According to the Museum of Yo-Yo History, the toy can be traced back to 500 B.C. Greece, but the modern name "yo-yo" may come from the French word "joujou," meaning "little toy." A 1789 painting shows a 4-year-old heir apparent to the French throne, Louis Charles, playing with one. But neither young Louis nor, we bet, his up-and-down toy came to...Read more
When Richard Farina wrote "Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up To Me" in 1966, he knew the Beat and Hippie subcultures from the inside out -- and felt the world was so topsy-turvy that feeling down was a kind of new normal, fueled in part by drugs.
Finding that depression is a new normal because of common drugs they take is something an ...Read more
Thumbs are an essential part of your hands and our language. On the positive side, a "green thumb" is a good thing. And "opposable thumbs" -- well, they're what differentiates you from other animals that cannot grasp or manipulate objects well. Just try writing your name, tying your shoelaces or hitching a ride without using your very agile ...Read more
Robe Lowe's remake of the "The Bad Seed" fills you with horror as you (and he) realize his sweet daughter Emma (Mckenna Grace) actually is the personification of evil. Kinda like what U.K. researchers found when they looked into 900 supposedly nice and healthy yogurt products and found that their sweetness is amped up with more added sugar than ...Read more
The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk looks just like an ordinary Jeep Grand Cherokee, but it has a 707-horsepower supercharged V8 that can go from 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds. It's in a class of car Road and Track Magazine calls "sleeper cars." Well, if you want to be high performance, you should aim to be a super sleeper.
But is this you? You head...Read more
As a high-school junior, Baker Mayfield was the starting quarterback for the Lake Travis Cavaliers football team in Austin, Texas. He led those Cavs to a 25-2 record in two seasons and won the 2011 4A State Championship. His teen commitment to sports propelled him to a Heisman Trophy after playing for the University of Oklahoma, later becoming ...Read more
When Mr. Fred Rogers came into living rooms around the country (and the world), he spoke to children with a directness, kindness and respect that was, and still is, pretty unparalleled. His remarkable instinct for what would make a child happy and healthy shines through in the recently released documentary on his life titled "Won't You Be My ...Read more
Pear-shaped Homer Simpson often has severe breathing problems when he tries to pick up the pace, and it makes sense, since we have long-known that obesity is a serious risk factor for developing respiratory issues. About 39 percent of folks who are obese develop asthma.
What's the connection? A new lab study in the American Journal of ...Read more
In 2012, an Oregon woman who sued her date for giving her genital herpes won $900,000. And one tycoon allegedly paid $52 million for giving chlamydia to his mistress. It seems sexually transmitted diseases are a growth industry for lawyers! Perhaps that's because nearly 2.3 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis were diagnosed in the...Read more
If you've ever been to a Cleveland Indians home baseball game, chances are about 100 percent that you've heard a tom-tom drum echoing from the top bleacher seats. The drummer is a guy named John Adams, a retired AT&T worker who, besides attending home games since 1973, co-teaches a graduate level course at Cleveland State University on aquatics ...Read more
Written by Sting (he credits his infant son at the time with the lyrics: "I've never paid him, so that's another possible lawsuit"), "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da (Is all I want to say to you)" actually might be expressive enough to raise a child's IQ by an average of 14 to 27 percent. That's according to a recent study published in Pediatrics, the ...Read more
To paraphrase something the actress Allison Janney once said: If June Cleaver [Barbara Billingsley] made women in the 1950s and '60s feel bad because they didn't measure up to her all-too-perfect mom character in "Leave it to Beaver," Janney's character on the TV sitcom "Mom" should make moms everywhere feel great!
Well, laughter is great ...Read more
Ludwig von Beethoven declared, "Only the pure of heart can make a good soup." Da-da-da-daaaa! Unfortunately, many soups you're exposed to (we're not talking chicken noodle or split pea) are made from chemicals found in personal beauty and hygiene products.
Parabens, used as antimicrobial preservatives in personal care products, fragrances, ...Read more
Voltar was a Viking comic-book character in an award-winning comic-book series by the same name. It first appeared in 1963. He was the precursor of Conan the Barbarian, who, when brought to the silver screen in 1982, launched Arnold Schwarzenegger's movie career.
Voltaren, on the other hand, is a U.S. brand name for a strong-armed NSAID (non-...Read more
Chris Evert and Andy Mills met at the top of a black diamond ski slope in Aspen, Colorado, over New Year's 1986. There was just one problem. Although Ms. Evert was closing in on her 18th Grand Slam tennis singles victory, she wasn't that great at skiing. Fortunately, Mr. Mills -- America's top downhill racer at the time -- came to her rescue. He...Read more
Last May, 27-year-old Icelander Hafthor Julius Bjornsson, renowned for his role as "The Mountain" Gregor Clegane, in "Game of Thrones," won the World's Strongest Man competition. At 6 feet, 9 inches tall and weighing over 390 pounds, Bjornsson eats eight meals a day, while lifting tons of weights.
His meals consist of lean meats, grains, ...Read more
Betty White turned 96 this year and claims that her long-term good health is the result of hot dogs and vodka, not necessarily in that order!
Well, some people's genes are programmed to defy the odds (never worth betting on) -- either that or Betty's just a great comic who's not afraid of a politically incorrect joke (that's the smart bet)!
In the 2011 movie "The Hangover PART II," Stu Price (Ed Helms) wakes up in Bangkok to find he has a Mike-Tyson-style facial tattoo. Will it permanently ruin his future? That's the question a lot of parents also face when their kids ask for permission to get a tattoo -- even if it's nothing more than a flower on an ankle.
A recent national poll ...Read more
What does Chelsea Handler have in common with Ryan Gosling? They both know that resistance/strength training is key to staying in shape -- and staying with your exercise routine. Chandler says she made a mental shift and now she pumps to feel stronger in mind and body, and it's very motivating.
A new study out of Finland found that doing ...Read more