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    Most of us are guilty of slipping our furry friends some people food now and then. And if your dog could stand to lose a few pounds or you just want to keep him healthy and spry, you may have even considered supplementing his diet with a little fruit or vegetables. Here’s the good news: There are plenty of human foods dogs can eat. And now for the bad news: There are also plenty of human foods that dogs can’t eat—and definitely shouldn’t. But just because it grows on a tree, bush, or vine doesn’t mean it’s good for your dog. So before you give in to those sweet puppy-dog eyes when your furry friend is begging for a taste of your meal, make sure you’re aware of what fruits and vegetables dogs can eat.

    We asked veterinarians to share their expertise on which foods are safe for dogs and which could have adverse—and even deadly—side effects. For example, can dogs eat bananas? What about blueberries and grapes? We have the answers that will help you avoid an emergency and could also shed some light as to why your dog isn’t eating. (Hint: Something else could have made him lose his appetite!)

    Fruits and vegetables safe for dogs to consume infographic

    The fruits dogs can eat

    A little fruit here and there is a sweet treat for your pup, and some fruits are actually beneficial to your dog’s diet. But moderation is the key because most fruits are high in sugar, says Shawna Garner, DVM, U.S. lead veterinarian at FirstVet, an on-demand video consultation platform. “The best way to make sure that dogs get the nutrition they need is to feed them a nutritionally complete, commercial pet food as the basis of their diet,” says Dr. Garner. “Any other food should be given as a small treat or topping to their meals. Roughly a tablespoon of fruit or vegetables per day should be enough for a medium-sized dog.”

    That said, some caveats prevail. “Avoid giving fruits, with their high natural sugar content, to a diabetic dog,” says Lisa Weeth, DVM, head of the nutrition department at Metropolitan Animal Specialty Hospital. “These foods can interfere with their blood sugar regulation.”

    As long as your dog doesn’t have a specific medical issue or food allergy, these are some of the fruits dogs can eat:

    Apples: Apples of all varieties make good treats for dogs, Dr. Garner says, because they’re an excellent source of vitamin C, fiber, and calcium. “Make sure to cut them up and remove the core before serving,” she adds, “as apple seeds can cause dogs to have an upset stomach when eaten in large quantities.”

    Bananas: Potassium-rich bananas are a safe treat for dogs, but they should be doled out in small portions due to their high sugar content. “They may cause your dog to gain weight if they eat too much,” notes Dr. Garner.

    Blueberries: According to Dr. Garner, this antioxidant- and fiber-rich snack can help keep dogs in good shape. Blueberries are also among the possible cancer-fighting foods for dogs.

    Cranberries: It turns out that cranberries have some of the same benefits for dogs as they do for humans. “Cranberry supplements are thought to reduce the adhesion of bacteria in the urogenital tract and possibly prevent urinary tract infections,” says Stacy Choczynski Johnson, DVM, the vet expert at Pumpkin Pet Insurance. While some dogs may not like the sour taste, tossing your pup a couple of fresh or dried cranberries is fine from a safety perspective.

    Your dog can also say “bone appétit” (see what we did there?) to small amounts of strawberries, watermelon, pears, and pineapple. Dr. Weeth adds that frozen fruit juice cubes or apple sauce cups can be fun summertime treats for your pup, as long as they’re doled out in limited servings. Interested in making your own snacks for your dog? Check out these homemade dog treats your pet will love.

    The vegetables dogs can eat

    Most vegetables make a good treat for your pet, says Jamie Richardson, DVM, medical chief of staff at Small Door Veterinary in New York City. But if you’re giving table scraps, make sure the vegetables don’t include much in the way of butter, salt, or other seasonings, she says. And just like fruit, when it comes to vegetables, a little bit goes a long way in your dog’s diet, so there’s no need to overdo it. One important note: With any raw or crunchy vegetables, be sure to cut them up into small, bite-sized pieces to avoid the risk of choking.

    Here are some vegetables dogs can eat in small portions:

    Broccoli: Raw or steamed, bite-sized pieces of broccoli are a good source of vitamins A, C, and K, as well as beta-carotene, folate, and dietary fiber.

    Carrots: Both raw or cooked carrots get a thumbs-up from vets. “Their natural sweetness makes them appealing to canines,” says Dr. Garner. “Plus, they contain high amounts of vitamin A, which helps to boost their immune system and keeps their skin and coat healthy.” Here’s another bonus: Unlike many other vegetables, carrots don’t tend to give dogs gas!

    Cauliflower: Like broccoli, cruciferous cauliflower is full of vitamins and minerals, and it may help the aches and pains of older pets with arthritis. Speaking of cauliflower, it also made this list of the trending superfood veggies that could be the next kale (for humans, that is), so you may want to stock up!

    Green beans: “With ample amounts of plant fiber, manganese, and vitamins C and K, plain green beans are great for dogs,” says Gary Richter, DVM, a veterinary health expert with Rover.com. Dr. Garner seconds that, noting that dogs can eat green beans cooked or raw. When frozen, she adds, they make a great treat on a warm summer day.

    Pumpkin: Pumpkin’s high fiber content can be beneficial for dogs that have diarrhea or constipation, says Dr. Garner. “However,” she adds, “pumpkin should only be served to dogs cooked, without added spices or flavors, to avoid upsetting a dog’s stomach.”

    Spinach: If your dog will eat it, spinach is a great source of vitamin K, magnesium, folate, manganese, omega-3 fatty acids, and zinc, says Oscar E. Chavez, BVetMed, Chief Medical Officer at Just Food for Dogs.

    Sweet potatoes: Another great source of dietary fiber, sweet potatoes are high in vitamin B6, vitamin C, and beta-carotene. Sweet potatoes should be peeled and cooked—or you can pick up some dehydrated sweet potato dog chews. In case you were wondering, these are the best dog food brands that veterinarians feed their own pets.

    Zucchini: “An excellent source of vitamin C, zucchini is also rich in beta-carotene and is a source of vitamin A, dietary fiber, potassium, folate, and niacin,” says Dr. Chavez.

    What other veggies can dogs chow down on in moderation? Cucumbers, celery, peas, and Brussels sprouts.

    Fruits and vegetables dangerous for dogs to eat

    The fruits dogs can’t eat

    The fruits and vegetables that dogs can eat won’t do any harm and may even help their health. But the list of fruits and vegetables that dogs can’t eat is actually kind of scary—some of the items can make them quite ill and, if unaddressed, could even be deadly. Some are bite-sized, sweet fruits that you and your dog might view as treats, so be aware before you toss one to your faithful companion. The list of fruits to avoid includes:

    Avocados: Yes, they’re a fruit, and no, your dog shouldn’t eat them. Avocados contain persin, a toxin that can cause vomiting and diarrhea. “It’s particularly concentrated in the skin of the avocado, although any part of the fruit is unsafe for dogs to eat,” says Dr. Garner. Avocados are also very high in fat, notes Dr. Richter, so in addition to their toxic capabilities, they can cause gastrointestinal upset if ingested in large amounts. In general, you should be on the lookout for these signs of dog illness in your seemingly healthy pet.

    Cherries: The pit and skin of cherries contain small amounts of cyanide, says Dr. Garner. So if your dog gets ahold of a whole bowl of cherries, he can be poisoned. “If a dog eats a whole cherry, this may cause an upset stomach,” says Dr. Garner. “However, several cherries could lead to breathing difficulties and an unwanted emergency visit to the vet.”

    Citrus: A section of orange or tangerine may be safe to feed your dog, but watch out for the rest of the fruit. “Other parts of the plant, including the leaves, stem, skin, and leaves are toxic,” says Dr. Garner. “If consumed, they can cause an upset stomach, and vomiting and diarrhea if consumed in large amounts.”

    Dried fruit: With the exception of a couple of dried cranberries (see above), dried fruit is generally a no-no for dogs. While none has the toxicity of raisins, dried fruit is high in sugar, which makes it an unhealthy snack. “You’re better off choosing fresh fruit alternatives,” Dr. Garner says, “as long as they are safe for dogs to eat.”

    Grapes and raisins: Dr. Richter says that grapes and raisins can cause kidney toxicity in some dogs. “The effect is not dose-dependent,” he adds, “so even a single grape or raisin can potentially be fatal.” While fatalities are rare, if you know your dog has eaten grapes or raisins, take him to the vet ASAP. Here’s how to tell if your dog has food poisoning.

    Macadamia nuts: Nuts are generally not a good snack for dogs due to their high-fat content; plus, packaged nuts are often packed with salt. But macadamia nuts are particularly problematic because they can cause weakness, vomiting, and diarrhea in dogs. While these symptoms will usually resolve on their own, Dr. Garner says it’s still a good idea to call your veterinarian if your dog gets ahold of these nuts.

    Tomatoes: Yep, they’re also a fruit! And like other fruits and vegetables in the nightshade family, tomatoes contain solanine, which, when ingested in large amounts, can cause GI distress and arrhythmia in dogs. The good news is that ripe tomatoes contain far less solanine than green ones, so a piece of ripe tomato is probably OK for your dog. But absolutely keep him away from green tomatoes and tomato leaves and stems, where solanine is concentrated.

    The vegetables dogs can’t eat

    When it comes to most vegetables, the biggest risk to your dog (and you) is that he’ll get an upset tummy, be gassy, or have diarrhea after ingesting them. But a few vegetables are especially toxic to dogs, though in most cases, they’d have to ingest them in large amounts to do any real damage. These include:

    Onions: Foods from the onion family—including onions, garlic, leeks, and chives—should be avoided because they contain a toxin called N-propyl disulfide. “This can cause serious damage to canine red blood cells, meaning that the dog’s body will struggle to distribute oxygen properly,” says Dr. Garner. “It is never safe to give a dog onion or any other foods from the onion family.”

    Dr. Richter concurs. “Onion toxicity is rare because most dogs wouldn’t eat enough onions to be a problem,” he says. “But theoretically, if someone had a large plate of cooked onions that got eaten by the dog, it could be a problem.” You should be on particularly high alert during holidays. For example, think of all the Thanksgiving foods that incorporate cooked onions and could pose a danger to your pet.

    And Dr. Weeth adds a special note of caution: “A 50-pound dog sneaking a few licks of a sauce that includes garlic and onion are unlikely to cause any issues, but adding garlic to their diet as an additive or in a supplement over days to weeks can cause nausea or vomiting and result in anemia. If the anemia becomes severe enough and chronic enough, it can cause lethargy, weakness, pale gums, and collapse. There are many in the blogosphere who still tout unproven health ‘benefits’ for garlic while ignoring the very real negative health risks of this food. I would not recommend intentionally feeding anything in the garlic or onion family to dogs.”

    Mushrooms: If you and your dog take a walk through the woods, or anywhere wild mushrooms might pop up, make sure he doesn’t chomp on one while he has his nose to the ground. “Store-bought shouldn’t be hazardous,” says Dr. Garner, “but it’s best to avoid mushrooms altogether when it comes to a dog’s diet.” Here are more shockingly common dog dangers in your own backyard.

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    Fri, 23 Jul 2021 20:35:33 +0000

    Shapewear in shorts form

    Butt-lifting leggings are a trend that’s here to stay but I wanted to try a pair of butt-lifting workout shorts for warm weather. Comfort, shape, lift, breathability, and style are important factors for workout shorts that hit the sweet spot between athleisure style and performance gear.

    I wore a pair of Yummie Mel Cotton Stretch Shaping biker shorts to Pilates and barre classes, and to the coffee shop. Here’s everything you need to know about wearability and fit. And if you’re looking for traditional shapewear, here are our favorite Nordstrom shapewear pieces.

    What are butt-lifting workout shorts?

    Yummie Mel Cotton Stretch Shaping biker shorts actually started life as Yummie Rachel shapewear leggings. The booty-enhancing leggings were so comfortable and popular that designers decided to shorten them for warmer weather.

    I already love Yummie leggings for athleisure wear. For summer, I was looking for a pair of shaping biker shorts that provide a booty lift. The Mel shorts were the perfect solution. I find that sizing shapewear can be difficult. Compression fabric runs small and can feel aggressively constricting but if you size up too large you won’t get the shape and lift effect. For these shorts, I went with a size medium and hoped for the best.

    How did we test butt-lifting workout shorts?

    When I tried on the butt-lifting workout shorts, I was immediately impressed. The compression was snug enough to lift my butt and smooth my tummy but it wasn’t painful or too tight. The eight-inch inseam provided a good amount of leg coverage. If you need work-appropriate wardrobe staples, here are the best dresses for returning to the office.

    The first time I wore the Yummie shorts to a Pilates class, I caught a glimpse of myself in the studio mirror. I thought, ‘wow, my body has really changed since I started working out more consistently.’ Then I remembered that the butt-lifting shorts were probably more responsible for my flatter tummy, lifted rear, and toned thighs than doing regular planks.

    Throughout the high-intensity class, the shorts stayed put. I didn’t have to hike up the waist or discreetly wiggle out any wedgies. No issues with gaping in the waistband or the leg openings rolling up either. The breathable cotton fabric felt lightweight and the seamless construction meant no digging into my skin and unsightly marks. I washed the shorts and wore them to an outdoor barre class with the same results.

    It’s been hard to wear anything besides these shorts—even on the days when I don’t hit the gym. Biker shorts are very on-trend for 2021. They’re easy to wear to the dog park, grocery store, and for casual drinks with friends. The eight-inch inseam is on the longer side so these feel conservative, even though they’re fitted. I style them with an oversized top and sneakers or sandals.

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    The final verdict on butt-lifting workout shorts

    Honestly, I wear my butt-lifting workout shorts whenever they’re clean. In fact, I’m going to order a second pair of shorts—there’s a lot of warm weather left! I just need to decide if I want an additional classic black pair or if should I switch to white or the blue or gray camouflage print. The shorts also come in a version with handy pockets.

    Even my mom noted a change when I wore the shorts to her house. She asked if I was working out more. I’ll give the credit to the Yummie butt-lifting shorts and not my gym schedule.

    Where to buy butt-lifting workout shorts

    Get your own pair of butt-enhancing Mel Cotton Stretch Shaping biker shorts on Yummie.com. As of press time, some of the colors were on sale! You can also find the same shorts on Shopbop, Amazon, and Zappos. Note that Yummie.com offers the most size and color options. Adding a white pair to my cart now!

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    Fri, 23 Jul 2021 20:07:19 +0000

    Before jumping on in we have one question on our minds: what is an optical illusion? Optical illusions are visuals that tend to be deceptive to the eye and brain. This is based on numerous factors including varying colors, patterns, lights, and more! When looking at these images what we see gets sent to our brains, and a false perception is created as the image our brain processes isn’t actually what is in front of us. Different people will often see these illusions differently which is completely normal since everyone’s brain works in different ways—talk about perspective!

    Do you think you have what it takes to figure out these optical illusions? There are so many types of illusions and we’ve rounded up the best of famous illusions, color illusions, pattern illusions, illusory motion illusions, and literal illusions. Scroll on down to see 30 of these illusions in their respective categories and put your mind to the test!

    Famous illusions

    Cafe wall illusion

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    These lines appear to be angled up or down, but the horizontal lines are actually all parallel. Need proof? Try covering the top and bottom of one line of squares with a piece of paper. No slants to be found!

    Muller-Lyer illusion

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    Which horizontal line is shorter: the top or the bottom? Trick question—they’re the same size, even though your mind perceives the one with outward wings to be longer. While these optical illusions seem hard to figure out give yourself a break and check out 20 rebus puzzles that are almost impossible to solve!

    Zöllner illusion

    stitched lines illusion
    Are these long diagonal lines parallel? They sure don’t look it, but they are! Removing the smaller “stitch”-like lines shows the truth about this optical illusion.

    Scintillating grid illusion

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    An oldie but goodie, you may have seen the scintillating grid illusion before! Your brain thinks there’s a black dot inside each white circle—until you focus on each individual white circle. Then you realize it was never there at all. These images can be quite deceiving so put your eye to the test and see how many triangles are in this puzzle.

    Spinning dancer illusion

    My favorite ambiguous illusion is still the Spinning Dancer: which direction is she spinning in? pic.twitter.com/DKvQ1fVh59

    — Tommy Maranges (@tommygents) May 16, 2018

    This infamous silhouette of a dancer changes direction but do you know how? It’s all based on your bistable perception—when our brain sees a 2D in two different perspectives. The reason why we believe it moves is because our brains are trying to create space around the dancer!

    Ponzo illusion

    A Ponzo illusion is designed to trick you into believing that both yellow lines are different in length, smart art! pic.twitter.com/5aEJflcE1W

    — Viking UK (@uk_vikingdirect) July 21, 2016

    One of these yellow lines seems longer than the other. If you look closely, you’ll realize they’re both the exact same length. It’s based on our perception and we tend to see this image with a linear perspective which makes the top yellow line look longer than the yellow line at the bottom. Imagine driving and seeing a line up ahead. As you get closer the line appears to be larger and when we pass it, it appears smaller! If this was easy, check out 25 of the hardest riddles ever.

    Elephant optical illusion

    How many legs does the elephant have? At first glance, the answer maybe be obvious – but look a little closer, and this fiendish illusion reveals itself.

    Today we have some fun optical illusions for you to try out! See how tricky it can be for your brain to accurately interpret the images from your eyes. We will reveal the answers in a post later! For more fun optical illusions, check out https://t.co/yPLTUVucu6 #kidsweekatCORE pic.twitter.com/kp1oysj15G

    — CORE uWaterloo (@COREuWaterloo) April 24, 2018

    The elephants we see have four legs but this one is throwing us a doozy. If we look closely you’ll see this elephant also only has four legs! Artist Roger Shepard left natural space blank causing confusion and making our brains think the space is supposed to be a leg. Still confused? Cover up the feet and you’ll see the four legs.

    Illusory motion illusions

    Spinning seeds

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    Your eyes will keep jumping to the spinning sunbursts of seeds—even though they’re all staying still. Give your eyes a break and solve 11 of the most famous riddles in history.

    Rotating circles

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    When your eyes dart to one seemingly spinning circle, the others around them appear to start rotating. Your eyes don’t know where to look!

    Hypnotizing

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    Looks like the background is spinning around a circle, but both are staying completely still. Boost your brainpower even more with these 99 brain games.

    Moving right along

    Polka dot ball rolling along the polka dot surface. Abstract vector optical illusion illustration. Extravagant background and tile of seamless wallpaper.

    It looks like the background underneath the sphere is moving downward, like a conveyer belt or a slow treadmill. But we promise this is a completely still image!

    Ripple effect

    The optical illusion of movement executed in the form of fluctuating pink and lilac polygons

    Are you sure the circles in this image aren’t moving? Are you sure they’re not rippling in a wavelike motion? But really—are you positive? This happens because of a lag in the way we process looking at one aspect of the image to another causing our brain to think there is movement. Our smarts are being tested! Continue your momentum by solving 12 logic puzzles.

    Spinning colors

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    Optical illusions like this will leave you dazed and confused. The colors seem to be swirling around, even though it’s a still image.

    Pattern illusions

    Hidden message

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    Lose your focus a bit (seriously—try to go a little cross-eyed) and you’ll spot a secret message hidden in the black dots. Take a closer look, though, and the words will disappear from sight.

    Innie or outie?

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    Is the smallest point of this black and white illusion pointing in or sticking out? It’s anyone’s guess due to the contrasting lines.

    All about perspective

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    Can you figure out which of these windows is bigger? Not only are they the exact same size, but their tops and bottoms are also directly in line with each other. Talk about a new perspective! Keep challenging the way you view things by looking at 25 photos of everyday things taken from a side you rarely see.

    Large and small

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    Which blue dot is bigger: the one on the left or the one on the right? Good for you if you guessed the same size! The left just looks smaller compared to the big circles and empty space around it.

    New squares

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    At first glance, the four diamonds in this picture pop right out. But look closer—there’s not a single line creating those shapes. The contrast between the black and white makes your brain assume they exist. Next, can you identify everyday objects by these close-up pictures?

    Connected lines

    Poggendorff geometrical optical illusion. The red line appears to be continuing behind the gray rectangle but it is the blue line. Misperception of a position. Illustration on white background. Vector

    Which of the two lines on the right side of the gray rectangle connects to the one on the left side? As you can see from the image on the right, it’s the one on the bottom (labeled in blue)—not the one on the top! When you can’t see the whole picture (literally), these optical illusions can seriously throw you for a loop.

    Wacky squares

    Optical illusion - red squares look distorted - with explanation on the right

    Some of these optical illusions make your head spin! In the optical illusion on the left, the red squares look warped and crooked, like something out of a funhouse. But on the right, when the crazy arrangement of black and white lines is faded to almost nothing, you can see that the red squares are actually as straight and square as can be. If you think you can handle it, check out 15 word puzzles that will leave you stumped.

    Tilted towers

    tilted towers illusion

    Is one of these leaning towers leaning more than the other? It certainly looks like it, but no! The two images are identical; the way they’re positioned next to each other makes the one on the right look steeper.

    Squiggly squares

    optical illusion
    The lines that make up these squares are completely straight—yes, all of them, even the ones in the middle! The placement of the miniature squares-within-the-squares warps the lines and makes them look curved. If that was a piece of cake, you’ve got golden eyes. Put them to the test even more and see if you can find the hidden object in a sea of watermelons!

    Bending lines

    bending lines illusion
    These red lines might look curved outward—but they’re completely straight!

    Hidden arch

    hidden arch illusion
    Under the post, are the lines of this archway meeting in the middle? They sure are! The post makes the lines look mismatched, but sure enough, they connect! Ready to keep making that brain of yours work? See if you can pass a short IQ test and put your smarts to the test.

    Standing tall

    standing tall illusion
    Which of these monsters charging through the catacombs is taller? More optical illusions that use the background to trick you! Without the backdrop, you can see that these two freaky fellows are exactly the same—including their height.

    Color illusions

    How many colors?

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    Can you figure out how many colors are in this image in total? Did you guess four? Turns out it’s only three! The square in the upper right of this image looks like it contains blue and pink stripes; the one in the lower left seems to have green and orange ones. But, believe it or not, the “blue” and “green” are actually the exact same color!

    RELATED: Fewer Than 1 Percent of People Can Pass This Color Test. Can You?

    Gray area

    gray area illusion
    Which of the labeled squares is lighter in color: A or B? This one’s quite the trick: They’re actually the same color! It’s just the shadow of the green cylinder that makes them look like different colors.

    Pair of pears

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    Which of these pears is lighter in color: the one on the left or the one on the right? Neither, these two pears are exactly the same color! Grab a friend or two and see if they can figure it out and when you’re done solve some of the most challenging jigsaw puzzles you can buy.

    green pears answer

    Literal Illusions

    Rubin Vase

    Vase or face? This is an example of a Rubin Vase, an #opticalillusion named after the Danish psychologist Edgar Rubin, who first developed the trick. Next time you visit us, come check out The Queen’s Speech- a 3D representation of this illusion! #RubinVase #EdgarRubin

    Vase or face? This is an example of a Rubin Vase, an #opticalillusion named after the Danish psychologist Edgar Rubin, who first developed the trick. Next time you visit us, come check out The Queen’s Speech- a 3D representation of this illusion! #RubinVase #EdgarRubin pic.twitter.com/afET0l3YIT

    — Camera Obscura & World of Illusions (@camobscura) November 10, 2018

    — Camera Obscura & World of Illusions (@camobscura) November 10, 2018

    Upon first glance do you see the figure of a vase or the side profile of two faces looking at one another? It all depends on the color you choose to focus on. If you look only at the black color, the image of a vase will appear prominently. Focusing on the white will show the side profile of the two individuals.

    Boring Figure

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    — neurocurry (@neurocurry) November 4, 2018

    — neurocurry (@neurocurry) November 4, 2018

    There’s certainly nothing boring about this optical illusion except that it’s named after its artist Edwin Boring. What do you see when you first take a good look at this image? One can either see a young woman looking away or the side profile of an elderly woman. You can see both however our brains can only focus on one at a time. If these optical illusions have your mind going in full gear, this Mensa quiz will surely continue the momentum.

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    Fri, 23 Jul 2021 19:20:28 +0000

    Hey, you, with the glasses! Have you ever noticed those tiny numbers printed on the arm of your frames? It might not always be important for the consumer to be familiar with the numbers on their products, but in the case of eyewear, those numbers can actually tell you a lot about your frames. Whether you have distance glasses, reading glasses, polarized sunglasses, or even blue light glasses, your eyewear is more than just a prescription. Knowing what these numbers mean can be especially important if you want to buy glasses online. So, let’s break it down.

    What do the little numbers on your glasses mean?

    “On a typical pair of glasses, you’re going to find 3 measurement numbers, usually in the form of AA-BB-CCC (not the official designations for these numbers, just what I’m using to make it clearer),” explains optometrist Jonathan Wolfe from Ardsley, NY.

    He explains that the numbers represented by AA correspond to the measurement of your eye size. This would be the width horizontally of the opening on one eye. This number typically ranges from 42-58mm. The larger the value, the larger the frame.

    The second number represented by BB measures the distance between the right and left lens, which usually ranges from 16-24mm.

    Lastly, the CCC value is the length of the arms usually between 130-150mm. The larger your head, the greater that number is so your glasses can sit comfortably on your face. Find out more secrets your eye doctor won’t tell you.

    Why is this important to know?

    “A common misconception among patients is that their eye size is fixed and that if the eye size of their current glasses is say, 54 (and they like how they look), then they need their new glasses to be a 54 as well,” says Wolfe. “This is not necessarily the case, since the AA and BB values interact with each other.”

    Everyone comes in different shapes and sizes, and that includes the dimensions of your face. A pair of glasses that works well for one person, may not fit comfortably for another. These simple facial measurements make finding a pair of snug glasses easier for the patient.

    “For example, you may have a very rectangular frame with an eye size of 56, and a 16mm distance between lenses,” explains Wolfe. “If you wanted to switch to a rounder look, you may get a similar fit with a frame that has an eye size of 50, but an 18mm distance between the lenses. This is why it’s important to try frames on in person, rather than simply going by the eye size number of your current glasses.”

    Especially when looking to purchase a new pair of glasses online, most people focus on the optical prescription. Don’t get us wrong, the prescription is essential, but making sure the glasses sit correctly on your face is just as important. While you can use these sizes as a guide, every pair of glasses are different, so if you’re looking for the best fit, definitely seek the guidance of a professional. Next, see if you can use FSA or HSA for glasses before you check out.

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    The numbers on your eyewear are more important than you think—an optometrist tells us why.

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    Fri, 23 Jul 2021 18:18:17 +0000

    Spot and Tango dog food review

    Calling all dog owners! If your pup is a picky eater, or you’re concerned about the nutrition and quality of the dog food in their bowl, it might be time to try something completely different: human-grade dog food. Spot and Tango’s personalized, safe, and healthy dog food concept was so popular, it sold out twice in its first month!

    I wanted to see what my picky eater dog would think—so I’ve been feeding him a customized meal plan for two months. Here’s everything you need to know about Spot and Tango dog food.

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    What is Spot and Tango?

    If human-grade dog food sounds too fancy, hear me out! Spot and Tango is a family-owned dog food business, born after the pet parent founder decided to do something about the large amount of pet food recalls in the news. Instead of factory food made from dodgy ingredients in foreign countries, Spot and Tango offers all-natural meals customized to your dog’s age, breed, weight, and activity level. They provide 100% wet or dry whole foods prepared with human-grade food, each containing protein, fruit, and vegetable ingredients sourced in the United States.

    Louie, my Morkie (that’s a Maltese/Yorkie mix), is a tiny dog—so I worry about possible digestive issues when switching up his food and treats. In fact, he’d been eating the same dry food the breeder recommended since he was a baby. And guess what? He was over it!

    Before Spot and Tango, it wasn’t uncommon for Louie to hunger strike for a full day. And that’s downright dangerous for small dogs who can be at risk for hypoglycemia when their blood sugar dips too low. He’d still eat a Kong filled with frozen yogurt or peanut butter, so I knew he wasn’t ill—just bored with his dry food. To prevent digestive issues, his vet suggested I start slow with diet changes.

    What my dog thought about Spot and Tango

    My Spot and Tango order arrived in a cooler-style box to keep the fresh meals cold. Each of the fresh meals came in pre-portioned pouches clearly labeled with their ingredients (flavors included turkey and red quinoa with apples and lamb and brown rice with blueberries). The dried Unkibble bag (beef and barley with dried green beans) came with a small serving scoop designed with Louie’s serving size in mind.

    Dog training books recommend using dry dog food as a training reward. I always laughed at that—I could barely get Louie to eat his regular food when he was hungry, let alone convince him it was a reward! Well, guess what? I took the bag of Spot and Tango Unkibbled to obedience class and Louie happily ran through commands of “sit,” “down,” and “stay” with Unkibbled dry dog food as a treat! I was shocked. Check out these fun puzzle toys for bored dogs.

    As my vet suggested, I monitored Louie for digestive issues after giving Unkibbled solely as treats for a week. No issues. I then sprinkled a half-serving of the Unkibbled on top of Louie’s regular dry dog food. No surprise, he ate all the Unkibbled and left his other food in the bowl. After a month of loving the dry food, I defrosted a bag of fresh food from the freezer. Going slow again, I mixed in a few tablespoons of the turkey with quinoa wet food with Louie’s dry food. It was love at first bite. And, the fresh food didn’t have odors or the gravy consistency I usually expect with wet dog food.

    I’ve been feeding Louie Spot and Tango wet and dry food exclusively for the past month (two months total). He’s gained a half-pound. According to the vet, this is good news for Louie, who struggles to maintain a healthy weight. He hasn’t had any digestive or health issues.

    And the best part? Louie now eats his entire serving of dog food every day. Love at first bite, indeed!

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    Where to buy Spot and Tango dog food

    Spot and Tango is available online through Spot and Tango’s website. New customers take a quick and easy online quiz that asks questions about your dog’s breed, age, activity level, weight, and tastes. You then get multiple price and food type plans from a Pup Specialist.

    Depending on how much your dog eats, plans start as low as $7 a week for dry food and $15 a week for fresh food. Most new customers get a 20 percent off discount. And if your dog doesn’t like Spot and Tango as much as Louie does, you get your money back. Next, learn about the best diet for dogs, according to vets.

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    Thu, 22 Jul 2021 23:09:49 +0000

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    Back to school, back to memes

    Time to head back to school! It’s both an exciting and stressful time for everyone involved, and even though we go through the same routine every year, it never seems to get any easier. But since we’re all in this together, maybe it’s time to add a little humor to the mix while you cherish those sacred final days of summer. These back to school memes will ring true for both parents and teachers as we head into fall. If you’re looking for the best of the best memes, we’ve got you covered! But if you want to still hold onto the break as long as possible, we have summer memes and vacation memes for you too. Most importantly, may we all appreciate how much parents and teachers do to make sure kids get the best education possible. And remember: Thanksgiving break is just around the corner.

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    Whether you're a longtime parent or brand new teacher, you'll be cackling at these memes before the big day.

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    Thu, 22 Jul 2021 21:44:48 +0000

    Reading the label

    You can tell a lot from the design and color of food packaging. The color of a packet of M&Ms, for example, can tell you whether they’re peanut, regular, crispy, or caramel, while a yellow cap on a Coca-Cola bottle means something else entirely. And if you’ve ever glanced at the back of a food package, you know they’re chock full of information: the story of the brand, nutritional figures, ingredients both familiar and not, and something called a “serving size,” which I have personally never adhered to. But there’s something else printed on the back of most food packaging: several brightly-colored circles or squares that look like some sort of secret language. However, these shapes aren’t an indication of flavors, vitamins, or minerals. They’re really not there for us consumers at all, but rather, for the printing engineers.

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    What do colored circles on food packages mean?

    The colored circles on food packages can come in a variety of colors: pink, yellow, blue, black, orange, purple, or green, in varying shades of light and dark. Apparently, those colored shapes are called “printer’s color blocks” or “process control patches,” and they’re there to help the printing team who prints the food packaging. We consulted an expert printing engineer, Meg Schiraldi, to find out exactly what that means.

    “When the packaging is printed, technicians use the colored circles to check that the printing ink is the correct [color] and quality. They compare the color to boxes printed around the world to ensure consistent brand colors,” Schiraldi explained. “Most printers only use four colors: cyan (blue-green), yellow, magenta, and black. But some printers have extra colors like orange, green, and violet. This helps them match challenging colors like Home Depot orange and FedEx purple. That’s why you may see more circles printed on some packages—they need to check each color of ink!”

    So there you have it! Colored circles on food packages help printers to color match when they’re printing food packaging and retain brand consistency all over the world. That means you can reach for a yellow packet of M&Ms in Shanghai, Sarajevo, or Sydney and know you’ll be getting peanuts. Peanut M&Ms, that is. Thanks, colored circles! Without you, not all food packages would come out the same, and it sure is nice to be able to rely on at least one thing in this world. Next, find out these ways you’re reading food labels wrong.

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    Wondering what those colored circles on food packages really mean? The answer is more technical than you might think.

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    Thu, 22 Jul 2021 20:47:31 +0000

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    Choosing the right gear pays off every time

    You probably already have a solid collection of butt-lifting leggings and matching loungewear sets, but if you take your fitness routine seriously, choosing the right workout shorts for women is a move you won’t regret. We asked fitness experts how to shop for workout shorts for women, and found the best pairs by categories, from affordable to plus size and everything in between.

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    We got fitness experts to recommend the perfect pair of workout shorts for women to kick your summer fitness goals into gear.

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    Thu, 22 Jul 2021 20:30:51 +0000

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    Brain games

    Brain training games are games that allow players to complete tasks that practice specific cognitive skills that exercise their memory, attention span, logic, and fast thinking. Brain training activities can range from puzzles, video games, and board games, and they all come in varying degrees of difficulty. Despite being fun to play, each of these games has some added benefits for your brain, too—from helping to develop your problem-solving and reasoning skills to improving your eye for detail and abstract thinking abilities.

    Research shows that brain training games have been proven to make a “major impact on cognitive function.” As you play brain games that involve critical thinking, logic, and creativity, your brain is adapting and rewiring itself to improve its performance. Or, if you play a game that tests your ability to remember visual patterns, it can enhance your brain’s ability to spot patterns. Likewise, memory-boosting games can help with recall and word or number puzzles can compel your brain to uncover hidden solutions—all of which, over time, can help improve cognitive functions and keep your brain “young.”

    There are endless free brain games on the internet that you can play to give your brain a workout. Want to experience that feel-good moment when you finally figure out the missing piece to a tricky brain puzzle or when you finally crack a tough riddle? Just check out our giant collection of the best brain training games, puzzles, and problems below for some awesome brain activities that you can do either by yourself or with a group of friends.

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    Exercise your brain and sharpen your mind (the fun way!) with these 13 types of brain training games.

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    Thu, 22 Jul 2021 15:10:19 +0000

    When we think of the Olympics, a few things come to mind immediately: the athletes marching in during the opening ceremonies, proudly carrying their country’s flag; the dramatic awarding of gold, silver, and bronze medals to winners of the events; the torch and other memorable Olympic moments; and, of course, the Olympic rings.

    The five interlocked Olympic rings have become so familiar at this stage that there’s a good chance we don’t give them much thought. Given what we know about rings symbolizing an ongoing, unbroken commitment—wedding rings, for example—we may assume there’s a similar sentiment behind the Olympic rings, but it’s much more than that. Here’s an inside look at what the Olympic rings symbolize and their history.

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    History of the Olympic games

    Both the Olympic rings and the modern Olympics themselves can be traced back to one man: 19th-century French historian, sociologist, athlete, and education reformer Pierre de Coubertin. In addition to working to make physical education available to students in France the way it was to their English counterparts, Coubertin organized the world’s first Congress on Physical Education and Scholar Competitions at the 1889 Paris Universal Exposition, according to the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Five years later, in June 1894, Coubertin founded the IOC and proposed what would become the modern-day Olympic Games—the first of which were held in Athens in 1896, followed by the 1900 Games in Paris.

    From the very beginning, Coubertin’s vision for the Olympics included elite athletes from different parts of the world coming together in one location to compete against each other. In the second edition of the Olympic Bulletin in 1894, he spelled out how the Games would rotate between different countries, and why that was such an important aspect of the event. “The genius of each people, its manner of holding the festivals and of engaging in physical exercise,” he wrote, “is what will give the modern Olympic Games their true character, and perhaps may make them superior to their ancient predecessors. It is obvious that Games held in Rome will not resemble in the slightest those that may be held in London or Stockholm.”

    History of the Olympic rings

    The 1912 Olympic Games held in Stockholm, Sweden, were the first to include athletes from what were then considered the five continents: Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania (Australia and New Zealand), and a combination of North and South America. Inspired by what had become a truly global event, in 1913, Coubertin designed what would become the symbol of the Games: the Olympic rings. (His original design is shown above.)

    The Olympic rings have been used in every summer and winter Games since 1920 and have remained relatively unchanged since. The exception to this was a version introduced in 1957, which slightly increased the space between the rings. However, in 2010, the IOC decided to go back to Coubertin’s original design and spacing—the iteration of the Olympic rings in use today.

    Symbolism of the Olympic rings

    Humans have long used rings or circles as symbols, but in the case of the Olympic rings, they have special meaning. For instance, the five rings represent the five continents that participated in the 1912 Games. And according to Rule 8 of the Olympic Charter, “the Olympic symbol expresses the activity of the Olympic Movement…and the meeting of athletes from throughout the world at the Olympic Games.”

    Additionally, the five interlaced rings must be of equal dimensions, representing the idea that all continents are equal at the Games. Lastly, in the words of Coubertin: “These five rings represent the five parts of the world now won over to the cause of olympism and ready to accept its fecund rivalries.”

    Meaning behind the colors of the Olympic rings

    Given what we know about colors and their many symbolic meanings, it seems like it’d be safe to assume that each color featured in the Olympic rings would stand for something specific, like a continent. But in reality, that’s not the case at all. Coubertin chose the six official Olympic colors—blue, yellow, black, green, red, and white (featured in the background)—because when he introduced the symbol in 1913, every single flag of the nations participating in the games could be reproduced using the colors in the Olympic symbol. Or, in his own words: “The six colors thus combined reproduce those of all nations without exception.”

    Official versions of the Olympic rings

    Believe it or not, there are currently seven “official” versions of the Olympic rings, according to the IOC. Unsurprisingly, the preferred iteration is the one featuring the rings in all five colors on a white background. However, in situations where it’s not possible to reproduce the Olympic rings in color, monochrome versions of the rings in each of the six official Olympic colors—blue, yellow, black, green, red, and white—are acceptable alternatives.

    Evolution of the Olympic rings

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    While the concept of the Olympic rings may not be new, the symbol itself has evolved slightly over the years and has included these versions, according to the IOC:

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    Thu, 22 Jul 2021 14:45:04 +0000

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    The best organizing ideas

    For many, organizing is something that gets put off for months. Figuring out the best pantry organization ideas, kitchen organization ideas, and best closet organizers to keep all of your storage spaces tidy can seem like a headache, but if you stay organized from the start and follow these tips, home organization might not be such a daunting task. Learning how to organize from the start might be a lifestyle change, but in the end, it’s worth it. Read on to learn the best organizing tips from the pros.

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    You may think you own your stuff—but it actually owns you. Using these simple pro organizing ideas will help you take back control!

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    Thu, 22 Jul 2021 18:10:29 +0000

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    Put your pop culture trivia knowledge to the test

    Think you know a thing or two about pop culture? Put your knowledge to the test by answering these pop culture trivia questions. There’s a mix of questions here, from movie trivia to random trivia about celebrities and music. No peeking at the answers, either—and don’t look up the answers online! If you’re looking for trivia questions for the whole family, ask these trivia questions for kids at your next family trivia night.

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    Think you’re a pop culture pro? Some of these answers may not be as obvious as you’d think.

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    Thu, 22 Jul 2021 14:00:02 +0000

    It’s not summertime if you aren’t spritzing mosquito repellent when stepping outside, especially at night. In addition to causing annoying itching, mosquito bites can transfer viruses and diseases. Some cities have to deal with this issue year-round and not just during the summer months. The place with the most serious infestation? Well, for the first time in seven years, it isn’t Atlanta, Georgia.

    What’s the most mosquito-infested city in America?

    According to Orkin, Los Angeles, California is now the most mosquito-infested city in America. The brand came to this conclusion after looking at how many mosquito customers it served in metro areas between April 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021. According to Orkin, these are the top ten mosquito-infested cities in America:

    Three new worst cities for mosquitoes made the top 50 list this year: Seattle, Washington; San Diego, California; and Fresno, California.

    Terminix, one of the largest pest control companies in the world, released a similar report. The company looked at 2020 internet search trends to determine the top cities in the United States most interested in finding out more about mosquitoes. Los Angeles ranks #11 on that list, and Bakersfield, California, takes the top spot. While the lifespan of mosquitoes may not be all that long, dealing with them can still be a nuisance.

    How to avoid mosquitoes

    Even if you don’t live in one of the top mosquito-infested cities in America, you’ll come in contact with mosquitoes. However, there are things you can do to limit your exposure to them.

    Next, read up on how you can get rid of household pests without using chemicals.

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    Hint: It's on the West Coast.

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    Thu, 22 Jul 2021 12:35:33 +0000

    Refrigerated leftovers typically last up to four days if your leftovers are sealed and stored correctly. For most people, covering a plate with foil and tossing it in the fridge is a quick, easy way to store food. However, wrapping your food in a sheet of aluminum foil is also an easy way to put yourself at risk for health hazards.

    Why you shouldn’t use aluminum foil for leftovers

    Much like we need air to breathe, bacteria need air to thrive. Some bacteria like staph and Bacillus cereus, which cause foodborne illnesses, produce toxins that aren’t destroyed by high cooking temperatures. When a hot meal is left out at room temperature for more than two hours, the bacteria grow rapidly, according to the Washington State Department of Health.

    Using aluminum foil to cover food poses the same risk, since it doesn’t completely seal your food off from the air. “When air is present, that allows the bacteria to grow faster, so you really want to get the right containers and pack things appropriately,” says Lindsay Malone, a registered dietitian at the Cleveland Clinic. “Otherwise, your food isn’t going to last.”

    How should you package leftovers?

    If you are saving those leftovers, here are some tips for packing them properly:

    “If you have an abundance of food left over, the smartest thing to do would be to put a portion of it in the refrigerator, and then pack a portion of it really nice in air-tight containers and put it into the freezer,” says Malone. “And then when you’re ready to eat it, take it out.” Next, learn more food storage guidelines you probably didn’t know.

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    Aluminum foil is for baking, not storing leftovers.

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    Thu, 22 Jul 2021 12:20:35 +0000

    Frizzy Hair Products for every type of hair

    Say farewell to frizz!

    Researchers say that acceptance starts with acknowledgement, so here we go: Frizz is a fact of life, and it begins the moment you step out of the shower. Frizzy hair is truly the great equalizer of humankind because everyone’s bound to wind up with a humidity-provoked pouf once in a while, regardless of hair texture or length.

    The main reason for this problem, to put it simply, is a moisture imbalance, which causes the moisture particles to reshuffle in an attempt to create balance, and that leads to dry hair in the winter and frizz in the summer. Luckily, the best frizzy hair products can change everything.

    “Frizzy hair does not have to be permanent,” reassures Taliah Waajid, a natural hair entrepreneur. “Keep your hair and scalp clean, reduce the amount of heat that you use on your hair, and use products that contain ingredients to help reduce frizz.”

    And there are tons of products to choose from—which is great but also a little overwhelming. That’s why we talked to pro stylists to get the scoop on exactly what you need, for every type of hair, styling preference, and budget. From the best shampoos for curly hair and conditioners that smooth strands to miracle serums and rich oils, these expert-recommended options will tame frizzy hair once and for all.

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    To keep summer heat and humidity from turning normal hair into a giant fuzzball, you have to work with your hair texture—not against it, the pros say. Here's how.

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    Thu, 22 Jul 2021 14:30:19 +0000

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    Etiquette can be confusing

    Etiquette rules can be a tricky business. They’re far less cut-and-dry than, say, laws, and yet some are often taken just as seriously. There are plenty of etiquette rules that go out of fashion, and even some etiquette rules that experts don’t follow anymore. Oh, and there are plenty of little rules that you’ve likely never even heard of, or maybe heard once but never took seriously, that you’re probably breaking all the time. After all, even Emily Post had her not-so-polite moments.

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    When it comes to eating, talking on the phone, or even introducing people, you're probably guilty of these not-etiquette-sanctioned behaviors.

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    Wed, 21 Jul 2021 17:21:28 +0000

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    Gas

    Saving money on gas just might be worth getting up at the crack of dawn. The best time of day to buy gas is right before dawn or very late at night. Gas stations are known to raise their prices around rush hour, so avoid filling up the tank at those times. Here are the cheapest days of the week to do anything.

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    The early bird gets the worm and the deals.

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    Wed, 21 Jul 2021 15:46:55 +0000

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    Lifestyles of the rich and frugal

    When we envision “lifestyles of the rich and famous,” luxurious mansions, exotic sports cars, designer clothes, and sparkling jewels come to mind. The super rich are often cast in a self-indulgent light as people who only shop at the finest stores, throw cash around like it’s Monopoly money, and wouldn’t be caught dead at a big-box store, while the rest of us scour the aisles of Target for a few dollars off on toilet paper. But this isn’t the case. In fact, the person standing next to you, price-comparing different packages of toilet paper, might actually be a multimillionaire looking for the best sale of the week.

    According to a survey of 1,200 ultra-high-net-worth investors released by the financial information site Millionaire Corner, a third of people with a net worth of more than $5 million say they shop at Walmart, while half shop at Costco and more than 40 percent head to Target. It makes sense when you think about it—they’re wealthy for a reason, and one of those reasons may be that they’re smart shoppers. So, what do rich people refuse to overspend on? Read on to find out.

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    The moral of the story: Know when to splurge and when to save.

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    Wed, 21 Jul 2021 14:45:48 +0000

    Get a head start on back to school and work shopping

    There’s still a lot of summer left, but if you want to save money, it’s time to start planning on going back to school and work. The best sales of the season have already begun! But don’t worry about falling behind, we searched the internet to find the best values on essentials for heading back to school or work.

    Today’s weekly sale roundup includes huge discounts on things you need to get ready for the classroom and the office. Our favorite sales include over 30 percent off a best-selling sunrise light alarm clock and 39 percent off a mini-Keurig that’s nicely sized for the office or dorm. We also found the perfect work bag from Coach for an impressive 64 percent off, and a deal on a top-rated mattress for under $200 that will help your college student get the sleep they need.

    Don’t wait until the last minute to get everything you need for back-to-school. Take advantage of this week’s sales so you can kick back and enjoy the last weeks of summer. While you’re waiting for your goodies to arrive, check out the best Amazon dresses for returning to the office, too.

    Wake Up Light Sunrise Alarm Clock

    Wake Up Light Sunrise Alarm Clock

    Do you struggle with that whole rise and shine thing? This alarm clock can help. It features a sunrise simulation light that gradually turns on 30 minutes before your alarm is set to go off. With seven different color options and 20 different brightness levels, this clock serves as a nightlight or bedside reading light. It’s programmed with seven different natural sounds or can serve as an FM radio, so you can choose which sounds you wake up to. If rolling out of bed is still a struggle, just hit the snooze button.  And in case you’re wondering, here’s why alarms snooze for 9 minutes instead of 10.

    Original Price: $59.99

    Sale Price: $37.98 (37 percent savings with additional coupon applied at checkout).

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    Keurig K Mini Plus Single Serve K Cup Pod Coffee Maker

    Keurig K-Mini Plus Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker

    Whether you need a cup of coffee to get you through morning meetings or all night study sessions, this mini-Keurig has you covered. All it takes is a K-Cup and the push of a button. This coffee maker may be small (it only holds 12 ounces of water) but it has a strong brew setting. It also features push button control, automatic shut off, and a removable drip tray for easy cleaning. No fuss, no muss!

    Original Price: $99.99

    Sale Price: $60.00 (39 percent savings)

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    Coach Gallery Tote

    Coach Gallery Tote

    If you’ve been searching for the perfect everyday bag, look no further. This large leather tote is the perfect addition to your wardrobe. At almost 13-inches long and 10.5-inches tall, this casual tote holds everything you need from your mascara to your laptop. There are four neutral color options to choose from. Although at this price, we wouldn’t think twice about grabbing one in every color! Here are the best dresses for returning to work.

    Original Price: $328.00

    Sale Price: $131.20 (60 percent savings)

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    Zappos Livin The Dream Tshirt

    Zappos T-Shirts, Socks, and Underwear

    Now through Labor Day, Zappos will take 20 percent off eligible styles when you purchase three or more items. While shoes are not included in this sale, there are over 500 items eligible for discounts. Stock up on everything growing kids need, from socks and underwear to graphic tees like this one that will let all their friends know they are livin’ the dream.

    Original Price: $28.00

    Sale Price: $22.40 (20 percent savings when you purchase at least three eligible items).

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    Shark He601 Air Purifier

    Shark HE601 Air Purifier

    If it’s been a while since you’ve stepped foot in your office or classroom, chances are things might be a little stale. This remote-controlled air purifier captures 99.97 percent of dust, dander, smoke, allergens, odors, and viruses in spaces up to 1200 square feet. The control panel lets you know, in real time, just how clean the air is. It also has an ultra slim design and is quiet enough to not distract you while you work or study. Here are 10 more air purifiers worth buying.

    Original Price: $449.99

    Sale Price: $349.99 (22 percent savings)

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    Sleep Medium Memory Foam Mattress

    Sleep Medium Memory Foam Mattress

    Sending kids off to college this fall? Make sure the bed bugs don’t bite with a new mattress for their dorm. This memory foam mattress comes rolled up in a box for easy packing and setup. In fact, it’s so easy that over 36,000 people have given it a five-star rating. Reviewers also rave about its comfort and support.

    Original Price: $199.99

    Sale Price: $115.99 (42 percent savings for a Twin or Twin XL)

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    Whether you're transitioning back to the office or the classroom, you'll need to pick up a few things. Get them while they're on sale! 

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    Wed, 21 Jul 2021 14:43:53 +0000

    Toilet paper has always been an essential bathroom item, especially if you haven’t made the switch to using bidet. But have you ever wondered why toilet paper is just plain white? In other bathroom design news, you’ll be relieved to know that the toilet plunger has finally be revamped.

    How is toilet paper made?

    First, it’s important to understand how to make toilet paper. Toilet paper is made from cellulose fibers that come either directly from trees or recycled paper, according to Jessica Carette, a chemist and Innovation Manager of Research and Development for the Cascades Tissue Group. The fibers mix with water to make pulp. Toilet paper creation comes in two basic parts: making the raw paper, and converting it to the end product you buy in the store, explains David Altemir, a consultant who works with toilet paper manufacturing plants in the United States. “The raw paper starts as wood pulp just as any other type of paper,” he says. Brands bleach wood pulp with hydrogen peroxide or chlorine to make it whiter. This bleaching process is more than aesthetic—it removes the substance lignin, too, softening the paper, according to Altemir. Of course, toilet paper isn’t the only option. It might bew time to break up with your toilet paper for good.

    Why is toilet paper white?

    Carette notes that cellulose fibers are also naturally white. The glue holding them together, however, is brown which goes away thanks to bleach, Carette says. So it’s not necessarily just the process, but also the raw material that makes toilet paper white. Plus, toilet paper from recycled paper uses mostly office waste or printer paper, which is already white, too, according to Carette. Although bleached virgin pulp produces the softest fibers to make tissue, unbleached and recycled fibers can also make high-quality tissue as well, Carette says. So the white color of toilet paper is more conventional than functional since toilet paper doesn’t necessarily have to be white in order to be soft and absorbent. There’s no argument about smooth toilet paper—but there is an answer to the debate about how to hang toilet paper.

    Are there other toilet paper colors?

    Although white toilet paper like this is the norm in America, color toilet paper was trendy in the past. In the 1950s, people would even coordinate their toilet paper with their bathroom color scheme. It reportedly died down, however, thanks to concerns about the safety of pastel dyes for the skin and the environment. Plus, color toilet paper increases the cost to make the rolls, Altemir says. Most toilet paper in North America is white because of consumer preference, according to Carette. But in places like South America and Europe, toilet paper comes in a rainbow of colors, even black, she adds.

    If you want to try adding a pop of color to your bathroom with toilet paper, there’s still toilet paper brand Renova that sells various colors for more than the typical white variety.

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    Wed, 21 Jul 2021 17:49:31 +0000

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    Foods cats can’t eat

    Most cats are finicky eaters, but that doesn’t mean they’ll always avoid foods that are bad for them. Cats can develop the same bad habits as dogs, whether it’s mooching food at the table or swiping something tasty off the kitchen counter. And while some “people” foods are safe for pets, other foods are actually toxic to cats—even in small amounts.

    “The two most important things to remember are that all pet foods are designed to be nutritionally complete diets, meaning that they do not need to be supplemented with treats or additional foods,” says Travis Arndt, DVM, medical director of Animal Medical Center of Mid-America. “Secondly, cats and kittens’ digestive systems prefer a stable diet of the same food every day.” In case you’re wondering what that is, take a look at this vet-approved diet for cats, including the best dry food for them.

    How can you tell if your cat is sick? Food toxicity can take different forms, from an upset stomach and diarrhea to jaundice, seizures, and even death. Plus, two cats who eat the same “off-limits” food may have different reactions, so it can be difficult to know when to call the vet. “Suppose your cat is experiencing any of the possible symptoms associated with eating a toxic food or you have seen them eat the offending food,” says veterinarian Michelle Burch, DVM, who works with Safe Hounds Pet Insurance. “In that case, I recommend a veterinary evaluation with either your primary veterinarian or an emergency hospital.”

    If you’re unsure whether your cat needs a medical evaluation, try calling the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (888-426-4435) or the Pet Poison Hotline (855-764-7661). You’ll also want to follow these protocols if you have a dog who’s eaten a toxic food. But back to your feline friend: You’ll want to make sure to keep the following foods out of paw’s reach to avoid a scary situation in the first place.

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    Avoid a scary and potentially deadly scenario by making sure your feline friend avoids nibbling on these common foods toxic to cats.

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    Wed, 21 Jul 2021 15:57:14 +0000

    Purple Shampoo

    Balance brassy blonde tones with purple shampoo

    Believe it or not, blondes and those with highlighted hair have different needs when it comes to the best shampoos, and even have to rotate the best shampoos for color-treated hair and thinning hair in their collections with purple and bluish-hued suds to keep brassy yellow and orange undertones at bay.

    “Sun, hard water, chlorine, and other environmental factors can all impact your hair color and turn it brassy,” explains Felicia Dosso, a hair colorist at Nunzio Saviano Salon in New York. “Wear a hat in the sun as often as possible, and use one of the best clarifying shampoos after spending a lot of time in a pool. You’ll want to purchase a water filter for your shower if you have hard water, and definitely keep one of the best purple shampoos in rotation, because brassiness is identified by the presence of yellow tones.” She goes on to explain that yellow is a primary color and purple is a secondary color. “Secondary colors cancel out primary colors—meaning if you use purple pigment on a yellow pigment it will counteract the unwanted yellow,” she says.

    Purple shampoos shouldn’t necessarily be used during every shower though because they can be drying—you’ll always want to follow with one of the best conditioners or hair masks. There is a formula for every hair type, and an appropriate purple formula that also functions as one of the best shampoos for oily hair and more hydrating versions that can be counted among the best shampoos for curly hair.

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    We found the best purple shampoos on the market for every hair type, style, and budget to to keep your blonde looking salon-level gorgeous.

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    Wed, 21 Jul 2021 13:57:22 +0000

    It’s a food dilemma that’s been haunting people around the world for too long…and we’re finally ready to right this wrong. You know what we’re talking about. You’re at the store trying to stock up for your backyard barbecue, and you always end up with more buns than hot dogs. Ugh!

    There’s a reason why ten hot dogs and eight buns in each package is the norm, but that doesn’t make it any less annoying.

    How many hot dogs come in a pack?

    If you’ve been grilling lately, you’ll know that hot dogs come ten to a pack—a nice, even number. Why ten? Because hot dogs are sold by the pound, and standard-sized hot dogs sold in stores weigh 1.6 ounces, so of course, ten is the perfect number for a package. This started in 1940 and remains so today. After you’ve grilled, it’s important to not let the sun heat up your dogs and buns—this viral hack shows you how to keep summer food from overheating!

    How many hot dog buns are in a standard package?

    When it comes to buns, it’s not weight that comes into play, but baking pans. According to the National Hot Dog Sausage Council (NHDSC), “Sandwich rolls, or hot dog buns, most often come eight to the pack because the buns are baked in clusters of four in pans designed to hold eight rolls.” Yep, there’s a council for hot dogs. So many things factor into play, even with drinks too! Learn why Mexican Coca-Cola tastes better than American Coca-Cola.

    So why ten hot dogs and eight buns?

    It’s always been that way. But it would make sense to match up the amounts of buns and hot dogs per package, wouldn’t it? Just seems like a food waste issue—plus it’s beyond irritating every time you go to the grocery store to buy at least two packs of buns per pack of hot dogs to make sure no dog is left alone. Well, the “Condiment King,” Heinz, has decided to put its foot down on the age-old debate.

    July is officially National Hot Dog Month. To celebrate, Heinz has begun a campaign called the Heinz Hot Dog Pact to finally make big hot dog companies and big bun companies agree on a single number of products per package: ten! This is most definitely a cause we can get behind.

    We know all this talk of hot dogs has made you hungry. Here are the best hot dog brands to try this summer!

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    Wed, 21 Jul 2021 02:02:38 +0000

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    The next best thing to going braless

    Don’t have a bralette? You’re missing out. These comfy wireless numbers deserve a prime place in your lingerie drawer with your other favorite bras, including a stellar sports bra and ThirdLove’s insanely popular T-shirt bra. If you’re not familiar with this style, here’s what you need to know: Bralettes are typically characterized by casual, less restricting designs without underwires, and the focus tends to be more on fashion and less on function. Their main purpose isn’t necessarily to lift and shape, but rather to emphasize comfort and wearability. That said, some of the best bralettes provide more support than you might think.

    While you can certainly pair these bosom buddies with your coziest loungewear and pajama sets, there’s a lot more you can do with them. “Bralettes are perfect for lounging at home as a way to elevate your athleisure,” says fashion stylist Samantha Brown. “Since they’re less structured than a standard bra, they don’t have the same push-up effect, keeping them a bit more low-key.” Outside the house, Brown says they’re wonderful to style under off-the-shoulder or open-back tops, slouchy sweaters and tees, silky camisoles, plunging necklines, and even half-buttoned cardigans. “Opt for bralettes with pretty, feminine details like lace and crochet if you’re looking for one that can be incorporated into an outfit,” she suggests. “A hint of embroidery on a bralette is subtly sexy without being too over the top.”

    In the past, these undergarments were typically suited only for those with smaller busts, but now the options on the market are more size-inclusive, like the incredibly popular Cosabella Never Say Never Sweetie bralette. (More on that one in a minute!) In general, if you have a larger bust, look for styles with molded cups and extra lining. “Don’t sacrifice great shape when picking a bralette in place of support,” advises celebrity stylist Micaela Erlanger. Adjustable straps and a fitted elastic band are also important design details that will help provide ample support.

    No matter what size you wear, we’ve got the perfect bralette for you. Find your fave and you’ll learn why women say wearing one is the next best thing to going braless.

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    These top-rated bralettes are so comfortable and stylish, you might prefer wearing them to wearing no bra at all. (Really!)

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    Tue, 20 Jul 2021 21:39:52 +0000

    I Don’t Usually Take Breaks From My Book But When I Do, It’s Because I’m Reading Rd Memes

    These book memes are sure to take the words right out of your mouth! Whether you’re enjoying a quick read or one of the books currently trending, you’ve likely found yourself in some of these predicaments. Been there, done that! Take your eyes off the page and enjoy the light hearted laughs that come with the best memes.

    If you’re in need of a break between chapters or just want to laugh a little too hard at some of the most relatable summer memes or even back-to-work memes, you’ll surely be in for a treat with these 25 book memes. Take a page out of our book and laugh for a bit before heading back to your reading oasis. What can we say? It’s a novel idea!

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    Here's a novel idea: Take a break between flipping through pages and scroll through the funniest book memes.

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    Tue, 20 Jul 2021 21:04:10 +0000

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    Changes in the sky

    As of July 2021, over half of the United States population over 12 years old has been vaccinated against COVID-19. Even still, flying, both domestically and internationally, will probably never look the same as it did before the COVID-19 pandemic—and everyone wearing masks is simply the most obvious difference. Air travel has changed in many other ways and these changes look to remain in effect for months—and possibly years—to come. Flight attendants are on the front lines in the sky and will need to abide by a new set of rules. Here are predictions for how life, in general, might look as more and more of us get vaccinated for COVID.

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    Between ongoing coronavirus infections and lingering fear, the pandemic has altered the way we fly, including what flight attendants are allowed to do while in the air.

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    Tue, 20 Jul 2021 16:50:33 +0000

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    A picture is worth a thousand words…

    …and we mean that literally when it comes to some of the best graphic novels for kids. Whether your child is an avid reader or prefers visual entertainment, the ever-growing genre of the kid-friendly graphic novel is sure to please all. And before we go any further, let’s clear up the graphic novel vs. comic debate. While comic books are usually serialized periodicals, with stories spanning over weeks with each new publication, graphic novels are usually self-contained and tell an entire story within one issue. We guarantee your children will be on a reading roll after checking out these picture-perfect picks. To add even more to their reading list, check out the best children’s books ever written!

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    Tue, 20 Jul 2021 20:38:54 +0000

    Ever scrambled around looking for wood to ensure your luck? We certainly have, because this popular superstition is used frequently. Common superstitions are used daily, but we often overlook the origin and focus on what we should and shouldn’t do to bring good fortune and avoid any possible mishaps.

    How did knocking on wood become the go-to action for warding off bad luck and bringing in the good? The origin of phrases can be confusing and exciting. Learn about the knock on wood meaning, and when you’re done, continue the adventure by learning about what “close, but no cigar” really means—we’d love to tell you here but we don’t want to spill the beans.

    Where does the phrase “knock on wood” come from?

    “Knock on wood” comes from at least the 19th century, according to sources, but the true origin remains unknown and heavily discussed. Many believe it originated with pagan groups and cultures around the world, such as the Celts, who worshipped and mythologized the trees. These groups believed the trees were home to their various gods and with the touch of wood, a spirit could bring protection. It may also have served as a way to show gratitude that would bring good fortune.

    Another theory comes from British folklorist Steve Roud and his book The Lore of the Playground. Roud believes the superstition traces back to Britain with “Tiggy Touchwood”: a game of tag where children who touched a piece of wood were immune and given a form of protection from other players.

    It’s safe to say that while the origin story behind the “knock on wood” phenomenon remains unknown, there are many theories that date back thousands of years!

    Why do we knock on wood?

    While pagan groups have dissipated and we all play our own versions of tag, we can still find ourselves looking around for a piece of wood to bring us some good luck. Why do we continuously perform this act? Some habits are just hard to break! If you start a habit at a young age, it can be hard and/or uncomfortable to change your behavior as an adult, even though we are now able to logically understand it, especially when this habit has become second nature.

    Not only do we get used to these repeating behaviors, our minds find it easier to knock on wood rather than avoid doing it since it’s an easy task to complete! Another reason why we continue knocking on wood is that we associate it with a moment where it seemed as though it worked. Talked to someone about a job, knocked on wood, and then got the job? That’s a memory that is associated with the act which makes us continue this pattern.

    By the looks of it, knocking on wood isn’t going to end anytime soon. With a long history, memories, and repeated behavior, it looks like nature is lending a helping hand to bring in positive energy and fortune, one knock at a time. Now that you know the “knock on wood” meaning, ask yourself, where does the phrase “draw a blank” come from?

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    Tue, 20 Jul 2021 20:16:40 +0000

    We rely on our smartphones for just about everything, but most of us know only a fraction of what they can do. Thanks to accessibility settings on iPhones and Androids—such as screen readers, voice-to-text dictation, and more—our phones can make daily tasks more convenient, especially for people with disabilities. “Using the accessibility features built into most smartphones improves the lives of people with disabilities in exactly the same ways smartphones have improved the everyday lives of everyone,” says Matt Hackert, a nonvisual access technology specialist at the National Federation of the Blind.

    These settings aren’t only for people with disabilities, though. Features like captions and sound amplification can help all of us more easily navigate our phones and the world around us. “Anyone can play with these on their iPhone to check out the possibilities,” says Ashley Shew, PhD, a disability tech expert and assistant professor at Virginia Tech.

    Whether you live with a disability or just want to use your smartphone more effectively, you’ll want to find out what these accessibility settings do and how to use them on iPhones and Androids. Once you’re a pro, learn other hidden smartphone features you never knew about, such as how to hide text messages on an iPhone, how to turn off Google Assistant on your Android phone, and how to view (and delete) your iPhone’s call history.

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    iPhone accessibility settings

    Apple launched the first iPhone accessibility features in 2009, and the brand has continued to expand its offerings ever since. Today, “Apple builds accessibility into the design process for everything we make so that people can access technology on their terms,” says Sarah Herrlinger, senior director of Apple’s Global Accessibility Policy & Initiatives. Experts recommend checking out the following accessibility settings on iPhones, all of which can be found under Settings > Accessibility. Make sure you’re looped in on these secrets Apple insiders know about iPhones, too.

    VoiceOver

    VoiceOver uses artificial intelligence to provide audible descriptions of items on your screen, from images to battery level to who is calling you. According to Herrlinger, VoiceOver is the world’s most popular mobile screen reader, with 70 percent of blind people using it every day. To turn VoiceOver on or off, go to Settings > Accessibility > VoiceOver and toggle the switch. You can also say, “Hey Siri, turn on VoiceOver” or “Turn off VoiceOver.”

    Iphone Zoom Settings

    Zoom

    Want to learn how to zoom in and out on any iPhone screen to see text or images better? Get familiar with Apple’s Zoom feature. “Zoom magnifies the content on the screen and has many options to configure contrast, invert colors, and highlight focus,” says Hackert. Go to Settings > Accessibility > Zoom, then turn on Zoom. From there, you can activate the feature any time you need it by double-tapping the screen with three fingers. If you want to see more of the screen, move the Zoom lens by dragging the screen with three fingers. You can turn off Zoom by double-tapping the screen with three fingers again.

    Magnifier

    No need to carry around a pair of reading glasses—you can use your iPhone’s camera instead. “[As] a glasses wearer myself, [Magnifier] enables me to use my iPhone like a magnifying glass to read small print on things like medicine bottles and printed materials,” Herrlinger says. To try this feature, go to Settings > Accessibility > Magnifier and toggle the switch to the “on” position. Then open the app on the home screen and point your iPhone’s camera at the text or object you want to magnify. You can zoom in or out with the zoom control slider, or adjust the image’s appearance using the Brightness, Contrast, Color filters, and Flashlight buttons below.

    Iphone Display And Text Size Settings

    Text Size

    Customizing the text settings on iPhones can make the screen easier to see, especially for people with vision challenges. For how to make text bigger on iPhones, go to Settings > Accessibility > Display & Text Size. There, you can turn on the Larger Accessibility Sizes setting and adjust the size of the text using the Font Size slider. Once you do that, apps like Settings, Calendar, Contacts, Mail, Messages, and Notes will use your preferred text size rather than the default size. Turns out there are many more hidden iPhone hacks most of us don’t know about.

    Text Color and Readability

    iPhone also offers other text customization settings under its Display & Text Size feature, including inverting the display colors, increasing the contrast between the text and background, reducing the intensity of bright colors, and applying color filters. If you have color blindness, you can turn on the Button Shapes setting to underline hyperlinked text or the On/Off Labels setting to show numbers on sliders instead of colors. Like the text size feature, these settings are compatible with all of Apple’s apps, including Settings, Mail, and Messages.

    Subtitles and Captions

    When watching videos on your iPhone, you can turn on subtitles and closed captions through iPhone’s accessibility settings. Go to Settings > Accessibility > Subtitles & Captioning and turn on Closed Captions + SDH for those who are the deaf or hard of hearing. You can even customize the subtitles display by tapping Style, then choosing an existing caption style or creating a new style with your preferred font, size, and color; opacity; and more. Make sure you also know these helpful iPhone and iPad keyboard shortcuts.

    Headphone Accommodations

    Want to know how to turn up the volume on your iPhone beyond the usual audio settings? Certain Apple and Beats headphones can help you amplify and adjust the sounds in the music, movies, phone calls, and podcasts you listen to on your device. Go to Settings > Accessibility > Audio/Visual > Headphone Accommodations, then turn on Headphone Accommodations. Tap Custom Audio Setup, then follow the instructions to customize the audio settings on your phone. Once you’re finished, you can test it out by tapping Play Sample.

    Switch Control

    Switch Control helps iPhone users with limited mobility perform actions like texting and opening apps by clicking a switch instead of tapping. A switch can be a keyboard key, mouse button, trackpad button, joystick, or adaptive device. For users who are nonverbal or nonspeaking, Apple recently launched Sound Actions for Switch Control, which “replaces physical buttons and switches with mouth sounds, like a click, pop, or ‘ee’ sound,” Herrlinger says. Add a new switch under Settings > Accessibility > Switch Control > Switches, then tap Add New Switch and choose a source. Then you can turn on Switch Control by going to Settings > Accessibility > Switch Control and turning the setting on or off.

    People Detection

    With People Detection, your iPhone scans the area around you, recognizes when other people are close by, and shares this information with vibrations or sounds. “This feature gives members of the blind and low vision community another tool to make the world more accessible,” Herrlinger says. It’s also a helpful reminder for social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic. Turn it on by opening the Magnifier app, tapping the Settings icon, tapping the “+” icon beside People Detection, and then choosing People Detection. From there, you can customize the measurement units, distance increments, and notification type. Don’t miss these other iPhone tricks that can make things so much easier.

    Live Listen

    If you use hearing devices, your iPhone’s Live Listen setting can help you hear conversations in loud places. Just connect your hearing devices to your iPhone and place your device close to the people who are speaking to boost the volume of their voices. To turn this feature on, go to Settings > Accessibility, then select Hearing Devices. Tap the name of your hearing device under MFi Hearing Devices, then tap Start Live Listen and place the phone in front of the person you want to hear. Turn it off again by going back to the Hearing Devices menu, tapping the name of your hearing device under MFi Hearing Devices, and then tapping End Live Listen.

    Iphone Dictation Accessibility Setting

    Dictation

    Dictation is a voice-to-text feature built into all iPhones. By allowing users to write and punctuate text with just their voices, it provides a hands-free (and efficient!) way to send text messages, emails, and other notes. “Many people, regardless of whether they are blind or not, find use for dictation,” Hackert says. To use Dictation, just open the keyboard in the app you want to use and tap the microphone button. Begin speaking to make the text appear on the screen. You can also insert periods or exclamation points by saying the punctuation you want to add. When you are finished with your message, tap the keyboard icon at the bottom of the screen.

    Sound Detection

    Turning on the Sound Detection feature will allow your iPhone to listen for certain sounds like a doorbell or siren. If it detects those sounds, it will alert you by flashing and vibrating. To set up Sound Recognition, go to Settings > Accessibility > Sound Recognition, then turn on Sound Recognition. Tap Sounds and choose the sounds you want your iPhone to recognize. FYI, this isn’t the only iPhone feature that could save your life one day.

    Android Accessibility Settings

    Android accessibility settings

    Accessibility settings on Android phones have boomed in recent years, according to Angana Ghosh, an Android group project manager. “Google’s mission is to make the world’s information accessible to everyone,” she says. “Over the years, we have launched new features, and we continue to improve those features by listening to user feedback and working directly with communities.” Hackert agrees: “Google lagged significantly behind Apple in the quality and usefulness of its accessibility technology [early on], but in more recent years, Google has really made strong advances, to the point where they are easily on par with Apple,” he says. Here are a few accessibility settings that Android users can try, along with these Android hacks you need to know.

    What is Android Accessibility Suite?

    The Android Accessibility Suite offers a wide range of accessibility settings to help the visually impaired navigate their devices. “Accessibility is core to the Android user experience, and we’re passionate about making smartphones useful for everyone, including people with disabilities,” Ghosh says. Found on nearly every version of Android, the Accessibility Suite can be activated through the Settings menu, where you can turn on features like a gesture-based screen reader and switch access. Bet you never knew about these hidden Android features either.

    TalkBack

    Like iPhone’s VoiceControl feature, the TalkBack screen reader on Androids will give audible descriptions of the text and images on your screen. You can activate it by going to Settings > Accessibility > TalkBack. Toggle the Use TalkBack feature on or off, then tap OK. Bonus: Users with blindness or low vision can also use Android’s TalkBack Braille Keyboard to add 6-dot braille to their keyboards—no extra hardware required. To turn on the keyboard’s braille mode, go to Accessibility > TalkBack > Settings > Braille Keyboard > Layout. This feature was designed by a low-vision Googler in Australia, according to Ghosh.

    Action Blocks

    Action Blocks was one of Android’s first accessibility settings. It offers customizable buttons on the Android home screen for routine actions like placing calls or controlling the lights, and it was “designed to make it easier for caregivers and people with cognitive disabilities and age-related cognitive conditions to fully access and perform tasks on their phone,” according to Ghosh. Create your own Action Blocks by downloading the Action Blocks app from the Google Play Store, then opening the app and tapping on Create Action Block. From there, you can choose one of the common actions from the list, such as Make Phone Call, and label it with an image, name, or both. Once you’re done, select Save Action Block.

    Display and Font Size

    If a visual impairment makes it hard to see your device’s screen, you can adjust the size and display to see items on your screen more clearly. To change the font size of text on your screen, go to Settings > Accessibility > Font Size and move the slider up or down. Make the images on your screen bigger by going to Settings > Accessibility > Display Size and adjusting the slider. Under Settings > Accessibility, you can also choose to turn on High Contrast Text, Dark Theme, Color Inversion, or Color Correction to make everything on the screen more visible.

    Magnification

    Still struggling to make out items on your Android phone’s screen? You can temporarily zoom or magnify your screen using Android’s Magnification tool. To turn on this feature, open the Settings app and tap Accessibility > Magnification > Magnification Shortcut. Now, when you need to magnify your screen, just tap the Accessibility button and tap anywhere on the screen. Drag two fingers to move around the screen, or pinch with two fingers to adjust the zoom. When you’re done, tap the Accessibility button again.

    Lookout

    Using an Android device’s camera and sensors, Lookout can help people with blindness or low vision learn more about their surroundings. The feature relies on computer vision to recognize an object or text, then describes it to the user. Just install the Lookout app on Google Play, then open it by saying, “OK, Google, start Lookout,” or by selecting Lookout in the Apps section. After giving the app permission to access your camera, hold your device with your camera facing outward. Your device will now be able to read text, documents, and food labels, describe your surroundings, and even recognize currency.

    Voice Access

    With Voice Access, users can provide spoken commands to do everything from opening apps to typing messages to placing a call. “This feature can be particularly helpful to people with dexterity impairments, which may make it difficult to touch a phone screen,” Ghosh says. After installing the app from Google’s app store, you can turn on this setting by going to Settings > Accessibility > Voice Access and tapping Use Voice Access. From there, start Voice Access by opening the Voice Access app or saying, “Hey, Google, Voice Access.” In case you were wondering, here’s how Alexa can help in emergencies.

    Time to Take Action

    If you have ADHD, “chemobrain,” or other cognitive disabilities, the Time to Take Action feature on Androids can be a helpful reminder tool. This setting keeps temporary alerts like calendar notifications, text messages, and more on your screen for a longer duration. After receiving intense chemotherapy eight years ago, Shew still struggles with memory loss and relies on her phone to remember the things that she can’t. “I have my alarms ring to remind me of a lot of things, like picking kids up from school,” she says. “Some people [with cognitive disabilities] use phone reminders and notifications from calendars, too.” You can adjust how long these temporary alerts and notifications stay on your screen by going to Settings > Accessibility > Time to Take Action (Accessibility Timeout) and choosing your preferred timeout length.

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    Voice Input

    Voice Input is a voice-to-text feature on Android that allows users with physical or visual impairments to type text messages, emails, and other notes by saying the words out loud. Just launch any app that uses text, like Email or Messages, and tap in the text field to make the on-screen keyboard appear. Then tap the microphone icon and begin saying your message. When you’re finished, tap the microphone icon again, and then hit Send or Save. These smartphone keyboard shortcuts will make texting faster, too.

    Sound Amplifier

    Launched in 2019, the Sound Amplifier app connects with your headphones or hearing aids to boost and filter the sounds nearby or on your Android phone. “[The app] aims to help the deaf and hard of hearing community by providing an additional option for absorbing sound in the world around you, whether that’s turning up the sound of the television or setting your phone closer to a professor in class so you can hear the lecture with more clarity,” Ghosh says. Using Sound Amplifier is simple: Just download the app from the Google Play Store, then connect your headphones to your Android device, open the Sound Amplifier app, and follow the on-screen instructions.

    Live Transcribe

    Android’s Live Transcribe app provides real-time speech-to-text captions in more than 80 languages, along with more than 30 common sounds like applause or laughter, for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Android also offers a Live Caption feature that automatically captions the videos, podcasts, phone and video calls, and audio messages played on your device. To use Live Transcribe, download the app on Google Play, then open the app and hold your device near the person or sound to begin transcribing. Live Caption can be found under Settings > Sound > Live Caption. Toggle the switch to the “on” position to enable the feature. You can also adjust the settings to hide profanity and sound labels.

    Sound Notifications

    With a single tap, your phone could save a life. Android phones now offer Sound Notifications, a relatively new feature that alerts users when it hears sounds like fire alarms, doorbells, crying babies, and more. “This technology builds off of our sound detection work in Live Transcribe to provide a better picture of overall sound awareness,” Ghosh says. To activate Sound Notifications, download the Live Transcribe & Sound Notifications app, then go to Settings > Accessibility > Sound Notifications > Open Sound Notifications and tap OK.

    Switch Access

    Switch Access on Android devices works similarly to the same tool on iPhones. If users have limited mobility or sensory issues, Switch Access allows them to navigate their phones with a designated “switch” like a keyboard key or mouse button instead of tapping. The phone will continuously scan the items on the screen, highlighting each item until the user selects one using the switch. After connecting an external switch device or keyboard to your Android device via USB or Bluetooth, you can enable this tool by going to Settings > Language & Input > Select Keyboard. Then tap Show Virtual Keyboard (Android 7.0 or later) or Hardware (Android 6.0 or earlier).

    Morse Code Keyboard

    In 2018, Google partnered with developer Tania Finlayson, an expert in Morse code assistive technology, to add Morse code to Gboard keyboards on Android phones. Finlayson was born with cerebral palsy and uses Morse code to communicate in her daily life. “Developing communication tools like this is important, because for many people, it simply makes life livable,” she said in a press release. Android users can set up the Morse code keyboard on their phones by installing Gboard, then going to Settings > System > Languages & Input > Virtual Keyboard > Keyboard. Tap Languages > English, and then swipe right through the options until reaching Morse code. Select Morse code, then tap Done. Next, check out the cell phone accessories you’ll end up using every day.

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    No, a visual puzzle isn’t just another fancy word for a jigsaw puzzle—though a jigsaw puzzle is a type of visual puzzle. The concept of visual puzzles is much broader than that.

    This guide will introduce you to 14 different types of visual puzzles, explaining what they are, how to solve them, and how they’re good for your brain. Read on to learn more about visual brain teasers, then click on one of the links below to put your visual puzzles skills to the test.

    What are visual puzzles?

    A visual puzzle, also called a visual brain teaser, is any logic or reasoning problem that is expressed and solved using drawings and/or images.

    However, even though they all have the visual component in common, not all visual puzzles work the same way. For example, a “spot the difference” game is one type of visual puzzle and a “find the hidden object” game is another type of visual puzzle. They both require the use of images, but you go about solving them using different methods.

    Are visual puzzles good for your brain?

    If challenging your mind with visual brain teasers and puzzles sounds like your idea of fun, then you’re in luck—doing visual puzzles is a great way to sharpen your logic and reasoning skills. According to a study published in the journal IRSN Neurology, solving visual puzzles requires “nonverbal reasoning and the ability to analyze and synthesize abstract visual stimuli,” so by doing visual brain teasers like the various kinds in this list, you’re sharpening those skills. Think of it as a workout for your brain!

    1. Droodles

    Spider doing handstand

    In the 1950s, humor writer Roger Price became famous for creating a new type of visual puzzle called “Droodles.” These Droodles were cartoon-y line drawings of abstract images, and readers were asked to decipher the drawings’ intentionally absurd and LOL-worthy meanings, which Price would include beneath the drawing.

    Brain benefits: This visual brain teaser exercises your abstract thinking skills and creativity—and in truth, there’s no real “right” or “wrong” answer. It’s all about training your mind to see things in a different light, which can benefit your problem-solving skills.

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    2. Spot the difference

    spot the difference pictures

    This visual brain teaser is a classic childhood game, so you’re probably already familiar with how this one works: Two nearly identical images are placed side by side, and your job is to spot the small, subtle differences between the two images. For example, maybe a dog’s spots are black in the first image, but brown in the second.

    Brain benefits: This fun brain game helps you hone your attention to detail, since you have to zero in on all the minute details in order to spot the differences between the two images which, at first glance, probably look identical.

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    3. Find the hidden object

    Find the dancer among the flamingos puzzle next to solution image

    You’ll have to look closely if you want to try one of these visual brain teasers! To play, you’ll be given a drawing that initially appears to be a normal-looking scene. But if you look closely, there are actually a bunch of random things (or just one) subtly hidden within the drawing that don’t belong there. You’ll be given a list of those hidden items, and it’ll be your job to hunt through the main drawing and find all of the hidden objects within it. For example, a green glove might be hiding amongst tree leaves so it blends in and you have to find it.

    Brain benefits: Your attention to detail will be tested with this visual puzzle—and probably your patience, too! Our brains naturally try to “fill in the gaps,” so to speak (the same way you can read what a misspelled word in a text is supposed to say), so completing this type of visual brain teaser requires you to slow down and look at items individually, rather than as a whole, to spot the hidden objects.

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    4. What doesn’t belong?

    Illustration of numbered bowling balls and pins on blue background

    This visual brain teaser is all about finding the one image in a series of images that isn’t the same as the others. The problem is…finding the odd man out is not always obvious! For example, can you spot which bowling ball doesn’t belong in the above image? (Hint: Look at the size of the finger holes on each bowling ball.) That’s right, #4 has two thumb-sized holes, whereas the others only have one like they should, which is why it’s the one that doesn’t belong.

    Brain benefits: Just like “spot the difference” and “find the hidden image” visual puzzles, doing these types of puzzles can help sharpen your attention to detail while encouraging you to think more critically about what you see.

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    5. Rebus puzzles

    Rebus puzzle with "travel" above a line and "cccccc" below the line

    Rebus puzzles are visual brain teasers based on common words or phrases, and your job is to figure out the word or phrase by looking at the puzzle “image,” which is often a combination of words, numbers, and symbols arranged in such a way that they have a deeper meaning. If you deciphered that the above image means “travel overseas,” good job!

    Brain benefits: Rebus puzzles challenge both the left and right areas of your brain by combining language skills with critical thinking/logic skills, plus a dash of creativity, which is why they’re so much fun (and so tricky!) to solve.

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    6. Triangle puzzle

    Inside of a triangle are four rows and three columns, creating a 12-part grid

    This puzzle is all about seeing triangles…inside triangles…inside other triangles! Your goal is to see how many triangles you can count within this puzzle. The secret: Pay attention to how each smaller triangle is also part of a larger triangle, and how that larger triangle is part of an even larger one, and so on. Did you count 24?

    Brain benefits: With this visual brain challenge, you’re training your noggin to see parts of a whole more clearly. It also helps you think more spatially since you have to “separate” each triangle from the rest in your mind in order to count it.

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    7. Square puzzle

    Grid square puzzle - 2 squares intersect larger 4x4 square, creating 24 subsections

    Just like the triangle puzzle above, this visual brain teaser is all about seeing shapes inside other shapes inside other shapes—it just uses squares instead of triangles. Your goal is to count how many squares, total, you can see in the image. If you didn’t count 40, go back and try again.

    Brain benefits: You’ll have to challenge your brain to think spatially and spot how individual parts make up a whole in order to solve this puzzle.

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    8. Movie puzzles

    Romantic Movie Moments together to make one larger image

    A movie puzzle is a type of visual puzzle that has a series of images or illustrations depicting different famous movie scenes and you have to name the movie title for each one based on the image alone.

    Brain benefits: You might think the only benefit of a movie puzzle is showing off your pop culture IQ, but the truth is, these visual brain teasers help with memory and recall, too.

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    9. Find the cat

    find the cat among the bats hidden object puzzle

    Don’t be fooled! These aren’t all bats in this drawing. There’s one cat hidden amongst them, but you’ll have to look closely to spot it—just like you would hunt through a “spot the difference” puzzle or a “find the hidden image” puzzle.

    Brain benefits: If you want to improve your attention to detail, this visual puzzle can help, since you’ll need eagle eyes to spot the cat amongst all of these look-alike bats.

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    10. Math puzzles

    Math puzzle

    Don’t read the word “math” and panic—these are way more fun than your average math problems, since they’re visually focused! To play, you’ll need to “read” the image and turn it into a math problem. Each math puzzle looks different and some might require addition or subtraction, while others require multiplication, patterns, algebra, and more. The answer here is 2B (i.e. you need two yellow “B” balls to balance out the blue “D” ball).

    Brain benefits: Just like normal math, these visual math puzzles test your critical thinking and reasoning skills—as well as your math abilities!

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    11. Word puzzles

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    Visual word puzzles come in all different styles—from fill-in-the-blank word puzzles to word-decoding puzzles to finding words within other words and more. Even though they use letters and words, the spatial arrangement of these words and letters is integral to how the puzzle must be solved, which is why these are considered visual brain teasers, even though they’re word-based.

    Brain benefits: Aside from giving your linguistic abilities a workout, visual word puzzles also engage your creative thinking and problem-solving muscles. Like the example above, some of them even challenge your progressive thinking skills, since each subsequent choice hinges on the one before it.

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    12. Sudoku puzzles

    Easy sudoku puzzle

    Sudoku puzzles consist of a grid of squares with nine columns and nine rows. Your goal is to have the numbers 1 through 9 in every column, in every row, and in every smaller box of nine (outlined by the bolder lines) without any duplicates. The key is to use process of elimination to figure out where each of the missing numbers can or can’t go—and when you find a box that has only one possible answer, write it in! Then, keep looking for boxes where only one answer is possible until you can complete the grid.

    Brain benefits: Since sudoku puzzles are completed using a strategic process of elimination, they give your logic, reasoning, and deduction skills a workout. Studies even say they can keep your brain “young” for longer!

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    13. Mazes

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    Mazes are one of the most common types of visual puzzles out there and many of us have been doing them since we were kids. The goal is to get from the starting point to the finish line without running into any dead ends. Some puzzles are simple, but other puzzles, like the one shown above, can be tricky to complete!

    Brain benefits: You might not think a simple maze would challenge your brain in so many ways, but it does! Mazes test your spatial awareness, your decision-making skills, and even your memory.

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    14. Word searches

    Mammals Word search

    Word search puzzles are grids of seemingly disjointed letters that have a series of words hidden within them. To find and circle these hidden words, you might have to read top to bottom (or bottom to top), left to right (or right to left), or even diagonally. You’ll be given a list of words to find within the word search, and it’ll be your job to scour the grid of letters to find and circle the hidden words.

    Brain benefits: In addition to improving our brain’s problem-solving skills and ability to search for and recognize patterns, studies show that doing word searches can also help prevent or delay the onset of Alzheimer’s.

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