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The Best Umbrellas You Can Buy

A rainy day can ruin your plans, your outfit, and your mood, but with a great umbrella in your hands, rain need not put a damper on the day. The Repel Windproof Travel Umbrella is our top pick because it's impressively rugged given its small size and affordable price tag. They were the inspiration for a sensational hit song back in 2007. They have been featured in Japanese woodblock prints and Impressionist paintings. They even played a pivotal role in the classic movie "Mary Poppins." Yet, you probably don't think about umbrellas all that much until the moment you realize...

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The Queasy Truth About Why Kids Are So Prone to Vomiting

The Queasy Truth About Why Kids Are So Prone to Vomiting

Children's vomiting reaction is easily triggered and sometimes all parents can do is hold back their hair and wait it out. Image Source/Getty Images/Image Source When Linda Tock heard her 5-year-old telling her he was going to be sick, she moved quickly. She sprinted for a trash can, ready to run upstairs to help her son, with her husband, Simon, close behind her. Then it happened: a rain of vomit from the balcony above. "I put the trash can over my head," Tock recalls. "We just got showered." Puke splashed onto every surface — and even into her unlucky husband's...

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Dozens Of Strangers Save Grandmother's Home From Being Condemned By The City

Dozens Of Strangers Save Grandmother's Home From Being Condemned By The City

A grandmother was about four weeks away from losing her home. That is, until she woke up one morning to dozens of strangers ready to work. Credit: KMBC News Gina Gibson said her home in Independence, MO., was being condemned by the city. The home needed siding and gutter repairs, in addition to issues with her garage. Gibson, who lives on her own since her husband passed away, could not afford to pay for the repairs. So, she asked for help. 30 members of the local United Auto Workers Union (UAW) responded to the call and made all of the...

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You Discovered Your Genetic History. Is It Worth the Privacy Risk?

You Discovered Your Genetic History. Is It Worth the Privacy Risk?

Kylie Charles spent years carefully weighing the pros and cons of genetic testing until her curiosity got the better of her. The 36-year-old writer yearned to know more about her distant father and his family history. All she knew was what he had told her, and it wasn’t much. It had been nearly 14 years since he last wrote her, and years more since they spoke, when Charles chose to carve out the missing fragments of her genetic history for herself. While the process of producing a sufficient saliva sample and sending it off was tediously routine, Charles was unusual...

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Tips on Buying a Patio Umbrella

Tips on Buying a Patio Umbrella

  Find the right size of patio umbrella for your space. If you’ll be using an outdoor patio umbrella to shade a patio table, you’ll want to make sure that the diameter of your umbrella is larger than the diameter of the table, but not so large that it dwarfs your patio. An outdoor patio umbrella that is too small for your table will look out of place. If you can’t find an umbrella that matches your table, you might want to buy a patio umbrella table instead. These stylish tables have a hole drilled in the center to accommodate...

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