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Talking points: brush and floss, face values and shades of blue

With 126 bridesmaids at their wedding, a Sri Lankan couple earns a Guinness World Record in Colombo.

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Taking care of your heart means taking care of your teeth. As reported by The Daily Express, a new study has shown regular brushing and flossing can prevent the clogging of arteries that could lead to heart attacks and strokes. The three-year study from New York's Columbia University focused on the link between gum health and atherosclerosis, a potentially serious condition in which heart arteries become clogged. The scientists discovered that eliminating the bacteria build-up on teeth resulted in reducing clogged arteries and hence fewer heart issues.


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Yes, Virginia, gay men and straight men really do have different face types. The Independent recaps a study analyzing the faces of homosexual and heterosexual men that found the two groups have "significant morphological differences." The study, conducted by Prague's Charles University and the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, recruited gay and straight volunteers. The gay men had wider and shorter faces on average, along with smaller and shorter noses, resulting in "a mosaic of both feminine and masculine features." A second control group deemed the face shapes of the gay men as more masculine.


Social networkers searching for ways to draw more attention to their photographs might want to consider a blue backdrop. Social News Daily reports on a new study that indicates Instagram photos that are blue in hue tend to generate 24 per cent more likes than regular photos. The study was conducted by the visual analytics group Curalate and analyzed more than eight million photos. It found images with a high level of texture garner 79 per cent more likes than those without, and that images with a large volume of background space earn 29 per cent more likes than shots with minimal background space. And selfies (photos people take of themselves) of someone making a duck face generate a remarkable 1,112 per cent more likes than traditional selfies.


A diplomat is a person who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you actually look forward to the trip.

Caskie Stinnett, travel writer (1932-1998)

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