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Bad News, Guys

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Endocrine-disrupting chemicals, which are used in everything from pesticides and sunblock to plastic water bottles and non-stick pans, mimic sex hormones. That's not a good thing. One of the suggested harms is reduced male fertility.

A new study documents just how bad the problem has gotten. An international team of scientists sifted through research on sperm counts since the early 1970s -- more than 7,500 peer-reviewed papers. They narrowed their dataset to 185 relevant papers involving almost 43,000 men between the years 1973 and 2011.

They found that for men living in North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, sperm counts have dropped precipitously, as much at 50 to 60 percent in just a

Too Good To Be True

Noticing an uptick, the Federal Trade Commission is warning consumers to avoid those annoyingly abundant offers of free trials for self-improvement products like teeth whiteners, hair conditioners and devices to tone and shape every visible part of the body. Apart from the fact they may not actually work, many of the products come with cancellation policies so onerous and complicated that you likely can't get out of them before being charged with the next delivery. Plus, a lot of unscrupulous companies hide charges in shipping and handling fees they tack on once you've given them your credit card information.

Body of Knowledge

A normally endowed person has eight fingers. Anatomically speaking, your thumbs are not fingers. On the other hand, all 10 of your toes are toes.

Life in Big Macs

One hour of water-skiing burns 408 calories (based on a 150-pound person) or the equivalent of 0.6 Big Macs.

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