AN APPLE A DAY AND A GOOD LAUGH

People who laugh a lot are much healthier than those who don't. Dr. Lee Berk at the Loma Linda School of Public Health in California found that laughing lowers levels of stress hormones, and strengthens the immune system. Six-year-olds have it best - they laugh an average of 300 times a day. Adults only laugh 15 to 100 times a day.


CURE FOR THE HICCUPS

Yelling "boo" at someone with the hiccups won't make them stop. Neither will holding your breath or standing on your head. But "Physician and Sportsmedicine" magazine claims briefly holding ice cubes to both sides of your neck...at the level of your larynx...will make them stop. It interrupts the reflex nerve signals that cause the spasmodic contractions of the diaphragm - the event we know as "hiccups."


A VERY HELPFUL HINT

If your VCR has a year setting on it, which most do, you will not be able to use the programmed recording feature after 12/31/99. Don't throw it away. Instead set it for the year 1972 as the days are the same as the year 2000. The manufacturers won't tell you. They want you to buy a new Y2k VCR. Pass this along to all your friends.
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