Friday, March 2, 2007

Windows Live Messenger gives money to charity for every IM sent

im making a difference

It's true !

The campaign initiated by Windows Live Messenger™ is called im making a difference .
Every time you start a conversation thru i'm, a small amount of money is given to charity from your behalf.

You can join this campaign and make a difference by downloading Windows Live™ Messenger (for free) . You must have version 8.1 to be able to participate !

After installing it and such, from your Contacts window, click the arrow next to your (display) name and select "Options".

windows live messenger
Now, next to your name, type one of the following codes below for the cause you'd like to support, and click OK.

donating to charity

*red+u American Red Cross
*bgca Boys & Girls Clubs
*naf
National AIDS Fund
*mssoc National Multiple Sclerosis Society
*9mil ninemillion.org
*sierra Sierra Club
*help StopGlobalWarming.org
*komen
Susan G. Komen for the Cure
*unicef The US fund for UNICEF

I think it's a great idea ! Not only they are winning popularity but they are also helping people by donating money to American Red Cross, National AIDS Fund and so on.
Now, I didn't find how much they are donating per conversation, but alltogether, we must be speaking about millions.

So ... start chatting via Windows Live Messenger™ and make a difference ! :)

Friday, February 9, 2007

7 wacky cancer myths

For years people have been talking about the causes, prevention and cure of cancer therefore "developing" new myths. Many are false, even stupid or ridiculous I might add, but some of them are really true.
My advice is don't believe everything you hear right from the start. Check it out first and you decide if the rumor or myth or whatever you've heard is or not pure fiction.
The following myths are kinda funny and ridiculous so ... enjoy :)

1) Myth: There is a Cure for Cancer, but Drug Companies Wouldn't Make Money.

Truth: If this was true, how come the family members of these drug company employees are still suffering from cancer? The likelihood of there being a general cure for all cancers is not realistic because they are caused by different factors. It is estimated that almost 30% of Americans believe this myth.

2) Myth: Wearing Deodorant Can Cause Breast Cancer.

Truth:There is so significant data that shows that wearing deodorant causes cancer, yet people are still buying into it. The suggestion is that a chemical is absorbed through the skin through a shaving nick or cut, and causes breast cancer. Again, there has been no significant study to support this claim.

3) Myth: Men Don't Get Breast Cancer.

Truth: Just ask Richard Rountree, the star of Shaft if men get breast cancer. Male breast cancer may be less common than breast cancer in females, but it does happen.

4) Myth: Piercing Your Nipples May Causes Breast Cancer in Men and Women

Truth: An injury to the breast or nipple cannot lead to cancer development. The only real medical risk factor for piercing the nipple is infection.

5) Myth: Fellatio Greatly Reduces a Woman's Risk Factor for Breast Cancer

Truth: An email circulated with a link to what appeared to be a bonafide CNN news story claiming that a study found that women who performed fellatio reduced their risk of breast cancer.
The truth is that there is no evidence that performing fellatio will reduce your risk of cancer.

6) Myth: Designer Lipsticks Contain Lead that Cause Cancer.

Truth: The FDA regulates all cosmetics manufacturing. It is logical to think that if a lipstick contained an ingredient that is sure to cause cancer, it would be pulled from the shelves immediately. This email hoax is still popping up in inboxes and striking fear in women. It is a hoax and there is no brand of lipstick that can cause cancer.

7) Myth: Forwarding Emails to Friends Will Donate Money to Cancer Charities.

Truth: Aol, The American Cancer Society, or any other major corporation does not rely on the use of email forwarding to make charitable contributions. The email sent usually contains the story of a child with cancer, perhaps with a photo, claiming that for every person your forward the email to the child will receive $.03 for treatment costs. Don't waste your time forwarding, folks. This is a cancer hoax and myth.


Source : about.com

Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Valentine's day myths

valentine heart love
Since we're in the romantic month of the year and St.Valentine's day is coming soon, I've decided to lookup for some urban legends about this beautiful holiday. Here's a bunch of myths I've found about Valentine's day and dating :

It's okay to skip Valentine's Day
False
She/He might realize that it's a hyped-up holiday, but that won't get you off the hook completely. She/He will see her/his friends going on dates and wonder why you aren't doing something special.

What can you do instead?
You can keep V-Day low key and celebrate it in your own way. Plan an activity that you both enjoy and declare it your own celebration -- like ice skating, tobogganing or hiking. Any activity that you do together will cut it and will show her that you gave the day some thought.

You have to celebrate on February 14th
False
No one says you have to celebrate on the same day as everyone else -- that's so conventional.

What to do instead?
Pick another day in the week to plan your date and declare that day your own personal V-Day. Places will be less crowded and you won't be made to feel like another sheep in the crowd. She won't care when you celebrate as long as she sees you've put some thought into it. She may even appreciate mixing it up.

You're saving money for a vacation together, so it's okay to miss Valentine's Day
False
Even though she agreed to save money too, this is a perfect opportunity to win brownie points with her.


What to do instead?
Don't plan an expensive date, but do surprise her with an inexpensive (but thoughtful) activity. Plan to meet her for lunch and pack her favorite food in a picnic basket. She'll be impressed that you stuck to a budget while still making her feel special.

You've only been dating for a few months, so you won't celebrate
False
While you might not want to do anything overly romantic with a new girlfriend, that doesn't mean you have to ignore it. If you don't acknowledge V-Day at all, she might wonder if you are really interested in her.

What to do instead?
Don't plan anything romantic. Instead, think of a fun activity. Try planning a dance class or a cooking class to mix things up. Or take her to see a comedy show -- anything to get the two of you laughing together.

Dinner is a Valentine's Day staple
False
Dinner is an adequate V-Day plan, and I suppose you can't go wrong with it. But truth be told, it's a little unoriginal.

What to do instead?
Mix things up a bit. With as much effort as it takes to make dinner reservations, you can plan a date that is seeping with originality. Try a couple's massage, jump into a hot tub (anything in a Jacuzzi is sexy), look for an old-fashioned roller-skating rink in your city, or try an artsy date by buying the materials to do a painting together (finger-painting is very sensual).

Chocolates or flowers are good Valentine's Day gifts
False
Just like going for dinner, chocolate and flowers are not the wrong thing to do -- they're just overly conventional.

What to do instead ?
Originality is worth a lot on V-Day, especially when all her friends will be getting the usual flowers and chocolates. Stand out by getting her something out of the ordinary. Does she like to travel? Get her a subscription to a travel magazine. Does she like music? Get her concert tickets (and go together, of course).

You need to spend loads of money on her gift

False
It's the thought that really counts the most when it comes to V-Day.

What to do instead?
Try getting her a small gift with a lot of meaning. If you are just starting to get serious, for example, buy her a pair of slippers or a robe to keep in your apartment.

Don't expect a gift in return
False
While V-Day is usually marketed as "her" holiday, there's no rule stating she can't surprise you with a little something. So, chances are very good that you'll get your box of candy.

What to do instead?
If the whole guessing game about whether you're getting a gift or not is bugging you, approach the subject of a "no gift" idea with her and make plans together for a romantic weekend getaway or a perfect night out instead.

The gift has to be cheesy or romantic
False
Just the opposite, actually. There is no rule that says you have to write her poetry or sing her a song on V-Day.

What to do instead?
If you're not comfortable with the cheesiness, forget it. Just stick to getting her a fun gift. Try buying a good board game -- then go home and play it together.

Lingerie makes a good Valentine's Day gift
False
Actually, this myth is not entirely false. Lingerie can be a nice part of a gift for a self-assured woman, bearing in mind that you need to know her size and style preferences. But usually, she'll like that to be part of a sexy gift, not all of it.

What to do instead?
For a really sexy gift, try a book of massage techniques that you can learn together or -- if you are good and ready for it -- a copy of the Kama Sutra.

*note : this article is copyrighted to askmen.com

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

One small step for man...

neil armstrong moon myth
On July 20, 1969, as Apollo Mission Astronaut Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, he proclaimed: "One small step for man; one giant leap for mankind." Several remarks followed, including the usual technical banter between him, the other astronauts, and Mission Control. Before he re-entered the lander, he said "Good luck, Mr. Gorsky."

Many people at NASA thought it was a casual remark concerning a rival Soviet Cosmonaut or other astronaut. However, upon checking, there was no Gorsky in either the Russian or American space programs.

Over the years, many people questioned him as to what the "Good luck, Mr. Gorsky" statement meant and Armstrong just smiled, refusing to answer.

On July 5, 1999, following a speech, a reporter brought up the 30-year-old question to Armstrong. Since Mr. Gorsky had died Armstrong felt he could answer the question.

When he was a kid, Armstrong was playing baseball with his brother in the backyard. His brother hit a fly ball which landed in front of his neighbors' bedroom window. The neighbors were Mr. and Mrs. Gorsky. As collected the ball, Mrs. Gorsky shouted, "Oral sex? You want oral sex? You'll get oral sex when the kid next door walks on the moon!"
This is a funny story and it's obviously a joke.
It started "surfing" the web in 1995 and it took 12 years to get to me :)

snopes.com explains it all :

At its most basic level, this tale is a humorous anecdote that plays on the stereotypical portrayal of Jewish wives as reluctant to engage in recreational sex (and especially oral sex). In variant forms of this legend the last name of Neil Armstrong's neighbor is different, but the name used is always a "Jewish-sounding" one, such as Gorsky, Seligman, Schultz, or Klein; the unusual word order employed by the wife in her refusal ("Oral sex you want?") is also a stereotypical speech pattern attributed to Jews. On another level, this legend can be seen as an attempt to humanize a cultural hero by associating him with a story that is both humorous and racy: Neil Armstrong, the world-famous astronaut, is made to seem like a "regular" guy.

Any doubts about the veracity of this legend are laid to rest by the NASA transcripts of the Apollo 11 mission, which record no such statement having been made by Armstrong. Armstrong himself said in late 1995 that he first heard the anecdote delivered as a joke by comedian Buddy Hackett in California.

Sunday, February 4, 2007

Top 10 health myths

health doctor
#1: Eating carrots improves your eyesight.

Truth: Though carrots contain a high concentration of vitamin A, essential for healthy eyesight (vitamin A defficiency can cause blindness), an extra helping on your plate won't give you X-ray vision. In fact the origin of the various sight-improving attributes of the humble carrot is generally credited to a campaign of misinformation carried out by the British Government during the World War II. British intelligence didn't want the Germans to know that they were using radar to detect bombing raids so they spread the rumour that they were feeding their pilots carrots in order to improve their vision. Trouble is the campaign was so successful people still believe it even today! Of course all things are relative - if you start off with a vitamin A deficiency, eating more carrots will of course improve your vision.

#2: Eating bread crusts makes your hair go curly.

Truth: Is having curly hair a good thing? Rumour-mongering parents certainly think so - generations have attempted to persuade their children eating crusts will encourage a healthy-looking mop. In fact there's no medical evidence to suggest eating bread crusts makes your hair go curly, though there may be other health benefits that aren't so well known. The browning of the crust may produce more healthy antioxidants, which in turn help prevent the body absorbing harmful oxidising agents in the atmosphere such as ozone.

#3: Using sun lotion protects you from skin cancer.

Truth: The problem with using suntan lotions is that it can lull you into a false sense of security. The fact is whether you are wearing sun lotion or not, you should still ration the amount of time you spend relaxing by the pool. Remember - suntan lotions are not total blocks: They still allow some UV through. And though you are protected from burning, the genetic changes in your skin that occur after exposure to the sun will still be there. Don't forget to cover up and wear a hat. You should also wear sunscreen in the UK between April and October, not just when you are somewhere hot on holiday.

#4: You can get cancer from barbecued food.

Truth: There's a persistent feeling these days that anything enjoyable must be bad for our health. So many things seem to be banned that we don't know where to turn, so when someone tells us that the burnt crust of barbecued food contains carcinogens, who are we to argue? But while it's true that the heterocyclic aromatic amines (HAAs) contained in the blackened edges of barbecue food are carcinogenic, there has been no evidence produced which links barbecued food to cancer. Perhaps this is because you would never eat enough charred food to cause the DNA damage that is central to cancer development. Also, you can reduce the carcinogens by 99 per cent by marinating the food before you grill it. It is thought this might be because typical marinade ingredients - tomatoes, olive oil, garlic and citrus juice - are high in cancer-fighting compounds. Interestingly, grilled vegetables have no cancer risk.

#5: A lump in your breast means you have breast cancer.

Truth: About 80 per cent of breast lumps are benign (non-cancerous). Sometimes there can be cysts, nipple discharges and calcification (calcium salt deposits in breast tissues) resulting from injury or bruising, hormonal changes or infection. However, should you find a lump you must contact a health professional straight away - catching cancer early significantly increases the chances of recovery.

#6: Low fat diets are a healthy way of losing weight.

Truth: Adoption of low-fat diets is widespread among those keen to lose weight and look great but unilaterally cutting out all fat from your diet can actually damage your health. Very low fat or no fat diets don't provide enough energy for healthy growth and some research suggests that the rash of low fat, high carbohydrate regimes pursued by many weight watchers over the past few years may actually be responsible for an increase in insulin resistance. Exercise combined with a balanced diet is more likely to reap rewards in the long run.

#7: Bananas are fattening.

Truth: They are actually low in fat. There is only half a gram of fat and 95 calories in a banana. Not only that but they are packed with potassium, come in their own packaging, are clean and very handy as a snack!

#8: It's OK to skip breakfast.

Truth: Breakfast is a very important meal. When we're sleeping, we are also 'fasting' for an average of about eight hours, so it's essential to 'break' this fast. Although people who skip breakfast catch up on their energy requirements later in the day, they're unlikely to get all the vitamins and minerals that a simple breakfast can provide. Try porridge with honey for a wholesome but filling meal.

#9: Cracking your knuckles gives you arthritis.

Truth: It's irritating and sounds excrutiating, but unfortunately you can no longer rely on the story that too much cracking causes arthritis to stop the person sitting next to you from doing it. No medical studies have been conducted that confirm a link between cracking your knuckles and the crippling pain induced by arthritis, but there are other scare stories you can rely on. According to one study the ligament stretching that occurs among regular knuckle-crackers can cause swollen hands and weaken the grip.

#10: People are overweight because they have slow metabolisms.

Truth: It's a common complaint among the clinicially obese but studies show you can't use a slow metabolism as an explanation for weight gain. Of course, there may be other physical reasons for weighing in over the odds, but recent studies revealed fat people have faster metabolisms and burn off more energy than slimmer people simply to keep their bodies going.

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk

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