We found a meme of "Honest Abe" Lincoln online accompanied by the quote, "Don't believe everything you read on the internet." Well, a new study confirms Abe's advice -- and shows how often it is ignored!
Researchers from the Medical College of Wisconsin and Tulane University published a study in the American Journal of Infection Control ...Read more
In the children's book "Matilda," when Bruce Bogtrotter, a student at Crunchem Hall Primary School, stole a chocolate cake from the mean headmistress, Ms. Trunchbull, she punished the lad by making him eat an enormous cake in front of a school assembly.
Ms. Trunchbull hoped to humiliate Bruce, but failed totally. She did succeed, however, in ...Read more
In Tom Cruise's 2013 Jack Harper movie, "Oblivion," it's hard to know who was less hip to what was going on: Earth's beleaguered inhabitants or their supposed controllers. Kinda like what's happening right here in the U.S.A. Turns out that more than a third of the country's population has prediabetes, and they're often oblivious to it.
That's ...Read more
We know YOU wouldn't buy the Brooklyn Bridge -- although many folks have believed they did! Around 1900, con man George C. Parker sold it over and over (once for $50,000). During that era, William McCloundy, known as "I.O.U. O'Brien," also sold the bridge and spent two years in Sing Sing for his efforts.
But chances are better that you'd fall ...Read more
A recent University of Pennsylvania study found that college students' attendance at exercise sessions was 90 percent higher if they felt they were competing against their peers. But as Franklin D. Roosevelt once said: "Competition has been shown to be useful up to a certain point and no further. But cooperation, which is the thing we must ...Read more
Fats Domino strolled out of New Orleans, Fats Waller tickled the ivories, and Fats Navarro trumpeted be-bop jazz. They're responsible for a healthy dose of great American music. But the same cannot be said for the 30 percent of Americans who could be called "Fats Liver." That's right -- almost one in three Americans has nonalcoholic fatty liver ...Read more
On Feb. 18, 2009, the point guard for the Phoenix Suns, Amar'e Stoudemire, was poked in the eye by LA Clippers' forward Al Thornton. The result? A detached retina. And that followed a torn iris he sustained from a poke in the eye in training camp!
Every year around 30,000 sports-related eye injuries lead to ER visits -- untold more send ...Read more
In the 2004 film "The Machinist," Trevor Reznik (Christian Bale) questions his sanity after not sleeping for a year. Bale lost a staggering 65 pounds for the role, eating only an apple and a can of tuna a day leading up to filming.
Turns out, to accurately portray an insomniac, Bale should have eaten more, not less, than usual. That's because ...Read more
In the "Friends" episode "The One with Ross' Teeth," Ross (David Schwimmer) overbleaches his teeth for an upcoming date, leaving him with glaringly white choppers. Unfortunately, when his date leads him into her living room, it's lit with black light, making his mouth glow like a poster from Haight Ashbury in 1966. "What's the matter with you?" ...Read more
Around the time Alan Menken won an Oscar for the soundtrack to "Beauty and The Beast" (1991), you and millions of others found yourselves repeatedly humming the melody to "Belle." And in 2009, Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" may have bounced around inside your brain for a while. These persistent tunes, which researchers call "earworms," drill their ...Read more
"Keep Your Eyes on the Prize," a civil-rights anthem from the 1950s recorded by everyone from Pete Seeger to Bruce Springsteen, calls for folks to pay attention to their goals and to have faith that they can win the fight.
Well, for the past decade, ophthalmologists have been telling folks at high-risk for age-related macular degeneration to ...Read more
About 20 years ago, a Scottish researcher postulated that the reason Goldie Hawn, Joan Collins and Helen Mirren looked so good was because they had very active sex lives. And he didn't mean promiscuous sex, but loving sex with a regular partner. (Two of the three women were in long-term marriages, while Ms. Collins was between her fourth and ...Read more
One of the earliest recorded recipes for "Pumpion Pye" comes from "The Compleat Cook," published in 1671. It calls for "about a half a pound of Pumpion," chopped with several herbs, flavored with "Cinamon (sic), Nutmeg, Pepper and six cloves," and mixed with 16 eggs and apples. That's a big, spicy pie!
These days, pumpkin spice mixtures are so ...Read more
"Get a grip on yourself!" snaps Victoria Brisbane (Madeline Kahn) to Dr. Richard Thorndyke (Mel Brooks) in "High Anxiety," Brooks' 1977 riotous parody of Alfred Hitchcock movies. Seems the doc is becoming seriously unraveled, and he might just expire if he can't hold it together.
But losing one's grip isn't always funny, according to a study in...Read more
Here's one for the you-can't-believe-it-until-you-see-it department: There's a children's book called "Melanie's Marvelous Measles" produced by an anti-vaccination activist who tells kids that they should look forward to contracting this potentially fatal disease. Really!? Let's go back in time.
From 1958 to 1962, the U.S. averaged 503,282 ...Read more
The series "Mad Men" was all too accurate on one count: In 1955 almost 57 percent of men and 30 percent of women smoked cigarettes! Fortunately, those numbers are down to around 18 percent of the population these days; fewer and fewer kids and teens are even trying cigars or cigarettes, according to the National Youth Tobacco Survey. (However, ...Read more
How can you lose weight and keep it off in this overcaloric, fat-and-sugar-laden food culture? The same way you get to Carnegie Hall: practice, practice, practice. What do you practice? You practice throwing that brownie in the trash and having an apple instead.
That's no joke! Recently, researchers reported that it's one of the first steps in ...Read more
Maurice Sendak's 1963 children's book "Where the Wild Things Are" is a tale about a boy who is sent to his room for acting up and then imagines himself going to an island inhabited by beasts, the Wild Things. He becomes king and has a great time romping around with his beasty subjects, until he has to go home for dinner.
If you want to have a ...Read more
What do Haley Mills and Lindsay Lohan have in common? They both played 13-year-old twins -- Ms. Mills in 1961 and Ms. Lohan in 1998 -- who schemed to get their divorced parents back together in the movie "The Parent Trap."
Today there's another parent trap that's upsetting kids and their parents: It's how much time parents spend on electronic ...Read more
When Spice Girls Scary, Sporty, Ginger, Baby and Posh were sprinkling their pop vocals over the airwaves, some folks had a strong reaction to their brand of music.
Perhaps that's because spices are more than superficial flavorings; they're botanicals that can jump-start a reaction, even an allergic reaction, simply by breathing, eating or ...Read more