Reader’s Digest Extras from August 2013

Enjoy a sampling of bonus content from the August issue of Reader’s Digest. You can also find much, much more in

Enjoy a sampling of bonus content from the August issue of Reader’s Digest. You can also find much, much more in our digital editions including original photos, videos, and interactive reading.


• Is Your Password Weak?

Amazingly, password was still the top log-in in 2012. Outwit hackers! Make every account password unique, choose unGoogleable security answers, use the space bar when you can, and always test log-ins on

• Classes You Took But Your Kids Won’t

Texting has made typing and cursive obsolete, and traditional home ec and industrial arts are rarely offered in schools today. As for Latin? It veni and vidi but didn’t vici.

• Gross: Kitchen Items You Forget to Clean

New research shows that your knife block, can opener, and fridge drawers can harbor germs that cause food-borne illnesses. Remember to wash them regularly with hot,
soapy water.

• Fast Food is the New Hemline

If skirt lengths can indicate economic health (minis equal booms; maxis mean busts), then fast-food chains’ over-the-top, pricier seasonal items, such as Burger King’s bacon sundae, may also signal robust fiscal times.

• Enduring Reads

Our book editor makes a case for 14 must-reads, including the influential Tell Me a Riddle by Tillie Olsen and the postapocalyptic novel The Road by Cormac McCarthy.

• Squee! Adorable Animals who get Along Just Fine

Cute Video Alert: Meet five fetching pets who overcame physical challenges thanks to technology, ingenuity, and extra TLC.

• Outrageous Job Perks

We found nine companies that pamper employees: Snowboard giant Burton closes for major powder, Southwest Airlines offers big travel discounts, and Google provides free laundry service, bikes, and massage chairs.

• Fool’s Gold?

Introduced in 2009, the virtual currency bitcoin recently made headlines when Coinbase, an online “wallet service,” reportedly sold one million of the digital dollars.

• Sniff This, Slim Down

Some scents stimulate appetite, but researchers have proved the smell of olive oil, garlic, green apples, bananas, fennel, and grapefruit can curb your urge to eat.


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