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"Barefoot Bookseller" Sought To Run Island Bookshop In Maldives

For those in dismay at the prospect of wet, dark evenings and social isolation this autumn, a luxury desert island resort in the Maldives is looking for a live-in bookseller to start next month. The eco resort of Soneva Fushi, on Kunfunadhoo Island in the Maldives, has played host to three “barefoot booksellers” since 2018. The most recent bookseller, Chrissy Ryan, left in April as the coronavirus pandemic swept the world. However, with the Maldives reopening to international visitors, Soneva Fushi is now in need of a bookseller to run a small shop on the private island, with the contract set to run from the end of October until after Easter. The Maldives is pretty much COVID-free, and the resort has its own medical center. There are also strict and rigorous testing procedures in place, so it’s a fairly safe place to be. The job application calls for “excellent written and verbal English skills; a lively tone of voice to write entertaining blogs and newsletters that capture the exhilarating life of a desert island bookseller, and the skills to host workshops and events.” If you’re interested, you only have until September 30th to put your application in. You can find it here.
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"My Dentist Saved My Tooth, But Wiped My Memory”

The internal clock of a British man named William is eternally jammed at 1:40 p.m. on March 14, 2005 — right in the middle of a dentist appointment. Since then, he’s been unable to remember anything for longer than 90 minutes. Every day, his wife writes detailed notes on his smartphone in a file labeled “First thing — read this.” How could minor dental work have affected his brain in such a profound way? The doctors initially suspected that he had reacted badly to the anesthetic — causing a brain hemorrhage — but they failed to find evidence of injury. The obvious explanation would have been that William had a form of “anterograde amnesia,” but brain scans showed that crucial areas were still intact. One possibility is that William’s amnesia is a “psychogenic illness." Some patients report memory loss after a traumatic event, but that tends to be a coping mechanism to avoid thinking about painful past events and doesn’t normally affect your ability to remember the present. Doctors are still working to unravel William’s mystery, but for the time being his case helps to remind us just how little we know about our own minds.
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Construction Worker’s Love of Licorice Cost Him His Life

A 54-year-old man, whose name will remain anonymous, died in a fast-food restaurant while having lunch, after consuming a bag and a half of black licorice every day for a few weeks. A study by The New England Journal of Medicine revealed that licorice’s glycyrrhizic acid — usually found in the candy's extract — can cause the unimpeded presence of cortisol, which can cause high blood pressure, potassium deficiency, kidney failure and fatal arrhythmia. All of these conditions were seen in this patient. The man, who suffered full-body shaking and loss of consciousness before his death, also smoked a pack of cigarettes a day for 36 years and had a medical history that included untreated Hepatitis C. His case is not the first time people have suffered serious illness or death from consuming too much licorice. The FDA is warning that adults over 40 who eat two ounces of black licorice a day for at least two weeks could develop potentially serious health problems.
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Photographer Uses a Power Washer To Create a Beautiful Mural On His Driveway

During the quarantine, many people were forced to come up with new ways to entertain themselves. Some people binge-watched all the seasons of every TV show ever made, some started learning a new language, some learned to play a musical instrument, and apparently at least one person created a work of art on his driveway using a power washer. Photographer Ron Burkett uploaded a video to YouTube, showing the wildlife-themed masterpiece he created on his driveway in Trussville, Alabama. The mural features giant trees, majestic wolves, rolling hills, and elk. Once he finished the piece, Burkett captured it from a bird’s-eye view using his trusty drone. If you want to see the 5-minute video, check it out at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5lpkZhlozE&feature=emb_logo
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