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Down in Smoke

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A little boy developed a crush on his teacher, but she was dating a doctor, so he brought her an apple every day.


"As for me, except for the occasional heart attack, I feel as young as I ever did." -- American humorist Robert Benchley (1889-1945)

Medical History

This week in 1882, a stethoscope of the now classic and recognizable design was patented by inventor William F. Ford. The first stethoscope, with a single hearing piece, was invented in 1816 by Rene Laennec at the Necker-Enfants Malades Hospital in Paris.



Q: What do your tongue, an octopus' tentacle and an elephant's trunk have in common?

A: They're all examples of a muscular hydrostat, a bundle of muscles that function without the assistance of bones.

Fit To Be Tried

There are thousands of exercises, and you've only got one body, but that doesn't mean you can't try them all: Dips can help build up size and strength in the upper body and arms. Sit in a sturdy chair, hands holding the front edge of the seat. Push your butt forward until it is suspended in front of the seat and your weight is being supported by your arms. Bend elbows and drop your hips toward the floor. Straighten arms. Do two sets of 10 dips.


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