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Reader's Digest November 2018

In this era of information overload, Reader’s Digest offers something unique: the very best advice, information and inspiration from multiple sources, condensed into an easy-to-read digest. In each issue you’ll get trusted, time-saving insights about Health, Personal Finance, Work, Family, and National issues, PLUS exclusive book excerpts, news-making interviews, and humor.

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10 Issues


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back to the future

THE OLDER I get, the truer the phrase “Everything old is new again” gets. By now, looking for a new wardrobe, I can’t do much better than finding a classic pair of jeans and making sure they fit. Similarly, to update a 96-year-old institution such as Reader’s Digest, we knew we needn’t reinvent the wheel. Better to walk down the hall to the magazine’s windowless archive and steal inspired old wheels. That really is how we created the updated version of the magazine you’re reading now. Working through the dusty stacks, creative director Courtney Murphy came upon a 1951 issue with a border around the headlines (shown above, left) that felt intelligent and approachable in its midcentury design. She played with it a bit and turned it into the frame that surrounds…

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50 Ways to Get Smarter About Your Brain Your article stated that you have more than five senses. It reminded me of when I was teaching my daughter about the senses, and she said there were six. I went through the five senses, and she said, “No, you missed one: the sense of humor!” —EMILY MURPHY Kingwood, Texas The Power of Fake Pills The article affirmed what many moms and kids know: that applying the healing salve of a kiss to a child’s paper cut or skinned elbow or knee really works! —TERI ISMAIL Tallahassee, Florida Wake Up Smarter So the sounds of a waterfall or heavy rain are supposed to help me sleep? No, but they do give me a lot of exercise going back and forth to the bathroom. And back. And forth. And back.…

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brain games

•I really liked Word Sudoku. It made me strategize as if I were doing regular sudoku—which really makes your brain work. —Victoria Pruden OWENSBORO, KENTUCKY •Lost Time was so easy that I thought maybe my answer was wrong, although it wasn’t. —Mary Hartshorn WESTERVILLE, OHIO •Do I need to turn in my genius card? In Counting Digits, I’m pretty sure the digit 5 occurs 19 times in the numbers 1 to 100, not 20 as you stated. —Kathy Sevy PECULIAR, MISSOURI FROM THE EDITORS The digits question tricked many of you. It asks how many times “the digit” 5 occurs, and the correct answer includes both 5s in 55.…

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love’s last refrain

WHEN FREDDIE FULLER arrived to perform in the hospital room in Temple, Texas, Pam Golightly worried it was already too late. Her stepfather, Dennis Strobel, was dying. At 88, Strobel had just been moved to the palliative care unit. After spending five days by his side, Golightly could tell that something had changed in the Korean War veteran. He had become agitated, and a nurse had told her Strobel’s time was near. “You’re probably wasting your time,” Golightly told Fuller. But Fuller, wearing a cowboy hat and toting a Taylor acoustic guitar, shared with her what medical professionals had told him time and time again over the years: Hearing may be the last sense to go. “Let me go in and play,” Fuller said. “It’s as much for you as it is for him.” Fuller,…

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a white knight in the aisle seat

SOON AFTER Savannah Phillips got buckled into her window seat on a United Airlines flight from Oklahoma to Illinois this past May, she glanced over at her seatmate. He was in his 60s, wore bright yellow sunglasses, and was busy texting. The font was unusually large and the screen was bright, making it easy for Phillips to read what he was tapping out: “Hey Babe, I’m sitting next to a smelly fatty.” “It was like confirmation of the negative things I think about myself on a daily basis,” the 33-year-old mother wrote in a Facebook post after the flight. Soon tears streamed down her cheeks as she hugged the cabin wall, trying to make herself as small as possible. Sitting a row behind them and across the aisle was Chase Irwin, a…

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the grand national turkey calling contest

Why did you take up turkey calling? I was about ten, and my aunt and uncle had some turkeys out in the yard. I got obsessed with trying to sound as much like a real turkey as I could. I’ve practiced three hours a day for the last twenty-some years. For people who have never heard you—or a turkey—can you describe a call? Kee is a sound the turkey makes when it has been separated from the flock, kind of like a kid at Walmart screaming for his mama. They cluck and purr when they’re eating their favorite foods and they’re happy. Every hen sounds different, just like humans. And you do this all just with the sound of your voice? No, you place what’s known as a call in your mouth.…