ON THIS DAY
It was on this date in 1788 that a second settlement was begun at what is now Cincinnati.
Woodrow Wilson, our 28th president, was born on this date in 1865.
Chewing Gum is patented way, way back in 1869 by William Semple.
Modern chewing gum was invented when "chicle," a latex sap much like rubber, was brought to the U.S. In 1870, the first flavored gum, Black Jack, was manufactured. William Wrigley Jr. was selling Spearmint and Juicy Fruit by 1893. Chiclets and gumballs came in the early 1900s -- and Walter Diemer invented Dubble Bubble bubble gum in 1928. After World War II, chemists learned how to make artificial gum bases to use instead of chicle.
- A recent study shows a simple stick of gum can often fight heartburn just as well as over the counter medicines. Researchers at England's Kings College found that chewing gum half an hour after a meal can relieve symptoms of GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) -- commonly known as indigestion. Chewing gum stimulates saliva, which neutralizes acid in the esophagas.
- According to a small study by Andrew Scholey of the University of Northumbria in England, people who chewed gum throughout tests for both long- and short-term memory scored better on both tests than people who did not chew gum. One theory suggests that the act of chewing ups the heart rate, which, in turn, improves oxygen delivery to the brain.
- New research suggests chewing gum may not only help a woman conceive but may make her pregnancy safer and more successful. The study found that the act of chewing makes a woman's eggs more receptive to sperm and helps balance hormones.
- Chewing gum could help you lose weight according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MI, have discovered that chewing gum raises your metabolic rate by about 20 percent, and an "all-day sugar-free gum chewer" burns off the equivalent of 11 pounds of extra weight per year.
X-rays were discovered on this date in 1895.
Sienna Miller turns 28, and Edgar Winter turns 63 today. He's most famous for his song, "Frankenstein."
National Chocolate Day -- Psychologist Dorothy Maples, of Detroit, MI, says your personality is revealed by your choice of chocolate.
- Chocolate-Covered Nuts -- You're the mainstay of your family, always there to support your loved ones. And they know that you can be depended on to solve most any problem.
- Caramel Center -- You're the Peter Pan in your circle of loved ones -- beneath your adult shell beats the heart of a youngster. Your genuine enjoyment of everything life has to offer is contagious.
- Creme-Filled -- You take pride in an old-fashioned lifestyle that's a mirror of your parents values. Both pals and relatives gravitate to your home -- the warmth and laughter found there are irresistible.
- Dipped Fruit -- Some may see you as kooky, but you know the truth is that you're a genuine original. You swim against the tide of trendy thought, and others appreciate your creative views.
- Truffles -- You believe you and yours deserve only the best, and you work hard to provide for your family. Your generosity of spirit isn't limited to your loved ones. You're also a champion of volunteerism in your community.
You may think you know your husband better than anyone, but chances are he has at least one "don't-tell-the-wife" secret -- and he may have 11 of them! Writer/editor Ty Wenger revealed in Redbook what every woman wants to know: What secrets is her husband keeping from her?
- Yes, he falls in lust 10 times a day -- but it doesn't mean he wants to leave you.
- He actually does play golf to get away from you.
- He is unnerved by the notion of commitment, even after he has made one to you.
- Earning money makes him feel important.
- Though he often protests, he actually enjoys fixing things around the house.
- He likes it when you mother him, but he's terrified that you'll become your mother.
- Every year he loves you more.
- He really doesn't understand what you're talking about when you discuss "issues" in your relationship. It makes no sense at all to him -- even though he will nod in agreement and apparent understanding.
- He is terrified when you drive.
- He'll always wish he was 25 again.
A recent study shows that a third of fruitcakes sold every year are ever eaten. We're shocked: that many?
Sleepless nights mean stressful days, which can lead to emotional eating binges. What's more, researchers from the University of Chicago Medical Center tracked 12 healthy males and found that those who got only four hours of rest at night had a 23% increase in appetite.
Self magazine ask readers: "What helps you unwind after a stressful day?" 29% said TV, 22% said wine and 20% said a hot bath.
If you're a woman, keeping your lips zipped during fights with your husband can be a killer. A 10-year study found that women who forced themselves to keep their mouths shut during arguments were four times more likely to die during the study period than those who expressed themselves freely. "Self silencing" women also had higher rates of depression and irritable bowel syndrome, according to Elaine Eaker, Sc.D., of Gaithersburg, Maryland, who headed the study.