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Blog Archive for November, 2010

A spoonful of sugar helps the rage go down: study

Dave McGinn

Consuming sugar can help boost self-control and calm aggression, researcher says

The best marriage proposal videos ever

Erin Anderssen

Looking for romantic ideas this holiday season? YouTube has plenty

Can obese people be bribed to walk?

Zosia Bielski

School starts poker club to teach teens math

Erin Anderssen

A high school in Virginia has started a poker club to teach kids math and logic-reasoning lessons

Study reveals Canada's most miserable city

Tralee Pearce

Morning radar: Three things we're talking about this morning

Swim trunks land Singapore water polo team in hot water

TRALEE PEARCE

Officials denounce the racy use of the national flag

And the best comments of the week are ...

Dave McGinn

Our favourite Hot Button blog comments

Forget cash. This town lets residents pay parking violations with food

Wency Leung

How many cans of soup does a parking violation cost?

Are you and your siblings a lot alike?

Will Black Friday become a Canadian tradition?

Dakshana Bascaramurty

Man loses life savings after leaving it on the roof of his car

Dave McGinn

The British pensioner didn't trust banks, so kept cash with him

Quarter of overweight women think their size is normal

Tralee Pearce

Since they perceive their weight as normal, they do not address it, study finds

Move over, turducken: TurBaconEpic is here

Wency Leung

There once was a time when turducken was considered extreme. But the chicken-wrapped-in-duck-wrapped-in-turkey combo doesn't even come close to the meaty monstrosity dubbed the "TurBaconEpic," shown on the Canadian Youtube channel Epic Meal Time. See it here , complete with dramatic suspense-building music.

Bad memory? Blame it on jet lag

Dave McGinn

Jet lag can not only leave travellers feeling cranky, it can also cause memory and learning problems long after the return to a regular schedule, according to a new study.

Does Angelina equate Thanksgiving with murder?

Erin Anderssen and Tralee Pearce

Woman calls out flasher on subway

Dave McGinn

A woman who was flashed while riding a New York City subway didn't just stand there and take it. Oh no. Not this lady. She got angry. Real angry.

Spam aboard the Carnival Splendor?

Dakshana Bascaramurty

Sure. there wasn't a happy ending, but at least Jack Dawson was offered Beluga caviar on board the Titanic before the ship sank to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.

The $777 burger: more ridiculous than the Double Down?

Wency Leung

We've seen plenty of fancy-schmancy burgers in recent years, as chefs give the classic patty-in-a-bun the gourmet treatment.

Do you update your status before your spouse?

Tralee Pearce

What's the princess trend teaching our little girls?

Would you buy your little princess a $1,600 dress?

Dave McGinn

A new company is offering custom-made gowns for young girls - tiara included

High-end vending machines coming to Canada

Erin Anderssen

Around the world, machines are already selling eletronics, skin cream and even gold

Subway exec fails as sandwich artist

Wency Leung

Being a corporate big wig doesn't qualify you to work the fast food counter.

Upper class has trouble with human emotions: study

Zosia Bielski

Morning Radar: Three things we're talking about this morning

Facebook triggers asthma in teen boy

Tralee Pearce

Looking at his ex-girlfriend's profile caused a man to experience shortness of breath

Early puberty triggered by body fat: study

Zosia Bielski

Research suggests some women may have a genetic susceptibility to weight gain and early puberty

Want to sleep with snacks? Head to The Food Hotel

Wency Leung

Forget the Ice Hotel. Try digesting the concept of Germany's Food Hotel.

The royal hero: Prince William saves man's life

Zosia Bielski

Morning radar: Three things we're talking about this morning

Oprah gives away diamond watches, TVs

On part one of her final Favourite Things show,, the host gives away televisions, diamond watches and more

And the best comments from the week are ...

Dave McGinn

Our favourite Hot Button blog comments

Butter beer and cauldron cakes: Food bloggers take on Harry Potter

Wency Leung

Treacle tarts, licorice wands and butter beer... Is the whimsical onscreen food distracting you from the story line of the new Harry Potter film?

Bad day for BK: Would you like expletives with that?

Tralee Pearce

Morning radar: Three things we're talking about this morning

Steven Slater tries his hand at rapping

Dave McGinn

The former JetBlue flight attendant has a new gig promoting a texting service

Toronto board mulls paying kids to stay in school

Tralee Pearce

The Toronto District School Board's new anti-poverty task force will examine the idea of paying students from disadvantaged communities to do well in school

Man sues restaurant after eating entire artichoke

Wency Leung

A Miami man is suing a restaurant for failing to warn him not to eat the tough, pointy leaves of an artichoke.

Think you have a big cell bill?
Try $47, 000

Dave McGinn

A Quebec woman has racked up more than $60, 000 in cellphone bills since July thanks to a very, very bad tip from her service provider.

Can your boss dictate what's in your lunch?

Tralee Pearce

Morning radar: Three things we're talking about this morning:

Mad Men star's green choices include not having kids – or a toilet

Dave McGinn

Vincent Kartheiser weighs in on a growing hot topic

Should stores open on Boxing Day?

Dakshana Bascaramurty

Some communities and provinces still want to the keep the day shopping-free

Would you change your kid's diaper on a restaurant table?

Dakshana Bascaramurty

Dunkin Donuts staff allegedly called the police on two moms who were breastfeeding at a local franchise (which is perfectly legal in the state of New Jersey).

Celebrity chefs fire up burger wars

Wency Leung

A growing pack of celebrity chefs is firing up the competition to dominate the gourmet burger market.

Airport body scanner video sparks online outcry

Tralee Pearce

'If you touch my junk I'm going to have you arrested,' software engineer tells airport security

Stuff White People Like, the sequel

Dave McGinn

Toronto-born writer Christian Lander has a second book coming out based on his popular blog

Like Kate's sapphire? Check out this rock

Erin Anderssen

A 24.88 carat pink diamond is expected to fetch up to $38-million at auction today

'Small' food servings result in 'guiltless gluttony'

Dakshana Bascaramurty

You've already maxed out on sodium and fat on that cheeseburger you ordered for lunch so you decide to go conservative on your drink order: "I'll have a small Coke," you say. That's still 345 mL, 150 calories and 39 grams of sugar.

The Double Down disappears in Canada

Wency Leung

And just like that, it's gone.

Waity Katie waits no more

Zosia Bielski

Morning radar: Three things we're talking about this morning

Save aquabib! Oxford wants you to adopt a word

Zosia Bielski

Save the Words was launched to prevent thousands of terms from falling out of daily use

'Manly' yogurt: Yes, there is such a thing

Wency Leung

It's super-thick. It's chunky. It's yogurt for men.

Think your kid hasn't used drugs? Think again

Carly Weeks

Barely literate students cheat and prosper

Zosia Bielski

Jon and Kate plus 'rage issues'

DAVE McGINN

We probably should have seen this coming: Two of the Gosselin sextuplets have been booted from their Pennsylvania private school after clashing with classmates, according to In Touch Weekly.

Obese customers eat for free at Heart Attack Grill

Wency Leung

Toronto's Dangerous Dan's Diner, home of the Coronary Burger Special, may be aggressively gluttonous. But the eatery seems lightweight in comparison with the Heart Attack Grill in Arizona, where customers who weigh more than 350 pounds eat for free.

Gay couple weds in Texas thanks to Skype

Ranking women? Not just something you'd see on Mad Men

Erin Anderssen

Wendy's fries go 'natural'

Wency Leung

For the first time in its 41-year history, fast food chain Wendy's has revamped its French fries, introducing new "natural-cut" fries that supposedly offer a "hotter, crispier taste experience with an enhanced potato flavour and texture."

Why silence is golden on the UK music charts

Erin Anderssen

Morning radar: Three things we're talking about this morning

Hillary Clinton tells you how to pull off 'the gift face'

Dakshana Bascaramurty

After a trip down under, we can see that beneath that tough exterior: Hillary Clinton is quite charming and quick-witted.

Seeing meat calms you down, study says

Wency Leung

Next time you experience road rage or get into an argument with the boss, maybe ordering a nice, big, hunk of steak will soothe your aggression.

Did the famous Wheel of Fortune contestant just get lucky?

Erin Anderssen

Professor loses 27 lbs on Twinkie diet

Wency Leung

Earlier this fall, we heard about nutrition expert Mark Haub and his wacky, Twinkie-heavy, weight-loss diet. Now, after 10 weeks of his experiment, the Kansas State University professor has reportedly shed 27 pounds from eating sugary snacks like Hostess cakes, Doritos chips and Oreos.

Bush's fetus story sparks revulsion among online readers

Zosia Bielski

Faking cancer: more common than you might think

Carly Weeks

When Ashley Kirilow was arrested last summer on charges of faking cancer in order to collect donations and pocket the money, the reaction was resounding: how could a person lie to her community and even her family about something as serious as faking cancer?

Bacon soda: delicious or disgusting?

Wency Leung

We would've loved to have been a fly on the wall at the product development meeting at Jones Soda Co. when they decided to roll out their new bacon-flavoured fizzy drink. The Seattle soda manufacturer is marketing the new drink as "refreshingly meaty," and if you order it online, you get a bag of bacon popcorn, a tube of bacon lip balm, and a pouch of bacon gravy too.

Hairy women: New trend or seasonal reality?

Zosia Bielski

Morning radar: Three things we're talking about this morning

Hand sanitizer: No. Silicone face mask: Yes

Tralee Pearce

The Air Canada masked man: Perhaps inspired by the Halloween season

And the best comments from the week are...

Dave McGinn

Our favourite hot button blog comments

The McDonald's burger won't destruct. Here's why

Wency Leung

By now, we've all heard about the indestructibility of the McDonald's burger. Morgan Spurlock showed its inability to decompose in his famous 2004 documentary "Super Size Me." And recently, artist Sally Davies documented an unchanging Happy Meal every day for 137 days.

Vaccination rates for kids of affluent parents decline

Tralee Pearce

Recipe for disaster: An editor, plagiarism and a non-apology

Dave McGinn

Christmas comes really early at Starbucks

Zosia Bielski

The seasonal red cups and holiday menu hit stores just two days after Halloween

Brides-to-be compete for plastic surgery on new show

Erin Anderssen

On Bridalplasty, women will get new body parts just in time for their wedding day

Ottawa school board to ask students if they are gay

Dave McGinn

A school board in Ottawa will be asking students if they are gay as part of a census that will be conducted later this month.

Think organic veggies have more antioxidants?

Wency Leung

You're eating organic? Bravo. Just don't expect more antioxidants.

Will the Happy Meal be extinct one day?

Tralee Pearce

Rapping may not be the best way to stop cyberbullying

Dakshana Bascaramurty

There are lots of good ways to protect kids online. A new video isn't one of them

Why seniors can't find their keys

Dakshana Bascaramurty

Research says some older adults are unable to 'tune in' to the task or object or person at hand

Can Facebook predict election results?

Dakshana Bascaramurty

There's a disconnect between social media and true citizen engagement and activism - at least that's what critics of Facebook and Twitter argue (Malcolm Gladwell the most vocal among them ).

Tonka: the magical bean

Wency Leung

Have you ever tried tonka bean?

The age when we're most tired

Tralee Pearce

Camera-equipped Barbie sparks controversy

Dave McGinn

A new Barbie doll that comes equipped with a video camera has sparked a controversy Down Under.

Why women have sex, according to Stephen Fry

Erin Anderssen

These are rough times for British actor, comedian, and Twitter star Stephen Fry, who has managed to outrage a sizable portion of his female fans by suggesting "the only reason" they have sex is to "pay for a relationship with a man."

Bourdain picks winning essay on what it means to cook well

Wency Leung

Why cook well? Because a good meal is the highlight to a hard-working man's day.

Should catcalls be illegal?

Zosia Bielski

Eggs versus the Double Down: Guess who wins?

CARLY WEEKS

One egg yolk has more cholesterol than the entire greasy sandwich, researchers warn

Organization as art

Zosia Bielski

Blogs and books celebrate people's various collections

Poppy seeds really do skew drug tests

Wency Leung

A Pennsylvania mother found out the hard way when authorities took her baby after she failed a drug test

iPhone glitch leaves Europeans late for work

Carly Weeks

Does this tiny teenager hold the key to immortality?

Zosia Bielski