We haven’t had a good Starbucks Alter Ego for awhile, but then a woman named (not-my-wife) Dawn dropped us a line.
On Wednesday, July 24th Pat’s heading back to the Bell House to host TrivWorks Ultimate Summer Trivia Slam. Find out how to win tickets.
I got a big reaction to this Tweet this afternoon:
Just so everyone understands the limitations of science—you can’t melt 6 inches of snow with chemicals. Try a shovel.
I try not to overplay the “I know winter because I grew up in Canada” card. But seriously—no matter how much ice melt you buy at Home Depot it’s not a substitute for getting out a shovel and clearing the snow away.
On Saturday I was on the street in my neighborhood reporting for NY1 about the storm that didn’t hit Manhattan. Today it’s a different story. It’s been snowing all day.
With a heavy snowstorm in New York City, I chose the movie “Snow Dogs” for today’s trivia question.
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Within minutes of the September 11th terrorist attack, news helicopters were grounded for days. But there was a police helicopter in the air on September 11th as the World Trade Center towers fell. It belonged to the NYPD, and video and still cameras were on board capturing chilling images. It took a Freedom of Information request to get the pictures made public, but they were released today.
The LA Times says a revision to the handbook mental health professionals use to diagnose disorders will list binge eating and gambling as mental illnesses. That means those seeking treatment will be covered by insurance. Sex addiction, obesity and Internet addiction were not included despite calls for them to be.
According to a new study, it’s not just milk that’s good for your bones. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution says researchers in California have pinpointed the dietary silicon in beer as an effective way to promote bone density. They say light-colored beers are more effective in preventing osteoporosis than dark ones.
If you’re trapped inside today by the weather, pick up a book or reorganize your closet - do something because the San Francisco Chronicle says that being bored could be bad for your health. Though boredom alone probably won’t kill you, researchers say the feeling can lead to an early death because it encourages risky behavior like drinking, smoking and doing drugs.
Can coughing make a shot feel less painful? Does hot water kill more germs than cold? The Chicago Tribune looks at ten common health myths and investigates to find out whether there’s any truth to them. And, for the record, the answers to the questions above are yes and no, respectively.
Yesterday we told you about the commotion Sarah Palin caused when a photo was snapped of her referring to crib notes she had written on her hand. Well, the New York Daily News says White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs couldn’t resist making a joke at her expense. He showed up to a press briefing yesterday with his grocery list written on his palm. VIDEO
A new billboard on the side of a Minnesota highway caught the eye of the Star Tribune this morning. Featuring a picture of George W. Bush and the words “Miss me yet?,” the paper says it has created a frenzy of attention from the national media as President Obama’s approval ratings continue to slump.
The New York Post has a very clever angle on the ongoing troubles for Toyota in today’s paper. In Japan, when you bow in contrition, a deep bow is thought to reflect a bigger apology. Last week, the paper says Toyota’s president only bowed 40 degrees. Yesterday he did a 60-degree bow.
With the country’s political system holding on by a thread, “mayors” in the tent cities that have popped up around Haiti are serving a vital role says the Miami Herald. The de facto leaders are instrumental is getting medical supplies and food to the millions of people who were displaced by last month’s earthquake.
It’s hard to be a New Englander this time of year. No, it’s not because of the weather - it’s because of the “imprecise nature of boundaries in New England” says the Boston Globe. The paper says because town lines were drawn more than two centuries ago, filing taxes becomes a difficult task, especially when you don’t know where one town stops and another begins.
After the Beijing Olympics, it was decided that in order to ensure friendly crowds, the Olympic torch relay would be confined to the host country starting in 2012. Canada planned to keep its 28,000-mile journey to Vancouver all within the country until yesterday, when Phil Mahre, a gold-medal skier from the US, took the torch 100 feet into Washington state reports the New York Times.
What sport in the winter Olympics requires a bathing suit, let alone a skimpy bikini? The fact that the answer is none didn’t stop Sports Illustrated from featuring US skier Lindsey Vonn and several other Olympians in their latest swimsuit edition says the New York Daily News.
LA Times pop critic Ann Powers likened the role Ellen DeGeneres played last night in her debut as a judge on “American Idol” to the role a bottle of San Pellegrino plays on a Beverly Hills table: “Quietly bubbly and refreshing enough.” Powers says while DeGeneres didn’t make a big impression, she’s excited to see whether she can connect with the audience, “as she has in all of her other contexts.”
Office romances are coming out of the closet says the Wall Street Journal this morning. While it’s still taboo to date your boss or engage in an affair with a married colleague, most companies have accepted the inevitability that when like-minded people spend most of their time together, some relationships will blossom.
How sexy would you feel after eating 25 pounds of chocolate? That’s how much one would have to consume to experience any of the food’s reported aphrodisiac effects says the New York Times. The paper takes a look at foods that people have historically considered love potions to see whether there’s any truth behind the rumors.
San Francisco Chronicle writer Leah Garchik had a great idea for a Valentine’s Day-themed article. She compiled a list of musings about love from conversations she overheard on the street. Garchik puts conversations like this exchange between two teenage girls in the ‘before’ category: “Dude, what’s ‘stone fox’?” “Old school for ‘hottie.’ ” “He’s going to send me a picture of his penis. I just know it” is filed under ‘morning after’ conversations.
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