The Knee Defender, a device marketed to airline passengers fed up with fellow fliers who hog their legroom by reclining, has been around for more than 10 years. But the low-tech gadget appears to have registered a first yesterday morning, when United Airlines diverted a Newark-to-Denver flight to C ... More >>
Take a moment to remember the Bush years, and the way liberals talked about our 43rd President. As we recall it, Bush was regarded as a dummy and, if not a bloodthirsty rightwing radical himself, at least an enabler of same. Occasionally you'd hear him called a fascist, which rightbloggers would lau ... More >>
The Washington Redskins have an offensive nickname. It's one of those things we'll look back on 20 years from now and find absurd. For now, however, there is debate, there is publicity, there is a radio ad campaign. The Oneida Indian Nation, which is based in Verona, New York, has bought thousands ... More >>
Starbucks is learning the hard way that you just can't please everyone. A few weeks ago, a vegan news and advocacy website, This Dish Is Veg, posted an article urging readers to beware of the Strawberry Frappuccino because it contains coloring made of dried cochineal insects, rendering it not vegan- ... More >>
A Thousand Words opens today after several years on the shelf, with Eddie Murphy as a fast-talking literary agent who realizes that with every word he speaks, a leaf falls from the mysterious Bodhi tree in his backyard. So Eddie has to find other ways to communicate--just like the cast of The Artis ... More >>
Today is a day that strikes fear in the hearts of some and general amusement or even glad tidings in the hearts of stauncher types. It is Friday the 13th. If you are one of the terrified, you suffer from "paraskevidekatriaphobia," a potentially crippling disorder that means you are among plenty of p ... More >>
Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun has tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug, ESPN reports. Braun, who was last season's National League MVP, reportedly failed a test adminstered during the playoffs. "It's B.S.," the 28-year-old told USA Today. A spokesman for Braun released a ... More >>
Heavy promotion is planned this holiday season to showcase New York wineries. [USA Today] China is now one of the top five growers of grapevines in the world. And the local wines, it turns out, are improving each year. [Baltimore Sun] The French wine harvest concluded last week, with output ... More >>
foodnetwork.comFrankly, dancing cupcakes are the stuff of our nightmares all year long, but on Halloween, dress a dead-looking kid up as a cupcake and cover her with what appear to be an overdose of tranquilizers, and we feel like we're about to pass out with fear. And here are four more of t ... More >>
Opting for produce from small, local, organic farms cannot guarantee that you will avoid the food safety issues that go along with large-scale farming. [Washington Post] The USDA is reporting that food prices are expected to rise up to 4.5 percent, the sharpest increase since 1978. [Wall Str ... More >>
Health officials are now saying that 18 people have died and at least 100 more are sick from eating cantaloupes contaminated with listeria. [MSNBC] Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has quietly launched an investigation into school lunch providers that have been illegally overcharging. [NY ... More >>
Smooth sailing.For all his lack of finesse and subtlety, either when it comes to dressing, coiffing himself, or simply addressing his many fans, it appears that Guy Fieri very smoothly pulled one over all of us at this weekend's NYC Wine & Food Festival.
Here's a newsflash: fast-food chains like Pizza Hut, Subway, and Taco Bell are slashing their prices and offering amazing deals not because they want to but because the economy sucks. [USA Today] Seamless, the online and mobile app that allows you to order food for delivery, has just bought ... More >>
Sure, the Mediterranean diet -- full of fruits, vegetables, fish, and nuts -- is healthy. But in the 16 Mediterranean countries that made it famous, people have abandoned it in favor of processed food that's full of fat, salt, and sugar. ABC News] A paper in today's edition of the journal Sc ... More >>
A larger-than-expected corn crop this season has set off a sharp decline in prices, which could deter food inflation. Corn rose to a high of $7.99 per bushel in June. [NY Times] Fast-food chains are getting their booze on. In addition to Burger King's Whopper Bars, two Sonic restaurants in S ... More >>
The federal government is investing $60 million in three major studies on the effects of climate change on crops and forests. [BusinessWeek] Modernist Cuisine for TV? Syfy is debuting Marcel's Quantum Kitchen, a new show starring molecularly inclined Top Chef alum Marcel Vigneron. [Wired] A ... More >>
Newsweek, the long-suffering magazine, was purchased by audio equipment billionaire Sidney Harmon way back in mid-2010 and hobbled on, losing employees along the way, but impressively still managing to put out a product every seven days. Then, after months of rumor, Tina Brown came along, joi ... More >>
It's the end of an era! (For some.) And so, we bid a fond adieu to pay-per-view porn in Marriott Hotels, which will be getting rid of access to adult movies in new hotels, with an eventual move to rid their tawdry sheen from the entire chain. This is not, however, due to some newfound family ... More >>
It's not that we're bitter, it's just that, do engaged people have to appropriate everything for their marital purposes? It seems they're always out trying to get a better deal, trying to save a little cash while also having the truly original, special (and cheap!) weddings they've dreamed of ... More >>
Think you could be a better cook if only you had a kitchen like a five-star chef? Maybe not. Mehangir Mehta of the newly opened Mehtaphor, Anita Lo of Annisa, and husband-and-wife team Jo-Ann Makovitzky and Marco Moreira of Tocqueville and 15 East are among chefs with tiny apartment kitchens. ... More >>
Farmers across the South are dealing with a drought that began this spring. Hot, dry weather has damaged peanut fields, cotton plants, and citrus trees. [Washington Post] More than two-thirds of the city's public school kids will now get free or discounted school lunches as part of the new ... More >>
Plus, camping out at Burlesque
Election getting you down? Think cats! Because owning a cat or cats can apparently help improve your health, make you kinder and gentler, and ease you through your crazy cat lady days. Just what all the crazy cat ladies needed. Not to mention, cats are funny. Evidence to right.
Today in statistics that have no bearing on your actual life but that are gratuitously pegged to an upcoming holiday, USA Today reports that 51% of discriminating residents would share their home with a ghost for free rent and 49% of people would decline to do so. Only 27% of people were will ... More >>
A new study reveals that nearly 17 percent of U.S. medical costs can be blamed on obesity - some $168 billion. [USA Today] Conceiving your child in early spring can increase its chances of developing food allergies, according to Finnish researchers. [BusinessWire] Meanwhile, men who eat a l ... More >>
Burger King is, in fact, being sold to private equity firm 3G Capital for some $3.26 billion. [Salon] Whole Foods is not immune to food safety scandals. It's recalling farm cheese due to possible Listeria and Staphylococcus aureus contamination. [WireUpdate] A new exhibition at the MoMA, en ... More >>
Breuckelen Distillery, the second legal distiller in the city since Prohibition, is as of this week the first to sell its product directly to the public. [NY Post] A Dutch brewer has created a beer that is some 60 percent alcohol by volume, now the highest-proof brew in the world at $45 a bo ... More >>
There's yet another reason to continue our conflicted relationship with Starbucks, where on one hand, the coffee generally features an aspect that you might call either "burnt" or "like urine" (and, hey, it's just an opinion, we're sure some love it), but even if you don't, the bathrooms are ... More >>
How about a drug test for everyone commenting on the A-Rod scandal? Let's start with MLB Commissioner Bud Selig, who according to USA Today, says that he's " 'just heartsick' about Alex Rodriguez's admission of performance-enhancing drug use and would not rule out punishing him or adjusting ba ... More >>
The FBI has announced that Tony Alamo, the little-girl-loving evangelist covered by the Voice in May, has been arrested for transporting a minor across state lines with the intent to engage in sexual activity. The arrest comes after federal agents raided Alamo's Arkansas compound and interviewed wo ... More >>
An avalanche of weird star power is overtaking Broadway this coming season, so much so that when they hire an actual thesp with theater training, it seems like stunt casting. Elysa Gardner, the crack theater critic over at USA Today, is on top of the story—in fact, she ran it today with copious qu ... More >>
Just when you think the Spitzer Sex Scandal couldn't get any better (or worse, depending on how you look at it), there comes the revelation that the soon-to-be-ex-gov has spent upwards of $80,000 on hookers in the past 10 years. "HOOKED!" is the Post's headline today, and they brag about an intervie ... More >>
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