"After years of war, my ancestors gave up their barbaric practices and bent the knee to their new kings," says Roose Bolton at one point in the saga, "Game of Thrones." In that tale, defeated factions repeatedly bend their knee as an act of submission to a victor. But all that up-and-downing doesn't seem to cause the characters any joint trouble...Read more
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According to singer Maxine Brown, who toured with Elvis (and also did the group's laundry), The King became so attached to a pair of socks that she'd accidentally dyed pink, he wore them for a month nonstop. Eventually, the smell got so bad, someone threw them out the tour bus ...Read more
"Only one thing concerns me," says the doctor to Archie Bunker on an episode of "All in the Family." "Your blood pressure is 170 over 98. That's just a little high. Now, let me ask you, Mr. Bunker, are you the kind of person who gets upset easily?"
"No, no I don't. Ask her," Archie replies, pointing to his wife, Edith.
"Uh, only when he's ...Read more
"Shut Up and Sit Down with 'The Sopranos'" was an evening Q&A/dinner theater put together by Lorraine Bracco (Tony Soprano's psychiatrist on the HBO series) to benefit the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation. Many of the stars of the series attended this hilarious event on June 7, 2017, the 10th anniversary of the last show of the series.
In that ...Read more
"To catch a fish, think like a fish." That's an aphorism repeated over and over in a New York Times opinion piece, YouTube videos and online seminars for entrepreneurs. We'd add: To think (period), catch some fish oil (DHA omega-3)!
A lab study in Scientific Reports found that taking supplements of DHA -- the omega-3 fatty acid found in fish ...Read more
In this year's "War for Planet of the Apes," Andy Serkis (the ape Caesar) and Woody Harrelson (The Colonel) sport virtually the same coiffure. It seems both primate and tightly wound white guy want closely cropped hair.
That impulse, apparently, isn't confined to the head or the silver screen. A study published in the journal JAMA Dermatology ...Read more
When Michael J. Fox rocked out on "Johnny B. Goode" with Coldplay during a concert at New Jersey's MetLife Stadium in July 2016, it was wonderful to hear him make liquid magic with his guitar solo -- just like he did in the 1985 movie "Back to the Future."
Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1991, and it appears that he may have ...Read more
You know how, right after you jog or do free weights, you feel fine, but the next day your muscles are tender and sore? This phenomenon was first described by Dr. Theodore Hough in 1902. He called it delayed-onset muscle soreness, or DOMS. But today, 115 years later, scientists are still debating why it happens.
Well, dangerous and severe ...Read more
The Grief HelplineVernessa Blackwell
The road to recovery after the loss of a loved one can seem hopeless and endless. As no stranger to tragedy, author Vernessa Blackwell understands the paralyzing effects that can be caused by the deaths of loved ones, especially when you feel there is nowhere or no one ...
"I ain't left this little room ... tryna concentrate to breathe, cause this piff [weed] so potent, killing serotonin," sings Grammy-winning R&B singer The Weeknd in his song "Initiation." With over 4 million views on YouTube, it seems the mood-enhancing neurotransmitter and all-around gut-loving hormone serotonin has made its way into mainstream...Read more
In the 1976 film, "The Pink Panther Strikes Again," Inspector Clouseau (Peter Sellers) checks into a hotel. As he gets his "rheum" key, he spies a dog a few feet away. "Does your dog bite?" he asks the proprietor. "No." he replies. But when the inspector reaches down to pet the dog, it bites him. "I thought you said your dog does not bite," he ...Read more
In 1959, 3-year-old Cheri Brand was the first Coppertone Kid, promoting the (now quite unacceptable) slogans, "Don't Be a Paleface," and "Tan, Don't Burn." You've seen the image? It was of a pigtailed tyke having her swimsuit bottom pulled down by a playful puppy, revealing her snow-white backside.
We've come a long way from those attitudes, ...Read more
In the 2000 film "Cast Away," Tom Hanks played Chuck Noland, a man stranded on an island for four years. Noland finds a volleyball from the wreckage of his plane and, out of loneliness, draws a face on it, naming it Wilson. Noland then constantly talks to his new "companion" as if it were another person.
Clearly, one of the most basic human ...Read more
Perhaps no worker is more notoriously sleep-deprived than a hospital staff resident. In one scene in "Grey's Anatomy," Meredith confesses, "I fell asleep at a restaurant, at a table, while I was on a date." And 40 years ago, Dr. Mike fell asleep -- face down into his dessert -- while at his boss's dinner party. Can YOU wipe cream pie off your ...Read more
Walruses groan, hogs grunt, tigers snarl. But those guttural noises can't compare to the heart-stopping, brain-dinging, sleep-robbing snorts, gasps and snores that humans with sleep apnea emit.
Sleep apnea -- interruptions to breathing while asleep, lasting 10 or more seconds -- is triggered when soft tissue in the back of the throat blocks ...Read more
On the HBO "hit" series "The Sopranos," Paulie Gualtieri (Tony Sirico) hijacks a truck that he thinks is filled with TV sets. Unfortunately for him, it's packed with walnuts. His associates, including Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini), won't let him forget it, so he's stuck with the nickname, Paulie Walnuts.
But if you were lucky enough to get ...Read more
In 2006, A&W Root Beer premiered an ad featuring a job-seeker talking with a potential employer. The boss's nameplate read "Mr. Dumass," and throughout the commercial the interviewee pronounced his name in a very inappropriate way. At the end, the boss man says, "It's pronounced 'Dew-moss.'" The tag line: "That's thickheaded, but not as ...Read more
Many celebrities are known for their winning smiles, but flashing those pearly whites sometimes requires a little dental work. Check an old picture of Tom Cruise. His two front teeth used to point in different directions and were two different colors, until he got them whitened, straightened and now, reportedly, topped with veneers.
Funny thing...Read more
In the 2015 Will Smith film called "Diversion" in French and "Focus" in English, Smith's conman character, Nicky, is diverted from his main focus -- pulling off a successful con -- by his on-again-off-again romance with Margot Robbie's character, a grifter named Jess.
While diversions may make for amusing plotlines, diverting medications away ...Read more
In the "I Love Lucy" episode "Job Switching," Lucy and Ethel take a job in a candy factory. When they find themselves on the candy-wrapping assembly line and can't keep up with the task as the chocolates whiz by, Lucy frantically snatches the sweets from the conveyor belt and stuffs them in her mouth.
The stress of her job drove Lucy to overeat...Read more