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Some get a gym membership. Others stop drinking. And many of us are probably trying to quit smoking in 2016.
It’s no easy feat, considering only 4 to 7% of people are estimated to be able to quit successfully without any medical help.
But for those making a good go of it, what can you expect to happen to you? Will you really be able to notice a difference?
Yes, as it turns out. Here are 8 things that will happen to your body when you stop smoking.
1) You’ll… Read the full story
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It’s the question that’s been asked around the world for years: Does Area 51 exist and, most importantly, is it hiding evidence of alien life?
This wondering isn’t helped by the intense secrecy around Area 51 that we didn’t know for sure existed until 2013. Though with Hilary Clinton saying she would find out the secrets behind it and UFOs if she was elected, we may be closer to the… Read the full story
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You’re probably aware of the Highway Code – the set of rules for all vehicles users that dictate our use of the road.
While for motorists, however, it’s obligatory to take a test in order to travel on the roads, for cyclists, there is no such test.
Yet there are a number of specific rules as stated in the Highway Code that cyclists are expected to follow.
Perhaps then it’s no wonder that the number of cyclists convicted for ignoring road signs has doubled – it’s not as… Read the full story
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2015 is almost over. And what a year it was.
We’ve looked through Metro.co.uk’s archives and found the stories you clicked on most this year – the weird, the wonderful and the outrageous (some of which are NSFW).
Do you remember these?
1) The rise of nutscaping
Thought the Grinch was a fictional character? Turns out there are real-life representations.
There are countries that have banned Christmas. Or do everything they can to oppose it.
Somalia has now joined other countries who have for one reason or another prohibited winter festivities.
Here are eight of them. Who knew governments could be so grinchy…
1) Saudi Arabia
There’s nothing more annoying than looking forward to your birthday only to find out someone has stolen your thunder by being born on the same day.
I mean, how dare they.
It happens to everyone, and can put a bit of a downer on your birthday celebrations.
There are certain days where some will be sharing their birthdays with more people than others. Now you can find out if you’re one of them.
The ONS has released data of the average number of births for each day in a calendar year and ranked them.
It looks like Christmas and… Read the full story
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*If you’re about to let someone under the age of 13 read this, don’t. There are spoilers*
At Christmas, there’s a guy in a red suit called Santa who flies across the world giving out presents. We kiss loved ones under the mistletoe and celebrate the day of Jesus Christ’s birth. Right?
But does anyone think to question some of these traditions, or are we just too busy stuffing our faces with turkey?
Like why does Santa have flying reindeer? And what happens to all those letters children send in the… Read the full story
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You may know substances such as MDMA, magic mushrooms and heroin as party drugs. Drugs that are often touted in the press and by campaigners as doing huge harm to you and your body.
But in a medicinal capacity, these illegal drugs are also used to heal.
You may have heard, for example, that cannabis can help those with obesity lose weight according to research by Cornell University and San Diego State University.
We bring you five other ways that illegal drugs can be or are… Read the full story
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Train delays and cancellations are an unavoidable part of living in England (and, to be fair, wherever you live).… Read the full story
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Rails fares are set to increase again next year, this time by 1.1 per cent.
It might be the smallest increase since 2010, but the fact they’re going up at all can still feel like a bit of a bummer.
But luckily there are a lot of things you can do to save money on train fares nowadays. With a bit of digging around you can still find an affordable train fare that suits you.
Here are seven tips for getting cheap tickets to make sure you won’t be out of pocket in 2016.