According to a story from The Poke website, when drummer Phil Collins was 19, he got a call to go out to George Harrison's house to play the congas for a track on his album All Things Must Pass. Collins was excited, but when the album came out, the song had no congas in it. 

Twenty years later, Collins met Harrison at an event and reminded him of the session, asking him what happened to the conga track.

Harrison said he didn’t remember, but he still had the master tapes and promised to take a look. Three weeks later, Collins got a package from Harrison with the master tapes from the session. When he listened, though, he realized that the congas sounded terrible. He also heard Harrison tell producer Phil Spector, “Get rid of that lad with the congas; he’s absolute rubbish.” 

Mortified, Collins called Harrison to apologize. After a few minutes, though, Harrison started to laugh. “Those tapes I sent you - they’re not the real sessions.”

He’d hired a band to re-record the song and played the congas himself, as badly as he could, then said the line about Collins being useless.

“I wish I could have seen your face” Harrison said. “I’ll send the real sessions to you; you sounded great.”

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The Times Now News website reminds us that these foods can help everyone fight off infections more easily:

•Vitamin A. Known as beta carotene, this boosts the health of the intestines and respiratory system, protects eyes from night blindness and age-related decline, lowers the risk of certain types of cancer, and improves bone health. It’s found in carrots, sweet potatoes, spinach, broccoli, and red bell peppers.

•Vitamin C. This helps stimulate the formation of antibodies. Fortunately, vitamin C is found in many foods, like fruits including lemons, oranges, grapefruits, tangerines, and strawberries, as well as vegetables like bell peppers, spinach, kale, and broccoli.

•Vitamin E. An antioxidant, this nutrient helps the body fight off infection by neutralizing free radicals. It also helps your body's cells regenerate. It’s found in vegetable oils, nuts, seeds, and avocados.

•Protein. Protein contains amino acids essential for the function of T-cells, which protect the body against pathogens. Meats, poultry, seafood, eggs, beans, nuts and seeds are excellent sources.

•Zinc. Zinc deficiency has been linked to immune dysfunction. Zinc assists the body in making proteins and DNA, and also contributes to wound healing, as well as supporting childhood growth and development.

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One day a professor entered the classroom and announced a surprise test. The students got nervous. The professor distributed a sheet of paper to each one, then told them to turn the page over and start the test.

To everyone's surprise, there were no questions on the test paper, just a black dot in the center of the page. Startled, the students looked at the professor in confusion. The professor told the students: “I want you to write a few lines about what you see on the paper."

The students were puzzled but started writing. Once everyone was finished, the professor collected all the papers and started reading each answer aloud in front of the whole class. Without an exception, all the students had written about the black dot, describing its position, size, etc. 

After reading all the answers, the professor addressed the students, “Don’t worry, none of you will be graded on this test. I just want you all to think about something. All of you wrote about the black dot, but none of you wrote about the white paper. This is what happens in our lives. We’re surrounded by things to celebrate and learn from—our parents, friends, family, good health, and so forth—but we limit ourselves by focusing only on the dark spots: our disappointments, frustrations, fears, and anxieties. We take the rest for granted. Take your eyes away from the dark spots in your life. Focus on the bright parts all around you and let positivity guide your thoughts.”

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A little girl was overheard talking to herself as she marched through the backyard, wearing her baseball cap and toting a ball and bat. "I'm the greatest hitter in the world,” she announced. Then she tossed the ball into the air, swung at it, and missed.

“Strike one!” she yelled. Undaunted, she picked up the ball and said again, “I’m the greatest hitter in the world!” She tossed the ball into the air. When it came down she swung again and missed. “Strike two!” she cried.

The girl then paused a moment to examine her bat and ball carefully, and then rubbed her hands together. She straightened her cap and said once more, “I’m the greatest hitter in the world!” Again she tossed the ball up in the air and swung at it. She missed. “Strike three!”

“Wow!” She exclaimed. “I’m the greatest pitcher in the world!”

Either way – she’s right.

Isn’t perspective a wonderful thing?

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Are workplace friendships a good thing? A Randstad Work Watch survey of more than 1,000 U.S. workers suggests they are: 67% of employees in the survey said that having friends on the job makes work more enjoyable; 55% said that friendships make their job more satisfying.

Employees do see the potential downside. Forty-four percent said that workplace friendships feed gossip, and 37% worried that they encourage favoritism; 35% said friendships can lead to conflicts of interest. But in the end, only 12% of workers said that making friends at work was a risk.

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Taking care of your car keeps you and your family safe. The Robotics & Automation website shares these tips for good car maintenance:

• Maintain your tire pressure. Keeping your tires properly inflated can lengthen their life and save you money on gas. Pressure can vary with mileage and temperature, so check it every time you fill up your tank. 

• Check your oil. Oil is essential to your vehicle’s performance, keeping all the parts running smoothly. Make sure your motor has been off for five minutes or so, to allow the oil to settle. Top it off if it’s low, and check with your mechanic to make sure you don’t have a leak.

• Test all lights. Make sure your headlights and taillights are working so you can see on the road, and others can see you!

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Avocados are high in fiber, healthy fats, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin B6, potassium, magnesium, and folate. Many of these nutrients support the immune system and suppress inflammation.

Gut health. The fiber in avocados supports a healthy digestive system by promoting the growth of healthy bacteria in your gut. Some evidence suggests that consuming avocados (along with other fiber-rich foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds) may increase bacterial diversity for healthy digestion.

Heart disease risk. Avocados have lots of potassium and magnesium, which are beneficial for controlling blood pressure. They may also help increase levels of HDL (“good”) cholesterol and decrease levels of oxidized LDL cholesterol, which is associated with atherosclerosis—the accumulation of plaque along artery walls.

Antioxidants. Avocados are filled with carotenoids and other nutrients that possess significant antioxidant, neuro-protective, and cardio-protective properties. Carotenoids have been shown to protect against oxidative damage, which is associated with many chronic diseases.

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A professor was taking a boat across a wide river. The boatman, humming a happy tune as he rowed, was clearly no scholar, so the professor decided to test him.

“My man, can you read?” he asked.

“Nope.” The boatman shook his head. “Never had time to learn.”

"Is that so? Then you’ve lost one quarter of your life. Can you write?”

The boatman said, "No, sir. Too busy making a living.”

“Then you’ve lost another quarter of your life. Can you do arithmetic?”

“No. Never saw much use for it on the river.” "Pity, now you've lost another year of your life."

A silence fell between the two men for several moments until the boatman said, "Sir, may I ask you a question?”

“Certainly, my man.”

“Can you swim?” Asked the boatman. The professor smirked, and chuckled. “No friend. In my learned profession, there was never any need for that.”

“Well, thats too bad because this boat’s leaking and we’re going to sink.”

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