In the 1989 tear-jerker "Steel Magnolias," bride-to-be Shelby (Julia Roberts) permits her adoring fiance to order his own groom's cake. It's shaped like an armadillo and has gray icing. "Worse, the cake part is red velvet cake. Blood red," Shelby tells her friends. "People are going to be hacking into this poor animal that looks like it's ...Read more
After undergoing periodontal surgery, comedian and television personality Whoopi Goldberg returned to her seat on "The View" and admitted to the public that, despite her excellent dental insurance, she's never taken care of her teeth and is paying the price. "Your mouth is connected to your entire system," she told viewers. "If you do not take ...Read more
In ?The Itchy & Scratchy Show,? a cartoon featured on ?The Simpsons,? Itchy (Dan Castellaneta), a blue mouse, repeatedly kills Scratchy (Harry Shearer), a black cat. It?s an endless cycle of torment. Creator Matt Groening really got that itchy and scratchy thing right. Just ask anyone who?s ever had chronic dry skin, eczema or mosquito or fire ...Read more
When Vincent (Tom Cruise) learns to hustle pool from the old-time pool shark Eddie (Paul Newman) in "The Color of Money," he's taught to go for the green.
Eddie: "You smell what I smell?"
Eddie: "No, green. Money."
But later, Vincent discovers he prefers to win on talent instead of trickery. The reformed Vincent wants his ...Read more
Comedian Rodney Dangerfield loved to complain about his physician, Dr. Vinnie Boombatz, whose careless instructions often left Dangerfield in worse condition. "He told me to run five miles a day for eight weeks," Dangerfield gripes. "I called him up and I said 'Doc, I'm 70 miles from my house!'"
Dangerfield isn't the only patient who has ...Read more
In Rio during the 2016 Summer Olympics, water in two of the swimming pools mysteriously turned a murky green color. At a press conference a few days later, officials explained that cleaning personnel had dumped 160 liters (42-plus gallons) of hydrogen peroxide into the pools, most likely disabling the effect of chlorine already in the water and ...Read more
When LeBron starts his game day around 9 a.m., he grabs a gallon jug filled with water and aims to finish it before he gets on the bus to head to the arena. Then he drinks water, sports drinks and recovery drinks during and after the game. "It's not always easy to drink it all," he says. "But it helps."
We're glad to say, according to a new ...Read more
According to some accounts, in 1953 C.A. Swanson & Sons had over 500,000 pounds of unsold turkey after Thanksgiving. One employee suggested they cook the leftovers, along with some favorite side dishes, package the meals in compartmented aluminum trays and freeze them. That was the first TV dinner.
The impulse to pull something premade out of ...Read more
The Bears backup quarterback, Chase Daniel, will earn around $7 million over the next two years -- not bad for a veteran who (up until this Thanksgiving weekend) had started in just two games and attempted just 78 passes in nine seasons as a pro. But over the holiday, he came off the bench and completed 27 of 37 passes for 230 yards and two ...Read more
The original cradle song -- "Wiegenlied: Guten Abend, Gute Nacht (Lullaby: Good Evening, Good Night)" -- was written by German composer Johannes Brahms in 1868. Now known as "Brahms' Lullaby," this nighttime classic is still used by parents around the world to get their little ones to sleep.
But we all could use a little lullaby once in a while...Read more
In the 1976 movie "Taxi Driver," Robert De Niro practices some moves in front of a mirror while saying, "You talkin' ta me?" Well, new research from Mount Sinai Hospital in New York and Karlstad University in Sweden is talkin' to us all.
The researchers found that in the first trimester, prenatal exposure to phthalates -- a chemical used in ...Read more
There are a lot of you out there -- more every day, it seems -- who are finding out that you're either intolerant of or allergic to lactose (the sugar in milk) or cow's-milk protein. Lactose intolerance causes digestive woes ranging from gas to nausea and diarrhea. And according to our friend Dr. Andrew Weil: "Casein [a milk protein] can ...Read more
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