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How Does Food Influence Our Dreams?

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In his book Your Brain on Food, Dr. Gary Wenk, a professor of Psychology & Neuroscience at the Ohio State University and Medical Center, discusses how a person’s diet influences brain functioning.

Google “food and dreams,” and the results will convince you that everything from cheese to chicken tikka masala is a catalyst for memorable dreaming.

Although there appears to be no real formulaic, empirical connection between our day-to-day intake of food and its impact on our dreams, there is a link: One that’s deeply personal, encompassing not only our history with certain foods, but also our genetic makeup.

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Who Made That Cocktail Shaker?

Who Made That Cocktail Shaker? | eklectica.in
At one time, drinks were either stirred with long-handled spoons or tossed back and forth between two glass tumblers, which made for excellent showmanship but not great mixing (not to mention the mess). Eventually, says David Wondrich, a cocktail historian whose books include “Imbibe!” and “Punch,” someone “came up with the bright idea of sticking a tin cup on top of a glass and shaking with ice, which forms a seal. By the 1850s, they were making custom shakers entirely out of metal — sterling, alloy, brass and silver-plated.”

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10 Robin Williams Quotes From the Man Who Inspired Us With Laughter

10 Robin Williams Quotes From the Man Who Inspired Us With Laughter | eklectica.in
The death of Robin Williams silenced one of Hollywood’s most famous voices. An animated and prolific performer, Williams was known for colorful and thoughtful personality. With more than 100 acting roles and charismatic personality out of character, the actor touched fans with his words. Keep Williams’ spirit alive through some of his most memorable quotes that capture his powerful voice both on screen and off.

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Why Do We Sign For Things?

Why Do We Sign For Things? | eklectica.in
Signing is a very old ritual, according to Rabbi Pinchas Allouche. He’s a scholar of the Talmud, a collection of Jewish texts that’s over 1,000 years old.

The Talmud not only mentions signatures; it has rules for them.

In ancient times, a signature was required for all kinds of economic transactions. If you wanted to buy a goat, you had to sign a document. And just like with credit cards today, sometimes you had to sign even for smaller purchases.

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The Evolution Of Caffeine

The Evolution Of Caffeine | eklectica.in
Every second, people around the world drink more than 26,000 cups of coffee. And while some of them may care only about the taste, most use it as a way to deliver caffeine into their bloodstream. Caffeine is the most widely consumed psychoactive substance in the world.

Caffeine may be a drug, but it’s not the product of some underworld chemistry lab; rather, it’s the result of millions of years of plant evolution.

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Sugar: the evolution of a forbidden fruit

Sugar: the evolution of a forbidden fruit | eklectica.in
Sweetness was meant to be irresistible.

We are born with a sweet tooth. Babies drink in sugar with their mother’s milk. Sweetness represents an instant energy boost, a fuel that kept our ancestors going in a harsher world where taste buds evolved to distinguish health-giving ripeness and freshness from the dangers of bitter, sour, toxic foods. Sugar gives us drug-like pleasures – lab rats deprived of their sugar-water fix exhibit classic signs of withdrawal. When things are going well, we blissfully say, “Life is sweet.”

And now sweetness is linked with death and disease.

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