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The Only Five Things You Need To Know About The Super Bowl 2013



NEW ORLEANS- Super Bowl XLVII was held Sunday at the Superdome in New Orleans - the 10th time it has been played there. For those who didn't watch the four-hour American sports extravaganza, we've compiled a short list with all you need to know.

1. THE RAVENS WON - The Baltimore Ravens beat the San Francisco 49ers 34-31. This is their third win (2000, 2012, 2013) since the team was formed in 1996.

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2. BLACKOUT- For 34 minutes there was a blackout in the stadium, and play was suspended. It was actually the biggest hit of the night on twitter, generating 231,000 tweets per minute according to CNN. No answers have yet been given as to why the outage occurred.

whatever. who HASN'T blacked out in New Orleans?

— hailee justine (@haileejustine) February 4, 2013

3. MVP EXPLETIVES - MVP Joe Flacco, of the Ravens, was so excited at the end of the game he screamed a little too close to some microphones "F-ing Awesome!." Flacco's enthusiasm would probably be classified as a "fleeting expletive" says The LA Times. The Federal Communications Commission in the past has gone after networks for similar incidents.

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4. QUEEN BEY- Beyoncé performed the halftime show and reunited Destiny’s Child on stage for the first time since 2006 (7:51). Even though there was controversy surrounding whether she sang the national anthem live at Obama’s inauguration, she proved what an amazing performer she truly is in the Superdome singing live - while dancing.

5. COMMERCIALS - Among the vast array of commercials there were, of course, the good, the bad and the downright weird. Amy Poehler went to Best Buy, model Bar Rafaeli made out with a geek and PSY sang Gagnam Style to some pistachios. Honorable animal mention goes to the Budweiser’s Clydesdale.

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Is There Anything Eating Pickles Can't Cure?

Fermented foods — from sauerkraut to kimchi to yogurt — are known to protect intestinal health, improve mental health and even help prevent cancer. But scientists say we need to be careful about overstating the benefits.

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Margit Kossobudzka

WARSAW — They include sauerkraut, dill pickles, pickled beets, and kimchi … but also kefir and sourdough bread. These foods — traditional to Polish, Korean, and West African cuisines — are trending across the world thanks to their diverse health benefits.

Pickles, or fermented foods, are technically defined as "food or beverages produced by the controlled growth of microorganisms and the transformation of food ingredients by enzymatic action." Aside from the traditional pickled vegetables found in jars, the benefits of fermented foods can also be found in any foods which are made using lactic acid fermentation — even bread made on a fermented base, such as sourdough.

Research shows that fermented foods can not only strengthen gut health but also boost mental health and well-being, improve mood, and help foster a healthy immune response.

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