Things our parents worry about way too much

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For many of us, leaving home marked the start of our adult independence. Goodbye, curfews! Goodbye, babysitting our little siblings! And hello… regular phone calls checking if we’ve been brushing our teeth regularly?

Alright, so leaving home didn’t mean a complete departure from our parents for many of us. Of course, that’s not a bad thing! It’s nice knowing that they still care for us, even though that time they sold most of our stuff at the yard sale suggests otherwise—you’ll never even use that Hello Kitty stationary again, darling. Their phone calls and texts remind us that no matter how old we are, we will always be their little girl or boy.

However, there are things that seem to stress out our parents much more than they should. Below are a few topics that always make their way into our phone calls and Skype conversations with them (and Facebook wall postings, for you unlucky ones).

Our vitamin intake


Even if you weren’t a regular vitamin-taker back home, your parents will expect you to stock up on One A Day and Vitamin-C powder packs for the semester. It’s as if coming to college automatically meant disregarding our health. There may or may not be some truth to this, but the point is that vitamins aren’t necessarily a cure-all to begin with. And really, as long as we’re eating a balanced meal (whoops), there is no need to pop these supplements like Tic Tacs. Different parents also seem to have different vitamin fixations. My mom is especially concerned with my fiber intake, and makes sure to send me a Costco-size box of Fiber One granola bars whenever I receive a care package. Three cheers for digestive health!

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Get Your Free Flu Shot!

‘Tis the season for sniffles, fevers, and body aches. So this morning, Health Services (finally) announced the dates and times of the flu vaccine clinics! If you’re a hypochondriac like I am, you’ll be downstairs in Faunce tomorrow at 9:55 a.m. In order to reduce my chances of catching ~influenza~ this year, I kindly request that everyone get their shots. Don’t be a wimp.
FLU VACCINE CLINICS BEGIN OCTOBER 8th – WednesdayThursdayFriday starting this week and continuing through October:
10a.m. – 4p.m. each day in the Campus Center Lower Lobby 
No appointment needed.  Bring your Brown ID. Free for enrolled Brown students.
This week: Wednesday 10/8Thursday 10/9Friday 10/10
Next week: Wednesday 10/15Thursday 10/15Friday 10/17
Then again: Wednesday 10/22Thursday 10/23Friday 10/24
“Even healthy people can get the flu and it can be serious.  This season, protect yourself — and those around you — by getting a flu vaccine.”
Health Services (& Me)
If you have any questions, email or call 401-863-1330.
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Healthy living, as told by Health Services brochures

Health Services can get bogged down treating all of the students on campus, particularly during cold season, which seems to extend from September to May. Some people have experienced a longer than preferred sit in the waiting area whilst picking up a prescription or prior to a doctor’s appointment, but you also may have noticed the wide array of informative pamphlets available for pleasure reading. While waiting for the doctor, we have looked through almost all of the pamphlets, and, in classic BlogDH fashion, are providing you with a top-notch summary. Here’s what you might’ve missed if you’ve never visited a nurse/live in a plastic bubble.


1. You should ingest around 2300mg of salt per day, or one teaspoon. For terrifying, college-relevant reference, 1/2 a block of prepared Ramen noodles is between 800 and 900mg of sodium, 1 tablespoon of soy sauce is 1000 mg, and an extra crispy fried chicken breast (a healthier alternative to a spicy with) is 1010mg. Basically, say goodbye to the easiest Sans Meal Plan dinner, the toppings on your pho at Andrews Commons, and the entirety of Jo’s.
2. When you add more fiber to your diet, you should also drink more water to help the fiber move through your digestive system.
3. If you are a vegetarian who eats dairy products and eggs, you are a lacto-ovo-vegetarian. That means lacto-vegetarians (who do not eat eggs but do eat dairy), and vegans will have a superiority complex around you.

A History Lesson in Alcohol

1. The first beer brewed in colonial America was made from maize by settlers in Roanoke Colony, Virginia, in 1587. No wonder they mysteriously disappeared—they were all shitfaced.
2. The first law against alcohol consumption in America was set in 1623 in Virginia.
3. Beer is believed to have been made in Ancient Babylonia circa 5000 B.C.

Let us all remember that the only thing that gets a drink out of your system is time – approximately 1 hour per drink.

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Eating Healthy at Brown

If you, like me, arrived home this Thanksgiving and realized you have a) gained a few pounds, b) caused your cholesterol to shoot up by 60 points by eating late-night Jo’s, and/or c) not really been keeping up with the whole “eating your vegetables” thing, you’re probably one of many college students who fails to eat well without your mother on campus incessantly nagging, “for the love of god, eat some green beans.”

We know that it can be hard to know where to start with eating healthy, so you might want to hit up Eating Healthy at Brown, a panel by MEDLIFE. Brown nutritionists, Anne Buffington and Gina Guiducci, will be in Wilson 102 today at 3:30 p.m, to talk about why you shouldn’t be eating Jo’s salads that consist entirely of cheese, how to work some vitamin A into your diet, and what you can eat now that you’ve become one of those liberal Brown hippies that doesn’t eat animal products.

Just as a heads-up: The rules don’t apply on December 9th. Sometimes you just need to stuff yourself with cookies.

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Beards officially unattractive, says new research

Fred Flintstone. David Beckham. John Travolta in Battlefield Earth. These three men, all with facial hair, have perpetuated the philosophy that beards are awesome. Some social researchers, however, believe this connection to awesomeness may be untrue. According to a recently published study of women in New Zealand and Samoa (ensuring some anthropological diversity), women consider men with facial hair to be almost universally less sexually attractive than men without. Yes, kid proudly sporting a soulpatch-mustache combo, this applies to you, too. Of the 200 women surveyed, the vast majority determined men without beards to be “significantly more attractive.” The influence of such conclusions is sure to be far reaching. For instance, this data will finally put to rest the age-old dilemma of whether Bradley Cooper was hotter in Wedding Crashers or The Hangover. Moreover, it explains how beardless actors Woody Allen and Adam Sandler have continued to find such beautiful companions film after film. For the college crowd, this study poses a targeted attack on the ritual of No Shave Movember and the even more common practice of being too lazy to shave. In conclusion, if you think you’re single because ‘nobody gets you,’ the simple solution might just be to get that hair off of your face.

The True Principle of Economics

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As observed throughout 17 ECON0110 (Principles of Economics) lectures:

One cough has the negative externality of inciting a rapid succession of coughs (up to two dozen) throughout the lecture hall. This chorus of coughs, in turn, produces the additional negative externality of preventing the scores of attentive students from hearing the lecture. This tends to occur during the first half of the spring semester, with several of these “bursts” per 50 minute lecture.

The most interesting aspect of the Cough Principle of Economics Lectures is that it, at least in my research, is exclusive to economics courses. Other large lectures tend to have a much lower coughing rate, so what makes barking so much more prevalent in Econ? Maybe it’s because it’s so early in the morning. Or maybe it’s Professor Friedberg’s tendency to use cigarettes as an example. Most likely, however, everybody is just cough-cursing N. Gregory Mankiw’s tendency to assert the general ineffectiveness of most government regulations — coughBushAdministrationcough. How can we solve this problem? Internalize the externality, of course! Hold that cough in or get yourself some Halls (or the perfect substitute CVS brand). For further confirmation of this phenomenon, a blogger at Princeton observed a similar situation in her ECO101 class.