Man awakens after bachelor party to find Ray-Bans tattooed on his face

Published: Tuesday, November 03, 2015 @ 9:29 AM
Updated: Tuesday, November 03, 2015 @ 9:29 AM

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A man woke up with more than a hangover after a British bachelor party.

He looked in the mirror to find a pair of glasses permanently tattoed on his face.

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According to The Sun, the man had no memory of getting the tattoo. 

"Waking up the morning after, I thought someone had used a permanent marker on my face," he said. "I had no memory of getting the tattoo because I had gone out celebrating, and when it happened, I was drunk.

"Rayban" was etched along the side of his face between the lines of the tattooed frame.

It's been years since he got the ink.

“When I first came home, obviously I was subject to a lot of stares, but I kind of got used to the tattoo and decided not to get rid of it," he said.

It wasn't until a confrontation during a night out with friends that he began to rethink his decision to keep the tattoo.

“The next morning I really started to think about what my family and friends thought," the man said. “I didn’t want them to be embarrassed when they were out with me, so I decided there and then I was going to get it removed.”

So he went to 1192 Laser and Beauty Clinic in Swansea, South Wales to have the tattoo removed.

The shop's owner, Donnalee Alford, said it was one of the worst tattoos he'd ever seen.

The man completed six treatments to remove the tattoo.

After the treatments, only some temporary turquoise markings remained on the man's face.

"All I can say is that the whole process was amazing," he said. "There is no scarring, and when friends who haven't seen me for months come over, they always notice something is different. When they realize the tattoo is gone, they are shocked about how well the treatment has worked."

“Tattoos have become more and more popular in recent years, but research shows one in six people hate their tattoos and more than half regret having them done in the first place,” Alford said.


Do you need 8 glasses of water per day? 6 myths and truths about drinking water

Published: Thursday, August 17, 2017 @ 1:49 PM
Updated: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 11:56 AM

Here are six of the most prominent myths about drinking water Myth #1: Drinking lots of water will curb your appetite Fact: The only weight-loss benefit of drinking lots of water is that it keeps your mouth too busy to eat Myth #2: You might be thirsty when you think you're hungry Fact: You're probably hungry when you think you're hungry Myth #3: You need to chugalug water constantly or risk imminent dehydration Fact: A healthy diet and drinking when you're thirsty will hydrate you just fine Myth #4: You

Just like the old saying, "water, water everywhere," myths about drinking water are also everywhere. 

Some of them are hype from marketers or overzealous trainers, but most are just misconceptions that have been accepted into the culture. Knowing the truth can help you with healthy hydration and might even save you some anxiety or some hard-earned money.

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Certainly, staying hydrated does contribute to overall health, according to experts like Dr. Angie Eakin, a family medicine physician at Barnard Medical Center in Washington, D.C. 
"Every single cell in your body needs fluid to function properly," she told Health.com. "That's why even mild dehydration can make you irritable, foggy-headed, and headachy."
But numerous misconceptions have flowed from the basic principle that staying hydrating is a good thing.

Here are six of the most prominent myths about drinking water, followed by the icy cold truths:

6 myths about drinking water, debunked

Myth: Drinking lots of water will curb your appetite.
Fact: The only weight-loss benefit of drinking lots of water is that it keeps your mouth too busy to eat.

As part of coverage on the "Top 10 Fitness Myths," Fitness magazine experts crushed the dieting myth that drinking lots of water makes you less hungry. "Sorry to tell you this," the Fitness editors wrote. "You may eat less, because you're too busy trucking back and forth between the bathroom and dinner table, but that's about it."

Myth: You might be thirsty when you think you're hungry.
Fact: You're probably hungry when you think you're hungry.

While boredom, habit or stress might make you eat when you're not hungry, your body is unlikely to mix up hunger and thirst, Penn State nutrition professor Barbara Rolls, Ph.D., told Health.com. The sensations aren't even similar. "They feel different and are regulated by separate mechanisms in your body," Rolls said. When you need hydration, cell and blood volumes tank, giving you an unpleasantly dry, tacky-feeling mouth. There's little chance you'll mistake that for the sensation of hunger, which takes cues from gut hormones, nutrients and glucose and is signaled with a rumbling stomach and a sensation of emptiness.

Myth: You need to chugalug water constantly or risk imminent dehydration.
Fact: A healthy diet and drinking when you're thirsty will hydrate you just fine.

There's no need to constantly gulp down water, according to Rolls. As she told Health.com, the moisture in food alone provides about 20 percent of the fluid you need. Instead of randomly chugging water throughout the day, Rolls recommended avoiding dry foods like heavily processed crackers and filling up on hydrating produce like cucumbers, which are 97 percent water. Do that and drink water when you're thirsty, and your hydration levels should be fine, Rolls said.

Myth: You can overhydrate easily.
Fact: It's unusual to drink too much water.

People commonly worry about the risk of drinking too much water, but that's low on the list of concerns, said Nicole G. Morgan, a registered dietitian and nutritionist who practices in Atlanta.
She said overhydrating is much more difficult than most people think. "You would have to consume your full water requirement for the day in a short time frame for it to become dangerous." To avoid even this slight danger of drinking too much water, Morgan recommended spreading out an increase in water intake over the course of a day. "That approach to hydration is generally regarded as safe and healthy," she said.

Myth: Bottled water fortified with electrolytes is healthier.
Fact: Most Americans don't need fortified drinks.

In a 2015   evaluation of coconut water and other sports drinks, Consumer Reports concluded that most Americans don't need fortified bottled water. The consumer watchdog noted that the labels on the drinks said they contained added electrolytes, minerals that help regulate muscle function and water balance, which can be lost during long intense workouts. CR then concluded that few people in America exercise so vigorously as to need to replenish electrolytes. 
CR also quoted Leslie Bonci, a dietitian and director of sports nutrition at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, who said, "Any liquid is going to be hydrating, even coffee. Do vitamins and minerals add to hydration? No. What's hydrating is the fluid."

Myth: Everyone needs eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day.
Fact: There's no basic rule about how much water you need to stay hydrated.

This is one of the most widespread myths about drinking water, but on closer examination it really doesn't hold up, according to diet and nutrition experts at Consumer Reports on Health in a recent report on "How to Stay Hydrated." They noted that an appropriate amount of water per day can vary "a good bit" from person to person. In general, people who are heavier or taller or more active need to take in more water to cover their losses. In addition, hot or humid weather might increase a person's need for water intake.
 To make sure you get enough water, CR experts recommended taking these steps:

  • Drink before you feel parched. 
  • Sip small amounts throughout the day, instead of worrying about downing a full glass of water all at once.
  • Carry a water bottle with you so you can drink when you're thirsty.
  • Remember that all beverages count towards hydration, except for the ones that contain alcohol.
Even caffeinated drinks count towards hydration, Janet Mentes, Ph.D., a professor at the UCLA School of Nursing, told CR. While coffee and tea and some sodas are mild diuretics that can cause you to urinate more often, they add more to your liquid stores than you'll lose from extra urination, she said.

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Lose the belly pooch: 7 do’s and don’ts to accomplish a flat stomach 

Published: Friday, August 18, 2017 @ 4:15 PM
Updated: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 11:43 AM

Even after you've managed to drop some pounds, your stomach may still have a persistent pooch Fat in this location has been linked to an increased risk of serious issues With the Flat Belly Diet, reduce belly fat by increasing your consumption of monosaturated fatty acids The diet's emphasis on magnesium may reduce inflammation and the level of bad bacteria in your stomach In addition to taking a look at the Flat Belly Diet, consider these dietary changes to help reduce abdominal fat Peppermint and chamom

When you're trying to lose weight and get in shape, belly fat can be one of the hardest problems to address. 

Even after you've managed to drop some pounds, your stomach may still have a persistent pooch.

In addition to making it harder to get into your jeans, belly fat may also have a negative impact on your overall health. Fat in this location has been linked to an increased risk of serious issues such as diabetes, heart disease and some types of cancer.

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The Flat Belly Diet

If you're looking for a diet that helps you achieve a flat stomach, there's one designed just for that purpose – the Flat Belly Diet. Created by a former Prevention magazine editor and a registered dietitian, the diet aims to reduce belly fat by increasing your consumption of monounsaturated fatty acids. The diet's creators say these types of fats target abdominal fat and promote fullness, so you'll lose overall weight as well as belly fat.

You'll find monounsaturated fats in foods like olive oil, nuts, seeds and chocolate.

FILE — Sliced almonds (Karsten Moran/The New York Times)(KARSTEN MORAN/NYT)

WebMD doubts claims that the diet specifically targets belly fat, but the site’s experts note that if assists in overall weight loss, you should also lose belly fat. Dr. Oz, on the other hand, said that the diet may work. He touts the diet's emphasis on magnesium, which he says may reduce inflammation and the level of bad bacteria in your stomach. This type of bacteria has been linked to weight gain.

What to add to your diet

In addition to taking a look at the Flat Belly Diet, consider these dietary changes to help reduce abdominal fat.

 Peppermint and chamomile tea: These types of tea help ease digestion and help your body dissolve gas, which can reduce bloating, according to Health.com.

Constipation distends your belly, so a daily dose of fiber in the morning can keep your digestive system moving.. (AP Photo/David Duprey, File)

 Fiber-rich cereal: Constipation distends your belly, so a daily dose of fiber in the morning can keep your digestive system moving. Prevention.com says high-fiber cereals that contain two types of fiber – insoluble (from bran) and soluble (from psyllium) – are good choices.

 Yogurt: It contains probiotics, which can help balance the bacteria in your stomach and prevent bloating. Health.com says yogurt is also packed with protein, so it can help you feel full.

File photo. (Photo illustration by Joern Pollex/Getty Images)(Joern Pollex/Getty Images)

 Cucumbers: According to Health.com, cucumbers help reduce swelling and bloating due to their high water content and quercetin, a flavonoid antioxidant.

What to limit

 

Alcohol: Some types of alcohol are loaded with calories. According to Time.com, these calories can't be stored for later, so your metabolism has to focus on the alcohol rather than on burning fat.


Sodium: Sodium makes you retain water, which increases your belly bloat. Stop salting your food, but also look at the salt content on pre-packaged foods, which are an even greater source of sodium for most people, according to Prevention.com.

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7 brilliantly slick ways to get Amazon Prime for free

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 1:59 PM

Amazon's Echo speaker with Alexa has the most integrations with "smart home" gadgets. The Google Home offers the search company's powerful AI and home automation. Apple HomePod promises better sound quality from a nicer speaker.

You don’t have to fork over $99 to become an Amazon Prime member. You can actually take advantage of Prime benefits without having to spend a penny. Here are seven ways you can get free Amazon Prime membership:

1. Get an Amazon Prime Free Trial

You can try an Amazon Prime free trial membership if you don’t already have an account. After your Amazon Prime 30-day trial is over, you will be converted to a monthly subscription.

Amazon will offer you a free, 30-day trial each year. Should you cancel after your Amazon Prime trial, you’ll have to wait 12 months for another chance to try it for free.

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2. Get an Amazon Prime Student Membership Trial

College students are privy to some great deals on credit cards, checking accounts and more. Students can also get an Amazon Prime free trial student program for six months. After the trial ends, you’re eligible to pay only $5.49 per month for the service (for four years or until you graduate, whichever comes first).

3. Share Amazon Prime With Your Family

Amazon Household is a smart choice when you need Amazon Prime for the long haul. If your roommate or parents have Amazon Prime, Amazon Household allows you to share your benefits with up to one other adult, four teens and four children in your household. All family members create and use their own logins and passwords. Children and teens can shop on their own, but parents must approve the order with a simple text.

4. Earn Cash Back With the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Card

At this time, no credit cards come with a complimentary Amazon Prime membership. Amazon, however, offers a Prime Rewards Visa Card and an Amazon store card. Each will get you 5 percent back cash back when you shop at Amazon.com, you’ll pay no annual fees and there are no earning caps. If you spend $2,000 over the course of the year on your Amazon credit card you’ll earn $100 cash back, which will pay for your Amazon Prime membership.

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Amazon also offers the Amazon Rewards Visa Signature Card, which has no annual fee and enables you to earn:

  • 3 percent cash back when you shop at Amazon.com
  • 2 percent cash back at restaurants
  • 2 percent cash back at gas stations and drugstores
  • 1 percent cash back on all of your other purchases

You can see your rewards balance when you check out at Amazon.com and you don’t need a minimum balance to redeem them. You can use your rewards to purchase millions of items through Amazon.

5. Save on Amazon Prime Day

For the past three years, Amazon has celebrated “Prime Day” with a one-day sale on Amazon products like the Echo and Fire TV Stick, and electronics such as laptops, televisions, tablets and smartphones. Amazon will announce Amazon Prime Day in July 2018, and although it’s only available for Prime subscribers, you can use a free Prime trial to shop the great sales.

6. Become an Amazon Associate

Consider becoming an Amazon Associate. By doing this, you’ll earn a “bounty,” or bonus, when eligible customers complete certain actions, like registering for a third-party video subscription, creating an Amazon Baby Industry or signing up for an Amazon Prime free trial.

For 2018, you’ll get $3 for each person who registers for the Prime free trial. Refer just three people per month and you’ll pay for the cost of your annual membership.

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7. Utilize Amazon Prime Discount Membership Options

An Electronic Benefits Transfer card might qualify you for a Prime membership for $5.99 per month. The following programs will qualify you:

  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
  • Women, Infants and Children
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
  • Other programs by state

Amazon uses a state-of-the-art algorithm that automatically matches or beats competitors’ prices, which means there are numerous ways to save money on Amazon year-round. Keep an eye out for more ways to save on your favorite items.

Sign up for Amazon Prime trial.

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The Tenth Life Pet of the Week: Smokey

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 3:53 PM


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Name: Smokey

Gender: Male

Color: Grey

Age: 1 year

Weight: 10 pounds

Why he is special: Smokey was abandoned in Fairborn. He and his brother (Bandit) were brought to The Tenth Life where they have flourished. Smokey is a real lover. He dotes on human attention and purrs like a new motorboat. He gets along well with other cats but is also comfortable by himself.

If Smokey finds his loving home before you get the chance to make him your own, there are many others in need of homes that would be suitable for your home.

Neutered: Yes. And blood tested for both feline AIDs and feline leukemia, vaccinated for distemper, leukemia, and rabies and microchipped for identification.

Where to adopt: The Tenth Life is located in Beavercreek Twp. This shelter has a gigantic selection of cats and kittens. All are spayed or neutered, fully vaccinated, tested for viruses, and microchipped. All adoptions are by appointment only, so that we may accompany you and provide assistance in the selection of the right cat(s) for your family.

Cost: $75. This fee includes all medical treatments already performed, an identification tag and collar, a cardboard cat carrier, and our booklet on proper cat care.

More information: 937-376-5550 or thetenthlife.org