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December 11, 2010

BehindTheMedspeak: Chewing gum improves your posture

Take that, Mr. Bartkowski, my high school P.E. teacher whose remedy for gum chewing was to take the offender's gum and work it deeply into his hair.

And that was in the days of really long hair.

But I digress.

From Keisuke Kushiro and Fumiyuki Goto's forthcoming paper entitled "Effect of Masticating Chewing Gum on Postural Stablity During Upright Standing," to be published in the journal Neuroscience Letters: "We found that postural stability tended to enhance during mastication of chewing gum."

Read the article's abstract below.


Effect of Masticating Chewing Gum on Postural Stability During Upright Standing

The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of masticating chewing gum on postural stability during upright standing. To address this issue, 12 healthy subjects performed quiet standing on a force platform for the posturography study. The subjects were instructed to stand as stable as possible on the force platform in order to record the trajectory of the center-of-pressure (COP). After measuring the postural sway in the initial condition (pre-condition), the subjects were asked to stand while masticating chewing gum (gum-condition). Following the gum-condition, quiet standing without mastication was evaluated (post-condition) to ensure the effect of masticating chewing gum on postural stability. The trajectory and velocity of the COP were analyzed for each condition. We found that the postural stability tended to enhance during mastication of chewing gum. The rectangle area of the COP trajectory significantly diminished in the gum-condition and significantly enlarged in the post-condition. A similar effect was observed in the maximum velocity and standard deviation (SD) of the fore-aft amplitude of the COP trajectory. The values were significantly smaller in the gum-condition compared to those in the post-condition. These findings suggest that mastication of chewing gum affects the postural control by enhancing the postural stability during upright standing.


[via The Wall Street Journal]

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On The Fritz Wall Clock


From websites: "Everything about this clock is normal... except for the fact that the second hand jumps, twists, bends, and flops all over the place. It's a great excuse for explaining why you took 10 minutes to respond when you originally said you'd be there in a second."

Requires 1 AA battery (not included).



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ClipConverter — Online media conversion


Free, the way we like it.


TechnoDolts™ will please move along, nothing to see here.

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Isabel Toledo x Mizensir Lemon Rose Candle



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1,298 out of 1,247,557


Alas, as of yesterday afternoon I've fallen out of the top 1% of all blogs worldwide tracked by Technorati.

True, not by much (a move up of a mere 51 spots to 1,247 would ensconce me back up on the Olympian heights from where I gazed for years) but a miss is as good as a mile where I come from.

I like my new neighbors, though: Catholic and Enjoying It! and poponthepop.com.

A diverse community, what?

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Poop-Freeze — Episode 3: Price break


Pretty much self-explanatory, what?


$14.95 in 2007, $9.95 in 2008, now reduced to chill.


Myriad uses outside the poop space — use your imagination.



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"Stop, Repair, Prepare: Variations on 'Ode to Joy' for a Prepared Piano"

Recently acquired by and up through January 10, 2011 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

Wrote Roberta Smith in a review in yesterday's New York Times, "Created in 2008 and first exhibited at the Haus der Kunst in Munich that year, this performance-sculpture-recital-dance piece was an instant hit when it was at the Gladstone Gallery in Chelsea in January 2009."

The artists who created the piece, Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla, have been selected to represent the U.S. at the 54th Venice Biennale next year.

Back story here.

More variations  here.

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Samurai Sword Toothpick Holder


"The cypress holder is composed of a mini sword handle and scabbard-style case."

"Inside each scabbard you can store three toothpicks."


Set of two: $84.

[via Gizmodiva]

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