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  • Jakki Ballan never anticipated that when she started drinking Diet Coke as a teen to help her lose weight that she would end up with a full blown addiction to the soft drink.

    The U.K. woman, who once drank up to 50 cans of Diet Coke a day, is hoping hypnotherapy will help beat her addiction.

    The 42-year-old stay-at-home mom now drinks close to 10 litres a day and panics if she doesn't have a steady supply of the fizzy drinks available.

    "This addiction is taking over my life. I won't do the school run unless I have at least two bottles in my bag," Ballan tells the Daily Mail. "I've only got one bottle in the house so I'm feeling quite panicky. I'm sweating, shaking and pacing up and down."

    At Ballan's worst, she was drinking 50 cans a day and spending the equivalent of $920 monthly on Diet Coke.

    After some hard work,

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  • Our best memories are formed before age 25

    New research has found that most of our best memories occur before the age of 25. (Thinkstock)Life doesn't start until you're 30, right?

    Well, maybe not. We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but according to new research the majority of our most important memories are made by the time we are 25.

    Researchers at the University of New Hampshire came to this conclusion by exploring a recognized psychological phenomenon called the "reminiscence bump." The "reminiscence bump" is when elderly people consistently recall the most important memories of their lives as occurring between ages 15-30.

    "Many studies have consistently found that when adults are asked to think about their lives and report memories, remembered events occurring between the ages of 15 to 30 are over-represented," explains lead researcher Kristina Steiner. "I wanted to know why this might be. Why don't adults report more memories from the ages of 30 to 70? What is it about the ages of 15 to 30 that make them so much more memorable?"

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    The study

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  • Girl Scout sells cookies outside of a cannabis clinic

    The story of a 13-year-old Girl Scout who sold cookies outside a medical marijuana clinic in San Francisco this week is raising some interesting questions.

    According to Mashable, Danielle Lei sold 117 boxes of Dulce de Leches and Tagalong Girl Scout cookies while camped outside The Green Cross for two hours on Monday.

    Her mother, Carol Lei, says they sold 37 additional boxes than when the pair set up outside Safeway during the same two-hour period the next day.

    Since marijuana is known to increase appetite, selling cookies outside a cannabis clinic seems like a smart business venture.

    Also see: Marijuana cookies sold in high school

    "They get very hungry after," Danielle eloquently explains to Legalization Nation.

    Carol says her other teen daughter has also sold cookies outside cannabis clinics. She uses the opportunity to teach her daughters about the types of people who use medical marijuana.

    "They learn that they are not drugged out," says Carol. "Many have serious needs, and are

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