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Ten Commonly Believed Myths about the Human Body

ENERGY DIMENSION:   We have learned much about our bodies through old wives’ tales handed down from our moms and grandmothers and even in school, but not all of it is correct. Here we look at 10 misconceptions that might surprise you. 1. Warts can be caught from other animals like toads Human warts are caused by a virus that affects only humans, the human pappiloma virus. They cannot be caught by animals with warts and certainly not by toads whose bumps are not warts but glands. 2. Sugar makes children hyperactive False! Twelve controlled, double blind trials have shown that there is absolutely no connection between children’s behavior and their sugar intake. One thing was found, namely that parents rate their child’s behavior as more hyper when they thought they had been given a sugary drink. “The studies included sugar from sweets, chocolate and natural sources. Even in studies of those who were considered “sensitive” to sugar, children did not behave differently after eating s

World AIDS Day Concert

Under the High Patronage of the First Lady of Lebanon Mrs. WAFAA MICHEL SLEIMAN The Soins Infirmiers et Développement Communautaire (SIDC) is organising, in collaboration with Vivre Positif and the Centre de Santé de l’Université St. Joseph and with the attendance of Miss Lebanon 2010, Ms. Rahaf Abdallah, a concert on the occasion of World AIDS Day. Ms. Grace Deeb   and: Violinist:  Joelle Saadé Pianists:  Vladimir Kurumilian and Liliane Chlela Pop Rock:  The Weirdos The concert’s proceeds will go to support needs people living with HIV (PLHIV) Date and Place: 10 December 2010 at 8:30 at Pierre Abou Khater Auditorium, USJ, Rue de Damas RSVP: contact  or  call +961 1 482 428, +961480714 Tickets will also be available at the door. Follow SIDC's account on twitter  here

I Love My (Curly) Hair

MIND SOUP : I really do. I love my mane of long, thick curly hair. It wasn't easy having long, curly hair in Lebanon. People would always bug me about it. "Why don't you straighten it?" "It's boring that you always keep it curly, why don't you change the look?" "You would look so MUCH better with straight hair." I didn't want to waste my money at the hairdresser (and damage my hair) to straighten my hair, not to mention all the products I'd have to buy. But apart from that, my hair is who I am. I make the best of what I have and what I have is curly hair. If you have naturally straight hair, then flaunt it! I see nothing wrong in that. I just would get so annoyed when people would bug me about embracing what I have. Now that I'm an adult, I'm glad that I kept my hair curly. The girls in my high school and in undergrad ended up giving into pressure and now have straight hair. Every year, I'd see another girl give in and t

Non-AUB guests entrance to campus for "Blogging Lebanon"

We have been asked several times this week if non-AUB people can attend the " Blogging Lebanon " event which is taking place on December 3 in the American University of Beirut. And the answer is  Of Course. However due to AUB's strict security policy, non-AUB guest will have to bring with them an official form of identification. These include an official Lebanese ID (hawiye), Ikhraj Qayd or Passport. This will definitely facilitate your entrance to campus. AUBOC will try its best to minimize these security measures as best as possible, but please make sure you have one of the above forms of identification. For AUB alumni, it is recommended that they bring you Almuni ID, yet, any other form of identification would be fine. If for some reason you face any problems with having access to campus, please call AUBOC's president Mohammad Hijazi at this number 70-920 641.

Lebanese Blogosphere Embraces LGBT Bloggers

MIND SOUP : Everyone knows that blogging has exploded recently in Lebanon. There's even a Blogging Convention in a mere couple of weeks where our very own Moudz will be in attendance! With that said, as blogging in general is becoming more and more popular in Lebanon, so are Lebanese LGBT blogs. The blogs are very new, less than a year old and two new ones popped up just this month. The themes of the blog are as diverse as the Lebanese LGBT community itself. Posts include favorite music, coming out stories, bad dates, and complaining about Lebanon (the hallmark of a Lebanese blog). Most of the blogs are anonymous (due to privacy concerns and the rampant homophobia still present in Lebanon). Beirut Boy : The author is a young, Lebanese businessman in his 20s. He posts about dating, music, fashion, and is an activist for gay rights in Lebanon. He (as well as many other bloggers) has joined the Save Aya campaign. Gay in Beirut : This blog mainly has humorous and light-hearted pos Celebrates Lebanese Independence Day

I was doing some google search a while ago and I was totally struck by 's front page. (not even the Lebanese version  that I don't use because it returns the search in Arabic even though I try to change it all the time) has the Lebanese flag on its main logo to celebrate Lebanese Independences day which falls today (November 22). I'm glad that at least google is giving this day some attention. Personally, I don't care that much since I don't believe that Lebanon is completely independent anyway. Ironically if you press on the link, you would see this leads to a search result for "Lebanon Independence Day". The third result for this search would be:  PressTV - Iran hails Lebanon Independence Day . Could my point BE any more proven? Snap shot from Happy Lebanese Independence Everyone!

Blogging Lebanon on December 3

After its unfortunate cancellation last May due to student protests at the American University of Beirut, AUB's Online Collaborative is announcing the relaunch of AUB's First Lebanese Bloggers Convention, now renamed to Blogging Lebanon. This event that attracted many bloggers from the Arab and international scene is rescheduled to Friday December 3, 2010 at the American University of Beirut. The aim of this convention is to gather bloggers from around the region under one roof. The event will include several guest speaker from different backgrounds who will share their experiences and discuss different topics related to blogging and social media, such cultural aspects, privacy issues, importance of blogs, political implications, and dangers etc... Below is the list of guest speakers we have so far: (Her Majesty) Frances Guy,  British Ambassador to the Republic of Lebanon, Imad Bazzi,  Executive Director of CyberAct and Journalist, 

Mind Soup featured in Trashed Magazine

Mind Soup was featured in TimeOut Beirut 's student magazine Trashed in its pilot issue. Even though I have been very lately and not posting regularly, I'm very glad that the blog is still getting a lot hits and publicity. Im very excited that we will reach 100,000 visitors this month. A snapshot from the magazine The text reads: Mohammad Hijazi, 21, Biology and Business Administration, AUB [ ] Mind Soup is a cultural blog about Lebanon and the Middle East. It contains posts about various topics including music videos, fun news, entertainment, politics, science, sports, poetry, fails, technology and much more. The blog has several contributers, mainly Moudz and Daisy who maintain the blog. Recurrent topics include student life, Lebanon, Beirut, Middle East, and AUB.

Worldwide companies that fund Israel

Cadbury Schweppes – announced on Dec. 17, 2002 plans to invest $4.5 m in Israeli confectionary maker and distributor Carmit after a year’s trial association with Carmit whereby the latter distributed Cadbury’s goods in Israel. The money, Cadbury specified, will paid in the first three months of 2003 and will be used for the advertising to promote its products in Israel. Carmit will become Carmit-Cadbury Coca-Cola – bought 43% of Neviot Water in 2001 for c. $20 million, a company which has 40% of the Israeli bottled water market  in January 2002 Coca-Cola reported it was beginning negotiations to acquire Golan Wineries, located in the Golan Heights  in Dec. 2000 bought 33.3%of StoreAlliance, Israeli computer technology supplier, for $5 million through its Israeli subsidiary until July 2000 Coca-Cola owned Mayanot Eden which is a water-company based in the Golan announced in July 2002 that, in return for millions of dollars in tax breaks from the Israeli government, it will buil