10 Cures For Boredom

10 Cures For Boredom

Everyone falls victim to it from time to time.
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Boredom. Everyone falls victim to it from time to time. It occurs on those days when all your friends are busy or it's raining outside and there is nothing to do. Luckily, I have found 10 things that are guaranteed to cure your boredom and have decided to share them with you.

1. Finish a Coloring Book

I received Daria Song’s The Time Chamber for Christmas a couple years ago and have discovered that it is a perfect cure for boredom. Along with the beautifully complex illustrations, each page of this book contains parts of a story about a little fairy. All the drawings are so beautiful and are good time consumers. Most of these adult type coloring books are very inexpensive and can be found at stores like Walmart, Target, and Marshalls.

2. Play Card Games

I never thought card games could be a cure to boredom until my friend taught me how to play spit. That night I spent three hours attempting to beat him and our other friends. Even if you don't have friends, there are plenty of single-person card games, to play. I found a bunch of the following website: http://cardgameheaven.com/single-player-games

3. Write

Writing is a great way to relieve stress and get your thoughts down on paper. There are many writing prompts available online to help your creative juices flow. If you're not a big creative writer, you can create some fun lists. They can be something silly like your top ten favorite animals or more serious like a list of things you want to do before you graduate.

4. Catch Up with a Old Friend or Family Member

Being away at college, I always have a friend back at home that I can catch up with. Even if you don't have any friends to catch up with, I'm sure grandparents would love a call updating them on your life

5. Read a Novel

Reading a book can whisk you into a new world and make you forget all about your boredom. Recently, I was recommended to read We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. If you aren't a big fan of novels, try reading a magazines or maybe some news articles.

6. Give Yourself A Beauty Day

Everyone has a special way to relax, so why not spend a day doing your special routine. Take a nice warm bubble bath or paint your nails.


7. Test a New Baking Recipe

I love trying out new baking recipes, specifically cookies. Throwing the ingredients together and finding the best outcomes for your sweets is so satisfying. Plus, it is even more satisfying to taste and share your results with friends.

8. Start a Scrapbook or Photo Collage

Everyone has a DIY Board on Pinterest full of crafts you've never tried, so why not try some. By the time you find an idea and begin to create, you'll forget all about your boredom. Get started on those canvases and photo collages!

9. Organize Your Life

This can be as simple as making a list of things to get done or as complex as putting all your events into calendar. Getting your life more organized always makes you feel more put together and can give you the motivation you need.

10. Watch a Movie

Everyone has a list of movies they've been meaning to watch. Why not spend some of your time catching up on these movies. Personally, I recommend any classic 80's movie, specifically 16 Candles and Dirty Dancing.

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14 Fraternity Guy Gifts Ideas, Since He Already Has Enough Beer

Frat boys are a species of their own and here are some exciting gifts they will be ecstatic to receive!

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What more do frat boys love than alcohol, partying, and just acting stupid? Here are some gifts that help fulfill all of those needs for the frat boy in your life!

1. Beer holster belt

Whats better than one beer? Six beers! This fashionable camouflage accessory can be used for tailgates, beach days, formals and everything in between.

Price: $8.49

2. Phone juul holder 

You know those cardholders everyone sticks on the back of their phones? Well, now a Juul holder for your phone is on the market! This will save your favorite frat boy from ever again losing his Juul!

Price: $10.98

3. Animal house poster 

This Animal House poster is a classic staple for any frat boy. This poster will compliment any frat house decor or lack thereof.

Price: $1.95

4. The American Fraternity book

Does the frat boy in your life need a good read for Thanksgiving or winter break? Look no farther, this will certainly keep his attention and give him a history lesson on American fraternity heritage and tradition.

Price: $28.46

5. Beer pong socks 

These snazzy socks featuring beer pong will be loved by any frat boy. As for the way to any frat boy's heart may, in fact, be beer pong.

Price: $12.00

6. Condom case

This condom carrying case will not only protect condoms from damage but also make frat boys more inclined to practice safe sex, which is a win-win situation!

Price: $9.99

7. Frat house candle

Ahhh yes, who does not like the smell of stale beer in a dark, musty frat house basement? Frat boys can make their apartment or bedroom back home smell like their favorite place with the help of this candle.

Price: $16.99

8. "Frat" sticker

Frat boys always need to make sure everyone around them knows just how "fratty" they are. This versatile stick can go on a laptop, car, water bottle, or practically anywhere their little hearts desire.

Price: $6.50

9. Natty Light t-shirt 

Even I will admit that this shirt is pretty cool. The frat boy in your life will wear this shirt at every possible moment, it is just that cool!

Price: $38.76-$41.11

10. Natty light fanny pack 

This fanny pack can absolutely be rocked by any frat boy. The built-in koozie adds a nice touch.

Price: $21.85

11. Bud Light Neon Beer Sign 

A neon beer sign will be the perfect addition to any frat boys bedroom.

Price: $79.99

12. Beer Opener

Although most frat boys' go to beers come in cans, this bottle opener will be useful for those special occasions when they buy nicer bottled beers.

Price: $7.99

13. Frat House Dr. Sign

Price: $13.99

Forget stealing random street signs, with this gift frat boys no longer have to do so.

14. Beer Lights 

Lights are an essential for any party and these will surely light up even the lamest parties.

Price: $17.19

Please note that prices are accurate and items in stock as of the time of publication. As an Amazon Associate, Odyssey may earn a portion of qualifying sales.

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Is Your Water Actually Water?

This is what's really in your plastic bottle of water.

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Plastic bottles can be extremely convenient for many of us who are always on the go. We may thus inaccurately conclude that these beverages are "cheap" because they only cost a dollar or two. Taking into account all the possible health problems that can arise from these bottles and meticulously count how much we could be saving if we did not purchase them daily, however, buying one reusable water bottle may actually be a lot cheaper – and healthier.

A recent study in 2018 tested contamination of bottled water with plastic in "eleven globally sourced brands of bottled water, purchased in 19 locations in nine different countries," including Dasani and Aquafina from the United States. The study found that "of the 259 total bottles processed, 93% showed some sign of microplastic contamination," and detected "roughly twice as many plastic particles (>100µm) within bottled water as compared to tap water on average." Because the specific plastic particles they found were most prominently fragments instead of microplastics, the authors concluded that "at least some of the plastic contamination may be coming from the industrial process of bottling the water itself." Furthermore, the authors suggested that "the fragments could also be breaking off the cap, even entering the water through the simple act of opening the bottle," as most frequently detected polymer in the water was polypropylene.

In addition, previous research has indicated the presence of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in bottled water. Specifically, a 2013 study assessed the activities of anti-estrogens and anti-androgens in 18 bottled water products. They not only detected "significant antiestrogenicity in 13 of 18 products" but also found "16 samples were antiandrogenic inhibiting the androgen receptor by up to 90%."

This is significant because these hormones – estrogens and androgens – are critical in preserving our endocrine system, which includes the pituitary gland, thyroid gland, adrenal gland, in addition to ovaries and testes. In the first Scientific Statement of The Endocrine Society, it claims, "we present the evidence that endocrine disruptors have effects on male and female reproduction, breast development and cancer, prostate cancer, neuroendocrinology, thyroid, metabolism and obesity, and cardiovascular endocrinology."

Perhaps then it is our duty to avoid EDCs and abandon bottled water altogether.

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