Author Archives: Diane Osborne

April’s Fools Day-Who Came Up With This?


April Fools’ Day—celebrated on April 1 each year—has been celebrated for several centuries by different cultures, though its exact origins remain a mystery. April Fools’ Day traditions include playing hoaxes or practical jokes on others, often yelling “April Fools!” at the end to clue in the subject of the April Fools’ Day prank. While its exact history is wrapped in mystery, the embrace of April Fools’ Day jokes by the media and major brands has ensured the unofficial holiday’s long life.

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The Importance of Sleep

Daylight Savings Time begins March 13th at 2am when the clocks are turned forward one hour.  If you don’t go to bed one hour earlier on Saturday the 12th, you will lose one hour of sleep.  Since sleep seems to be most people’s focus when this time of the year comes around, and not the fact that we will be having more light in the evening, I thought it would be a great time to talk about the importance of sleep.

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February is National Snack Food Month

Whatever your mood, there is a snack for you! They can satisfy cravings, help you watch your weight, boost your metabolism, and even help you deal with sadness. So, let’s take advantage of National Snack Food Month in February. Hoard your favorite snacks and munch away. Snacking doesn’t always have to be unhealthy. In fact, it can be a great way to eat more proteins, fiber, and fruits — thereby helping your body stay in shape. Happy snacking!

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Sugar Awareness Week

I have found conflicting dates for when Sugar Awareness Week actually takes place. That could be due to the dates changing over the years or it changing between the United States and other countries.  Nevertheless, whether or not Sugar Awareness Week takes place in January or November, they are both good times to take a look at how much sugar you are eating on a daily basis.

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History of Hot Chocolate


We all know hot chocolate as the warm, rich drink we enjoy on a cold night by the fire, or after engaging in winter activities such as ice skating and skiing. But have you ever thought about this delicious beverage’s origins? Hot chocolate’s history goes quite a way back, and the drink has changed over the years, evolving from cold and spicy to warm and sweet.

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Great American Smokeout 2021

The Great American Smokeout is an annual event sponsored by the American Cancer Society (ACS). It is held on the third Thursday of November. This social engineering event focuses on encouraging Americans to quit tobacco smoking. People are challenged to stop smoking for at least 24 hours assuming that their decision not to smoke will last longer, hopefully forever.

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Halloween Fun Facts



Halloween is a celebration of all things spooky, and in the United States, it’s surrounded by a few odd traditions. Here are a few interesting facts about how some of today’s practices got started as well as other fun tidbits about the unique holiday.

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What is a Journal Embargo?

One of the most frustrating things in doing research is that you find the perfect journal article and come to find out that you cannot get access to it because there is a full-text delay or embargo.  An embargo is a restriction the publisher puts on a journal.  The publisher will usually withhold access to the full-text of articles in the most recent issues.  It could be for as little as 6 months or up to 12 months typically.  The longest embargo we have encountered was for 6 years!

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Positive Thinking Day


September 13th is Positive Thinking Day.  It could not come at a better time than just a couple days after we remember one of the most tragic days in American history- 9/11/2001.  What got those heroes through that tough day and every day since?  I’m sure a dose of a positive attitude and working together towards a common goal got them through. Continue reading