Hangovers are the worst. That nasty combo of headache, nausea and gut-pain can cost you precious hours of your life. While there are certainly preventative measures you can take to reduce the likelihood of a hangover (headache medication, food, lots of water before bed, etc.), inevitably you’re going to get stuck with a dirty hangover that you need to crush before it kills your day. Here are 11 awesome hangover cures that you can turn to when you need to ease the pain.
Ginger is an all-purpose digestive aid. You can eat it with sushi, drink some ginger tea or mix ginger juice with water for a nausea-reducing elixir that’ll balance your gastric fluids and calm your system. This powerful antioxidant and anticoagulant can work wonders, but don’t consume fresh ginger on an empty stomach. Mix it up with something else.
Honey is a great antioxidant that’s loaded with fructose and glucose. In Poland, people mix honey in with pickle juice for a hydrating, salty hangover-recovery treat. If the idea of honey pickle juice sounds foul to you, just take a couple table spoons of the magic bee sauce and enjoy the fresh coat of healing goodness.
9. Prickly Pear
For desert drunks, the prickly pear is a solid morning option that’ll help take the edge off the hurt. The extract from the prickly pear cactus can help reduce nausea, loss of appetite and dry mouth. You can find prickly pear extract in a bunch of different dietary supplements.
Yep, eggs. Eggs have cysteine in ‘em. Cysteine is an awesome amino acid that breaks down acetaldehyde, a toxin that’s a byproduct of the oxidation of ethanol. Acetaldehyde causes hangovers and eggs break down the acetaldehyde. So get over the fact that you don’t want breakfast and scramble that hangover out of your system.
7. Coca Cola
Oh the sweet, sweet nectar of Coca Cola can do wonders for a messed up belly. Some say that Coca Cola was originally invented as a hangover cure. I don’t know about all that, but whether you’ve eaten a big meal or you need to turn down the volume down in your stomach, a cold Coke just feels good.
6. Greasy Diner Breakfast
Whether you’re pounding pancakes at IHOP, feasting on French toast at Norm’s or plowing through Moons Over My Hammy at Denny’s, greasy-ass diner food will help you booze-coated belly correct itself. Greasy food sticks to the stomach wall and help slow down the process of alcohol absorption. That’s not to say that you won’t feel like trash afterward, but it’ll be a different kind of trash – a much more manageable form of discomfort. If you have the chance to close the night out with some greasy food, that’s a solid hangover prevention method, but if you miss the prevention window, reach for some bacon in the morning.
5. Gatorade + Banana
Electrolytes. You need ‘em, man. When you’re recovering from a night of drunken excess, you’re bound to end up dehydrated. Drinking lots of water helps, yes, but a steady stream of electrolytes will hydrate you more quickly. Your hung-over body also needs an influx of Vitamin B and potassium. Drinking alcohol drains your levels of Vitamins B6 and B12. Bananas will calm your gut-hurt and expedite the metabolism of alcohol.
4. Bloody Mary
If you’re head is pounding and your stomach is sloshed with whatever god-awful combo of drinks you consumed last night, drinking more sounds like the last thing you wanna do. But more booze can actually help you right the ship. A nice breakfast cocktail like a Bloody Mary can serve the dual purpose of a breakfast and hangover remedy. This is a great option if food consumption is totally out of the question, and the tomato juice will help you metabolize alcohol more quickly.
Vietnamese rice noodles with broth and beef (or tripe or chicken) will hydrate you and fill your gut with a nice layer of nutrition, exfoliation and toxin-fighting spices. Don’t go too crazy with the hot sauce though. Under normal circumstances, unreasonable amounts of Sriracha in your Pho would be a great idea, but when you’re dealing with a tender tummy, you gotta keep it mellow. Add some lime, basil, sweet Hoison sauce, cilantro, onions and bean sprouts, and go to town with a soup spoon and chopsticks in hand.
2. Pad Thai
More rice noodle love here. Pad Thai will fill that void in your stomach with a tender helping of noodles, eggs, tamarind juice and some light protein like shrimp, chicken or tofu. I don’t know the science behind it, but it works like a charm.
1. Matzo Ball Soup
The medicinal healing powers of the matzo ball have been well documented throughout history. Known as Jewish penicillin, matzo ball soup can kill a hangover, eliminate pink eye and in some cases, even cure cancer. Embrace the power of the matzo. It’s the most comfortable comfort food ever invented.
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The MANjr crew received a SANYO Pedal Juice unit to review, and the rechargeable 9V power source for offers some pretty convenient features for guitar players who need to power multiple effects pedals. The Pedal Juice is a rechargeable battery that can power different guitar pedals without the need of an outlet. This reduces the need for tons of 9V batteries, eliminates the ground sound you get from AC adapters, and it just saves space. The first thing you notice about the Pedal Juice unit is its size. It’s compact size is comparable to the size of other pedals, but the unit is much lighter.
The Pedal Juice unit needs 3.5 hours to fully charge. The three-stage LED indicator (red, orange, green) gives you the ability to check the power status of the unit with a quick glance. Red indicates that the unit is less than 30 percent charged. Orange indicates that the unit is 30 to 60 percent charge, and the green light indicated a batter power charge of 60 percent and above. After a full charge, the Pedal Juice power supply can last up to 50 hours. You can recharge the unit hundreds of times. Pedal juice is also water and shock resistant.
Whether you want to power multiple guitar effects pedals, mobile recorders or multi-effect devices, Pedal Juice gives you clean sounding power with little hassle. If you want to hook up multiple pedals to the unit, extra wires will be required for daisy chaining everything together. Still you can’t beat the convenience and portability that the Pedal Juice offers. If you need portable power without the annoying hum, Pedal Juice is worth the investment.
Last week, I was 100 percent 50/50. Eight correct calls and eight crappy calls. I’m 23-21-3 against the spread so far this season, but I’m still making weekly cash on those Steelers, baby! Let’s see if we can stay above .500 after a Week 4 slate of games where the favorites all look mighty tempting.
At Tennessee -6.5 Denver
The Broncos haven’t seen a defense as good as the Titans this year. The Jags, Colts and Seahawks are easy to shred. The Titans are giving up the fifth fewest yards in the air so far (178.3 yards a game) and they’re the league’s seventh-best defense in total yards allowed per game (294.7). Denver’s been getting it done with Kyle Orton spreading the ball around. Knowshon is hurt and the Broncos can’t run the ball. Their 67 rushing yards per game are good for 30th in the league. Vince Young played well last week. Take away that Pittsburgh debacle and he’s actually having a pretty solid season. If Young can avoid boneheaded picks, the Titans win easy.
PICK: Titans -6.5
At Pittsburgh -1.5 Baltimore
So let’s recap this 3-0 run by the Big Ben-less Steelers. They were dogs to start the season at home against the Falcons. They were dogs when they went to Tennessee in Week 2. They were only favored by 2.5 against the Bucs in Tampa Bay. Now they host the Ravens at home in what amounts to a pick’em. So pick’em. Don’t expect Charlie Batch to throw three TDs (ever again). Just expect a bruising, low-scoring affair with a motivated home team edging out the purple visitors.
PICK: Steelers -1.5
Cincinnati -3 At Cleveland
Seneca Wallace or Jake Delhomme? It doesn’t matter. Cincy’s offense isn’t firing on all cylinders, but the Browns only have one cylinder – Peyton Hillis. The Browns have kept it respectable. They’ve lost three games by tiny margins (three to the Bucs, two to the Chiefs and seven to the Ravens), but this team is going to lose the next four games (Cincy this week, Atlanta, at Pittsburgh, at New Orleans). The Bengals can beat this team by three.
PICK: Bengals -3
At Green Bay -14.5 Detroit
Damn, I hate these extra large spreads, but make no mistake, Green Bay’s gonna play angry. After that sloppy-ass, mental-mistake-riddled mess on Monday, the Packers are going to settle down and get back to playing good football. Jahvid Best is dealing with a toe injury. He’ll likely be a game time decision. If he’s limited in any way, the Lions get blowed out.
PICK: Green Bay -14.5
At New Orleans -13.5 Carolina
The Jimmy Clausen Era didn’t get off to a great start. Clausen’s first half QB rating was 0.0. He went on to complete 16 or 33 passes for 188 yards. He threw a pick and lost a fumble. He also didn’t get much help from the ground game. Gregg Williams is going to bring the pain against Clausen. Look for the Panthers to turn the ball over frequently to a team that can score at will. Big spread yes, but a favorable matchup as well.
PICK: Saints -13.5
At Atlanta -7 San Francisco
I want the 49ers to put it together, I really do. There’s just something about Mike Singletary. You just want to see him succeed. He fired Offensive Coordinator Jimmy Raye after last week’s putrid play calling, and VD likes the decision. Atlanta’s good. They took advantage of Garrett Hartley’s missed kick and finished off the Saints in the Superdome. Now they get to go home and host a team that still needs to find its identity. San Francisco will right the ship, but not this week.
PICK: Falcons -7
Seattle -1 At St. Louis
You know what? I’m picking the Rams. This division is wide open and Seattle has a pretty cushy schedule. They’ve won two games at home, but now they need to venture away from the comfy green foliage of the Pacific Northwest and go to Middle America to play a revived Rams team that’s coming off a 30-16 upset over the Redskins. Look at the final scores of the first two games. Even when the Rams lose, they keep it close (13-17 loss against Arizona, 14-16 loss against Oakland). I kinda like this team. Bradford’s a breath of fresh air, and even with a gimpy Stephen Jackson, I’m going grab the Rams in this pick’em. Darby can hang.
PICK: Rams +1
NY Jets -5.5 At Buffalo
Ryan Fitzpatrick was surprisingly effective against New England last week. Maybe the Bills knew what they were doing when they cut Trent Edwards. Last week, the Bills scored four times in their first five possessions and CJ Spiller provided a much needed spark on offense and on special teams. The Jets, meanwhile, are everyone’s favorite team again. After Week 1, expectations were reset. The hype died down. Then came victories against the Pats and the Dolphins. During those wins, Mark Sanchez completed 36 out of 58 passes for 476 yards, six touchdowns and no interceptions. Sanchez wasn’t sacked at all last week, and if continues to play like he has the past two games, the Jets will continue to frighten their division. Revis is out, but that’s not enough to keep the Bills in this. The Jets will shut down the run, make plays with LT and through the air and finish 3-0 in their division after Week 4.
PICK: Jets -5.5
Indianapolis -7 At Jacksonville
Save Del Rio? Not against the Colts. Indy owns the Jags. The Colts have beaten the Jags five times in their last six matchups. Peyton’s crushing it and he’s getting everyone involved. Austin Collie, the best final round fantasy draft pick you’ve ever made, was limited in practice, but he’s expected to play. With Garrard sucking it up big time and Maurice Jones-Drew unable to find the endzone in the first three games, it’s not looking good for Del Rio’s future in Jacksonville.
PICK: Colts -7
Houston -3 At Oakland
The Raiders want to kill your parlay. Like almost every week. Don’t let them. The Texans are better, but I got a bad feeling about them going to that shit field in Oakland and laying an egg. I got no real reason. Just a feeling.
PICK: Oakland +3
At San Diego -8.5 Arizona
Who has two thumbs, drafted Antonio Gates pretty high and loves the fact that Vincent Jackson is in AJ Smith-induced roster purgatory? This guy! Gates, who’s always a fantasy monster, has been even more of a beast this year. Through three games, the ballin’ TE has 17 receptions for 242 yards and 4 touchdowns. Who needs a starting WR? Not you, San Diego. Sure you lost to Seattle and that has to hurt some, but this is a great game for a rebound. The Cardinals are not playing good football. Arizona gives up too many yards on the ground and they can’t generate any yards in the air. Injuries don’t help either. Alan Faneca is hurt. Steve Breaston and Early Doucet are hurt. Beanie Wells will play, but he isn’t ready to fully take over either. Arizona has too many holes to win this game on the road or even cover the spread.
PICK: Chargers -8.5
At Philadelphia -6 Washington
Oh, the drama. McNabb is expecting cheers in Philly. That’s like expecting real titties on Santa Monica Blvd. Not gonna happen, dude. McNabb has a chance to stick it to his old team and end the redemption tale of the season, but Vick will outplay him. Vick will face a much tougher defense than he has before, but I’ll take Philly and their skill players over McNabb with an axe to grind and no running game to help him grind it out.
PICK: Eagles -6
At NY Giants -4 Chicago
This is the week I pick the Bears. Chicago is the only undefeated team in the NFC, but they could easily be 1-2. I’m not buying this team as the best the conference has to offer. No way. What I am buying is the end of Tom Coughlin. Dude got a stay of execution after that surprising, late-surge Super Bowl season, but his players are over it. Dude’s too outdated. He’s too rigid and too red-faced. And he looks like he has the flu, all the time. The Giants need answers. They need to rally behind their coach and win won for the Cough Drop. But they won’t, and everyone will try to convince you that the Bears are really good. They aren’t, but they’ll win on Sunday night.
PICK: Bears +4
New England -1 At Miami
Damn this Pats team is frustrating. You think they’re gonna cover the spread and then they let CJ Spiller run a kick back 95 yards for a score. What’s up with this team? What’s up with this whole division? I read an ESPN fantasy outlook for Chad Henne before last week’s game and it said something like Chad doesn’t have the arm or the receivers to throw down field, he’s not gonna do jack but hand the ball off. Then the dude threw for 363 yards against the Jets. All I know for sure is that this game is going to be great to watch. The Pats can’t seem to stop anyone, but they still have Tom Brady, Randy Moss and Wes Welker. Brandon Marshall should put up strong numbers. This is truly a coin-flip pick, but I’m leaning towards New England here.
PICK: Pats -1
It’s time to grab your explosives and duct tape and join Jamie Hyneman, Adam Savage and the rest of the MythBusters crew as they put urban legends to the test with a series of ridiculous experiments. MythBusters Collection 6 is out on DVD, and MANjr is giving away this two-disc set to one lucky reader.
For eight seasons, the MythBusters crew has used the power of science to label specific myths and legends as busted, plausible or confirmed. Whatever these guys do, you can do it at home. Well you could, but you’d need years of special effects and pyrotechnic experience, friends who understand robotics, fabrication and explosives and large sums of money and manpower to conduct all kinds of kooky experiments. So it’s probably easier to just leave it to the experts and watch the fruits of their scientific labor.
The MythBusters Collection 6 DVD includes 10 ultra-nerdy, action-packed episodes. Here’s the full list:
Swimming in Syrup
Car vs Rain
Thermite vs. Ice
Knock Your Socks Off
Duct Tape Hour
Bonus Episode: Viewer Special Threequel
So what do you need to do to win this bad boy?
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- Winner will be chosen at random
- Giveaway ends next Thursday, October 7st
There’s a ton of garbage on television these days. You got a bunch of lazy, formulaic reality shows (any reality show not starring Gordon Ramsey or the New York Jets is not worth your time). Then there’s all those sappy sitcoms and tiresome hour-long dramas on network (seriously, how many CSIs/Law and Orders can they churn out?). With all the clutter on TV, some quality shows are bound to slip through the cracks. If you like consuming television programs on a season-per-day basis, here are 10 shows you need add to your NetFlix queue and plow through (in no particular order).
I was a little late to the Dexter party. I just couldn’t get into it at first. I thought it was a dark comedy that was too heavy on the dark and too light on the comedy. But it’s a good show, man. The supporting characters/storylines are all a little wack (I’m lookin’ at you Doakes), and the flashback scenes with Dexter’s Dad can get a little cheesy, but Michael C. Hall makes it all worthwhile. The last season with Jon Lithgow was intense as hell, and the new season just got rolling. It’s a good time to get yourself all caught up.
If you’re sick and tired of hearing people say that The Wire is the greatest show of all time, shut the hell up. People gush endlessly about this show for good reason. If it’s not the best show ever then it’s in the top three for damn sure. Why? It’s just so well-done. The writing is absolutely fantastic. You have deep and honest sociological insights wrapped up in a tight dialogue that’s spoken by dozens of characters whose arcs enjoy multiple seasons’ worth of development. Plus, there’s McNutty.
Comparing The Shield to The Wire is unfair. It’s apples and oranges, really. The Wire tinkers with root-causing systemic societal woes, but The Shield is a much more individualized, inward psychological study of badass anti-hero Vic Mackey. The series sets Mackey up as this terribly corrupt yet loveably effective detective who does some disgraceful things for mostly the right reasons. Each season is a little different, but the intensity of Michael Chiklis is the one constant you can look forward to throughout the series.
Moody and visceral, Breaking Bad is simply amazing television. The pacing, the uniqueness of each episode, the characters, everything is incredible. The funny parts are hilarious, the suspense isn’t contrived and the oh-shit moments are genuinely jaw dropping. There’s a reason why Bryan Cranston has won three-consecutive Emmys for his portrayal of Mr. White. Watching the Chemistry teacher turned meth chef’s gradual transition into a total gangsta is must-see TV.
Sons of Anarchy
I don’t ride motorcycles and I don’t wear leather jackets. I do love the film Green Street Hooligans though (Elijah Wood is still a pansy but we’ll gloss over that for now), and anyone who’s seen that movie knows that Charlie Hunnam plays the tough guy role well. The Brit actor carries Sons of Anarchy almost single handedly. Sure, tough-old-lady Peggy Bundy and ringleader Hellboy are cool too, but the show revolves around his character Jax. Fun fact: Kurt Sutter, the show’s creator, is married to Katey Segal and also wrote for The Shield.
Here’s another critically/culturally acclaimed show that lives up to the hype. Sure all the boozing and womanizing and goofy 60s mores get all the attention, but Mad Men is full of rich subtleties. The show doesn’t stuff character traits and conflicts down your throat. There’s a whole lot of subtext to play with. Don Draper is also one of the coolest TV characters of all time. It’s hard to see Jon Hamm as anything but Draper at this point. If you haven’t seen every episode of the three-time Emmy award winning outstanding drama series, get on that shit.
Part romance, part ridiculous Californication is great television. David Duchovny shows his acting range by playing an artsy, boozin’ sex-crazed maniac. Okay so he’s playing himself, but he does it really, really well. His little daughter has a voice that’ll make you wanna jump out a window, but with all the T & A, funny dialogue and family dysfunction, the three seasons of this show are certainly worth a lazy weekend investment.
I know what you’re thinking… The Sopranos was a good show? No shit, bro, thanks for the memo! The reason the show’s on this list is cause I know there are people out there that letsome episodes (or maybe even seasons) of The Sopranos slip through the cracks. There was a two year break between seasons 4 and 5 and another two year gap between seasons 5 and 6. Don’t try to catch reruns on basic cable. Do the show some justice and get fully caught up on any episodes you missed.
Is it gay? Yes, yes it is. Is Anna Paquin hot? Sadly, no. Even with those two strikes, True Blood is still an interesting show. I’m as vampired out as the next guy, but there are some fun characters and storylines to get behind in this series. Catch up on it if you haven’t already.
Look, we all know that 24 starting sucking bad (real bad) in those last few seasons. But think back to a different time. Think back to a time when news outlets were debating the finer points of torture to keep our country safe. Things were different back then. Threats we’re everywhere and the greater LA area always seemed to be a target. If a nuclear bomb or chemical attack is about to go off in Chattsworth, Valencia or Encino, there’s really only one guy you’d want to save Southern California… Jack Bauer when he’s sober. I had a hard time including this show on the list, cause it got really, really bad. Unwatchable even. But those first couple/few seasons were like crack, man. You needed that shit. Doot…Doot…Doot…Doot. Y’know what I’m talking about. It’s hard to say when this show lost it’s way, but the first two-three seasons are definitely worth a NetFlix push.
Here are some highlights from Giraldo’s many roasts. His stand-up was always on point, but he never disappointed when dishing it out at a roast.