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The most stressful time of year… time to procrastinate

If you’re a student, you are plenty familiar with the amount of stress finals week, and the weeks leading up to it, can put on any student.

My undergraduate university’s student paper always put out an edition during finals week that contained nothing but “stress-busters” – about a dozen crossword and sodoku puzzles. This always helped me out, and seems like the ‘smartest’ way to procrastinate.

So, in honor of procrastination, here are some great links to sites that can help you pass the time in between assignments:

USA Today’s crossword and other good word puzzles – Be careful, the name is accurate

Top 10 best sites to procrastinate (Cornell Daily Sun)


Good Luck!




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Best Beer in Town

One of the first bars I was told when I moved here that I had to check out in Athens was Jackie O’s. I’ve been going there pretty regularly and haven’t been disappointed yet.

The place is a nice bar with good food (try the fish and chips) and great beer, most of which is brewed on-location.

Recently, I had the good fortune to take a tour of the facility and interview the joint’s brewmaster, Brad. I found that Brad, or B.C. as he’s more familiarly called, has got a pretty sweet job. The OU alumnus (he majored in creative writing, for all you aspiring brewmasters out there) gets to make delicious and intriguing recipes all day.

The bar has been a fixture of Athens’ annual ‘Ohio Brew Week,’ during which home-brewers from all over the state converge on the city to show off their best craft beers. Jackie O’s and its brewmaster have been featured on, a site that, well, rates beers (as well as reports on all things beer).

Needless to say, Jackie O’s is a gem. Athens is lucky to have it around and so am I. So get out, get down, drink some good beer and support some great people making even better beer.

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What you may not know about your dirty kitchen

As you get older, it seems that your cleaning habits get better. At least that’s how it has happened for me. Now that I have my own house, I understand why my parents always made me and my brothers clean ALL the time. It’s a lot of work to keep a clean home.

And according to this story out of Los Angeles, CA, it’s even harder to keep a clean kitchen.

The survey the L.A. County Health Dept. conducted said that 14 percent of respondents’ kitchens wouldn’t pass the same inspection restaurant kitchens have to go through. Now, some things are obvious – no one has commercial-grade, restaurant-approved appliances and countertops – but some things are completely controllable.

Simply storing raw meat or eggs in the lowest part of the refrigerator, not just on the bottom shelf, can reduce your risk of contamination. That means a lot of times storing your meat in the produce drawer. It seems most refrigerators are actually designed to promote poor food storage practices, leaving millions of us at risk of contaminated foods!

Be careful, and THINK!

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The Unanswerables

These days, many people immediately jump to Google or Bing for their Web searching needs. These sites are fantastic, I’ll be the first to admit. But I came across this list of “unanswerable questions” compiled by Ask, or Ask Jeeves.

According to this BBC article, the site compiled the list based on over 1.1 billion questions asked over the past decade. Most are predictable, but some are not – I love the “Did Tony Soprano die?”Ask Jeeves gave a minimal attempt to answer each one but left the floor open to comments. It’s worth a look.

So in the same spirit, I’d like to offer a few of my ‘Athens Unanswerables:’

1. What is the University saying about its students’ level of fitness if they installed escalators in place of just three flights of stairs in Baker Center?

2. If Thursday is the new Friday, and Monday is the new Sunday, do we need to have classes anymore?

3. If a paw paw tree falls in the woods and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?

4. How many hours will I have to spend on my thesis?

If you have answers to these, or your own Athens Unanswerables, please share.

Maybe we will unearth some universal truth.

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