as artificial as possible.  What the second duty is no one has as yet discovered.

Wickedness is a myth invented by good people to account for the curious attractiveness of others.

If the poor only had profiles there would be no difficulty in solving the problem of poverty.

Those who see any difference between soul and body have neither.

A really well-maded buttonhole is the only link between Art and Nature.

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The Merkin: A Retro Style

If you’re searching for that extra something to complete your new look for a new semester, why not try a merkin?

“What’s a merkin?”

Well, I’m glad you asked. According to Wikipedia, “A merkin (first use, according to the OED, 1617) is a pubic wig, originally worn by prostitutes after shaving their genitalia to eliminate lice or disguise the marks of syphilis. There are many different ways of wearing a merkin, although most involve placing the merkin on the vulva or the scrotum.”

I think it’s just a great idea for everyone.

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You Look Nice Today

The internet is sometimes filled with wonderful gems of humor and wonderment. One of these gems is You Look Nice Today: A Journal of Emotional Hygiene. Mostly, It’s just 3 guys talking about nothing on Skype. At the same time, it’s mostly hilarious and filled with very vague pop culture references from the 1920’s and/or 1930’s.

They’ve had a dozen or so episodes so far including a wonderful series with guest stars John Hodgman and Jonathan Coulton. Go give them a listen at

A video example of their humorous styling:

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