The Truth about Tryptophan

Live Turkey

After stuffing yourself silly of mashed potatoes, gravy, cornbread, wine, beer, and of course, turkey, it’s no wonder why your belly’s bloated and you’re ready for a good nap. The blame of needing a nap is never referenced to two or three plate full’s of grandma’s home cooking, but is instead blamed on the turkey’s tryptophan. But how much truth is there in all of this?

Tryptophan is actually a chemical that’s important to our health. Our body uses tryptophan to make serotonin, which is a chemical that helps to regulate sleep. Although turkeys do contain tryptophan, so does a lot of other meats- even cheddar cheese. And while different meats and cheeses contain the chemical, you don’t hear a connection to feeling sleepy after eating chicken or a grilled cheese sandwich, do you?

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Nothingface Still Making Music Quietly

Nothingface

Heavy metal music gives lots of people a headache, but not me. I understand that it’s a little wild and crazy sometimes, but you have to listen for the beauty in it, both vocals and instruments. I prefer my metal to have some actual singing in it though and not just an entire song of yelling. Some good examples of great vocalists/screamers would be bands like Papa Roach, Killswitch Engage, Snot and the Deftones.

I see something good in just about any type of music, from Hip Hop and Blues, to Classical and even Country. I actually don’t like country all that much, but some of the female singers have beautiful voices.

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Find Restaurants Where Your Kids Can Eat for Free

Messy Kid

If you have kids, you know how much of a pleasure it is to find a restaurant where your kids can eat for free. I don’t have kids, but I have friends who do, and I get to hear about their money woes all the time. Even going to a place like McDonalds with two kids can be extremely expensive, or so I was told be my good friend Cecil. And what about when someone gives you a restaurant gift card with enough funds for yourself but not enough to take the kids too?

Cecil is going to love me after I show him Kids Eat For (odd name, right?), because this site has a sort of daily calendar that lists restaurants where kids can eat for free for each day of the week.

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A Recreational Drug User Version of FML

Drunk Guy

You’ve probably enjoyed a few entertaining stories from the popular website, FML (F My Life) by now, which I’ve mentioned before. Hell, they even have an iPhone app. A friend of mine likes to open up that app just about every 5 minutes so he can share a story with us.

Now there’s another take on FMLs popularity, but this time for stoners. Frying High (update below) is a place where drug users, from marijuana to acid can share their stories of stupidity.

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Technology That Listens for Gunfire

The ShotSpotter system is an interesting new technology that police have been using in various cities across the U.S and in a couple places internationally. They’re more commonly used in cities with high gun crime.

ShotSpotter listening devices are placed on top of buildings throughout the city where they listen for gunshots within their radius. When gunfire is identified, the police station is notified of where it occured and can help the police respond to the scene much more quickly.

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