A Rhode Island middle school has warned parents that kids risk “nasal maggots” and future drug use if they inhale the rainbow candy pellets. Why the panic is overblown.
If you haven’t noticed a multi-colored powdery substance caked in your pre-teen’s nostrils, better take a closer look.Administrators at a Rhode Island middle school have warned parents about a dangerous “new trend” among students: snorting Smarties (not a street name for a highly addictive amphetamine, but the chalky candy pellets). In an email advisory, Portsmouth Middle School lists the risks—culled from unidentified “research”—associated with the alleged fad, including nasal infection, lung irritation, future cigarette smoking and drug use, and “possible maggots.
Tweeting racist or otherwise libelous bile can land you in jail in the UK, but the victim, as ever, is not the target of the tweet but free speech.
When Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman briefly melted down in a post-game interview Sunday, shouting something about his superior skills as a football player and the relative insignificance of a player on the opposing team, the Internet did what the Internet does best: In high dudgeon, it sputtered, typed in all caps, and excreted hundreds of witless tweets. Well, most of it was witless. Some of it, predictably, was racist. A young lad named Travis Ozegovich, representing the latter category, tweeted “Richard Sherman = typical nigger.
— By Shaquille O’NealMost of you know me as Shaq, longtime NBA center for the Lakers and the Heat. I want to dive into the topic at hand—health care—but thought I would first give you all some context as to how I became involved with the World Economic Forum’s Voice of Leaders campaign.For the past few months, I have been engaged with the technology company Qualcomm, learning about how wireless and health technologies can improve health and cut the costs of health care.
A new app that lets you order booze from your smartphone and get it 30 minutes later just got $2.25 million in funding.
Want to order booze from your iPhone? There’s an app for that, too.Boston-based Drizly announced today it has raised $2.25 million in seed capital to become “the Amazon.com for Alcohol.”“Drizly is the Amazon.com for alcohol,” Nick Rellas, founder and CEO of Drizly, says in an email sent on behalf of the company. “The liquor store experience hasn’t evolved since Prohibition ended in 1933. A tiny fraction of $83 billion in liquor store revenue comes from deliveries.
Struggling with a decision? ChoiceMap, an iPhone app, uses an algorithm to help you make the right call.
I’m not the world’s greatest decider.When faced with a tough decision, I tend to waver, stress, sleep, cry, talk to everyone, ignore everyone, watch Netflix, fret, and then, finally, make the call. Sometimes I’ll just go with my gut and hope for the best.Rarely do I sit down and list out the pros and cons of each and every choice that is on the table to compare them side-by-side. But thankfully—and finally—there’s an app for that.Meet ChoiceMap, an iOS app that claims to help people make better decisions.
Everybody seems obsessed with the idea that seniors are having more sex—and spreading STDs. But the data paints a different story.
A strange, recurring and not-totally-untrue story on elder-humping resurfaced this weekend when Dr Ezekiel Emanuel, writing in The New York Times, brought up the issue of sex among the elderly. More specifically, he wrote about an increase in some sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) among the Social Security set: “between 2007 and 2011, chlamydia infections among Americans 65 and over increased by 31 percent, and syphilis by 52 percent.” Pretty scary or creepy or both, huh?His numbers derive from CDC data so I quickly had a look.
—By Chris Morris, special to CNBC.com. Cool Runnings was in need of some cool cash.The Jamaican bobsled team, which charmed the world in the 1988 Winter Olympics with its unlikely appearance in the games, will return this year but it may not have been able to attend if it weren’t for the generosity of the crowdfunding community.The team officially qualified for the Sochi Games on Jan. 18. Instead of celebrating, though, it faced a major cash crisis.
From hangover cures to whiter teeth, an ancient alternative medicine system can be tapped with the goods found in your kitchen cabinet.
Ayurveda is an alternative medicine system that originated in India whose followers believe that when the different forces in our bodies are balanced, we are healthy. Imbalances, it is said, lead to disease.While there are a number of Ayurvedic herbs for everything from acne to motion sickness, many have not been very well studied and it’s very difficult to find quality sources of these herbs.Some elements like Bacopa monnieri have actually been very well studied and have been shown to improve memory and reduce anxiety.
The four biggest firms have been ordered to publish admissions of guilt. Here’s a sample of the most deceptive (and clever) ways they marketed smokes.
Big tobacco thrives off deception and very clever marketing The industry that makes money from obfuscating the truth has been recently forced to fess up. A U.S. District Judge ordered four major tobacco companies to publish admission statements making clear that they had lied in the past and present the recognitions of guilt in both newspapers and television networks. The advertisement campaign is set to begin after the companies’ appeals are over.
March Madness came early for fans of ‘The Bachelor.’ Devotees across the country are tuning in each way to check the rose distribution against their carefully crafted brackets.
On Monday evenings, 24-year old Boston College doctorate student Ashley Mitchell tunes in to ABC to watch Juan Pablo Galavis vacillate between a bevy of polished girls competing for his attention in The Bachelor. Four hundred and fifty miles away, Zach Sheldon, a college friend of Mitchell’s who lives in Buffalo, NY, does the same.The two friends—and many others like them—have a more vested interest than most of the show’s 8 million weekly fans, because there is cold, hard cash at stake for each rose handed out by the Venezuelan soccer player.
Forget Bitcoins. There’s a whole world of e-currency alternatives out there that you should know about.
If you’re wondering what the hell cryptocurrency is: join the club.While Twitter, and the internet, pretends to understand Bitcoins or “altcoins” or whatever damn coins exist on the computer but not in my wallet, the truth is that millions of us are totally clueless about these market mavericks purporting to revolutionize economic life as we know it.Crypto-bod Ben Doernberg explains: “Bitcoin was started by hardcore computer experts as a deadly-serious attempt to change the economic and political landscape, and it quickly attracted a core group of libertarians and cryptography enthusiasts.
The aches, the chills, the injustice of someone giving you—YOU!—this horrible bug that’s put you at death’s door. Here, the five stages of (hopefully) surviving the flu.
Stage One: DenialBecome vaguely aware that something is awry, but fail to connect this to any of the other 127 times something has felt awry right before you got sick.There you are, sitting in work, or traffic, or jury duty, or hour three of Wolves of Wall Street, and you think to yourself, “Hrm. Usually I am completely unaware of my eyeballs, and yet right now, they are throbbing? Weird.”Fifteen minutes goes by, and another body part that should be quietly doing its job makes itself known.
Money may not buy you love, but it can buy you good sex. And not in the way you think.
Mo’ money, mo’ sex?A recent analysis of the first Spanish National Sexual Health Survey found an interesting conclusion: socioeconomic factors are directly correlated to higher sexual satisfaction.This stunning result comes our way after researchers from the Barcelona Public Health Agency (ASPB) surveyed 9,850 participants during in-depth face-to-face interviews in participants’ homes in 2009. After reviewing the resulting data, they concluded that like so much else in life (though not everything!), it’s better when you’re rich.
From the looks of this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, this year’s tech is all about us.
Las Vegas, NV—Sixteen years ago futurist and sci-fi writer David Brin imagined a world where cameras and censors would be everywhere and everyone would have access to them whenever they wanted.Far from an Orwellian nightmare of Big Brother, Brin was optimistic despite his resignation that nothing could be done about the proliferation of cameras and sensors soon to be engulfing us. “The cameras are coming. They’re getting smaller and nothing will stop them.
Defenders of Internet English may think they’re standing up against oppressive, elitist style police. But the rush to replace words with images may be preparing us for servitude.
On a newly buzzworthy strip of storefronts in Venice, CA—Silicon Beach, as it’s now known—there’s a modest-looking building with some kind of ghost logo out front. No eyes, no mouth. It’s yours—for $16,800 a month. If you’re a total loser, you won’t recognize this as the former headquarters of fast-expanding Snapchat, the app so far at the vanguard of progress that it brushed a $3 billion buyout offer from Facebook. The spectral startup, of course, is almost the opposite of the world’s most famous social network, which is losing droves of younger users because too many old people are posting too many words.
Personal genetic tests are safe, innovative, and the future of medicine. So why is the most transparent administration ever shutting down an inexpensive and popular service? Because it can.