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10 Facts That Should Be Common Knowledge, But Aren’t

6. Deodorants and antiperspirants are completely different. Deodorants should be used by those who hardly sweat or stink. Antiperspirants are best for those who sweat a lot and aren’t able to reapply again and again in a day.

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In our everyday life, we use the term deodorant quite broadly. That’s why even antiperspirant in gel, solid or spray form is often used as the deodorant. But deodorants and antiperspirants are entirely different things. Deodorants tackle body odor. Hence, people who hardly sweat or stink should stick with the deodorants. On the other hand, antiperspirants prevent sweat by blocking the ducts which release sweat. That’s why antiperspirants are best for people who sweat a lot.(source)

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7. Human resources are there to protect the company, not the employee. HR will not protect an employee if he/she is in conflict with someone else who is not from the company.

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When conflicts and problems arise between people within a company, the HR department intervenes and tries to solve it. Due to this most people believe that HR department exists for their benefit. But that’s not always the case. Human resources actually work in the best interest of the company which may not always be the same as what is best for you. In some cases, HR advocates employees against bad managers. This is because it is in the best interest of the employers to retain great employees, identify and address bad management, and stop legal problems before they explode. But plenty of other times, what’s best for the employer will not be what’s best for the employee. In such cases, the best interests of the employer will always win out.(source)

8. Aspirin can help save people during heart attacks. But in order for the aspirin to help save your life during a heart attack, you need to chew it instead of swallowing.

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Not everyone knows that aspirin can be an emergency remedy for a heart attack. Aspirin inhibits platelets in the blood stream of the patient, and so remove the blockage in the artery. During the heart attack, it’s best to chew a full sized 325 mg of aspirin quickly. Also, make sure that you don’t chew an enteric-coated tablet as they act slowly even if they are chewed.

To check whether chewing or swallowing gives the best result, researchers in Texas performed an experiment on 12 volunteers. The experiment showed that aspirin reduces TxB2 concentration by 50% in just 5 minutes when it is chewed. But it takes 16 minutes when it is swallowed. In a life threatening situation such as heart attack where every minute counts, it’s best to consume the aspirin by chewing it.(source)

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9. Feeding bread to ducks can harm them. Also, cats should not be fed dairy products as it may cause diarrhea.

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When we visit our local parks, feeding bread to duck seems like the most wonderful and fun activity. In fact, it is found that in England and Wales alone, people feed six million loaves of bread to ducks each year. But if you visit a vet, they will advise you not to feed bread to ducks. That’s because white bread contains no nutritional value and is full of calorie. Therefore, feeding bread to ducks is equivalent to feeding children with junk food.

In the case of cats, we have always thought that milk is a cat’s favorite food. Hence, feeding them with a saucer of milk always seemed like a very good idea. However, feeding your cat with milk is doing more harm than good. It causes upset tummies, cramps, and even severe diarrhea in cats. Fresh, clean water is all your cat needs to hydrate itself after weaning from its mother’s milk.(1,2)

10. CPR do not wake up a patient immediately as shown in movies. Rather it simply allows blood and oxygen to continue circulation, keeping the person alive until EMTs arrive.

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According to TV shows, what is the best life-saving technique that miraculously brings every patient immediately after a cardiac arrest? The answer is CPR i.e. cardiopulmonary resuscitation. But in real life, it is not so. People do not “jump” back to life when CPR is performed on them. Rather it allows continuous circulation of blood and oxygen in the patient’s body and brain until the paramedics arrive at the scene.(source)

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