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  • Flour. It’s not just for baking anymore. 

    This week, The Kitchn shared an unexpected use for flour: a sink polisher.

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    In a few simple steps, your stainless steel sink can be as shiny as new, perfect for impressing dinner guests or future buyers. 

    "In my own home, I use this trick once a month. The flour buffs the micro-grooves in the sink’s surface and also pulls out residual dirt and grime that your basic sponge and soap can’t get to. It just makes things feel extra special," writes The Kitchn’s Sarah Rae Trover.

    Here’s how it works:

    Simply wash the sink as usual — with either your standard kitchen cleaner or hot soapy water — then buff it try with a clean towel. 

    Next, cover half or one side of your sink with a thick dusting of flour. 

    Start buffing. Using a paper towel or soft cloth to buff the flour into the sink and all its grooves, the rim, drain, knobs and handles. 

    Do it again. Repeat with the other half of the sink. Buff and remove any excess flour. 

    Voila: cleaner than it’s

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  • What exactly is pleomorphic liposarcoma?

    On Wednesday, doctors called it “rare,” “aggressive” and “very difficult.”

    But what exactly is pleomorphic liposarcoma, the cancer Toronto mayor Rob Ford has been diagnosed with?

    Rob Ford pauses while participating in a mayoral debate in Toronto on July 15, 2014. (Darren Calabrese/The Canadian Press)Rob Ford pauses while participating in a mayoral debate in Toronto on July 15, 2014. (Darren Calabrese/The Canadian Press)
    Definition

    Orpha.net describes it as defines it as “an aggressive, fast growing tumour located usually in the deep soft tissues of the lower and upper extremities.”

    The “lipo” in liposarcoma identifies that the tumour came from fat cells, not bone or muscle cells as other sarcomas do. 

    "Pleomorphic" means that all the cancer cells within the tumour are of different shapes and sizes. 

    According to Dr. Nathan Pennell, a medical oncologist at the Cleveland Clinic, sarcomas in general are quite rare, around one per cent of all cancers.

    Prognosis

    The pleomorphic liposarcoma Ford has is the rarest form of liposarcoma — and deadliest. 

    The five-year survival rate for patients with pleomorphic liposarcoma is 56 per cent, reports the Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative, compared to 100 per cent in well-differentiated

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  • You’ve probably spotted them on the street. Their intentionally disheveled yet concurrently polished style confounds us all.

    Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic)Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic)
    These Olsen twin-esque ladies look better than you after you’ve just spent two hours primping, ironing and coordinating the perfect #OOTD. They’re in slouchy trousers, a baggy sweater clearly two sizes too big, pulled together with a chunky knit scarf. They look perfect.

    These effortless fashionistas have managed to master the art of slouchy fall style. It’s not for everyone, but it can be a great — not to mention cozy — look for cooler temperatures. Here’s how to do this look justice now that fall temperatures have arrived.

    Key pieces

    Before embarking on your slouchy fall style transformation, collect some key pieces — or rummage around in your mom’s closet. You’re bound to find something appropriate.

    Acquire the following: slouchy sweaters and trousers, ankle boots, hobo purse, T-shirts, scarves, loose button-up.

    Learn to layer…heavily

    Layering might seem

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