7 Ways To Make Your House Smell Great That Won’t Give You A Headache

A good smell is easily one of the most important aspects to maintaining a happy home, and there are literally hundreds of options available for anyone who’s trying to freshen their place up.

However, plenty of people (like yours truly) are often very susceptible to headaches, and severe, artificial scents can often trigger some really unpleasant pain in people who are more sensitive to them. Fear not, my friends, for there are plenty of options that even you can use to make sure your place smells wonderful!

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Notice how pretty much every kind of cosmetic product comes in lavender at some point or another? That’s because it’s a simple, pleasant smell that just about everybody can get behind.

Of course, like with most scented things, fresh is always better, so head to your local market and see if you can find some bundles of the good stuff that you can place around your house and keep it smelling great!

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Tired of your garbage disposal smelling up the place? While you can always treat that with chemicals (but who wants to do that), peel yourself an orange or grind up the rind of a lemon, and use that to mask the smell. Citrus is so, SO much better than garbage in terms of smells.

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This obviously requires a bit more spending than some of the other entries on this list, but it has the benefit of giving you lots of options. Natural oils exist in all sorts of scents (I’m personally partial to grapefruit oil myself), and they last a heck of a long time, making them a great choice to get your house smelling great. Be warned though, diffused oils can be dangerous to pets, so be sure to do your research before exposing your furbabies to something toxic.

Keep reading for more simple solutions that won’t split your head…

10 Impossibly Strange-Looking Animals That Don’t Even Seem Real

Sure, we all love walking down the street and seeing our neighbors walking their huskies and German shepherds, and even that one random person who got a cat to walk with a leash.

However, have you ever seen an animal that just made you stop in your tracks and go “what is THAT?!” Well, I can guarantee you if you saw one of these 10 critters in the wild, you definitely would.

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The Bergamasco is an Italian dog known for getting hair mattes that grow to the point of looking like giant scales. Looks uncomfortable, right? Well actually, it’s not! The dog’s mattes are quite natural, and actually help shield it from wind and the cold.

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There are plenty of bioluminescent (meaning they generate their own natural light) creatures in the ocean, but it’s only been in the last few years that researchers have found a species this huge. They think the glowing turtles use their light either as camouflage, or to communicate with each other.

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The bedlington terrier looks like a poodle’s older cousin who moved to the big city and got really into punk rock, thanks especially to their naturally-forming mohawks. On the downside, they have the personalities to match, as they’re apparently known for being less than friendly with other dogs.

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This basically looks like an armadillo and an anteater had a baby who’s really, really into heavy metal. Found throughout Asia and Africa, the Pangolin has a long tongue used to eat ants and termites, and it’s covered in a heavy keratin shell – the only mammal in the world to have this!

The critters just get more unreal from here…

16 Crazy Facts About Famous Celebrities That Will Change The Way You Look At Them

Very few people are born celebrities, and many of our best and brightest have had some pretty accomplished lives well before stepping into the spotlight. Of course, some of these lives are defined by some very strange moments, and in the case of these 16, can be quite surprising or even shocking.

Christopher Walken used to be a lion tamer, and trained as a dancer before becoming an actor.

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Somehow we’re not even a little bit surprised.

According to her birth certificate, Oprah’s real name is Orpah.

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The doctors apparently didn’t know how to spell “Oprah,” so “Orpah” she became.

Justin Timberlake’s mom became Ryan Gosling’s legal guardian while they filmed The Mickey Mouse Club.

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Gosling’s mom had to stay in Canada to work, so JT’s family looked after him.

Bill Murray was arrested at 20 for trying to smuggle marijuana onto a plane.

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I mean, he’s Bill Murray. What else was he going to do, watch the in-flight movie?

Julie Andrews had a pretty rough time filming the most iconic scene in The Sound of Music.

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The helicopter taking the shots would kick up such a bad wind that she got knocked over several times. She described “spitting out dirt and hay” between each take.

Jack Nicholson was a volunteer firefighter, and was VERY good at breaking that door with a fire axe in The Shining.

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The prop department had to build sturdier doors in order to get the takes to look right.

Jerry Springer was once the mayor of Cincinnatti.

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We can only imagine what town hall gatherings looked like.

The facts just get crazier from here…

6 Skin Conditions You Might Mistake For Something Else, And How You Can Treat Them

As you age, dealing with newfound skin conditions and issues can often be a recurring problem. However, did you know that sometimes what you’re confident you’re suffering from could actually be entirely different?

Here are 6 skin conditions that you may want to consult a professional on, because otherwise they could be very easy to misinterpret as something else.

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Often misdiagnosed as acne or a skin rash, roacea is a condition that causes pus-filled bumps to rise up in the central part of your face.

Unlike acne or blackheads, rosacea is purely red, and is actually triggered by extreme temperatures, diet changes, and stress. There is no cure for it, but there are ways to keep it controlled.

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Convinced that the flakes falling from your scalp are just dandruff and you need to change up your shampoo? Hold that thought, because you might actually be suffering from psoriasis on your scalp, especially if you’re prone to it in other places.

No matter where you get it, psoriasis manifests as dry, flaky skin that can often feel quite rough. Fortunately, there are treatments for it that can be prescribed by a dermatologist.

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Another condition that sometimes gets written off as simply being acne, milia cysts are tiny white bumps that can appear on the nose and cheeks. They’re caused by an excess amount of the protein keratin getting trapped under the skin, and are most common in newborns.

Milia will simply go away with time, but if they become uncomfortable, there are treatments available through a doctor.

These next few conditions are often misdiagnosed…

10 Reasons You Should Make Friends With An Aries Immediately

If you’re lucky enough to know someone born between March 21st and April 20th, then congratulations, you belong to an exclusive club that contains only the best and brightest of friends: those born under the Zodiac sign of Aries, the ram.

Sure, everybody who sees this is going to argue that THEIR Zodiac sign is so much better, but let’s get real here, we all know who’s really going to improve your life. Don’t believe me? Check out these facts.

1) Aries is the first of the signs. Y’know what #1 means right? That means you’re hanging out with a winner, not a loser.

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2) We’re some of the most adventurous of the Zodiac signs, meaning we’re guaranteed to show you a good time.

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3) Aries is the only Fire sign that can get along with our own sign, because we bolster our partner’s fire. Eat it, Leo and Sagittarius.

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4) Aries are naturally positive and outgoing, so we lift your spirits up, unlike some of those other Debbie Downer signs.

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Still not convinced? Then keep reading!

Your Zodiac Sign Can Reveal Your Most Unsettling Flaws (Or Those Of People You Know)

While your Zodiac sign can often highlight all of your best and most admirable qualities, there’s a dark side to every bright spot. If you want to find out what your birth sign has given you not as a gift, but as a curse, read on!

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Thanks to your fiery personality, you’re actually much more prone to shocking levels of violence than the rest of the signs. Maybe you need to do some anger management for those volatile mood swings?

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You have a compulsive need to keep everything around you exactly how you like it, to the point of being possessive. It might be time to accept that you don’t own absolutely everything you encounter.

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Your dual-sided nature means that you’re also quite two-faced, and you often say one thing to a person’s face while smack-talking them when they leave. Even worse, you can’t keep secrets to yourself.

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You have something of a martyr complex. You feel like people perpetually take more than they give back, and you constantly want to see yourself as the strong caregiver who overcomes adversity, even if there isn’t really any.

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You have a compulsive, almost narcissistic need to be the center of attention, and you don’t care who knows it. Of course, you’d never hurt anyone intentionally; that would hurt your public perception too much.

Keep reading for the rest of the zodiac…

10 Amazing Facts About Belly Buttons That You Never Knew

I bet you haven’t thought about your belly button too much. Aside from making sure you keep it clean and whether you have an “innie” or “outie,” the belly button tends to fall to the wayside when it comes to parts of our body that require attention.

Little did you know that belly buttons are strangely fascinating and there are some fast facts you should know about this unique part of the human body.

1. Your belly button is your first scar.

The belly button is formed from scar tissue that was left over from when the umbilical cord that joined you and your mother’s placenta was cut. After you were separated, the stump that was left behind fell off, leaving you with your belly button.

2. Only 10% of people have “outies.”

Belly buttons start out as “outies” and most pop in to form “innies.” For 10% of the population, this never happens.

3. Your belly button type is determined inside the womb

Whether you have an innie or outie depends on how the skin grows around the cord inside the womb. If your skin folds in or out to make an innie or outie, this happens during the healing process.

4. A pregnant woman’s belly button can change

As her womb expands, often it can turn a woman’s belly button from an innie to an outie. This can be an uncomfortable process in the first pregnancy, since the skin is very sensitive, but desensitizes over time.

5. Plastic surgeons can do boob jobs through the belly button.

The only scar left behind from the surgery is inside the belly button so there are no marks on the breasts like with traditional augmentation.

The Definitive List Of Reasons Why Mushrooms Are Completely Disgusting

Mushrooms have to be one of the singularly most divisive foods ever discovered by humanity. For as many people that love them, there are just as many (if not more) who find them completely awful and want nothing to do with them. So, as a resident member of the second group, let me explain to you what exactly is wrong with mushrooms.

Seriously people, we need to talk about mushrooms.

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They’re spongy and flavorless.

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And the second they get added to anything, you can tell.

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Did you know that mushrooms literally break down dead plant life?

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They’re actually neither considered plant nor animal. SO WHAT ARE THEY?!

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We don’t even know why they grow towards sunlight (seriously). You’re practically eating an alien life form.

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Don’t believe me? Scientists actually believe their spores are capable of SPACE TRAVEL!

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Not to mention that the spores can literally stay dormant for centuries. CENTURIES!

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Not convinced mushrooms are the worst yet? Keep reading…

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About The Future Queen of England

Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, also known as Kate Middleton became the subject of fascination to people around the world when she started dating Prince William, second in line to the throne, in the early 2000s.

Eager to learn more about the potential future queen of England, people became elated when the couple married in 2011.

Now with two children, 4-year-old George and 2-year-old Charlotte, and another baby due in April, everyone can’t help but want to get to know how this woman was welcomed into the center of the royal family.  

Coming from humble beginnings, Kate and Will’s love story is one that gives us all hope of someday meeting a prince of our own.

Between the ages of 2 and 4, she and her sister Pippa, along with her parents Carole and Michael Middleton lived in Amman, Jordan. Her father was a manager at British Airways, while her mother, who was formally a flight attendant, was on an extended maternity leave.

Before Kate started school at St. Andrews, where she met Will Wales, she studied Renaissance culture in Florence and took a charity trip to Chile.

Like many girls of the 90s, Kate reportedly had a massive crush on Prince William. It was reported that she even had a picture of him hanging on the wall of her bedroom when she lived in Bucklebury, England.

“We would sit around talking about all the boys at school we fancied, but Catherine would always say: ‘I don’t like any of them. They’re all a bit rough.’ Then she would joke: ‘There’s no one quite like Prince William,’” a friend Jessica Hay said in William & Catherine: Their Story.

It wasn’t until Kate and Will shared a house with friends in their second year at St. Andrews that they met, and the rest of history.

Technically speaking, Kate snagged herself a younger man. Kate’s birthday is January 9, 1982, while Prince William was born on June 21, 1982. While the six month different has likely no baring on their relationship, her status of an older bride was notable when she married into the royal family.

While she may be seen as one of the most fashionable women in the world now, it took a lot for her to catch the eye of the young prince. Although the pair were friends at St. Andrews, a source said that the prince saw her in a new light after watching her strut her stuff in a 2001 fashion show. The soon-to-be duchess was sporting a bikini with a sheer cover-up during her modeling session.

Before becoming a professional princess, Kate held a civilian job after graduating from university in 2005. She became an assistant buyer at London retailer, Jigsaw. She was even known to fetch coffees during photo shoots, before leaving the position in 2007.

10 Bits Of Advice On Keeping A Relationship Going, From Celebrities Who Have Done It

It’s all too common that we hear about Hollywood couples that don’t even last for a single year (hell, some have been over after less than a week). However, in the case of these 15 celebs and their partners, not only have they more than gone the distance, but they’ve even been pursuaded to share the secrets of their success!

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One of the most famous couples in country music, the two are often asked how they’ve managed to keep things going for as long as they have. Hill’s suggestion was all about loving yourself and having a good time with your partner:

“You just have to love the skin you’re in, basically. You have to walk this life together. There will be times, ups and downs, but you have to essentially like the person that you love. I think it’s important to laugh a lot and have a good time. Life is so short. It sounds contrived but it’s the truth.”

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The two have been Hollywood royalty for decades now, but when it comes to relationship advice, they prefer to keep it candid:

“For marriage to be a success, every woman and every man should have their own bathroom!”

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You don’t stay married for 26 years by a fluke, and in the case of Kevin and Kyra, apparently the key to success is lots of room to grow. Kyra’s said that:

“A big key is giving each other the room to grow and change the rules. It’s hard, but Kev was always like, ‘Whatever you need, honey,’ and I admire him for that.”

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The media mogul, talk show host, legendary personality (and after the Golden Globes, potential presidential hopeful) has been with her long-term partner since 1986! You would think that would be a complicated order, but when asked about how they do it, Oprah kept it simple:

“Don’t settle for a relationship that won’t let you be yourself.”

The rest of these celebrities have some incredible advice…

10 Ways To Build A Successful Relationship, From Celebrities Who Have Done It

It’s all too common that we hear about Hollywood couples that don’t even last for a single year (hell, some have been over after less than a week). However, in the case of these 15 celebs and their partners, not only have they more than gone the distance, but they’ve even been pursuaded to share the secrets of their success!

Today

One of the most famous couples in country music, the two are often asked how they’ve managed to keep things going for as long as they have. Hill’s suggestion was all about loving yourself and having a good time with your partner:

“You just have to love the skin you’re in, basically. You have to walk this life together. There will be times, ups and downs, but you have to essentially like the person that you love. I think it’s important to laugh a lot and have a good time. Life is so short. It sounds contrived but it’s the truth.”

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The two have been Hollywood royalty for decades now, but when it comes to relationship advice, they prefer to keep it candid:

“For marriage to be a success, every woman and every man should have their own bathroom!”

People

You don’t stay married for 26 years by a fluke, and in the case of Kevin and Kyra, apparently the key to success is lots of room to grow. Kyra’s said that:

“A big key is giving each other the room to grow and change the rules. It’s hard, but Kev was always like, ‘Whatever you need, honey,’ and I admire him for that.”

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The media mogul, talk show host, legendary personality (and after the Golden Globes, potential presidential hopeful) has been with her long-term partner since 1986! You would think that would be a complicated order, but when asked about how they do it, Oprah kept it simple:

“Don’t settle for a relationship that won’t let you be yourself.”

The rest of these celebrities have some incredible advice…

5 Celebrities Who Were Offered Knighthood, And Turned It Down

Twice a year, the British government drafts up a list of individuals whose contributions to British culture, well-being, or national strength are, in their opinion, worth an acknowledgement by Her Majesty herself. The Queen then reviews and confirms the list, and announces the awards twice a year: once on New Years, and once on her birthday in June.

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Understandably, to a lot of British citizens, the idea of receiving a Queen’s Honour is just about the pinnacle of recognition, and a number of big names have eagerly stepped up to the plate in order to be dubbed a Knight or Dame of the British Empire. Most recently, musicians like Ringo Starr of The Beatles and Barry Gibb of The Bee Gees were given the honor, alongside actors like Hugh Laurie and Patrick Stewart.

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However, it may come as a surprise that not everybody who’s offered an Honour by the crown actually accepts it! In fact, there have been a number of big names who’ve turned it down over the years, much to the shock of the entire country!

Read on to find out which celebs turned down knighthood…

The Autism Spectrum Was Invented To Stop Nazis From Killing Kids

For many people worldwide, autism is a diagnosis that comes early and has long-term ramifications. The neurological disorder is estimated to affect nearly 25 million worldwide, and worst of all, people aren’t even 100% sure of what exactly causes it. It was a long-held belief for some time that vaccines were responsible, but this was ultimately disproven, leaving the jury still out.

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The other biggest factor of the disorder is that the symptoms of it are not universal. Anybody who’s aware of the subject has likely heard of the concept of the “autism spectrum,” which designates that some people who suffer from autism shows visibly fewer signs and symptoms of the disorder than others, who will sometimes have very severe symptoms. Small-scale symptoms can be as simple as repetitive behavior or being unable to pick up social cues, while severe sufferers might be unable to speak or maintain full cognitive function.

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Did you know where this concept of an “autism spectrum” comes from though? It’s probably not surprising that it originates with Hans Asperger, the researcher who Asperger’s Syndrome is named after. What IS surprising though, is that it was something he came up with to protect autistic children from the Nazis…

10 Things You’re Using In Your Home That Are Probably PastTheir Expiry Date

Food expiration dates are well-known and often followed to the extreme. You would be hard pressed to find someone totally fine with eating expired meats, dairy, or bread products. So why don’t we follow the same practices when it comes to the other items in our house with expiry dates?

It’s probably because these expiration dates aren’t as publicized, but that doesn’t mean they’re not important to know.

The leading cause of fires in homes is power strips. Most people are unaware that they should be replaced every 4 or 5 years. If you feel the strip get hot to the touch, immediately replace it. Same goes if you see it’s discolored.

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You would think that something you use to clean yourself would always be clean itself, but you would be wrong. Loofahs, or shower scrubs, live in damp environments which are conducive to mold and fungus growing. They should be replaced every six months, and boiled in hot water to kill any bacteria.

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After two years, the chemicals in bug spray are rendered ineffective. Make sure you’re spraying your family with something that can keep those critters (and all their diseases) away!

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We all have a bottle of this somewhere in the house. But did you know that after you open it, it’s only good for six months? An unopened bottle can last for up to three years. If you’re unsure about your bottle, pour some in the sink. If it fizzes and bubbles, it’s still good. Expired hydrogen peroxide can be ineffective and even harmful.

10 Things You’re Using In Your Home That Are Probably Past Their Expiry Date

Food expiration dates are well-known and often followed to the extreme. You would be hard pressed to find someone totally fine with eating expired meats, dairy, or bread products. So why don’t we follow the same practices when it comes to the other items in our house with expiry dates?

It’s probably because these expiration dates aren’t as publicized, but that doesn’t mean they’re not important to know.

The leading cause of fires in homes is power strips. Most people are unaware that they should be replaced every 4 or 5 years. If you feel the strip get hot to the touch, immediately replace it. Same goes if you see it’s discolored.

Business Insider

You would think that something you use to clean yourself would always be clean itself, but you would be wrong. Loofahs, or shower scrubs, live in damp environments which are conducive to mold and fungus growing. They should be replaced every six months, and boiled in hot water to kill any bacteria.

Backpacking Mastery

After two years, the chemicals in bug spray are rendered ineffective. Make sure you’re spraying your family with something that can keep those critters (and all their diseases) away!

The Girls Stuff

We all have a bottle of this somewhere in the house. But did you know that after you open it, it’s only good for six months? An unopened bottle can last for up to three years. If you’re unsure about your bottle, pour some in the sink. If it fizzes and bubbles, it’s still good. Expired hydrogen peroxide can be ineffective and even harmful.

A City Once Tried To Bury Its Garbage In A Mine, But Was Stopped By ‘The Simpsons’

Garbage collection and sanitation are one of the most critically important aspects of managing a city. As the world’s population grows bigger and bigger, so too does the amount of waster we produce, which ultimately has to end up somewhere.

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Few cities in North America are as painfully aware of this as the Canadian city of Toronto, which has a massive infrastructure full of millions of people, and a perpetually-present garbage problem. Not only does the city produce tons of waste every year, but it seems to have a problem with giving its sanitation workers the working conditions they desire: city garbage collectors have gone on strike several times in the last few decades, often leading to weeks where the garbage piled several feet high on the streets.

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Always looking for ways to try to solve its ever-present sanitation problems, the city was actually in talks to have their garbage shipped to the small Boston Township south of Kirkland Lake, and dumped into an abandoned mine, which would become a landfill. The plan was going forward, but was stopped in part by, of all things, a particular episode of The Simpsons.

Science Says Old People Have A Smell, And Here’s How To Fix It

There are a lot of things that start to become more and more of a concern as you get older. Your joints aren’t moving quite as well as they used to, you find yourself getting tired more often than you once did, and even your memory starts to go a little bit at a time. Suffice it to say, it can be pretty stressful.

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Of course, something that all of us are more than aware of is the concept of “old people smell.” It’s hard to describe on its own, but just about everybody can think of it, especially if they’ve dealt with aging relatives before. Many describe it as “musty” or “medicinal,” but ultimately, it’s something most people find really unpleasant.

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Fortunately, researchers have isolated several of the causes of “old people smell,” and as a result, we’ve compiled a handy guide of tips to minimize how much of it you develop…

10 Things We’ve All Believed About Animals That Aren’t Even True

The fact that we can’t verbally communicate with animals is a sign that we don’t know everything there is to know about them. Animals can’t explain the way they view and live in the world, and neither can you to them.

Thanks to science, we’ve discovered that there are many misconceptions. We’ve been fed false information that we’ve shared to friends and family members, and now it’s time to forget these common myths and spread the truth to the people around us.

10. Dogs and cats are colorblind.

Our furry little friends are not living in a black and white world. Although their vision is not the same as us, it doesn’t mean they don’t see color at all. In fact, cats and dogs can see better in low-lighting. Colors appear differently in the eyes of both animals. For example, red and pink look more like green to cats.

9. Beaver butt secretions can be found in vanilla ice cream.

Let’s set it straight. The friend or family member who tried to convince you that there’s anal goo in your food probably did a good job because they believed in this myth as well. The secretion known as castoreum, which is taken from a beaver’s anal gland, is not used in flavorings or perfumes. Isolating these secretions are too expensive anyway.  

8. Bulls hate the color red.

It’s not the red they hate, it’s the annoying human trying to get their attention. Bulls are trained by humans to charge at moving objects, but this isn’t in their nature. Of course, any animal that feels threatened will not stand there passively.

7. Elephants stomp loudly.

Take it as a compliment if someone says you stomp like an elephant. Despite their large body mass, elephants walk very quietly. They walk using the tips of their toes, and their feet are also designed like a soft pillow.

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6. Touching a frog or a toad can give you warts.

Just because frogs and toads are slimy and have bumps on their body doesn’t mean they’re the reason for why we get these nasty lumps. The HPV (human papillomavirus) is the cause of this ailment. So feel free to touch the amphibian, but be wary of touching someone’s hand that looks like it’s been infected by the virus.

You’ve probably been believing in all these next 5 myths as well!

12 Gordon Ramsay Facts That Are Very Well Done

Gordon Ramsay is the most popular celebrity chef in the world. He’s the television king when it comes to cooking, and his 44 restaurants aren’t too shabby either.

Though he plays a hard-ass on TV (and he has one in real life), Ramsay is actually a very nice person. There are some other things you don’t know about Chef Ramsay, and don’t worry, he won’t yell at you for not knowing them.

Gordon Ramsay has encountered many people on Hell’s Kitchen and they’re not all pleasant. One contestant tried to come at Ramsay, but he wasn’t concerned at all. Why? Because he’s a black belt.

“I have a black belt in karate,” Ramsay told Playboy. “I love boxing. I can look out for myself.”

Ramsay has one person he wants to compete against on Iron Chef, and he’s not keeping it a secret.

“I’ve been asking Bobby Flay for the last five years for that opportunity to go up head-to-head, and he still won’t sign that damn contract.”

There were even rumors that Flay vs. Ramsay was happening and would be a pay-per-view event, but they turned out to be false. Too bad. I would have watched.

You would think that someone of Ramsay’s stature would at least find one of his own shows entertaining, but he says he never watches them.

“I don’t want to get self-obsessed and start thinking about putting makeup on and watching the way I walk. “Oh, did I really say that?” F***it. It is what it is. I’d rather watch Deadliest Catch or go out for dinner.”

Gordon Ramsay says there’s one thing he’ll always order, “whether it’s in the middle of Milan or the middle of Paris or the middle of New York.” That menu item is beef wellington, his signature dish.

Gordon Ramsay has had to eat a lot of gross food in his lifetime, but there’s one thing he refuses to eat: frozen meals.

“It’s so easy to prepare a quick meal using fresh produce, such as a simple stir-fry, but people still resort to ready meals that all taste exactly the same.”

The restaurant called Gordon Ramsay is the longest-running restaurant in London, England, to hold three Michelin stars. Ramsay himself is one of three UK chefs to be awarded three Michelin stars (the highest ranking a restaurant can get.)

The CIA Has Quietly Been Buying Abstract Art For “Training Purposes” and We’re All Suspicious

Having nice decor around your workplace can actually be a pretty important factor to how well you do your job. Plenty of studies have been done to reflect the value of an attractive workplace, in that it tends to create a better work ethic and more comfortable feeling in its employees.

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It probably comes as no surprise then the list of thousands of organizations that have commissioned their own artwork for their offices includes one of the most important ones found within the United States government; the CIA.

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It all began back in 1968, during the height of the Cold War (and arguably the busiest period the CIA has ever worked through). Vincent Melzac, an art collector (as well as a catfish farm owner, salon chain magnate, and Arabian race horse breeder) was contacted to loan a series of 11 paintings to the CIA, all of which were by artists associated with the Washington Color School, a post-war movement based in DC, known for their stripes, polka dots, and color fields on canvas.

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The paintings would stay on loan for nearly 20 years until Melzac sold them to the CIA himself, and while his estate has continued to lend and take back plenty of other paintings from the organization, the original 11 still hang in the CIA’s headquarters in Langley, Virginia.

A replica set of the original collectionJames Rexroad

Melzac’s collection is now only one of several housed within the CIA, which begs the question; what is it the CIA likes so much about abstract art?!

Turns out, the answer’s actually a little more complicated that you might have thought…