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Crossing Your Arms Reduces Stress

Simply crossing your arms reduces the feeling of pain.

Since we generally use our right hand to touch things on the right side of our orientation, and our left hand to touch things on the left side, scientists believe that when you cross your arms the brain gets confused and doesn't process stimuli -- including pain -- as well

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Fall TV 2011: CBS Cancels ‘$#*! My Dad Says’; NBC Unveils Fall Schedule

Well, $#*!.

CBS announced Sunday that is pulling the plug on the William Shatner vehicle '$#*! My Dad Says' after just one season.

The sitcom, which was based on the popular Twitter feed by Justin Halpern, debuted to strong ratings last fall, but stumbled as the season progressed. Critics' reviews, meanwhile, were less than kind.

Also getting the axe: the legal drama 'The Defenders' and the new comedy 'Mad Love,' co-starring Judy Greer.

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‘Grrl,’ ‘Thang,’ ‘Facebook’ Added to Scrabble Dictionary

Are you desperately searching for that perfect triple-word score? Well, Scrabble is here to help.

The Scotsman is reporting that Scrabble has added everything from slang to social media to the Collins Official Scrabble Words book.

Yep, that means you can now play such words as "grrl," "thang," "innit," "Facebook" and "MySpace." (We're totally blaming AT&T for this one.)

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Female Peacock Escapes From Bronx Zoo, Joins Twitter

In a sign that the Bronx Zoo probably needs to improve its security, the NY Daily News is reporting that a female peacock (or peahen) has escaped from the zoo and is now making its way through the streets of New York.

Three Bronx Zoo staffers reportedly failed to rescue the peahen around noon on Tuesday before it flew off into the Manhattan wildlife

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McDonald’s to Receive $1 Billion Makeover

The interior decor at your local Golden Arches leaves a lot to be desired, but that won't be the case for much longer.

The fast food giant plans to drop roughly $1 billion to re-decorate its restaurants, replacing red-and-yellow plastic with faux-leather and harsh overhead lighting with something that creates more ambiance.

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Al Pacino Back in the Mob in ‘Gotti: Three Generations’

Oscar-winning actor Al Pacino will return to his on-screen mob roots in the much-talked about 'Gotti: Three Generations,' a biopic about infamous mobster John Gotti.

According to EW.com, Pacino will play Aniello John 'Mr. Neil' Dellacroce, consigliere to Carlo Gambino. He'll join the previously cast John Travolta, Kelly Preston and troublemaker Lindsay Lohan, who have signed on to play John, Victoria and Kim Gotti, respectively.

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Microsoft Buys Skype for $8.5 Billion

Microsoft is set to shell out big bucks - a whopping $8.5 billion - to buy Skype Global, the NY Times is reporting.

According to the report, the deal will allow Microsoft to leverage Skype, which last year had 207 billion minutes of voice and video conversations, on platforms including Xbox 360, Kinect and Outlook.

"Skype is a phenomenal service that is loved by millions of people around the world. Together we will create the future of real-time communications so people can easily stay connected to family, friends, clients and colleagues anywhere in the world," Steven A. Ballmer, Microsoft's chief executive, said Tuesday in a statement.

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