So yesterday, we learned that Mirriam-Webster added a bunch of new words to their dictionary including mansplain and dumpster fire. Go here to see the rest of the "real" words that were added.

My biggest surprise was "Life Hack" because I though it was already an official word. Life Hack is "a usually simple and clever tip or technique for accomplishing some familiar task more easily and efficiently."

Jay did a Life Hack for the Oreo cookie (which celebrated it's 106th birthday yesterday), check it out here. So have you heard about Life Human Body Hacks? You haven't, then allow me to explain and help.

Cure a Tickling Throat: Scratch your ear. When the nerves in the ear are stimulated, it creates a reflex in the throat that can cause a muscle spasm.

The spasm relieves the tickle. Now I know why my dog, CJ is always scratching his throat, he has a tickle.

Make Your Heart Stand Still: Blow on your thumb. The vagus nerve (had to look it up) can be controlled through breathing. It'll get your heart rate back to normal....I wouldn't suggest you do this during a job interview, unless you don't want the job.

Wake the Dead: If your hand falls asleep while you're driving or sitting in an odd position, rock your head from side to side.

I always worry when my hands or feet fall asleep during the day because I'm afraid that they'll be awake all night....I'll let you re-read and think about that for a moment.

Clear Your Stuffed Nose: You don't need Sudafed. Alternate thrusting your tongue against the roof of your mouth, then pressing between your eyebrows with 1 finger.

It causes the vomer bone (I had to look that one up too) to rock back and forth. The motion loosens congestion, after 20 seconds, you'll feel your sinuses start to drain. It sounds more like a magic trick... and speaking of tricks.

Impress Your Friends: Next time you're at a party, try this: Have a person hold 1 arm straight out to the side, palm down and instruct them to maintain the position. Then put 2 fingers on their wrist and push down. They'll resist.

Now have them put 1 foot on a surface that's a half inch higher (finally a good use for a phone book) and try it again. This time the arm will cave and by misaligning the hips, you've offset the spine.

The brain senses that the spine is vulnerable, so it shuts down the body's ability to resist.  This trick is almost as good as my "disappearing foot" trick.......Almost.

Finally Sneeze: Grab your chest with 1 hand and pull on the opposite earlobe with the other hand, you'll automatically sneeze.......I'll wait......go ahead......try it.

If you just tried it......GOTCHA!

[Merriam-Webster/gag9]