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Friday Funnies: Car Repairs

Everyone wonders what all those dashboard symbols mean. Well, some dude named Dave has created this handy guide. I recommend you print it and glue it to your windshield.



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Morris the loudmouth mechanic was removing the cylinder heads from the motor of a car when he spotted the famous heart surgeon Dr. Michael DeBakey, who was standing off to the side, waiting for the service manager to come take a look at his Mercedes. 

Morris shouted across the garage, "Hey DeBakey! Is dat you? Come on ova' here a minute." The famous surgeon, a bit surprised, walked over to where Morris the mechanic was working on the car. 

Morris straightened up, wiped his hands on a rag and asked argumentatively, "So Mr. Fancy Doctor, look at dis here work. I also open hearts, take valves out, grind 'em, put in new parts, and when I finish dis baby will purr like a kitten. 

So how come you …

Can smiling increase your happiness?

Yes, three separate studies dating back as far as 1987 indicate that the physical act of smiling can have a psychological impact on how you feel.

Studies at the University of Michigan, University of Kansas, and an independent clinical study arrived at similar conclusions using three different methodologies.

In the most comprehensive study at the University of Kansas in 2012, 169 people were assigned one of three different facial expressions; a neutral expression, a typical mild smile, or an extreme smile lifting the cheeks known as a Duchenne smile. Then researchers used chopsticks to physically hold the expression in place. Participants were then asked to do a series of multitasking tasks, some of them quite stressful.

When asked about their mood and emotional state, the participants forced to smile were dramatically less stressed and happier.

It's quite possible that the physical act of smiling, as well as the extremes to which you smile, can have a psychological effect on your…

What is Brain Freeze or Ice Cream Headache?

“Sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia” sounds like a terrible disease, and, certainly, it can be painful. But for most of us, sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia is a punishment worthy of the crime— the crime of eating ice cream. 
Sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia is the affliction better known as “brain freeze” or “ice cream headache,” the stinging sensation one feels at the top/front of the head after eating too much ice cream too quickly.

Many of us have experienced it— one study in the British Medical Journal (yes, there’s a study on ice cream headaches) suggests as many as one-third of the population has been so afflicted.

Why does it happen? The most common explanation suggests that, in a sense, brain freezes are caused by our brains malfunctioning. Your face has a nerve called the trigeminal nerve that contains three parts. One of the three parts carries sensory information from your forehead to your brain while another one does the same for the roof of your mouth. (The third one focuses o…