It's kind of like that scene from Monty Python's "The Meaning of Life" where the customer who has eaten a gigantic meal is encouraged to eat one thin mint with explosive results.

You've just had a gigantic holiday meal and you couldn't possibly eat anything else. Or could you? Maybe just a couple of cookies or a small piece of pie or cake, hmm?

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There is actually a scientific reason why you want a little something, even after you think you're about to pop. It's something called "dessert stomach".

Believe it or not, there have been scientific experiments that indicate that people who have reached their maximum when it comes to eating, are able to down a little something sweet.

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According to The Daily Mail, It has to do with something called "sensory-specific satiety". What this means is, you may have eaten your fill of everything savory during your Christmas meal and the more you eat, the less you desire it.

But when something sweet hits your palate, it kind of changes your flavor desire set-point and tells you that you could eat a little something else.

So beware the "Christmas dessert stomach" this holiday season, lest you end up in pieces around the dining room.

Source: The Daily Mail

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Dives Worth a Drive in South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota

Almost every small South Dakota town has a watering hole. It’s where the locals go to kick back a few brews and engage in conversation.

Some of these establishments are located in buildings almost as old as the town itself. There might be a fresh coat of paint on the walls or new vinyl on the booth seats, but the ambiance is still reminiscent of a good ol’ dive.

If you think a "dive" is all about the sketchy clientele, the smell of the Devil’s lettuce, and stale Grain Belt, you’d be wrong. Not every dive has a bad reputation.

What makes a dive, a dive?

A dive has character. Neon beer signs and local memorabilia adorn the walls.

You might find a pool table, dart board, and a few video lottery machines.

The bartender knows the regulars by name and they know what you drink.

Some dives don't even serve food except for bags of chips and pickled eggs that sit in a jar of brine on the bar.

Dives aren't fancy. You might see 70's-style wood panels on the walls and wobbly tables leveled with a folded napkin.

Finally, the bathrooms. The bathrooms in dives are in a class by themselves and could be a whole topic on its own. 

There are several small-town dives in our area with friendly faces, cheap booze with a burn, and even really good food! We use the term "dive" in the most affectionate way.

Here are some of the best and why you should go there.

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