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Written by Pat's Papers | UPDATED: Wednesday, 27 March 2013 8:15 AM
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There’s a fight brewing on the border between Tennessee and Georgia, says the Chattanooga Times Free Press. In an attempt to address their state’s water issues, the Georgia legislature has proposed moving its border so it can divert water from the Tennessee River to Atlanta. Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has laughed at the idea, but the Free Press says the issue, which has been roiling for almost 200 years, may soon make its way to the Supreme Court.
The New York Times points out the similarities between the fight Hollywood put up 30 years ago to get the Sony Betamax outlawed and a recent Supreme Court decision that upheld a student’s right to earn revenue by reselling textbooks. In 1984 Jack Valenti told the Supreme Court that “the VCR is to the American film producer…as the Boston strangler is to the woman home alone,” a fervent argument that didn’t convince Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, who swung the court’s decision 5-4 in favor of the Betamax.
The LA Times says the Supreme Court seems willing to let gay people get married in California, but they seem “uncomfortable” about legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide. As the justices heard arguments yesterday, it seemed clear that they are hesitant to go “too far, too fast.” Justice Kennedy, who will likely be the swing vote in the Court’s decision seemed “anguished” says the Times.
Boston College is going after a group of college students who are distributing condoms from their dorm rooms, saying the practice goes against the school’s mission as a Catholic institution. Since the school refuses to provide condoms for its student body, the group has organized 18 places around campus where people can stop into to pick up male and female condoms and pamphlets about sexual health. The Boston Globe says the ACLU has threatened a lawsuit after the school disciplined the kids involved.
Who’s your office mom? That’s different, the Wall Street Journal notes, than your office wife. An office mom is someone who remembers birthdays and supplies the cupcakes, always has Advil at her desk and “knows your significant other is all wrong for you—and will say so.” The Journal says it’s a position that’s usually filled by an office manager or a senior executive, but is almost always a woman.
“What the Frock?” the New York Post wants to know. The paper puts a picture of a six-month pregnant Kim Kardashian on its front page and asks what she was thinking wearing that dress. The sartorial sin in question seems to be the fitted waist, which the Post’s fashion experts say is “just not something you do when you’re pregnant.”
Here’s some food for thought: Rhode Islanders love their calamari. And local fishermen haul in about 7 million pounds of squid each year, a number which accounts for 54 percent of the squid caught in the Northeast. Both are reasons, says the Providence Journal, that the state legislature is considering adopting calamari as Rhode Island’s “state appetizer.”
For some, Easter means one thing: peeps. The fluorescent-colored marshmallow chicks are the “cilantro of the sweets world” says the Chicago Tribune—either you love them or you hate them. For those who fall into the former category, good news: the Tribune has a recipe for DIY peeps that can be made whenever the craving hits you.
Writer Ted Williams, a longtime columnist for the National Audubon Society, has been reinstated says the New York Times. Williams was originally suspended after writing a column suggesting that Tylenol was an “effective poison” for feral cats. The column, which originally ran in the Orlando Sentinel, quickly caused outrage among cat lovers, 34,000 of whom rallied and contacted the Audubon Society demanded Williams be reprimanded.
Written by Pat's Papers | UPDATED: Monday, 25 March 2013 7:57 AM
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Instead of punishing those who get behind the wheel after leaving their local pub, a rural Irish town recently voted to allow people to drive home after drinking a few pints without worrying about being pulled over for drunk driving. The New York Times says the measure was introduced by a local politician whose aim was two-fold: to preserve local pub culture and to address the “isolation of rural life, particularly for older residents.”
Will technology kill AM/FM radio? USA Today has an interesting article this morning about all the competition broadcasters face as new cars roll on to the road. Not only do newer models offer HD and satellite content, now most offer apps that bundle Internet radio stations too. The paper says thus far, the strategy of AM/FM stations has been to emphasize local content but experts aren’t sure that’s a strategy that will work long term.
Anyone who’s ever done the “airport dance” will appreciate this innovation. The dance is what you see people do at airport water fountains, as they tip their water bottle to and fro trying to fill it up without major shoe spillage. The Wall Street Journal says observing said dance led a plumbing company in Illinois back to the drawing board where they came up with water bottle-friendly fountains.
The LA Times says people who put up the money for a $1 million reward to catch Christopher Dorner, the fired LAPD officer who went on a rampage last month, are rethinking their contributions. Apparently, two claims have been made on the money, both by people who were kidnapped by Dorner and then released unharmed. Some donors have called the claims “unseemly” and say that the money was offered up for the capture and conviction of Dorner, neither of which happened.
The New York Post summarizes a massive and interesting New York magazine profile of Matt Lauer this morning. Among the revelations: many in the industry thought Lauer had jumped ship to ABC last year—including the head of ABC News Ben Sherwood. Lauer decided against the move, setting into motion the ouster of Ann Curry. Lauer reportedly got a four-day schedule and $25-million-a-year paycheck for staying. READ THE PROFILE
South Florida has welcomed its first gay retirement home, says the Sun Sentinel this morning. Secret Garden is a small independent living facility “where gay men can be themselves as they age.” Experts say caring for gay and lesbian elders in a big concern in the LGBT community, and Secret Garden is the first what some believe will soon be a flourishing community.
Interesting piece in the Wall Street Journal this morning about the rise of trivia nights across the country. These aren’t just slapped together events emceed by the bartender anymore. In many cases they are highly organized businesses that employee hosts, fact checkers and question writers to clients in multiple states.
Written by Pat's Papers | UPDATED: Thursday, 21 March 2013 8:30 AM
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The word on the street is that the ‘Tonight Show’ is changing hosts—and coasts, says the LA Times. NBC insiders say a plan to replace Jay Leno with Jimmy Fallon is in its final stages. And if the plan works out, the show will relocate to New York after 41 years in “beautiful downtown Burbank.” The Times says the move will touch off a game “musical chairs in late-night” as Jimmy Kimmel, Letterman and presumably, Fallon compete for viewers.
Interesting story on the front page of the Washington Post this morning about how Butler University has translated its March Madness success into around $1 billion in TV mentions and media exposure. When the tiny Indiana school reached the NCAA finals in 2010 it was the smallest school ever to do so. And since then, the school has been on people’s radar. Admission officials say out-of-state enrollment has increased 40 percent in the last three years.
The rules to Alaska’s most famous dog race are set to change, says the Anchorage Daily News, after Dorado, a 5-year-old dog competing in this year’s competition, died when he was buried under a drift of snow. The Iditarod Trail Committee says it will make changes to the course, including building more dog shelters and requiring more frequent checks on animals. PETA is urging state prosecutors to file animal cruelty charges in Dorado’s death.
New York City requires companies to provide an equal number of bathrooms for its female and male employees. But according to the New York Post, the Japanese bank Nomura is arguing that the “potty parity” law shouldn’t apply in its case, because 70 percent of the bank’s hires are men. An expert from the “American Restroom Association” says usually arguments about toilet inequality come from dorms and prisons—not companies.
That rusty looking thing on the front page of the Orlando Sentinel is actually a rocket engine from the Apollo moon missions. Underwater divers announced yesterday that they had discovered a treasure trove of artifacts from the mission, which had been buried in the Atlantic for decades. The recovery mission was funded by Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, who called the discovery “an incredible sculpture garden of twisted F-1 engines that tells the story of a fiery and violent end…and serves as testament to the Apollo program.”
Here come the creepers. The Wall Street Journal’s Christina Binkley says the “it” shoe this season is the creeper, a shoe with “suede uppers and hefty crepe soles.” The style has tons of different iterations from espadrilles to platforms but they all have one thing in common: a super chunky, clunky base. As one designer puts it: “They’re the opposite of glamorous.” The Journal says some retailers are sitting back to see how the trend will be received before stocking up.
Yesterday the NFL voted to outlaw the “Tuck rule,” a rule that says when a quarterback loses control of the ball after attempting to pass and then changing his mind a play can be called a forward pass. Considering the change, Boston Globe sports writer Dan Shaughnessy asks his readers to ask themselves a tough question: “Was the Patriots dynasty built on a lie?” Shaughnessy says Tom Brady’s “tuck moment” back in 2002 was actually a fumble.
Written by Pat's Papers | UPDATED: Wednesday, 20 March 2013 7:45 AM
“Springtime in Vermont” is the tongue-in-cheek headline on the front page of the Burlington Free Press this morning. The state got hit with a massive late-season snowstorm yesterday. The paper says most Vermonters will spend the vernal equinox shoveling anywhere from 4 to 12 inches of snow off their driveways.
Back in 2007, a family from New York spotted a small white bowl at a second hand sale and bought it for the princely sum of $3. For years, the bowl was displayed on their mantel until finally curiosity caught up with them and they got it appraised. Good thing no one had played football in the living room. Turns out it was a “super bowl,” says the New York Post, a 1,000-year old Chinese artifact which sold for $2.2 million during a Sotheby’s auction yesterday.
Easter ham is the topic in the New York Times this morning. And the paper goes to some lengths to search out the best option available for baked ham lovers. Nine specimens from around the country were tasted by a panel of experts and the winner was a bone-in ham from Harrington’s in Vermont. It got points for having “some funk and age but also sweetness and smoke. “
This very serious looking man is a Maine Forest Ranger, who is standing next to an illegally tapped maple tree. Illegal tapping is on the rise, says the Bangor Daily News, mainly because the sap, once cooked down, fetches about $65 a gallon. Tree owners say they care less about the stolen sap and more about the damage done to their trees by thieves.
The San Antonio Express-News says after taking a relaxed stance for years, the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery is getting strict about what visitors can leave on gravestones. There is now a ban on “pinwheels, stuffed animals and other trinkets.” Apparently, only “fresh or artificial flowers or items that are ‘floral in nature’” are allowed in national cemeteries. Administrators say they were forced to take action because things were “getting out of control” at Fort Sam Houston.
The Anchorage Daily News says this little guy is now an orphan after an Alaska man accidentally shot his mother while hunting. Polar bears are generally protected under federal law, but the man is a Inupiaq subsistence hunter, which allows him to take polar bears. Either way, it was a mistake. When the man realized he’d killed a mother, he tracked down the bear’s den and found this 18-pound cub inside. He strapped the bear to the back of his snowmobile and whisked him off to a zoo in Anchorage, where workers are trying to find him a home.
“Shame on Us,” says the New York Daily News, that momentum for the assault weapons ban has stalled in Washington. Yesterday, Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid said he had stripped the ban from the gun control bill that will reach the full Senate for a vote because it lacked support and would’ve likely caused Republicans to block the whole bill. “It’s a legislative impossibility,” he said.
A cool profile in the Washington Post this morning about the trainer to the stars…of the Supreme Court. Bryant Johnson counts Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Justice Elena Kagan as clients. He says it’s not hard to tell two of the greatest legal minds in the world to drop and give him twenty: “Exercise is the great equalizer. It doesn’t matter what size, shape or color you are—a push-up is a push-up, no matter how you look at it.” And if you’re curious, Justice Ginsberg can do twenty—of the knees-off-the-ground variety.
Written by Pat's Papers | UPDATED: Tuesday, 19 March 2013 8:14 AM
Your odds of getting a “Kwikie” are now zero says the Bangor Daily News. The Maine state lottery was testing out “Kwikie” as the new name for its new scratch off tickets. But after receiving many complaints that the name brought to mind a “short sexual encounter,” instead of a lottery ticket, the name was scrapped. The Daily News says most of the opposition came from merchants, who were uncomfortable offering up a ‘Kwikie’—or two or three—whenever they were asked.
The GOP has decided that it’s time for a change after a focus group called them a group of “stuffy old men.” Among the 219 recommendations that came out of the self-assessment, one of the key areas of weakness that was highlighted was the RNC’s interactions with minorities, an issue that the party has vowed to address. As the RNC chairman put it: “It all goes back to what our moms used to tell us: It’s not just what we say, it’s how we say it. ” READ THE FULL REPORT
The New York Times looks at the risk of solar storms, a concern of growing importance in our “wired world.” Geomagnetic storms have the capability to “plunge a continent or two into darkness,” scientists say, but unfortunately it’s impossible to predict when a “monster solar storm” will erupt. What they do know, however, is that more sunspots lead to more storms and this fall is the crest of the Sun’s latest 11-year sunspot cycle.
The Boston Globe reports that on the 23rd anniversary of the “greatest art heist in history,” the FBI has identified the people involved. In 1990, thieves dressed as cops broke into the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and made off with $500 million worth of art, including three Rembrandts, a Vermeer and sketches by Renoir. Although the agency didn’t release the names of the suspects, they said their investigation was in its final stages. The paintings have yet to be recovered.
If you’re getting strange looks in your new yoga pants, it may be because you’re showing off more than you intended. The Wall Street Journal says Lululemon shares took a tumble yesterday after the company announced that its latest batch of pants was made too sheer. Apparently a mistake by the supplier, the exercise giant says the sheerness problem affects about 17 percent of the bottoms it has in stores right now.
Hey parents, save your money. The Washington Post says there’s no evidence that proves organic baby food is in any way superior to the regular stuff—other than being more expensive. Recent data show that while organic food carries a 30 percent lower risk of pesticide contamination, it was rare for either regular or organic food to have levels that exceeded EPA standards. Experts say a better strategy is to introduce a wide range of vitamins and minerals into your child’s diet.
The LA Times says it used to be the practice of parents living near Disneyland to use the park as a day-care facility, dropping off their (very lucky) kids with some passes and money and picking them up at the end of the day. But not anymore. Yesterday, Disney instituted a new age rule saying kids under 14 will not be allowed in by themselves. Industry experts say the new rule reflects an evolving idea about what age is appropriate for kids to be left alone.
A ring and some roses just doesn’t cut it anymore. The New York Post says forget the wedding, proposals are were the big money is being spent these days. Carefully choreographed events are all the rage, which, for some men, means hiring a “Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer, videographer and professional story writer” to help make the event “special.” Of course these perks don’t come cheap—the Post says price tags can run anywhere from a few thousand dollars to five-figure budgets.
Written by Pat's Papers | UPDATED: Monday, 18 March 2013 8:29 AM
Even if you’re a casual basketball fan, the NCAA tournament can still be fun. USA Today has several tips to squeeze some easy money out of the office pool, plus a printable bracket. The paper says don’t waste your time picking a #16 seed over a #1 seed—that’ll never happen. Instead try to pick a #9 seed over a #8. Some other things to think about: teams with animal mascots have done well in the last decade, and since 1991 the winning coach has almost always had an ‘i’ in his last name.
It is officially March. So the NCAA seeds were announced yesterday. And the Spokane Spokesman-Review reacted with this front page. Spokane is home to Gonzaga which was name fourth seed overall and first in the West Coast bracket. The paper points out that this is the 15th straight tourney for the tiny Jesuit school, the fourth-longest streak behind baseketball powerhouses Kansas, Duke and Michigan State.
According to the Washington Post, the early choices made by Pope Francis indicate he will shake up the clubby Vatican government. The most-watched appointment is the Vatican’s secretary of state who governs the Roman Curia and is effectively the pope’s second-in-command. Many insiders are urging Pope Francis to pick a reformer and it seems like he may be leaning that way. In a statement, the Vatican said all department heads would be reinstated—but only on a provisional basis.
The bailout in Cyprus has investors worried about the Euro Zone again. The latest plan is a particularly painful one, says the LA Times: tax bank deposits. The government says they’ll just take a portion of those deposits—up to 10 percent—and put that money into the government accounts as a tax. President Nicos Anastasiades said the controversial plan is “the only alternative to a disorderly bankruptcy.”
The popular sketch comedy website Funny or Die is going longform to poke fun at the new Steve Jobs biopic, reports the New York Times this morning. Called “iSteve,” the 75-minute film is the site’s longest project to date. Justin Long, the guy who played Mac in all those Apple vs. PC commercials, is playing the late Jobs, a role you can check out starting April 15, when Funny or Die posts its “film” online.
The hipster set is obsessed with “The Love Song by Jonny Valentine,” a new novel that offers up a thinly-veiled version of Justin Beiber’s rise to fame. The story revolves around an “11-year-old singing and dancing phenom on a national stadium tour with an uber-controlling momager”—so why is it so appealing to a group of grown ups asks the New York Daily News? Explains one fan: “For all that we pretend to not care, we’re fascinated by celebrity.”
A British man is waiting to get the present of a lifetime, says the New York Post. Born without a penis, 39-year-old Andrew Wardle is being prepped for a novel surgery that will take skin from his arm and create a fully functional penis. Wardle was born with testicles and his bladder outside his body, a situation he said was livable until ” I got into my teens and started getting interested in girls.”
Ralph Gardner’s column in the Wall Street Journal this morning is all about the joy of having clean windows. You don’t realize how dirty they are, says Gardner, until you see them clean. If window washing doesn’t rank high on your list of hobbies, good news: there is apparently a robot in the works that will squeegee for you.
Written by Pat's Papers | UPDATED: Friday, 15 March 2013 7:26 AM
The Sun Sentinel has some cool then vs now photos of spring break in Fort Lauderdale. The paper says while the city’s beaches are filling up, it’s nothing like it used to be 30 years ago. And that’s because the city made it an official policy to discourage the debauchery usually associated with the faux holiday. But despite their efforts, or rather because of them, coeds seem to like the atmosphere: “It’s laid back—you don’t have fighting, you don’t have people puking.”
This “Mars” mission was successful. LA Times TV critic Robert Llyod weighs in on the recent triumph of “Veronica Mars” fans, who pledged $2 million via Kickstarter, enough to get a guarantee that their beloved show would get a big screen makeover. He says the show’s creator Rob Thomas did several things to make sure the fundraiser was successful, including getting sign off from Warner Bros first and cajoling key cast members. Now the only question is how big the budget will be once the 30-day Kickstarter window is up.
There’s a Dick Cheney documentary airing tonight on Showtime. The New York Times’ Alessandra Stanley says it has its interesting moments, but may be dissatisfying to some because Cheney is not challenged on some of his assertions. Most notably, says Stanley, is Cheney’s defense of his positions on weapons of mass destruction, the Iraq war and waterboarding “with his usual aplomb and deft obfuscation.”
The New York Times really works its sources to find out what went on behind closed doors in the papal conclave. Apparently the decision to choose Pope Francis was such a surprise that the Italian bishops sent out an email congratulating the wrong man. Though the proceedings are top secrets, sources say Cardinal Angelo Scola, who was thought to be the front runner, was snubbed at the last minute leaving an opening for Bergoglio.
The caviar world has its eyes trained on Missouri says the Kansas City Star. More than 100 people have been arrested for their involvement in a plan to sell paddlefish and its eggs as caviar. As beluga becomes harder to catch, more and more importers are looking to places like Missouri that boast huge populations of paddlefish, which also happens to be the state’s official fish. The only problem? It’s illegal to catch game fish for a commercial operation. As a state regulator puts it: “Poaching is really stealing a resource meant for the citizens of Missouri.”
Here’s looking at you, kid. Samsung’s debuted its new smartphone yesterday and it appears to be love at first sight. Called the S IV, the phone lets users scroll down pages and control video with their eyes and a tilt of the wrist. Though the phone’s functionality isn’t as cool as the rumors that preceded it, the New York Post says the S IV is the biggest threat yet to the iPhone.
Wall Street Journal sports writer Jared Diamond has a question for you. “Remember,” he says, “when baseball nicknames weren’t lame?” Diamond says the recent anointment of slugger David Wright as Captain America was a reminder of the good old days when “rosters were filled with Pee Wees, Scooters and Say Hey Kids.” Diamond lays blame for the disappearing monikers with changes in sports media—he says those colorful nicknames were usually the creation of sports columnists and local announcers.
Written by Pat's Papers | UPDATED: Thursday, 14 March 2013 7:58 AM
Guess what the biggest story is today? The New York Times does a nice job with its Man in the News profile of Pope Francis, who was just known as Jorge Mario Bergoglio until yesterday. First the Times notes the pronunciation of his name—it’s ber-GOAL-io—before describing him as a passionate defender of the poor. He’s a guy who takes the bus rather than a car with a driver. And he’s a soccer fan.
Are Cellos People Too? That’s the headline in the Wall Street Journal this morning. The story is about people who buy two airplane seats, something musicians traveling with large instruments are known to do. The Journal says some airlines won’t give them frequent flier miles for the second seat. Delta, for example, has a rule that allows only humans, not instruments to accrue miles.
There’s a fascinating Washington Post story this morning about the 35-year effort made by the NRA to firm up the Second Amendment—the “right to bear arms”—as a constitutional fact in the US. For the last three decades, the organization has bombarded the legal world with scholarly articles, lectures, and research that contend owning a gun is an individual’s right, an interpretation that the Post says wasn’t always the norm.
I’m not sure whose sniffer she’s replaced, but according to the New York Daily News, Princess Kate’s nose is the current nose of choice for plastic surgery customers. One surgeon told the News that so many requests have been made for “London’s prettiest royal bridge” that his office now keeps dozens of photos of Kate on file for consultations; another says he has 20 women scheduled to get a $7,000 Kate nose next month alone.
Oakland police say they emerged victorious from a “criminal triathlon” yesterday. The San Francisco Chronicle says after attempting to escape by car, foot and boat an alleged thief was finally hauled in. Onlookers say the man tried to flee in a vehicle he’d stolen but crashed into a UPS truck parked on a bridge. Instead of being deterred, he jumped into the water, swam across a channel, jump out and started running. It was after commandeering a sailboat that police were finally able to make their arrest.
A new study has found that an “overheard” cell phone conversation—just hearing one side—proves to be far more distracting than hearing two people talk. Researchers say the unconscious eavesdropping is so annoying because of the brain’s desire to fill in the blanks: “If you only hear one person speaking, you’re constantly trying to place that part of the conversation in context.” The New York Times says this study is the latest in a growing body of research about why cell phones are so irritating.
Written by Pat's Papers | UPDATED: Wednesday, 13 March 2013 7:10 AM
The LA Times gives a fascinating peek into the world of a Chinese hacker in this morning’s paper. After tracking down the email address of a 25-year-old computer whiz employed by the People’s Liberation Army hacking unit, which is considered to be the “world’s largest institutionalized hacking operation,” a dreary image appears that’s nothing like the “unkempt hackers of popular imagination.” The Times says most of the Chinese military’s hackers live in barracks, are fed primarily instant ramen and are woefully underpaid.
First lady Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden were three of many notable people targeted by a recent cyber attack, reports the Washington Post this morning. All three had their financial information and social security numbers posted online on a website with a .su domain, which indicates the website originated in Russia. The FBI is trying to determine how the records were gathered, and whether it’s a case of identity theft, hacking, or both.
Google made some pretty stunning admissions yesterday, reports the New York Times. During the settlement of a case brought by 38 states, the search giant admitted it violated the privacy of an untold number of people by “casually scooping up passwords, e-mail and other personal information from unsuspecting computer users” during its Street View project. The settlement will require Google to pay a (paltry) $7 million fine and also to “aggressively police its own employees on privacy issues and to explicitly tell the public how to fend off privacy violations like this one.”
What the Netflix password again, mom? The Wall Street Journal says it’s not uncommon for (grown) kids to stay on their mom and dad’s cell phone and Netflix plans. According to a recent survey, 2 in 5 parents of 18- to 35-year-old children say they still pay for their kids’ cellphones. And 29 percent say they do so, even though their kids have moved out. Seventeen percent of parents say they pay for their adult kids’ Wi-Fi access and 12 percent still pony up for services like Netflix and Hulu.
Fans of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” can grab themselves a cold Iron Throne Blonde Ale when season three debuts later this month. The network partnered with upstate New York’s Ommegang Brewery to create the brew, which is described by the LA Times as “extremely easy-drinking: malty, vaguely fruity, a little spicy, but nothing overpowering.” Plans for a fall beer are in the works.
A winner has emerged in the Twinkie auction, says the Wall Street Journal. An investment firm called Apollo Global Management made a $140 million offer for Hostess’s cake brands yesterday and if all goes well, Twinkies could be back on the market by this summer. The offers made for other Hostess brands, like Wonder Bread, will be considered at a march 19 hearing.
Written by Pat's Papers | UPDATED: Tuesday, 12 March 2013 8:21 AM
When it comes to Facebook, you are what you “like,” says the LA Times. Researchers say they can determine a user’s sexual orientation, political leanings, even how smart someone is just by what they show fondness for. The study was conducted by researchers at the University of Cambridge who say even though they found several correlations, not every “like” is meaningful: “There is no obvious connection,” for example, “between curly fries and high intelligence.”
The New York Post’s take on the new sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free cookbook from Gwyneth Paltrow? It’s a “recipe for ridicule.” The preface to “It’s All Good” begins with the actress’s retelling of a recent “sunny afternoon in London” when she thought she was going to die. Turns out it wasn’t a stroke but a migrane and a panic attack…and a book idea. “Good” retells the diet Paltrow’s doctor put her on for three weeks to get over the aforementioned migraine/panic attack. Recipes include “detox teriyaki sauce, soaked raw almonds, and beet green soup.”
Matt Lauer sat down with the Daily Beast yesterday to talk about the post-Ann Curry situation at “Today” and this morning the interview is everywhere. The New York Daily News describes the sit down as NBC’s attempt to do some damage control. Lauer admitted that his former co-anchor’s exit was so bungled that he tried to resign himself last fall: “You don’t have to be Einstein to know that, it clearly did not help us. We were seen as a family, and we didn’t handle a family matter well.”
Jane Brody’s health column in the New York Times this morning dismisses any excuses you might have for avoiding a flu shot. She says even if you don’t fall into one of the high risk categories—pregnant, elderly, chronically ill—think about your kids: “Almost anywhere they go, children could come in contact with a cancer patient on chemotherapy, a pregnant woman, or someone with asthma, diabetes, heart disease or a kidney or liver disorder.”
The New York Times has an interesting article this morning on why kids get attached to a particular blanket or toy. Researchers say the object of affection serves as a bridge between the mother and the rest of the world—it’s a way for kids to figure out how to feel attachments towards others. What scientists don’t know is why kids fixate on the things they do but all agree that a “transitional object has to be created by the baby.”
The LA Times has a cool piece on baseball’s one-hit wonders in this morning’s sports section. Apparently, they refer to the guys who trek off to spring training in hopes of their one big shot in the majors as “cups of joe,” because, as writer Kevin Baxter explains, “they generally last no longer than it takes a person to down a mug of joe.” The careers of most of these guys last about one inning or less, unless you’re Archibald “Moonlight” Graham, who was immortalized after his two innings in the movie “Field of Dreams.”
Looking for somewhere trashy to spend spring break? Miami and Key West have been singled out as the country’s trashiest according to the esteemed publication, coedmagazine.com. What does it take to earn such an accolade? The Miami Herald says the editors base their decision on a number of factors, including “Girls Gone Wild shoots, number of Hooters restaurants, tattoo parlors, liquor stores and strip clubs.”
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