Elvis Presley was proud to get his polio vaccine at CBS's Studio 50 in New York City on Oct. 28, 1956. (Polio is vanquished in the U.S.) Amanda Peet is an outspoken spokeswoman for VaccinateYourBaby.com (83% of babies 19-35 months old get vaccinated for diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis with four plus doses of DTP, DT or DTaP). And Marcia Cross is ...Read more
The record for the most turnovers in a football game (12) was set on Nov. 22, 1942, during a game between the Detroit Lions and the Chicago Bears. In football, turnovers are not a good thing. In your body, however, adipose lipid turnover is essential to maintain a healthy weight.
A recent study from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden has found ...Read more
David "Fathead" Newman played on many of Ray Charles' greatest hits. But he didn't earn his nickname because of how he looked when he played the sax. He got it from his high school music teacher because he refused to learn to read music, preferring to play by ear. Seems being a fathead worked out pretty well for him. It sure doesn't for most ...Read more
Many people assume that actor Christopher Reeve, known for his role as Superman, died from complications of paralysis (he became quadriplegic after falling in a horse-riding accident). But that wasn't the case. What started as a bedsore, a common hazard for folks with profound mobility issues, triggered sepsis.
It's an overreaction by the body'...Read more
Sometimes being overweight as a child turns a person into a fitness buff as an adult. Jennifer Hudson wore a size 16 as a teenager, but through diet and exercise lost 80 pounds. Superfit Superman star Henry Cavill says "Fat Cavill" was his nickname as a kid. And in school, Kate Winslet says she was nicknamed "Blubber." But not every obese or ...Read more
One of the most popular posts on Hairpin, a lifestyle blog for millennial women, is a collection of stock photos titled "Women Laughing Alone with Salad." The post features pictures of women of all ages tossing and indulging in leafy greens and other raw vegetables.
Now, we're always happy to see people smiling while they're eating vegetables, ...Read more
One of the first recorded instances of washing a person's mouth out with soap is in a story entitled "Scaramouches at School" (it's not about The Mooch!), published in an 1860s periodical. As recently as the 1940s, it was a common hazing ritual in the British Royal Navy. In 1996, the American Academy of Pediatrics classified it as an alternative...Read more
In the 1973 movie "Soylent Green," detective Frank Thorn (Charlton Heston) investigates the Soylent Corporation, a rations manufacturer (the year is 2022), only to find that the wafers they make for a starving population aren't made from soy plus lentils (hence soy-lent), they're made from ... processed people!
We've told you repeatedly that ...Read more
In January 2010, two players for the New York Knicks came up with a very complicated excuse for lousy play. After they lost to the Oklahoma City Thunder 106 to 88, Jared Jeffries and Eddy Curry claimed they were off their game because they were staying in a genuinely haunted hotel and had had only two hours of sleep.
Complications, like a ...Read more
In the1960s sitcom "Green Acres," Fred Ziffel and his wife Doris have a son named Arnold. Only problem is, Arnold is a pig (a Chester White breed). But everyone in Hooterville treats him as Fred and Doris' son, inviting him to town meetings and understanding him when he grunts and squeals. In fact, Arnold repeatedly beats the local farmers at ...Read more
In season four of "The Simpsons," Homer gets fired and that sends him into cardiac arrest. But the strain probably wouldn't have triggered a heart attack if he didn't live on a steady diet of doughnuts, pork chops and beer.
D'oh! Even the least healthy folks know what's good and what's bad (that info is everywhere), but too often they don't ...Read more
In 2014 Bono announced he'd been dealing with glaucoma for 20 years and that's why he wears sunglasses all the time! Glaucoma happens when fluid pressure within the eye increases, damaging the optic nerve. It affects over 3 million people in the U.S., half of whom haven't been diagnosed, and it accounts for up to 12% of all cases of blindness, ...Read more
Phil "Scooter" Rizzuto was a Hall of Fame shortstop who played for the Yankees for 13 years. Despite his 5-feet-6-inches stature he could cover the infield, well, like a guy on a scooter. Although over the years, he was the target of some hurtful comments -- Casey Stengel once told him at a try-out: "Please, go find another job. The only way you...Read more
Nutrition bars -- we use the word loosely -- show up in movies in the oddest ways. In "Mean Girls" (with Lindsay Lohan), they're fobbed off on an unsuspecting clique of popular girls as weight-loss snacks, when in fact they're designed to pack on pounds. And in "Snowpiercer" (with Octavia Spencer and Tilda Swinton), a sci-fi flick about a post-...Read more
There are many unproven "miracle cures" for Alzheimer's disease that have popped up online as frustration with available medical therapies has increased. After years of research, there's no cure and more than 99% of drugs in the research pipeline have failed in the past 15 years!
Fortunately, there's new research suggesting that lifestyle ...Read more
Taylor Swift says she drinks vodka and Diet Coke (yeech!). But then, she's the brand's mega-paid spokeswoman. Beyonce made $50 million flacking for Pepsi! Guess we shouldn't be surprised. A 2016 study published in Pediatrics found that among 65 celebrities tied to brands of food and beverages, 81% of the products they endorsed are "nutrient poor...Read more
The first recorded reference to a bulldog was around 1631 when an English gentleman wrote that he wanted someone to "procuer mee two good Bulldogs." Since then the once-ferocious canines have become sweet-natured and hardly capable of tackling a bull (originally they were bred to fight a tethered toro). They do, however, still snore loudly, ...Read more
In the song "Somebody to Love," Etta James offers good advice about heart health: "I recommend you get some life insurance/ Be prepared to dial 911/ Pay close attention to your high blood pressure." The legendary blues singer, who recorded the song in 2003 at age 64 -- a few years before she developed Alzheimer's disease -- was definitely onto ...Read more
We may not fully understand Justin Bieber's song "Backpack," but it appears to be a conversation between an earthling (E) and an extraterrestrial (ET).
E: "Don't try to find your spaceship/It might be out there waiting/ Stay in my backpack forever/ Stay in my backpack forever."
ET: "You know I gotta find my spaceship/ My planet's outside there...Read more
When Apple launched its IPO in 1980, a share cost $22. As of this writing, it sells for $206.50 (after four stock splits!). It was a good buy early on, but who could have imagined its future increase in value from that first day?
You could say the same is true for apples -- of the Fiji, Gala and Delicious varieties. We've always said an apple a...Read more