FRIGHT NIGHT: Watching Scary Movie Burns About 200 Calories
(HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA) Watching a scary Halloween movie is healthy. You could lose up to 200 calories. Your heart races, your muscles tense, and you’ll occasionally scream and reach out to grab the one close to you. With a different perspective, you might look at going to the movies as exercise.
Researchers tested the theory against some of the classic fright flicks. The top calorie-burning frightening films:
PARANORMAL MADAGASCAR: Theater Mix-Up Frightens Children
A movie theater has a lot of explaining and apologizing to do to parents. The Nottingham Cineworld sold tickets to "Madagascar 3", sent the families with young kids to theater #4, turned down the lights, and played the R-Rated “Paranormal Activity 4”. Ooops.
A terrorized mother, who brought her 8-year-old son to the movies, told reporters (quote) “They started playing the movie and I thought – this doesn’t look right. It opens on the most terrifying scene in the first film – where a body shoots full pelt towards the camera. It’s enough to make grown men jump. Everybody just scrambled for the exits, all you could hear were children crying and screaming.”
Fish Oily fish—including salmon, tuna, and mackerel—are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, compounds that help reduce harmful inflammation in the body. Chronic inflammation prevents your immune system from working properly, and can contribute to colds and flu as well as more serious diseases. Omega 3s may fight colds on more than one front. In a placebo-controlled 2011 study published in Brain, Behavior and Immunity, medical students who took fish oil supplements for three months had lower inflammation levels and also fewer symptoms of anxiety—a condition that can itself weaken immune function.
Oysters Zinc, an essential mineral, has a strong track record of fighting the common cold. A comprehensive review of the research, published in a Canadian medical journal in 2012, concluded that taking zinc lozenges appears to shorten the duration of cold symptoms in adults. Zinc supplements carry a risk of side effects such as nausea and headaches, however. A better bet, may be to get zinc straight from your diet. Oysters contain more of the nutrient per serving than any other food—but if you're concerned about staying healthy, you might not want to eat them raw.
Garlic These pungent cloves do more than just flavor your food. Garlic also contains allicin, a sulfuric compound that produces potent antioxidants when it decomposes. A 2001 study in the journal "Advances in Therapy" found that people who took garlic supplements for 12 weeks between November and February got fewer colds than those who took a placebo. And of those who did get sick, those who took the garlic supplement felt better faster. Garlic packs the biggest antioxidant punch when eaten raw. Flavor too strong for you? Consider taking aged-garlic extract capsules.
Anise Seeds These licorice-flavored seeds, which have antibacterial properties, have been shown to ease coughing and help clear congestion from the upper respiratory tract. Anise seeds can be eaten (in rolls and cookies, for instance), but for cold-fighting the delivery method of choice is usually tea. According to the American Pharmaceutical Association's "Practical Guide to Natural Medicines," a typical recipe is to add one cup of crushed anise seeds to one cup of hot water, and flavor with sugar, garlic, cinnamon, or honey (if desired). Sip this concoction up to three times a day.
Citrus Fruits Recent research suggests that vitamin C may not be as useful in preventing colds as once thought. However, studies do show that taking the vitamin at the first sign of illness may reduce a cold's duration by about a day, which can feel like a lifetime when you're suffering. Eating lots of citrus—whether that entails digging in to orange and grapefruit slices, or using lemons and limes in recipes—will provide plenty of this powerhouse nutrient. Don't worry about overdoing it, since it's very hard to overdose on vitamin C. Anything your body doesn't use is just washed right out of your system.
Fennel Like anise seeds, fennel is a natural expectorant, and can help clear chest congestion and soothe a persistent cough. The two foods have similar flavors, in fact, and in supermarkets fennel is sometimes referred to as anise, even though they're different plants. Fennel can be eaten raw or roasted, but you may get the best cold-fighting benefit from drinking a tea made from fennel seeds. Try Yogi Tea's Throat Comfort, or make your own with 1.5 teaspoons of fennel seeds and one cup boiling water. Steep for 15 minutes, strain, and sweeten with honey to taste.
Yogurt and Kefir We usually think of bacteria as a bad thing, but some of these microorganisms are essential for good health. Eating probiotic foods, such as yogurt and kefir, is a good way to replenish beneficial strains of bacteria, which promote digestive health and help prevent stomach ailments. There are over 10 trillion bacteria living in our gastrointestinal tract, so you want to make sure the good ones outnumber the bad ones.
Tea Everyone knows a steaming hot cup of tea can help break up chest congestion and soothe a sore throat, but the benefits may run deeper. All tea—black, green, or white—contains a group of antioxidants known as catechins, which may have flu-fighting properties. In a 2011 Japanese study, people who took catechin capsules for five months had 75% lower odds of catching the flu than people taking a placebo. Need another reason to turn on the kettle? Other research suggests catechins may help boost overall immunity, rev metabolism, and protect against cancer and heart disease.
Applebee's Quesadilla Burger The Applebee's Quesadilla Burger may look innocent enough. After all there is no great big bun. But its look makes up for it with the cheese and other toppings. This bad boy has 1,420 calories, 104 g of fat, a whopping 4,000 mg of sodium --or about the equivalent of 11 large orders of McDonald’s french fries.
Uno Chicago Grill's Bring Home the Bacon Burger This burger, which is topped with spicy Buffalo Cheddar and bacon, comes with half a day’s worth of calories (1,040), a whole day’s worth of sodium (2,200 g), and the saturated fat equivalent of 12 White Castle Burgers (30 g).
Red Robin's Whiskey River BBQ Burger This giant-sized burger is only half as scary as what's inside. The Whiskey River BBQ Burger has a decadent mix of both BBQ sauce and mayo. But what really tips this over are the fried onion rings inside the burger. It's no wonder this burger is 1,114 calories.
The Cheesecake Factory Farmhouse Cheeseburger The Cheesecake Factory's Farmhouse Cheeseburger includes a thick slab of bacon and a fried egg on top. This burger can really pack on the pounds at 1,530 calories, 36 grams of saturated fat and 3,210 mg of sodium. That's why it was a Center for Science in the Public Interest 2011 Xtreme Eating Awards 2011 pick.
IHOP’s Monster Bacon ’N Beef Cheeseburger Why bother slapping bacon slabs on top of your burger, when you can grind them right into the meat? This little trick amounts to 1,250 in calories, 42 grams of saturated and 1,590 mg of sodium, and that’s before the sides. This is another Center for Science in the Public Interest 2011 Xtreme Eating Awards pick.
Ruby Tuesday's Avocado Turkey Burger It sounds healthy, but this burger is anything but. Topped Swiss cheese, applewood smoked bacon, at 886 calories it may not have as many calories as other burger busters. But with 54 grams of fat, and 2,441 milligrams of sodium it's not exactly a healthy alternative.
Denny’s Double Cheeseburger At 1,400 calories, this Denny's burger is a double whammy. It has double patties, double cheese, double a day's saturated fat at 41 g. It also has 2,680 mg of sodium.
BEAUTY PAYS: Why Attractive People Are More Successful
Beauty has its advantages. People with above average attractiveness are hired sooner, are given larger salaries, offered better deals at stores, and asked on more dates than ugly people.
Daniel Hamermesh is the author of “Beauty Pays: Why Attractive People Are More Successful”. His day job is being a professor of economics at the University of Texas at Austin. His advice to the plain Janes of the world is very simple (quote) “First, don't go into an occupation where looks matter a lot. Don't be a movie actor. Don’t be a TV broadcaster; be a radio broadcaster.”
(DALLAS, TEXAS) A high school cheerleader established a new World Record for back handsprings. During halftime at her school’s football game, Miranda Ferguson took to the field in front of a cheering crowd. She traveled 70-yards doing a total of 35 consecutive back handsprings.
Witnesses from the Guinness World Records were on hand to certify the event. Afterward, Miranda said (quote) “I’m extremely excited, but also really relieved. I was really nervous that if I did one more that I was just going to fall. My spinning head isn't too bad, but my back is kind of sore. I'm sure I'm going to feel it tomorrow.”
On average, it takes just less than 3 minutes at the window to pay the cashier and have your food & drinks delivered. Wendy’s is the fastest chain, with an average time of around 2 minutes. Burger King is dead last with a 201-second time (3 minutes and 20 seconds). It didn’t help itself with the poorest rating for accuracy of order: 83%
DVDs and CDs for October 9
ROCK OF AGES-- Tom Cruise, Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Russell Brand, Paul Giamatti, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Malin Akerman, Mary J Blige and Alec Baldwin. 2 Hours and 3 Minutes. Rated PG-13.
PROMETHEUS-- Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Guy Pearce, Logan Marshall-Green and Sean Harris. 2 Hours and 4 Minutes. Rated R.
THE RAVEN-- John Cusack, Alice Eve, Luke Evans, Brendan Gleeson, Kevin McNally and Oliver Jackson-Cohen. 1 Hour and 51 Minutes. Rated R.
ALL REVIEWS FROM ‘DAILY VARIETY’ AND ‘THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER’
PITCH PERFECT-- (2700 Theaters) THE STUDIO HOPES TO GENERATE POSITIVE BUZZ BASED ON LAST WEEKEND’S LIMITED RELEASE WHERE IT EARNED BOTH $5 MILLION IN SALES AND VIEWER’S A-GRADE. “GIRLS, GAYS AND MUSIC FANATICS REPRESENT THE CORE AUDIENCE, BUT THE GOOD TIMES ALSO SHOULD GO DOWN EASILY WITH A WIDER IN-THE-KNOW CROWD.” Anna Kendrick, Skylar Astin, Rebel Wilson, Adam DeVine, Anna Camp, Brittany Snow, Alexis Knapp, Ester Dean, Hana Mae Lee and Elizabeth Banks. 1 Hour and 52 Minutes. Rated PG-13.
FRANKENWEENIE-- (Stop-Motion 3D Animation on 2900 Screens) TIM BURTON'S NAME ON AN ANIMATED FILM, THE 3D CALLING CARD AND APPEAL TO CHILDREN WILL YIELD GOOD RETURNS AT THE BOX OFFICE. Catherine O'Hara, Martin Short, Martin Landau, Charlie Tahan, Atticus Shaffer, Robert Capron, Conchata Ferrell and Winona Ryder. 1 Hour and 27 Minutes. Rated PG.
TAKEN 2-- (3000 Theaters) DESPITE MEDIOCRE REVIEWS FROM THE CRITICS, THE ORIGINAL FILM WAS A BOX OFFICE HIT. THERE ARE EXPECTATIONS THAT THE SEQUEL WILL FOLLOW SUIT. Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace and Famke Janssen. 1 Hour and 31 Minutes. Rated PG-13.
JETBLUE: Free Flight Out of USA When Your Candidate Loses
(WASHINGTON, DC) It’s only natural that half the country will be disappointed in the election results next month. JetBlue Airlines is catering to the devastated demographic and offering to fly them out of the country for free.
JetBlue said in a statement (quote) “We've all heard it said before: If my candidate does not win, I'm leaving the country. We decided to give people a chance to recover from the political noise and follow through on their claim to skip town if their candidate comes up short.” Voters register in advance with the JetBlue site. Winners—because they voted for the losing candidate—are entered in a raffle to get a free flight to a tropical destination.