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Italian Opera Take 2: Verona Arena

Posted on August 19th, 2006 filed in Travelogues

While La Scala is the ultimate connoisseur italian indoor opera venue, Verona Arena is the must-experience-open-air venue for all including those non opera fans. It is not only listed on every touristic guide of Verona but also ranks high on almost every must-do list in Italy. It is now accepted that if you want to attend to one opera in your life, then you must do it at the Verona Arena.

The Arena is a roman amphitheater in Verona, an ancient city located one hour west of Venice and famous for its being the stage of Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliette’ (More on that in a later post). The arena is almost 2000 years old and for centuries has been the mecca for lavish games and art productions.

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What is the Ideal Temperature of the Refrigerator?

Posted on August 10th, 2006 filed in Health
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The refrigerator temperature needs to be set at 41 Fahrenheit (4.5 Celsius) or less to halt Bacteria Growth. The temperature won’t kill the bacteria, but it will keep them from multiplying, and the fewer there are, the less likely one will get sick from them. Freezing at zero F (minus 18 C) or less stops bacterial growth (although it won’t kill all bacteria already present).

Italy Trip Report : Lake Como

Posted on August 3rd, 2006 filed in Travelogues

Lake Como, the must see destination for everyone visiting Italy, is a charming, picturesque, and romantic glacial lake nestled in the Italian Alps in close proximity to the Swiss border.

Lake Como is shaped like the greek letter lambda (reverse Y). Its three branches (Como Branch, Letto Branch, and Upper Lake) can be reached via the efficient (yet very expensive) ferry service operating around the clock from early morning till shortly after midnight. The main destinations on lake Como include Como, Bellagio, Menaggio, and Tremezzo.

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Aspirin: Good for the Prostate

Posted on July 31st, 2006 filed in Health
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Taking a Daily Aspirin helps prevent Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BHP). Men from 30 years onwards taking 75 to 100 mg of Aspirin/day enjoy are 40% less likely to get BPH than those who don’t. Aspirin also reduces the risk of Heart Disease.

Frying Increases Lung Cancer?

Posted on July 20th, 2006 filed in Health
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Exposure to Fryer-Fume is now linked to lung cancer in non-smokers. A Chinese study has recently shown that 10 years spent frying food increases the risk of lung cancer by 150%. Extra care should me made to keep one’s kitchen well ventilated to decrease the amount of fryer smoke one inhales.

Circumcision is Protective Against HIV Infection

Posted on July 15th, 2006 filed in Health
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Observation of African tribes has for years suggested that circumcision plays a protective role against the contraction of the HIV virus. There was marked decrease in HIV incidence among African tribes that practice circumcision compared to those that don’t. A recently published study finally confirmed that indeed circumcised Men are less likely to contract HIV than uncircumcised men. The explanation is that the foreskin (which is present in uncircumcised men) contains cell receptors to which the HIV virus hooks and uses as main vehicle for infection.

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