Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you s ... More >>
According to a "snake charmer," if you get bit by a snake, the best thing to do is bite it back until it's dead, which will apparently prevent you from dying -- and is exactly what a man in Nepal did after getting bit by a deadly cobra earlier this week.In this case, the snake charmer was right -- t ... More >>
[See More Clips of the Day: Frustrated by Bad Service? Then Enjoy! (Eva Prawn Edition) | When Jewish Food Goes Sexy | Waldorf Salad, The Trippy Remix] A great old clip from the BBC's old adaptation of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy , which first aired in 1981. This is what happens when we bre ... More >>
Mayor Bloomberg has outlawed food donations to homeless shelters because the city can't determine their salt, fat, and fiber content. [CBS] The 2012 finalists for the James Beard Foundation Awards have been announced. Winners will be chosen in May.
The BBC has a profile of Carmel, Indiana, which has become the "roundabout capital" of America. In the piece, the mayor proudly boasts that he removed 78 sets of traffic lights and replaced them with roundabouts "because of the expense saved and more importantly the safety." It's suggested th ... More >>
In all of our robots-take-over-the-world fantasies, there's usually one last conversation between "us" and "them." The robots always speak English, of course! But what if the robots didn't speak English at all? What if robots had a language of their own composed of bleeps and bloops? Scenes o ... More >>
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Next month, the BBC series Inside the Human Body will feature footage from the death of an 84-year-old man. Preempting the inevitable controversy, host Michael Mosley said during a radio interview that it's key not to "shy away from talking about death and, when it's warranted, showing it." T ... More >>
via Jim BahnDucks' semen is pretty special, but you already knew that. It has the ability to kill bacteria that damages sperm and causes disease. The BBC reports that scientists have now found that male ducks with more vibrant bills have semen that is more effective at killing bacteria than d ... More >>
It's been quite a day so far for incredibly detailed statistical analysis that I barely understand: I'm still puzzling over this "Complete Map of Optimal Tic-Tac-Toe Moves," and am barely more literate when it comes to parsing friend-of-SOTC and noted Voice jazz guru Tom Hull's master chart o ... More >>
Jammin' on the carrot-zuke-red-pepper oboe. Founded in 1998, the Vegetable Orchestra of Vienna was the subject of a feature on this week's special food edition of CBS Sunday Morning. The 12-person ensemble just completed an American tour, and the video magazine caught up with them at a conc ... More >>
hoyummy.comSweet, salty, or just nasty?If you thought the awfulness of airplane food was attributable solely to the fact that the airline industry hates its customers, you may be wrong.
NPR asks an intriguing question today. With so many -- of such varied backgrounds, ages, and degrees of fame -- using their middle fingers to express discontent, are we simply growing numb to the shock value of the bird? Does it need a replacement, stat? In the last few months, the gesture ha ... More >>
You know how your doctor's always asking you how much alcohol you drink per night, and you're always downgrading it to seem moderately socially acceptable? We assumed we all operated under that principle (as in, the principle of outright lying to your doctor to maintain his/her health and san ... More >>
Haggis still a no-no for now.Rumors that the ban on haggis may soon be lifted were somewhat premature, it appears. The BBC reported that the U.S. government was planning to relax the ban on Scotland's national dish, but as it turns out, this was incorrect. A few days after the original artic ... More >>
zoonabar/flickrBehold, the chieftain o' the puddin' race. Just in time for Burns Night, and the U.S. government has bestowed upon haggis lovers a gift unequaled since Bobby Burns first immortalized the stuffed, boiled sheep's stomach in Address to a Haggis.
Yes, according to BBC News. The victim in question seems to have been Ekaterina Ivanova, who is all of...20 years old? And a cocktail waitress, apparently. Ronnie Wood is 62, and newly divorced (his 24-year-old marriage ended last month in court, after "admitted infidelity" on the elderly roc ... More >>
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It's good to know there is still a voice of reason in this swine flu shanda: While high schools bring in Mexican cleaning crews to disinfect their auditoriums, world leaders declare travel bans, and Matt Drudge screams at us through our computer, Israeli authorities have been arguing about what to c ... More >>
Today is apparently "National Pancake Day!" Participating IHOPs are giving out free pancakes from 7am to 10pm.[Serious Eats]In Los Angeles, a decline in sales is forcing fro-yo chains like Red Mango and Pink Berry to rethink their rapid expansion.[Los Angeles Business Journal via LA Eater]Two Queens ... More >>
Following a USDA ruling, all Spanish Iberico hams must now come into the country with their telltale black hooves removed, meaning that the already expensive ham will cost twice as much. [Serious Eats]A UK-based aviation research organization says airline food has improved over the last five years. ... More >>
Holy Super Bowl! Holy cheap Happy Hour snack! With a growing national demand and a reduced supply, restaurants are paying more for chicken wings. [CNN]Want a healthy Valentine's option? The Journal reviews various edible fruit bouquets.[WSJ]Two men have been sentenced to death for their involvement ... More >>
Frank Bruni reviews Daniel, loves the new look, gives it four stars.[NY Times]Former White House Chef Walter Scheib cattily recalls Mrs. Clinton and Mrs. Bush as always being on diets.[WSJ]A new study finds that women who drink early in pregnancy, possibly before they even know they're pregnant, may ... More >>
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