5 Facts About Dreams You Probably Don’t Already Know

While people over the age of ten have four to six dreams per night, it's said that we forget 90% of our dreams within 10 minutes of waking up. (The average person can have up to 2,190 dreams a year!) Here are five more facts about dreaming that might just surprise you.

1. We dream during periods of REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep that last anywhere from 5 minutes to 30 minutes. During this time, our bodies are essentially paralyzed to keep us from acting out our dreams. (In rare cases, a person is able to lash out during their dreams.)

2. Only the faces of people we've seen in real life enter our dreams. Our brain's can't "invent" faces, so every face you encounter in a dream is one you've seen before, either intimately or in passing.

3. Most people are unable to read or tell time while dreaming. 

4. Some people can control their dreams through a practice called lucid dreaming.

5. According to a study, 12% of people dream in black and white. Most of these dreamers are over 55 years old, so it's said that their relationship with black and white televisions influences their dreams.

11 Shocking Facts about Dreams that will Rock Your World! [OMG Facts]
20 Amazing Facts About Dreams that You Might Not Know About [Lifehack]
7 Mind-Bending Facts About Dreams [Lifescience]

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Visit These 5 U.S. Amusement Parks

If you're a thrill-seeker, satiate your need for speed with a visit to one of these top five amusement parks. You don't have to be a kid to enjoy any of these great attractions. It's a great way to de-stress from every day life while riding rides, eating junk food, and exploring fun filled gift shops. 

Cedar Point
Located in Sandusky, Ohio, this popular amusement park is home to 17 different roller coasters and dozen more rides. Little kids will have a blast at Camp Snoopy meeting all their favorite Peanuts characters. 

This Elysburg, Pennsylvania, park may not have all the big rides as some more mainstream parks, but it's full of nostalgic fun. There is no admission to the park. Just buy your tickets and go on as many, or as little, rides as you like. Make sure you go on at least one of the two classic wooden coasters. 

Busch Gardens
Located in historic Williamsburg, Virginia, there is something for the whole family to enjoy. Great roller coasters, a water park, animal displays, and history are all available. Spend one day riding all the great rides and another traveling back in time to Colonial Williamsburg. 

Hershey Park
Do you love chocolate and roller coasters? Take a trip to Hershey, Pennsylvania, one of the sweetest towns in the U.S., to see how this popular chocolate is made at Hershey's Chocolate World. Then, fasten your safety belts on the Great Bear and Fahrenheit rollercoasters. 

Disney World
When you think of Amusement Parks, Disney World is probably at the top of the list. It's one of the most famous theme parks in the world. The Orlando, Florida, location is four parks rolled into one. Seek out all the characters in Magic Kingdom or explore movie magic at Hollywood Studios. 

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Cook Food to Its Safe Minimum Temperature

It's important to cook items to the proper temperature to prevent food borne illness, but it gets confusing keeping all those numbers straight. Check out this guide for the correct temperatures! 

  • Using a food thermometer is the best way to verify the correct temperature. You can't always tell if meat is done just by looking at it, even ground meat.
  • Some meats, like steaks, chops, roasts, fresh pork, and fresh ham, need extra resting time after they have been cooked, so that the temperature can continue to rise and kill harmful bacteria.
  • It's also important you cook to eggs to the proper temperature, but using a thermometer in scrambled eggs doesn't work. Just make sure the whites and yolks are firm before enjoying.
  • With some seafood, you can tell if it is fully cooked by looking. Clams and oysters should be cooked until the shell opens up. Shrimp, lobster, and crab need to be cooked until the skin is opaque. 

· Safe Minimum Cooking Temperatures [Foodsafety.gov]

Don’t Miss Your Chance to Register to Vote!

Don't miss your opportunity to vote in the upcoming election. If you have not yet registered to vote in Virgina or you need to update your address, the deadline to vote in the November Gubernatorial Election is October 15, 2013.

You can register to vote and update your address online at:


If you are regiested and will not be available to vote in person on November 5th, you can vote absentee. Absentee voter ballts can be obtained at:


If you have any questions, feel free to call 703-228-3456.

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Tips To Help You Stop Procrastinating

Sometimes we all find ourselves procrastinating when it comes to getting things done. Who can blame us for putting off our work in this age of facebook, email, twitter, and oodles of other digital and technological distractions? But if you’re finding yourself procrastinating to the point where its interfering significantly with your productivity, then here are some tips to help you get back on track:
Keep Perspective
Studies have shown the one of the main reasons people procrastinate on a given task is because they blow it out of proportion. If you build up a task in your head as a major undertaking that will require a Herculean expenditure of effort, you are likely to get overwhelmed and then shrink away from completing it. In other words, the more you put off doing a task because you’re worrying about its difficulty and magnitude, the harder the task will become – and the cycle of avoidance will continue. Make sure to calm down and keep perspective on the task before you allow yourself to worry so much that you can’t even begin tackling it in a timely manner.
Just Start
Rather than focusing on how many arduous steps are ahead, just take the first one. If you project too far into the future, you might scare yourself away from making any effective initial efforts. Your best bet is to stay mentally in the present, one step at a time, and not fret too much about the bigger picture. So, even if you don’t really know where things are headed, or how you will manage to make the whole journey, it is crucial to just start from wherever you are. 
Nip Fear in the Bud
One of the most common causes behind procrastination is the fear of failure, the worry that if you start a task or pursue a goal you might not be able to achieve what you hope. Many procrastinators find it easier to live with the “someday” mentality than to take the chance of failing at making “someday” a reality. This can be crippling. Don’t allow yourself to live with regrets and a lack of fulfillment because you want to avoid examining the fear issue. If you look at it directly, verbalize it, and work through it, this can be one of the most powerful tools in your anti-procrastination arsenal.
Seek Help When Needed
If you’re procrastinating because you truly don’t know how or where to begin, then don’t hesitate to seek help from people who might be able to guide you toward a good start. Reaching out when you truly need it can make all the difference for you when it comes to effectively surmounting a task that seems impossible. Seeking help can mean reaching out to helpful sources as well as people – researching a task or goal on in the internet or at the library, for instance. If you’re armed with knowledge, the task is likely to feel less harrowing.
First Thing In the Morning
Studies have shown that tackling a dreaded task or obligation first thing in the morning can sometimes be the best tool against procrastination. Rather than avoiding the task all day and letting the discomfort of that avoidance hang over you, consider making a point of diving right into what needs to get done as soon as your feet hit the floor each day.