Al Roker ("The Today Show"), Jimmy Kimmel ("Jimmy Kimmel Live!") and John Grisham (author of "The Reckoning" and at least 25 other books) swear by their treadmill desks. They're not alone (just ask Dr. Mike, who has two). Industry insiders estimate 400,000 to 600,000 treadmill desks were bought or constructed in the U.S. between 2007 and 2015. ...Read more
In the film "Castaway," Tom Hanks' character, stranded on an island, performs a successful dental extraction on himself using the blade of an ice skate. He eases his pain and avoids a spread of the infection.
While you may not opt for do-it-yourself dental care, chances are you don't get regular check-ups and cleanings. A 2013 survey found 23 ...Read more
When your dad's a pro athlete, there's a lot of pressure on you as a kid to measure up. These kids sure did:
-- Brett Hull was an eight-time All-Star in the NHL; dad Bobby is a 12-time NHL All-Star; both are in the Hockey Hall of Fame.
-- Harvey Catchings was a defensive force in the NBA from 1974 to 1985. His daughter, Tamika, played 15 years...Read more
In a fifth-season episode of "The Office," the staff, including executive Michael (Steve Carell), decides to play a game of food catch. They start by throwing cheese puffs into each other's mouths. By the end, they're stuffing their newly orange-colored faces with the junky snack food. Michael gets 32 into his mouth at once!
We've all ...Read more
In the 2018 Marvel movie "Aquaman," Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa) learns that he is heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, and realizes how he's been left high and dry by his land-locked life. He must take his rightful place as protector of the deep and savior of the world.
Water can do that for a person! A study in Clinical and Experimental ...Read more
In what some consider the ultimate test of endurance, the Empire State Building Run-Up covers, from bottom to top, 86 flights of stairs -- for a total of 1,576 steps. Winners do it in about 10 minutes! In the sport of tower running, it's considered the most prestigious victory.
Now, we don't advocate running up and down the stairs in your 20-...Read more
In 2017, when Coke created an ad campaign using an animated virtual soccer player, Alex Hunter, from a digital game called FIFA 17, it made us wonder: Are real athletes and team owners getting smart about the health risks of drinking sweetened beverages? Seems not. That same year, Major League Baseball (the whole shebang!) announced a multi-year...Read more
Celebrity chef Paula Deen is known for her heart-stopping recipes, such as Lady's Brunch Burger: a beef patty topped with bacon and a fried egg then sandwiched between Krispy Kreme donuts. So, in 2012, when Deen informed the public that she has Type 2 diabetes, it was hardly a surprise. The food she'd cooked and eaten for years increased her ...Read more
"The greatest tragedies were written by the Greeks and Shakespeare ... neither knew chocolate," says Sandra Boynton, the author of the beloved birthday card "Hippo Birdie Two Ewes" and more than 50 children's books.
Is that another reason Americans are feeling blue? Could be. The kind of chocolate you and your neighbors eat is often super-...Read more
In the 1950s TV shows "Lassie" and "The Andy Griffith Show" young boys Timmy (Jon Provost) and Opie (Ron Howard) were always running around outside, saving people or going fishing. Whether having fun or encountering danger (Timmy's in the well!), they were outside a lot. Today, for city and suburban kids to spend time outside things must be ...Read more
Last year, a woman in London made headlines after getting herself out of debt by selling her dirty underwear on the Internet for $60,000. Creepy but true. If only her customer base had known that their desires might be satisfied at a local chain store. It turns out far too many retail companies are restocking returned, used undergarments (BTW ...Read more
You've hit the Mega Millions jackpot of meta-studies. But while Jan. 1 this year saw a winning ticket for $425 million (it hit that sum just about two months after a record-breaking $1.527 billion prize), this meta-study took a bit longer to make its splash.
Published in the journal The Lancet, the mega-paper "Carbohydrate Quality and Human ...Read more
In Japan, most Sumo wrestlers weigh 300-400 pounds. While they're professionally active, they follow a diet and workout routine that helps keep them surprisingly healthy, considering their girth. But once they stop training, they're prone to Type 2 diabetes, high LDL cholesterol and cardiovascular disease, and they have a life expectancy that's ...Read more
In Wes Anderson's animated film "Isle of Dogs," an outbreak of canine influenza rips through the fictional Japanese city of Megasaki. The town's mayor, fearing the virus will spread to humans, banishes all dogs to Trash Island, aka Isle of Dogs. The ultra-smart exiled pups, missing the great meals their owners once provided, eventually find a ...Read more
Many parents refused to take their children to see last year's film "Peter Rabbit." The movie includes a scene in which Peter and a gang of bunnies use blackberries as a weapon to gain access to veggies in Thomas McGregor's garden. He's allergic to the fruit, and when the rabbits slingshot a berry into his mouth, he struggles with an EpiPen, ...Read more
Tab, one of the first diet colas on supermarket shelves in the 1960s, was billed as a soft drink "for beautiful people." The original Tab was sweetened with saccharin, which caused bladder cancer in rodents. The company reformulated the soda with the artificial sweetener aspartame, which some studies indicate is associated with changes in your ...Read more
Horror fiction novelist Stephen King, say aficionados on reddit, has at least one character in every novel ("The Stand" and "Under the Dome," for example) who pees in his or her pants.
Being frightened does that to you, because the limbic system in the brain (where the fight-or-flight impulse lives) can override the command center in your ...Read more
In 1983 Danny Ainge was playing for the Boston Celtics (he's now their GM and president of basketball operations) when he and 7-foot-1 Monte "Tree" Rollins, a center for the Atlanta Hawks, got into a scuffle that ended with Rollins biting Ainge's right hand. "Tree Bites Man" read the headline in the next day's Boston Herald.
Not much love in ...Read more
Dean Martin and Foster Brooks had successful Las Vegas nightclub careers based on characters who were fun-loving drunks. Once people sobered up and realized that a drunk wasn't something to laugh at, those characters were retired. Now, it seems sobriety is all the rage, at least for the month of January in the U.K.
The charitable group Alcohol ...Read more
Coca-Cola's first recipe (1892) included sugar, caffeine, water -- and, yes, it was rumored to include leaves of the coca plant and/or processed cocaine. The concoction was marketed as "the ideal brain tonic" that "relieves physical and mental exhaustion." Legend has it that in the early 1900s the "Coca" was removed from the popular drink. (That...Read more