It's 7-Eleven Day! Celebrate With a Free Slurpee

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7-Eleven is once again inviting you to celebrate July 11 with a free small Slurpee, which you can grab at any participating store across the nation today from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (See what they did there?)

This year’s featured flavor is Blueberry Lemonade, and the Slurpee Lite flavor is sugar-free Cherry Limeade. The Slurpees come in bright, festive cups optimized for social media posts: They're decorated with a hammerhead shark who is not only wearing a birthday hat, but also carrying balloons and a banner that reads “#SLURPLIFE.” The cup also includes “#TFW,” which stands for “that feeling when…,” as in “TFW you get a free Slurpee on #7ElevenDay.”

Along with those three hashtags, you can also add specialized GIFs and digital stickers to your Slurpee-related posts on Snapchat and Instagram, including cheerleader squirrels and hula skirt-clad oranges. 7-Eleven will also give away physical stickers in the store with your free drink. A $4 Twist & Slurp Bottle and a $2 Super Flexy Straw can take your free Slurpee to the next level.

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If you’re a member of the 7-Eleven loyalty program 7Rewards, be sure to scan your app or card (or enter your phone number) when you pick up your free Slurpee today. You’ll get a coupon for another free small Slurpee, which you can redeem any time in the next 30 days. If you’re not a 7Rewards member, today may be a good day to sign up.

For those of you who might like dinner before dessert—or at least with dessert—there are also 7-Eleven Day food deals: Big Bite hot dogs and hot pizza slices are $1 each, and 7Rewards members can open their app to reveal a $1 Nashville hot chicken tender offer. If you just want dessert with your dessert, freshly baked cherry Slurpee-flavored cookies are also $1 each today.

The convenience retailer estimates that it will give away 9 million free small Slurpees today, and has sold over 7.5 billion Slurpees since the drink was officially introduced in the 1960s.

If you can’t make it to 7-Eleven today, there’s hope for you yet: Tomorrow, July 12, you can place an order in 7-Eleven’s delivery app 7NOW and receive a free medium Slurpee.

Happy slurping!

[h/t 7-Eleven]

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What Really Happens When Food Goes Down the 'Wrong Pipe'?

The dreaded 'wrong pipe' calamity can strike at any time.
The dreaded 'wrong pipe' calamity can strike at any time.
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Your average person isn’t expected to be well-versed in the linguistics of human anatomy, which is how we wind up with guns for biceps and noggins for heads. So when swallowing something is followed by throat irritation or coughing, the fleeting bit of discomfort is often described as food “going down the wrong pipe.” But what’s actually happening?

When food is consumed, HuffPost reports, more than 30 muscles activate to facilitate chewing and swallowing. When the food is ready to leave your tongue and head down to your stomach, it’s poised near the ends of two "pipes," the esophagus and the trachea. You want the food to take the esophageal route, which leads to the stomach. Your body knows this, which is why the voice box and epiglottis shift to close off the trachea, the “wrong pipe” of ingestion.

Since we don’t typically hold our breath when we eat, food can occasionally take a wrong turn into the trachea, an unpleasant scenario known as aspiration, which triggers an adrenaline response and provokes coughing and discomfort. Dislodging the food usually eases the sensation, but if it’s enough to become stuck, you have an obstructed airway and can now be officially said to be choking.

The “wrong pipe” can also be a result of eating while tired or otherwise distracted or the result of a mechanical problem owing to illness or injury.

You might also notice that this happens more often with liquids. A sip of water may provoke a coughing attack. That’s because liquids move much more quickly, giving the body less time to react.

In extreme cases, food or liquids headed in the “wrong” direction can wind up in the lungs and cause pneumonia. Fortunately, that’s uncommon, and coughing tends to get the food moving back into the esophagus.

The best way to minimize the chances of getting food stuck is to avoid talking with your mouth full—yes, your parents were right—and thoroughly chew sensible portions.

If you experience repeated bouts of aspiration, it’s possible an underlying swallowing disorder or neurological problem is to blame. An X-ray or other tests can help diagnose the issue.

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