In the 1986 movie "Poltergeist II," Carol Anne Freeling (Heather O'Rourke) utters the memorable movie phrase, "They're baa-aack." If you haven't seen the film, spoiler alert! Scary things soon follow.
Well, keep that in mind: An over-the-counter asthma rescue inhaler -- Primatene Mist -- was pulled from the shelves in 2011 because it used an ...Read more
In 2013, a makeup artist on the set of "X-Men: Days of Future Past" spotted a suspicious growth on Hugh Jackman's nose. At her persistence, the award-winning actor visited a dermatologist, who diagnosed him with a basal cell carcinoma, a type of skin cancer that's primarily caused by UV exposure. Since February 2017, Jackman has been diagnosed ...Read more
In the 2009 film "Julie & Julia," a blogger played by Amy Adams attempts to cook her way through Julia Child's iconic tome "Mastering the Art of French Cooking." When she encounters a recipe for aspic, she says, with a touch of sarcasm, "Aspic is sort of a beef-flavored Jell-O mold. Doesn't that sound delicious?" But whether you like it or not, ...Read more
When Bustle posted "The 28 Most Significant Period Moments in TV & Movie History," we were surprised that 17 dealt with a girl's first period (Darlene on "Roseanne," Vada on "My Girl," Blossom on "Blossom") and only one mentioned the pain menstruation can cause, even though it affects 80 percent of women at some time in their life. For 10 ...Read more
When Chris Pratt went from the pudgy (up to 300 pounds!) funny guy Andy Dwyer in "Parks & Recreation" to the ripped space scoundrel Peter Quill in 2014's "Guardians of the Galaxy," fans wondered how he transformed himself. He says: "There wasn't any trick or secret. You cannot do it in a month. It takes a year -- or a lifetime -- of consistency,...Read more
When Matt Damon prepared to star as Gardner Lodge in the George Clooney-directed movie "Suburbicon" he destroyed his Jason Borne washboard abs and showed up on set weighting 200 pounds. He said he wanted a "Dad Bod."
Unfortunately, the Dad Bod, defined by the Urban Dictionary as more mudslide than mountain, is ever-more common. Today, over 27 ...Read more
In "The Big Bang Theory," Mrs. Wolowitz (Carol Ann Susi) was her own wide-area network. Take this exchange, shouted from a corner of the house we never see: "Howard, it's the phone."
Howard: "I know it's the phone, Ma. I can hear the phone."
Mrs. Wolowitz: "Well who's calling at this ungodly hour?"
Howard: "I don't know."
Mrs. Wolowitz: "...Read more
Former "Bachelorette" star and best-selling author Andi Dorfman is used to the spotlight. But recently she made headlines for a very different reason. Dorfman fell victim to the dreaded "avocado hand." She was preparing guacamole and attempted to show off her chops in the kitchen by holding half an avocado in one hand and remove the pit by ...Read more
This fall, when the LA Dodgers won the National League pennant by defeating the Milwaukee Brewers, it was proof that not all pro teams are created equal. The same is true for pro-teins in your diet.
A new study from Canada's McMaster University says that whey protein supplements can help prevent age-related loss of muscle mass, especially for ...Read more
At the 1998 Grammys, Luciano Pavarotti backed out of performing at the last minute because of a sore throat -- and Aretha Franklin stepped in to give a moving gospel-operatic rendition of the aria "Nessun Dorma"!
Rarely do sore throats lead to such astounding moments of artistry. In fact, according to a new study from Birmingham University, for...Read more
When Milos Forman was hired to direct the movie "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," Burt Reynolds was the producers' first choice for the role of McMurphy, which eventually won Jack Nicholson an Oscar as best actor.
Seems when it comes to the Flew -- or, the flu -- first choices aren't the only good option. Recently, the Food and Drug ...Read more
Music soothes not only the savage beast, but the heart and soul of you and you and you! Maybe that's why so many musicians, from DeeDee Bridgewater ("Dear Ella") to Dee Snider ("I Wanna Rock") and Dee Clark ("Raindrops"), can make you feel so good.
Turns out that the Dee -- vitamin D, that is -- has more power to protect your happiness, heart ...Read more
In 1984, a fast-food chain ran a TV ad showing three gray-haired ladies staring at a large bun with a small serving of something -- perhaps a pickle -- where there should have been a hamburger. Then came the now-famous catchphrase, "Where's the beef?"
Well, if you often eat fast foods, the answer is: "Coursing through and clogging up your ...Read more
"No food after midnight"! That was one of the "rules" for avoiding trouble that down-and-out Rand (Hoyt Axton) was given when he bought an extraterrestrial fuzzball named Gizmo (voiced by Howie Mandel) in the 1984 comedy-horror film "Gremlins." Unfortunately, the rule was broken (along with "don't get them wet or they reproduce") and the result ...Read more
"Jewel" is the name of an award-winning singer/songwriter or a precious gem, but JUUL, pronounced the same way, has created something much more sinister: an e-cigarette the size of a flash drive (it charges in a USB port) that's got 14-year-olds smoking, even in school! JUULs are the latest e-cigarette craze, and a survey by Truth Initiative ...Read more
Three American Olympic swimmers -- Missy Franklin, Allison Schmitt and Michael Phelps -- have spoken up about their battle with high-stakes depression in hopes that sharing their stories will ease the stigma around mental health diseases and help others who are chronically depressed to seek treatment.
These star athletes' message is important: ...Read more
In 1970, when Stephen Stills recorded "Love the One You're With," it became a rallying cry for the hippy "free love" movement (more myth than fact, but the lyric helped sell a lot of records).
Well, if that's your era, and today you're still sexually active, you're still part of a very, should we say, robust movement, according to the National ...Read more
When Sony Pictures was hacked in 2017, the world learned that the company required actors to fill out a Cold Sore Questionnaire in an attempt to prevent the spread of the herpes simplex virus on the set. Nationally, around 50 percent of adults are infected with oral herpes.
Like the herpes virus, human papilloma virus spreads through physical ...Read more
"Don't sweat the petty things, and don't pet the sweaty things," comedian George Carlin once said. But staying cool, calm and collected isn't always easy. That may be why as many as 90 percent of Americans use deodorants and antiperspirants regularly, spending $18 billion a year in pursuit of pristine pits.
Ironically, though many of you worry ...Read more
At Arlington National Cemetery, the changing of the guard happens like clockwork. Since 1937, regardless of weather or world events, it's taken place every 30 minutes from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., April 1 through Sept. 30; every 60 minutes Oct. 1 through March 31; and every two hours when the cemetery is closed.
Heart patients should take note, ...Read more