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17 gifts for people who don’t drink enough water

Every product here is independently selected by Mashable journalists. If you buy something featured, we may earn an affiliate commission which helps support our work. How much water do you drink a day, really? What about your closest pal, or your family? Be honest. If it’s not the two litres recommended, then we’ve got work to do. We all know someone (or are someone) who refuses to reach their daily H2O quota, so perhaps said rebel just needs a little sprucing up of their water receptacle. Plus, with an estimated…

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Outdoor World

How Spanish flu helped create Sweden’s modern welfare state

The 1918 pandemic ravaged the remote city of stersund. But its legacy is a city and country well-equipped to deal with 21 st century challenges On 15 September 1918, a 12 -year-old boy named Karl Karlsson who lived just outside Ostersund, Sweden, wrote a short diary entry:” Two who died of Spanish influenza buried today. A few snowflakes in the air .” For all its brevity and matter-of-fact tone, Karlsson’s journal makes grim reading. It is 100 years since a particularly virulent strain of avian flu, known as the Spanish…

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Outdoor World

Test your poison ivy knowledge before the plant ruins your summer

( CNN) It was a close encounter in 2012 that attained microbiologist John Jelesko take an interest in poison ivy. “Within 48 hours, I had your classic case of poison ivy on my limb. And as a scientist, I mentioned, ‘This is interesting, how bad can it be? I’ll just leave this untreated, ‘” he recollected, sheepishly. “In about 2 week, I had learned just how uncomfortable poison ivy rash could be.” Wash with soap and water within a few hours. This tends to prevent an outbreak in most people.…

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