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June 15, 2018

Weekend reads: Think you eat a lot of calories at work? You're probably right.

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    Ben Palmer's reads

    In new app, Bob Ross will gently caress you to sleep with his soothing voice. A meditation application is using the voice of Bob Ross, best known for his 1990s PBS show "The Joy of Painting," in which he calmly and quietly taught people how to paint, to help lull people to sleep. Calm.com is recasting episodes of "The Joy of Painting" into its audio series. The first installment of the audio series, called "Sleep Stories," debuted last week and two more are slated for release this summer.

    How frequently should you wash your kitchen towels? New research presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology found that kitchen towels used for a month without washing may contain bacteria that could lead to food poisoning and other diseases. For the study, researchers from the University of Mauritius tested 100 kitchen towels that had been used for a month and found that 49% had bacterial growth. Specifically, 36.7% contained coliform bacteria—a type of bacteria that could include E. coli—36.7% contained Enterococcus, and 14.3% contained staphylococcus aureus. The researchers also found that the kitchen towels of larger families contained significantly more bacteria than those of smaller families.

    Rachel Schulze's reads

    More like raccoon burglar. In case you missed it: A raccoon on Tuesday scaled a 25-story building in St. Paul, Minnesota, as anxious onlookers watched in suspense. After the raccoon made it to the top, Wildlife Management captured and released her into the wild. How did the raccoon complete the climb? Suzanne MacDonald, a York University psychologist who studies urban raccoons, said the animals are adept climbers. Their limbs are strong, and their long-clawed, five-toed paws have considerable dexterity, according to the Washington Post.

    Work pants too tight? Blame ... work. The foods U.S. workers purchase in office cafeterias and vending machines and pick up for free around the workplace are largely unhealthy, according to a new CDC study. The researchers found workers consume an average of 1,300 calories per week from food at the workplace. Further, the researchers said the food workers buy at work tends to be high in fats and added sugars.

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