In 2008's "Pineapple Express," Seth Rogen plays a hapless process server who is severely (and sometimes humorously) handicapped by the smoky fog that envelops him as he inhales brand-name reefer called (oh, wow, duh) Pineapple Express. His misadventures make it clear that process-serving is as hazardous to his health as eating heart-stopping, ...Read more
With so much attention these days being focused on the overprescription of meds -- from opioids (around 32 percent of prescriptions are used inappropriately) to antibiotics (at least 30 percent are unnecessary, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) -- it's nice to find one prescription that simply cannot be overprescribed;...Read more
When retired Yankee switch-hitter Mark Teixeira, 36, bashed in 31 home runs in 2015 and went to the All-Star Game, he credited a radically improved, gluten-free diet based on lean proteins and veggie smoothies. It worked for him. But the millions of folks across North America who have embraced a gluten-free diet -- the number has tripled in the ...Read more
In "The Simpsons'" episode "The Last Temptation of Krusty," a less-than-graceful Homer decides he's going to be just like the outspoken clown and tell it like it is: "Marge, you're getting a little fat around the old thighs," he says. Marge retorts. "Oh, knock it off, Homer."
Well, if you're pregnant and smoking -- and according to a recent ...Read more
Inheritances can be surprising: In 1992, a 17-year-old waitress named Cara Wood, working in a diner in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, was left half a million dollars as a reward for her kindness to one customer, a childless widower! Then there was the Portuguese aristocrat who chose to divvy up his estate among 70 total strangers he picked out of a phone ...Read more
Can Americans double or even triple their incomes this year? With no special skills and no investment you could go out and start earning income online today with a new program..... Read more
During the witch hunts of the 16th and 17th centuries, tribunals determined if a woman was a witch by dunking her in water (called Ordeal by Water). If she floated, she was a witch (in Monty Python's "Holy Grail," she was either wood or a duck) and if she sank, she was innocent of the charges. Such bizarre trials were clearly an over-reaction to...Read more
The 2011 hit movie "Moneyball" was based on the book "The Art of Winning an Unfair Game," which chronicled the Oakland Athletics' 2002 season. General manager Billy Beane, faced with a tight budget, enlisted the help of statisticians to craft his team based on special insights from collected data, rather than on scouts' opinions, as teams ...Read more
Al Capone, the notorious Chicago bootlegger, hated his nickname "Scarface" (earned when, as a teenager, he was slashed after insulting a thug's sister in a bar in Brooklyn). But if he'd been alive in 2020 instead of 1920, he might never have had to deal with the disfiguring scar on his left cheek.
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania's...Read more
Expect the Extraordinary: Angelic Messages, Spiritual Encounters and the Soul of SkyeSue Pighini
As a young mother of two very young children, Sue thought she was dead when she was struck by lightning in an Arizona rainstorm. But, she was saved by the voice of an angel who told her exactly what to do to keep the lightning from reaching her heart. This was only ...
In the 2008 film "The Devil Wears Prada," Andy Sachs (Anne Hathaway) is the epitome of a stressed-out employee at the never-ending beck and call of her ultra-demanding boss (Meryl Streep), the editor of a high-fashion magazine. At the end of the movie, as Andy quits her job, she sends her phone sailing into a fountain. Free at last!
We bet you,...Read more
William Howard Taft was elected America's 27th president in 1908, and he's known for being the heaviest president ever, weighing in at 340 pounds. But he's also recognized for something more positive: He's the only president who went on to become a Supreme Court justice. Taft's biggest achievement, however, may have been his impressive weight ...Read more
This just in from the almost-too-stupid-to-be-true department: Researchers at the University of Colorado investigating 10 years of toxicology records found that some folks in "alternative medicine circles" believe that drinking a solution of high-test, concentrated peroxide can be used for internal cleansing. That's even though folks get sick ...Read more
The first known reference to malaria is in a Chinese medical text penned around 2700 B.C. Since then, no commercially available vaccine has been developed (one is scheduled for Africa next year, and others may be on the horizon). Upward of 430,000 people --mostly children -- die annually from the disease.
Fortunately, there are effective ...Read more
In the 2008 animated movie "Bolt," the main character is an eponymously named dog, who's a Hollywood star. When Bolt comes across two pigeons who admire his work, Blake and Tom (and their assistant, Billy, who is embarrassingly fanatic), Blake sends Billy on an errand, saying, "Why don't you make yourself useful and go get me some breadcrumbs? ...Read more
When African-American songwriter James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938) and (perhaps) his brother J. Rosamond Johnson, penned the spiritual "Dem Bones," they wrote: "The thigh bone's connected to the hip bone/Hip bone's connected to the back bone." True enough! Just ask folks with what's called complex hip-spine syndrome. They have lower-back and hip ...Read more
A list of movies rumored currently to be in pre-production sounds like a formula for disaster: "Black Hole," "Rampage," "Uncharted," "Monster"! But a list of prebiotics -- well, that's a setup for feeling calm and sleeping well, according to the latest lab study published in the BMJ's Archives of Disease in Childhood.
Researchers in Spain and ...Read more
The classic 2005 animated movie "Madagascar" ends with a funny rendition of the song "Move It," in which all the zoo animals bust out their dance moves. Most of the moves involve little more than hip shaking or shuffling. But they make you laugh and send you out of the theater feeling happy.
The next time you see this movie (or a promo for it),...Read more
In the 1998 film, "You've Got Mail," chain-store owning, hard-driving businessman Joe Fox (Tom Hanks) rants about personalized coffee orders. "Short, tall, light, dark, caf, decaf, low-fat, non-fat, etc. ... people who don't know what the hell they're doing or who on Earth they are, can, for only $2.95, get not just a cup of coffee, but an ...Read more
Politicians and con men are known for shoveling loads of what "M*A*S*H's" Col. Potter (Harry Morgan) called "bull cookies, mule fritters or Carolina cow pies." But if you're out shoveling snow this winter, research from Harvard's School of Public Health has uncovered something that's a lot more inflammatory -- at least for your circulatory ...Read more
Paul Marcarelli, Verizon's former "Can you hear me now?" guy, heard the call and decided to switch to another phone company. Well, for folks who are experiencing or are at risk for hearing loss, switching brands might be a smart move, too.
Reviewing data on almost 56,000 women from the Nurses' Health Study, researchers writing in the American ...Read more
"You are entitled to your opinion. But you are not entitled to your own facts." The phrase is often credited to Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan in a 1994 radio interview, but Senate records indicate that it was said earlier, by James R. Schlesinger, possibly during his 1973 Congressional testimony. Whatever its origin, for herbal supplements it's ...Read more