A Simple Trick for Making Even the Most Uncomfortable Chair 'Sittable'

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If you’re reading this, chances are, you’re slouching at least a little. Even if you’re sitting in a chair you think is comfy, it probably doesn't encourage the best posture. If you really want to improve your sitting posture, you need to banish the backrest and sit on the edge of your seat, according to Jean Couch, a Palo Alto-based yoga teacher who specializes in helping people reduce their back and joint pain.

Modern chairs aren’t built for our true ergonomic needs, she argues. Our bodies were better off in the days when chairs were made of hard wood, with flat, firm surfaces that were proportional to the human body. Today’s large, cushy chairs, while they may feel comfortable to sink into after a long day, are bad for our backs. They’re probably too deep, leading us to sink back instead of sitting up straight, and too soft, causing our spines to bend.

It’s possible to correct your tendency toward poor posture without investing in a dozen antique Shaker chairs, though. Couch recommends a rather simple tweak to save your back, if you can remember to do it in the moment: You want to be on the edge of your seat.

If you sit on the hard front part of any chair, rather than using the backrest, you’ll be less likely to tuck your pelvis under your spine, bending your back into that pain-producing C shape. Rather than remaining exactly parallel with the floor, your knees should be angled below your hips—the angle should be around 120°, rather than 90°. This edge-of-your-seat, slightly forward-leaning position is actually more comfortable, and you’ll be less likely to slouch as a result.

Need proof? It’s very similar to what’s known as “neutral body posture,” a standard position developed by NASA based on measurements of astronauts floating in microgravity.

[h/t NPR]

Kodak’s New Cameras Don't Just Take Photos—They Also Print Them

Your Instagram account wishes it had this clout.
Your Instagram account wishes it had this clout.
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Snapping a photo and immediately sharing it on social media is definitely convenient, but there’s still something so satisfying about having the printed photo—like you’re actually holding the memory in your hands. Kodak’s new STEP cameras now offer the best of both worlds.

As its name implies, the Kodak STEP Instant Print Digital Camera, available for $70 on Amazon, lets you take a picture and print it out on that very same device. Not only do you get to skip the irksome process of uploading photos to your computer and printing them on your bulky, non-portable printer (or worse yet, having to wait for your local pharmacy to print them for you), but you never need to bother with ink cartridges or toner, either. The Kodak STEP comes with special 2-inch-by-3-inch printing paper inlaid with color crystals that bring your image to life. There’s also an adhesive layer on the back, so you can easily stick your photos to laptop covers, scrapbooks, or whatever else could use a little adornment.

There's a 10-second self-timer, so you don't have to ask strangers to take your group photos.Kodak

For those of you who want to give your photos some added flair, you might like the Kodak STEP Touch, available for $130 from Amazon. It’s similar to the regular Kodak STEP, but the LCD touch screen allows you to edit your photos before you print them; you can also shoot short videos and even share your content straight to social media.

If you want to print photos from your smartphone gallery, there's the Kodak STEP Instant Mobile Photo Printer. This portable $80 printer connects to any iOS or Android device with Bluetooth capabilities and can print whatever photos you send to it.

The Kodak STEP Instant Mobile Photo Printer connects to an app that allows you to add filters and other effects to your photos. Kodak

All three Kodak STEP devices come with some of that magical printer paper, but you can order additional refills, too—a 20-sheet set costs $8 on Amazon.

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More Than 38,000 Pounds of Ground Beef Has Been Recalled

Beef-ware.
Beef-ware.
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Your lettuce-based summer salads are safe for the moment, but there are other products you should be careful about using these days: Certain brands of hand sanitizer, for example, have been recalled for containing methanol. And as Real Simple reports, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) recently recalled 38,406 pounds of ground beef.

When JBS Food Canada ULC shipped the beef over the border from its plant in Alberta, Canada, it somehow skirted the import reinspection process, so FSIS never verified that it met U.S. food safety standards. In other words, we don’t know if there’s anything wrong with it—and no reports of illness have been tied to it so far—but eating unapproved beef is simply not worth the risk.

The beef entered the country on July 13 as raw, frozen, boneless head meat products, and Balter Meat Company processed it into 80-pound boxes of ground beef. It was sent to holding locations in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina before heading to retailers that may not be specific to those four states. According to a press release, FSIS will post the list of retailers on its website after it confirms them.

In the meantime, it’s up to consumers to toss any ground beef with labels that match those here [PDF]. Keep an eye out for lot codes 2020A and 2030A, establishment number 11126, and use-or-freeze-by dates August 9 and August 10.

[h/t Real Simple]