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If you haven’t sent in your taxes yet, you still have until tomorrow, and while most people in America hate Tax Day, there are some businesses that are doing what they can to bring a smile to people’s faces – with free food. 

A whole host of chains are offering free, and/or discounted grub tomorrow to ease the stress of tax day, including:

  • Chili’s – For those who need a drink after their taxes are done, Chili’s is offering $5 Cuervo Blue Margaritas. 
  • Chuck E. Cheese’s - On both tomorrow and Thursday, any large pizza you buy will get you another free large cheese pizza.
  • Firehouse Subs - From today through Thursday, folks can get a free medium sub with the purchase of any medium or large sub, chips, and a drink, using this coupon.
  • Great American Cookies – You can snag a free Cookies & Cream cookie.
  • Hardee’s – Between 7 and 10 am, if you say the password “Made From Scratch” you’ll get a free sausage biscuit.
  • Kona Ice – The company’s motto is “no taxation without relaxation!” so in honor of what they call “National Chill Out Day” they are offering free shaved ice from their trucks. 
  • Quizno’s – The sandwich chain is offering a 10.40 percent discount off any purchase to Toasty Points loyalty app members.
  • Schlotzky’s – On tax day they’re offering a free small original sandwich with a purchase of chips and a medium drink.
  • Sonic – Half-priced cheeseburgers all day.

Source: Today

After Max Lugavere’s mom started showing early signs of dementia, he began researching the link between food and the brain. He says he “became laser-focused on learning how food affects cognition.” In his “New York Times” best-selling book, “Genius Foods,” he shows how much we affect brain function with our choices.

Now Lugavere believes that we can protect and improve the cognitive function of our brains in our kitchens. He says some “genius foods” can make you “smarter, happier and more productive.” It sounds too good to be true, but here are the foods we should be eating more of and the science-backed reasons why.

  • Dark leafy greens - If you’re only adding one “genius good” to your diet, he recommends dark leafy greens. "Research shows that one-third of a cup of dark leafy greens per day—the equivalent of a large salad—is related to up to 11 years of reduced brain aging,” the author says, explaining that it’s probably because all the micronutrients and fiber that help lower inflammation.
  • Egg yolks - Lugavere says whole eggs are “one of the most nutritious foods you can consume.” It’s the yolks that contain lutein and zeaxanthin, which help protect the brain and “improve neural processing.” Which eggs are best? Lugavere explains “pasture-raised > omega-3 enriched > free-range > conventional.”
  • Extra virgin olive oil - Research shows people who eat a Mediterranean diet have a lower rate of Alzheimer’s, which could be thanks to all the olive oil, which protects the brain and fights inflammation.
  • Avocados - He says these are an “"all-in-one 'genius food'—the perfect food to protect and enhance your brain.” But how do you pick a good one? Squeeze it in the palm of your hand and if it gives to pressure, it’s ripe and ready to eat.

After all the stress that comes with planning a wedding, couples often look forward to getting away from it all on their honeymoon after saying “I Do.” But according to new report, more and more couples are forgoing the big two-week break, and opting instead for several shorter trips, a.k.a. “Many-moons.”

While taking a short break after the big wedding may not sound ideal to some people, there are a variety of reasons couples opt for such short trips. Some couples say it’s because it allow them to have one-on-one time together more often, plus multiple short trips can keep things fun, and gives them something to look forward to.

In addition, “many-moons” allow couples to rack up the passport stamps. Amy Shey Jacobs, a wedding planner with Chandelier Events, says many young couples have “Millennial Wanderlust” and want to do a lot of travel, noting, “It’s easier to do that by taking shorter trips to more places.” 

  • And of course, there’s also the more practical reason, in that it’s harder and harder these days for people to get two weeks out of the office. “Couples can't get away from work when they want to anymore,” Jacobs says. “The pressure doesn't comport with the traditional two-weeks-off-the-grid honeymoon. So, many-moons allow for multiple long weekends away that couples can take when everyone else in the world turns off, too like holiday weekends.” 

Source: Yahoo Style

Scrabble is changing with the times. The beloved word game has just added 300 new words to Merriam-Webster’s “The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary,” the dictionary’s first update since 2014.

In order for words to make the Scrabble dictionary they must meet certain criteria. According to the game’s rules, “words must be found in a standard dictionary and cannot be abbreviations, capitalized words, or words containing hyphens or apostrophes," plus, "All words must also be between 2-8 letters in length.”

So, what new words have made it in this year? Well, now you can beat your friends at Scrabble using words like “Macaron,” “Sriracha,” “Emoji,” “Facepalm,” “Puggle” and even “Ew.” But you can’t go using those words just yet. The new dictionary isn’t set for release until September. 

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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