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  1. Chris Pratt Originally Passed On Guardians Becau—Oh, Good God, Is This Him As Indiana Jones?

    We named the dog Champion!

    In case you missed the barrage of articles hyperventilating over Chris Pratt's transformation from lovable schlub to shredded Cross Fit half-human half-machine, the man was once a little "wealthier" around the middle and is now healthier and loving it. But before he morphed into a human cheese-grater, Pratt felt his fitness (or lack thereof) held his career back—and almost prevented him from starring in Guardians of the Galaxy.

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  2. New Study Says Binge-Watching TV Might Kill You, No Matter How Healthy You Are

    First the radio star...now us?

    Guys, I have some bad news. Are you ready? You might want to sit down, I'm not sure your ticker can handle the shock: according to a majorly depressing new study, our bodies are so profoundly impacted by TV-viewing that watching more than one hour a day is highly likely to have serious health consequences. Better hope there's no buffering in the afterlife.

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  3. Heart Attack on a Hook: The Unhealthiest Restaurant Meal in America

    "Long John Silver's Big Catch meal deserves to be buried 20,000 leagues under the sea."

    The Center for Science in the Public Interest has determined through lab tests that Long John Silver's "Big Catch" meal is the "Worst Restaurant Meal in America." The meal of fried fish, hushpuppies, and onion rings has 33 grams of trans fat, 19 grams of saturated fat, 3,700 milligrams of sodium, and 1,320 calories, going above and beyond the baseline of unhealthy restaurant food. Apparently, the pirate-themed seafood chain decided that sensible limits on unhealthy ingredients were more like guidelines than actual rules.

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  4. Calling Out Sick From Work? Here Are Some Excuses Not to Use

    Summer is on its way, which means it's just about time to start converting your sick leave into three day weekends for the coming months. How to make sure your boss doesn't call your bluff, though? Well, today brings us a small good thing -- a veritable litany of excuses not to use when taking a sick day. A British healthcare provider's survey of 1,000 employers and 1,000 employees has turned up some of the world's lamest excuses for not being able to come into work, including gems like "My fish is sick" and the just-vague-enough-to-be-troubling "I've injured myself during sex." 

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  5. AsapSCIENCE Teaches Us How to Believe It’s Not Butter [Video]

    The differences between margarine and butter are pretty clear, right? One is processed vegetable oil -- the other is good old-fashioned cream and salt. One is the finest of all possible ingredients that can save nearly any recipe if applied in time. The other is, well, margarine. What margarine does have going for it, though, is that it's better for your health than delicious, artery-clogging butter -- or is it? In their latest video, AsapSCIENCE details the chemical differences between butter and margarine, suggesting that margarine might not be the lifesaver we tend to think  it is. Too bad, margarine -- if you don't actually have the health factor working in your favor, this really just stopped being a contest at all.

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  6. Called It: Too Much Running Is Bad For Your Health

    Running makes for great exercise and keeps your heart healthy, but overdoing it by running more than an hour per day, or running multiple marathons, can actually shorten your life, according to a recent editorial in the journal Heart. As someone who feels that running is a very good thing to do if you are being chased -- by a mob of villagers with pitchforks, for example, or an angry bear -- and a very silly thing to do pretty much any other time, I'm going to abstain from the customary victory lap and just sit back feeling pretty vindicated right now.

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  7. Hypochondriacs Rejoice! Scanadu Tricorder Will Obsessively Monitor All Your Bodily Functions Next Year

    Think you have a cold but can't prove it? Sifting through WebMD until you convince yourself you have cancer is so last year. With the soon to be launched Scanadu Scout, you'll be able to keep track of all your vital signs right through a convenient smartphone app that acts as a grim reminder of your delicate mortality. The days of having to go 5 minutes without knowing exactly what your blood pressure is are over, and we can feel the stress driving our blood pressure up already. So if the phrase "It's like having a doctor in your pocket" titillates you rather than filling you with creeping dread, this may be a wonderful thing for you to purchase and then lose sleep staring at forever.

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  8. Your Neuroses Could Be Good For Your Health, If You’re Not A Jerk About Them

    A new study suggests that being neurotic could actually be good for your health -- just as long as you're also pleasant and responsible while you're indulging your eccentricities. Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center found that people who were both neurotic and conscientious -- defined for this study as being "organized, responsible and hardworking" -- had unusually low levels of a protein associated with a host of chronic diseases including diabetes, asthma, and heart disease. In principle, this should give neurotics around the world one less reason to worry about their health, though in practice...we totally won't. Nice try, though!

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  9. Genetics is at the Root of Painlessness, Which Sounds Like a Lot More Trouble Than It’s Worth

    And Now For Something Completely Different

    The New York Times has an interesting profile up on a young girl named Ashlyn and her family, who've gathered a unique group of families and children around a single condition they have in common: a congenital insensitivity to pain. Ashlyn, and other children like her, don't feel physical pain, and while that's a state many people might be interested in achieving, it has presented a significant challenge to her parents and caretakers.

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  10. Bet You Didn’t Know Smoking Makes Boobs Sag [Video]

    I wonder if this applies to boobs of the more masculine variety, but I suppose the owners of said moobs already have erectile dysfunction to worry about.

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