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Jasmine has been used as a natural treatment for depression, anxiety, and stress for thousands of years. Oil from the plant has also been used to treat insomnia and PMS, and is considered a natural aphrodisiac. It turns out, our ancestor's instincts to slather on the oil when they wanted a little R&R were correct.

A study, published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, and according to Professor Hanns Hatt of the Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany, revealed that jasmine can calm you down when you're feeling anxious.The results can "be seen as evidence of a scientific basis for aromatherapy."

"Instead of a sleeping pill or a mood enhancer, a nose full of jasmine from Gardenia jasminoides could also help, according to researchers in Germany. They have discovered that the two fragrances Vertacetal-coeur (VC) and the chemical variation (PI24513) have the same molecular mechanism of action and are as strong as the commonly prescribed barbiturates or propofol," says the study.

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Bird spikes are a more humane way to keep birds from perching in public places, but it turns out, they don't work on every bird. Specifically, one cockatoo in Katoomba, New South Wales, Australia. The bird was spotted destroying anti-bird spikes in a shopping center like it's his job. Getting hit with bird droppings from a perching bird is pretty bad, but getting hit with metal anti-bird spikes thrown by an angry bird is worse.

Isaac Sherring-Tito noticed the bird ripping off the spikes and took a video which he posted with the title, "F*ck the police." The cockatoo can be seen using its beak and claws to destroy the metal anti-bird spikes, throw them to the ground, then seemingingly laughing over his bad behavior. The video of the bad-ass bird went viral, because it's not every day that you see a member of the animal kingdom sticking it to authority in such a punk way.

Most of the comments on the video were positive, but one Twitter user knew exactly what this bird's game is. Apparently he's pretty notorious in the area for causing all sorts of mischief, including conning tourists out of food. If you ever visit this shopping center, consider yourself warned.

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We kind of had a feeling that people who love their dogs really love their dogs, even if we couldn't back it up with cold hard facts. But as it turns out, people who love their dogs might love their furry four-legged friends even more than they love their significant others, according to a survey conducted by dog treat company Riley's Organics.

There's nothing like getting a big, sloppy kiss from your dog. Fifty two percent of survey respondents said that they kiss their dog more than they kiss their partner. That's a lot of people who aren't afraid of getting dog germs on them. But as it turns out, there might be some benefit to those germ-filled kisses. People who own dogs don't get sick as often as those who don't own dogs, thanks in part to all those germs.

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The Muncie Animal Care and Services Shelter in Indiana takes care of over 350 cats, but after touring the facility, the local Police Department found that they were running very low on supplies and wanted to help out.

In order to raise money, the Muncie Police Department let residents pay off unpaid parking tickets with donations to the shelter, Yahoo reports.

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