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Five Foods That Are Worse for Your Teeth Than Candy

Don’t tell your kids this.  Especially not while they have access to a huge pile of candy THEY earned.  But apparently the idea that candy is horrible for your teeth is a little overblown . . .

Sugar itself doesn’t cause cavities, ACID does.  The bacteria in your mouth basically eats the sugar . . . excretes acid . . . and THAT’S what breaks down your enamel.

That’s not to say candy is GOOD for your teeth.  It’s not.  But according to a dentist, there are five foods that are as bad for your teeth as candy, or worse . . .

1.  Crackers and bread.  Things like Cheez-Its, Goldfish, and Saltines are made of simple starch, which turns to sugar really fast.  And they get stuck in your teeth, so the bacteria has even more time to turn that sugar into acid.

2.  Dried fruit.  It’s as bad as candy because it basically IS candy.  And it’s stickier than most candy is, so it stays on your teeth longer.

3.  Grapefruit.  There’s sugar in it, and it’s naturally very acidic.  Lemons, limes, cranberries, and grapes are really acidic too.  Oranges actually aren’t as bad.

4.  Coffee.  Again, there’s a lot of acid in there.  Plus it can stain your teeth.

5.  Diet soda.  It’s worse than regular soda, because they add phosphoric acid to make it tangy.  So even without sugar, there’s more acid to rip up your enamel.

 

A Professor Helps a Student Use Philosophical Theory to Ask Out a Girl, and It Works . . . Could It Work For You?

Someone finally found a practical use for philosophy.

There’s a guy named Jake Moreno who’s a student at Salt Lake Community College in Utah.  Jake was recently telling his English professor about how bad he was with girls, and the professor found a way to simultaneously help him AND teach him.

Jake wanted to ask out a girl named Hannah, so his English professor walked him through the three methods of persuasion that Aristotle talks about in his book “Rhetoric”.  Could philosophical theory from the 4th century B.C. work today?

The three methods are ethos, logos, and pathos.  In ethos, you appeal to someone’s moral values, so Jake decided not to come on too strong or pressure her too much.

Logos is using facts to support your argument, so Jake offered, quote, “free food, a break from work, and a good low-stress time.”  And pathos is appealing to someone’s emotions, so Jake went with, quote, “It’ll be fun.”

And . . . it worked.  He texted Hannah, they went on a date last weekend, and Jake said it went great.

So could this work for you?  I mean . . . it’s not a terrible way to structure a text you’re sending to someone.  And if it fails, you can blame Aristotle and not yourself, so that’s a win-win.

Shocking News: People Love Dogs More Than People

If you had to pick between two horrible options of a PUPPY getting hurt or some random dude on the street getting hurt . . . well, I’m pretty sure I know what you’d go with.

A new study out of Northeastern University in Boston found that the overwhelming majority of people have more EMPATHY for dogs than for other people.  In fact, the only human beings we worry about more than we worry about dogs are babies.

The researchers say it’s because we see dogs and babies as being INNOCENT and vulnerable, so we can’t help but feel responsible if they get hurt on our watch.  We don’t necessarily have those feelings with other adults.

 

 

 

 



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