An Afternoon Nap Increases Productivity

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  • Here's a factoid for all those wage slaves out there: Researchers conducting a comprehensive 25-year study found that more than 90 percent of workers see productivity increases when they take afternoon naps.
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  • Presidential historians claim that John F. Kennedy was probably the best golfer to occupy the Oval Office.
  • The highest fever ever suffered and survived by a human is 115.7 degrees F. It was in Atlanta, in 1980, and the man spent 24 days recovering before he was released from the hospital.
  • In ancient Greece, olive oil was thought to be an effective sunblock.
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