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Posts from February 2013

"Friend Zone" Added to Oxford Dictionary
  • The "friend zone" is officially a real phrase now. Oxford Dictionaries Online has adopted it as a new word. The definition: "Noun informal. A situation in which a platonic relationship exists between two people, one of whom has an undeclared romantic or sexual interest in the other: I always wind up in the friend zone, watching them pursue other guys." Other new additions to the online dictionary include appletini, dumbphone, social sharing, and tweetable.

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Topics: Human Interest
Locations: AddedOxford

Scientists Develop Real Spider-Man Suit
  • Want to know what being Spider-Man feels like? University of Illinois-Chicago scientists have developed a "Spidey Sense" suit with microphones on seven robotic arms that can pick up “ultrasonic reflections” from objects and warn the wearer where objects they can’t see are coming from. The effectiveness of the suit was put to a test when students were blindfolded and armed with cardboard ninja stars to throw at anyone they could sense approaching them. "Ninety five per cent of the time they were able to sense someone approaching and throw the star at them," UIC's Victor Mateevitsi told New Scientist. Mattevitsi will showcase the invention at the fourth Augmented Human International Conference in Stuttgart, Germany, on March 7.

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Study Reveals Why Women are More Talkative than Men
Women do really talk more than men, a study has concluded.
  • It seems to be a negative female stereotype that women talk more than men. Turns out out it’s a scientific fact. Researchers at the University of Maryland have found women have more of a special “language protein” in their brain called the “Foxp2 protein.” In tests performed on rats, however, the same protein levels were higher in males.  So if you’re a woman who finds herself conversing with her male pets, you’re not crazy -- you’re just following a biological imperative.

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Which Youth Sport Has the Worst Parents?

  • Every week, the comedic sports website Deadspin publishes a mailbag column, and this week's reader question is: Which youth sport produces the most insufferable parents?

    Deadspin's full list, in descending order of insufferability:
    1. Baseball
    2. Cheerleading
    3. Tennis
    4. Gymnastics
    5. Hockey
    6. Figure Skating
    7. Football
    8. Golf
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That's a Lot of Babies!
  • Texas Woman Gives Birth to Two Sets of Twins on Same Day

  • You may think that your kids are one in a million, but a Texas woman just gave birth to two sets of identical twins on the same day--a one in 70 million occurrence. Thirty-six-year-old Tressa Montalvo was not on any fertility drugs, saying: "We planned the pregnancy. I guess we just succeeded a little too much."  The caesarean sets of sets of twins--Ace and Blaine, followed by Cash and Dylan--each had their own placenta.. Tressa explained: "We tried to stick to the A-B-C-D theme when naming them. We didn't expect it, we were trying for just one and we were blessed with four."

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Topics: Human Interest
Locations: Texas
People: Tressa Montalvo

New App Determines Whether or Not He or She is Into You


    Want to know if someone is into you? There's an app for that. Vital Signs "measures" whether or not a person is attracted to you. How? All you have to do is point your iPhone at said person, then the app measures their breathing patterns and facial expressions. The idea is that heavier breathing = attraction. Of course, they could just be breathing heavily because they're creeped out by you.
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Texting Over Talking

DO YOU TEXT MORE THAN YOU TALK? Is it possible you interact with people more through technology than in real life? A new study conducted by the University of Michigan says it's very possible. In a survey of three-thousand people, the average person reported about 75 face-to-face conversations per month, compared to 74 electronic interactions through technology, which includes Facebook, Twitter, e-mail and Skype. Communication specialist Miti Ampoma, author of The Innovative: Communicator, warns that when a person relies on technology to communicate they are more likely to be misunderstood or viewed as unsociable. Ampoma recommends allocating two or more hours per week for human face time. (Women's Health)

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Topics: Technology_Internet
Locations: Michigan
People: Miti Ampoma

Who Spends More
MEN SPEND MORE THAN WOMEN ON VALENTINE'S DAY GIFTS: Dinner, red roses, chocolates and jewelry - perhaps it's not surprising that new research finds that men outspend women on gifts for Valentine's Day by 123-dollars. RetailMeNot, an online coupon website, released data that men spend an average of 287-dollars on Valentine's Day gifts while women spend just 164-dollars. The average person in a relationship plans to spend around 266-dollars for Valentine's Day. The research also found that 28-percent of men surveyed hope for a meal on Valentine's Day, and 19-percent of men said they'd like to receive tickets to an event. Twenty-four-percent of women surveyed said they hope to receive jewelry for Valentine's Day. (Yahoo)
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A Discount for Well Behaved Kids
RESTAURANT GIVES DISCOUNT FOR WELL-BEHAVED KIDS: An Italian restaurant in Washington State appears to have given a discount to a couple who brought their "well-behaved" children along for the meal. A Reddit user posted a picture of their receipt from Sogno Di Vino, which has a line noting a $4 discount for "well-behaved kids." The post notes, "If only all restaurants did this for people with kids..." (Reddit)

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Surviving Valentine's Day

How to Survive Valentine's Day from


Whether you're single or taken, here's advice for getting through the most-hyped holiday of the year:

Since he can't read your mind, let your partner know exactly what gift would make your heart sing. Just send him a website link. You both win: You'll be thrilled and he gets the applause.

Cook for him. Preparing a special meal is like foreplay, and feeding someone is an act of love. Even better, cook together.

If you're single, watch a movie like Dirty Dancing or Sleepless in Seattle and drink plenty of red wine. If you're in a relationship, don't expect the most romantic night of your life. When he does something really sweet, you'll appreciate it more.

Buy your own chocolate! But not from the drugstore — go someplace decadent like Godiva and spend $30 on a box of the good stuff. It's so luxe to treat yourself.

Drink a really good bottle of pink champagne. As a single woman, it will help make all those hand-holding couples appear almost as cute as they think they are. If you're hitched, it will help you forget that your husband canceled your dinner plans to work late.

Make someone's day by sending an anonymous Valentine. Mail it to a friend, cousin, or neighbor — anyone who could use a little love, which is most everyone!

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Topics: Hospitality_RecreationHuman Interest
Locations: Seattle

5 TV Shows That Changed The World


1) The Simpsons transformed how we talk. University of Pennsylvania linguistics professor Mark Liberman wrote in 2005, "The Simpsons has apparently taken over from Shakespeare and the Bible as our culture's greatest source of idioms, catchphrases, and sundry other textual allusions." Liberman's assertion sounds crazy - at least until you remember there's a Milhouse quote for every occasion. Even the gatekeeper of language, the Oxford English Dictionary, has found a spot for Homer Simpson's trademark "D'oh!"
2) Glee helped boost the record industry. Fox scored a sleeper hit with the musical series in 2009. But the show's real impact came between airings. As most of the record industry flailed, the Glee recordings found staggering success on iTunes. By the end of 2011, the cast had sold more than 11 million albums and another 36 million single tracks. Meanwhile, the 2011 concert tour grossed more than $40 million. Lea Michele and her Glee castmates are the fastest act to earn 20 top-40 hits, surpassing even Elvis.
3) America's Most Wanted cleaned up our streets. The show has helped capture over 1,100 fugitives since its debut in 1988.
4) Sex and the City encouraged teens to communicate. A 2011 Ohio State University study found that undergraduates who viewed an episode of Sex and the City were more than twice as likely to talk to their partners about sexual-health issues. This is especially important considering that, in 2008, a Rand Institute study reported that girls between 12 and 17 who watched the show and other shows with "high sexual content" were more than twice as likely to become pregnant - a ringing endorsement for enforcing the Mature Audience rating.
5) ER made us healthier. ER did more than make George Clooney a superstar. It also changed the way America ate. In three 2004 episodes, the show focused on the doctors' orders for a teenager with high blood pressure: exercise, and eat more fruits and vegetables. While the plot sounds humdrum, it scared viewers straight. In 2007, researchers from the University of Southern California's medical school found that viewers who caught these episodes had started walking or exercising more, eating more fruits and vegetables, or getting their blood pressure checked. How can anyone say watching TV is bad for you?

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