In the 1936 film "My Man Godfrey," Godfrey the butler (William Powell) must deal with the lady of the house (Carole Lombard), who's often afflicted with a case of the vapors -- in other words, she's conveniently prone to fainting. How Godfrey deals with this is pretty funny, but it's not something you see much of these days. Hard to picture a ...Read more
Apple picking is a fall tradition and, depending on where you live, you can enjoy that fresh-off-the-tree flavor of many of the more than 100 varieties grown commercially around the U.S. The colonists planted the first apple trees here in the 1600s -- crabapples are the only native variety.
No matter what your favorite apple is, unfortunately, ...Read more
What do LeBron James, Kevin Garnett and Kevin Love have in common? If you said they're championship-winning basketball players (one is retired), you'd be right. But it turns out they share something else: They do yoga to improve their on-court performance. "Yoga helps me calm down and ... center my energy so I'm balanced, instead of going out ...Read more
Rosanne Barr, Al Roker and Rosie O'Donnell are outspoken about their weight-loss surgery and its life-changing benefits. Rosanne was a pioneer in 1998 when she hit 350 pounds on her 5-foot-4 frame; Al lost 150 pounds, regained 40, and has lost some again. Rosie chose the surgery after a heart attack at 50 scared her into action.
Not for you? ...Read more
From "Lady and the Tramp" (1955) to "A Lucky Dog: Owney, U.S. Rail Mail Mascot" (2003) and "A Dog's Purpose" (2016), it's clear we love our pooches on and off the page and screen, and that we want to give them the best life we can. But you can get derailed, warns the Food and Drug Administration, if you buy your canine's medications online.
In ...Read more
Today, Mexico City sits in a dry basin, but back in the 16th century, the area was filled with the waters of Lake Texcoco. That was home to the Aztecs, who built a city on an island in the lake and used its waters as a food source. They would scrape a slimy blue-green substance they called "tcuitlatl" off the water's surface using fine nets. ...Read more
Itchy and Scratchy debuted on "The Simpsons" in the fourth episode of the first season, in 1990. Known for their gratuitous violence, they are two of the most unsavory cartoon characters ever. But ask anyone who has to contend with eczema, and they'll tell you that's about right! Their "itchy" and "scratchy" symptoms are just as unpleasant.
That much-favored, hypocritical saying bandied about by lazy authoritarians, "Do as I say, not as I do," never seems very convincing to any kid. And now, research has demonstrated that the exact opposite is actually what motivates kids to tackle tough situations -- because when responsible adults communicate "Do as I do," it's inspiring to young...Read more
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The top U.S. elementary school in the 2016-2017 Math League was Medina Elementary School in Medina, Washington. Congratulations, kids! These students know their numbers. Unfortunately, many high school students around the country don't.
According to the latest results of the Program for International Student Assessment -- its worldwide exam is ...Read more
In the 2003 movie "Lost in Translation," over-the-hill American movie star Bob Harris (Bill Murray) rambles around Tokyo -- he's there to shoot a whisky commercial -- in a fog of depression. Trying to pick himself up, he hits the elliptical (he had the right idea), but ends up losing the battle of the machines and limping around feeling blue ...Read more
If you were shopping in a grocery store in the 1940s, you wouldn't recognize the bananas in the produce section. The Gros Michel species was shorter and stubbier than today's version, without that signature curve. That banana was wiped out by the TR-1 (Tropical Race-1) fungus. The Cavendish bananas we eat today are resistant to TR-1, and they're...Read more
In the 2008 film "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," Peter Bretter (Jason Segel) takes a Hawaiian vacation to get over his recent breakup. But his ex and her new boyfriend turn out to be staying in his hotel. The discovery shatters him, and he ends up sobbing on his balcony. Then the front desk calls: "We're getting complaints about a woman crying ...Read more
"The Real Thing," a Tom Stoppard play, first appeared on Broadway in 1984. It's a sometimes-desperate search for laughs and true love. Along the way, a newly coupled couple, played by Jeremy Irons and Glenn Close, revealed that despite all claims to the contrary, they might not have found the real thing.
According to a recent editorial in JAMA ...Read more
Remember Adam Sandler in "Billy Madison," Bill Paxton in "True Lies" and (most poignant) Jeremy Blackman in "Magnolia"? In those movies, it's the men and boys who, finding themselves in some supposedly amusing or heartfelt situation, fail to hold their water, so to speak, and pee on screen.
But peeing in your pants because of a urinary tract ...Read more
In the 2004 movie "Into the Storm" a tornado devastates a high-school community. As the townspeople work to rebuild their connections, they find hope and security. Good for them. But in the real world, with all the deadly storms and tragic shootings that have happened lately, many parents are struggling to help their children cope. Fortunately, ...Read more
In the 2003 film "Green Tea," a woman named Wu Fang (played by Zhao Wei) orders a cup of green tea on every date, hoping that by reading the tea leaves she'll be able to predict her future with each man she meets. But she's never able to get a fix on the guys' character and goes from one disastrous encounter to the next. Although green tea is ...Read more
"Super Mario Bros 3" (1990) and "Doom" (1993) are two of the top video games ever -- even if they've been left in the dust by 2017's more souped-up "Arms" (Nintendo Switch) and "Dragon Quest Heroes II." But whatever your video game favorites, we're bettin' you never figured there'd be one devoted to preventing sexually transmitted diseases. Well...Read more
In 1973, when 29-year-old Billie Jean King played 55-year-old former No. 1 male tennis champ, Bobby Riggs in the "Battle of the Sexes," it was her relentless stroke that defeated the blowhard hustler 6-4, 6-3, 6-3.
Game: Medically speaking, a big stroke isn't something you want! Nonetheless, annually 795,000 Americas have a stroke; 87 percent ...Read more
As the trailer for "Genius," a TV docudrama about the life of Albert Einstein, makes clear, Einstein was many things, but monogamous was not one of them. His marriages and affairs were well-documented by him in his letters to his various wives and mistresses.
So, did all that sex make him smarter? According to researchers at Coventry University...Read more
Many celebrities suffer from irritable bowel syndrome and have shared their struggle with this often painful and embarrassing condition. They include model and host Tyra Banks, TV's former "Wonder Woman" Lynda Carter and singer/songwriter Kurt Cobain, who revealed that he suffered from "constant" digestive pain.
As many as 1 in 10 people in the...Read more