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Obamacare Triggers Two of the Top Ten Top Words of 2013 — Dave’s Diary

According to the 14th annual survey of global English, conducted by the Global Language Monitor, the top "word" of the year is not even a word!  Specifically it’s "404". 

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Watching Cute Critters Improves Productivity — Dave’s Diary

I don’t spend much time looking at those “adorable animal” videos making the rounds but I know a lot and I mean a LOT of people do.  But if your boss is on your case about you using your office computer to watch some adorable animal antics on the Internet, tell him to chill.

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Top Toys For Christmas–Already!–Dave’s Diary

71 degrees, green grass and clear blue skies makes for an odd backdrop to discuss this year’s top toys for Christmas but here we are. Christmas will be here in 2 months and four days so it’s time to check out they toys!

I claim no ownership for the list

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Everything You Need to Know About the New Hundred Dollar Bill — Dave’s Diary

Not that we ever see many of them around here—but in the interest of science—here is the low down on the Benjamin because the hundred-dollar bill just got a makeover and made its big debut.

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Popeye Backed by Science–Spinach is Strong Medicine

It’s October and you would think that means it’s National Pumpkin Pie Month and maybe it is—my research is not complete--but it definitely is National Spinach Month.

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The Nose Knows–Or Does it? — Dave’s Diary

Ever hear the expression “don’t get your nose out of joint”? It means don’t be too easily offended.  It’s interesting to think that a bad mood caused by a “sense” of insult could affect your ability to actually use your nose!  Whew!  Allow me to explain.

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Apple Spills Coke as Most Valuable Brand in the World — Dave’s Diary

An apple a day is more than just age old good health advice.  An Apple a day seems to be the motto of the modern world. While it may be difficult for Coca Cola to swallow, Apple has become the most valuable brand in the world, according to an annual from Interbrand, a corporate identity and brand consulting company that's been compiling the Best Global Brands report since 2000.

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Good Manners Equal Good Medicine — Dave’s Diary

Sad but true -- summer is just about over. But as she goes, if we all say thank you and good-bye, we may be less likely to succumb to the colds and flu of fall.

New British research finds that good manners not only separate humans from the rest of the animals on Earth, but also helps keep humans free of disease.

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Six Things Teachers Wish Parents Knew — Dave’s Diary

WHAT TEACHERS WISH PARENTS KNEW

Are you back in the routine yet?  Lunch, homework, after school activities?  Part of your “Kids are back to School”

routine should include the items on the list of what teachers wish parents knew.

Teachers say

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UNICEF Study Show US Kids Way Down on Happiness Scale — Dave’s Diary

What’s going on with our kids? The United States ranked at the bottom of a UNICEF study for child well-being. That’s us!  USA! USA?  Apparently n

ot so much!

Across 21 industrial countries, Americans beat only the British for well being

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