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Blog Archive for January, 2011

New Jersey officials get creative to battle heavy snowfall

Wency Leung

When you’re in a pickle, use the juice.That’s what public works administrators of Bergen County, New Jersey did when they started running low on their plowing funds for the year, due to this winter’s heavy snowfalls.

The Oscar curse? Best actresses more likely to divorce

Zosia Bielski

A U of T study reveals that best actress winners are 63 per cent more likely to divorce than actresses who do not take home the honour.

Should pregnant women worry about having sex?

Carly Weeks

New advice published today, intended to help doctors advise patients, says that many pregnant women can safely have sex, as long as they don't have certain risk factors

Giffords' husband contemplates return to work

Tralee Pearce

Astronaut Mark Kelly, on leave to tend to wife Gabrielle Giffords, to decide if he's space-bound this April

Your kids’ artwork: trash or treasure?

TRALEE PEARCE

An article is stirring online debate about what is worth keeping - and for how long

Smoking habits might be passed down along gender lines: Study

Dave McGinn

Fathers transmit their smoking habits to a statistically significant level to their sons, and the same is true of mothers and daughters

Chicken breast, or chicken legs? Your preference may be cultural

Wency Leung

According to Slate, Americans have traditionally favoured white chicken meat, while Russians prefer the darker chicken legs, thighs and drumsticks

Many men will stay with girlfriends who cheat with other women: study

ZOSIA BIELSKI

Translation? Men still believe in lipstick lesbians

Does social media speed up romances?

Dave McGinn

Survey finds majority of men and women believe technology shortens the time to intimacy

Mom jailed for trying to get her kids a better education

Erin Anderssen

How far would you go to sneak your kids into a better school?

New device lets you literally inhale your food

Wency Leung

The device, which looks like a large goldfish bowl, releases vapours created from specially-prepared flavour crystals, which the user sucks in with a straw

To fluoridate or not to fluoridate? That is Calgary's question

Dakshana Bascaramurty

Yesterday, the city's Utilities and Environment committee voted to end fluoridation in the city's water supply. The decision now goes to city council

How to get a divorce: Italian man brings mother on his honeymoon

Dave McGinn

When an Italian bride said ‘I do,’ there’s no way she meant she would do this

U.S. store faces uproar after blocking Elton John family picture

Dakshana Bascaramurty

Heaven forbid your seven-year-old, while waiting in line with you at the grocery store checkout, be exposed to 'the gays.'

U.K. McDonald's store bans tracksuits to deter young trouble-makers

Wency Leung

You probably wouldn’t get away with wearing sweatpants at a fine dining restaurant, but at McDonald’s, anything goes, right? Nope.

Will schools start grading your parenting?

Tralee Pearce

What if your kid's school sent home a report card grading your skills as a parent?

Taco Bell responds to meat lawsuit

Wency Leung

Taco Bell says it plans to take legal action in response to a class action law suit that alleges the restaurant chain's beef isn't entirely cow meat

Are you a compatible couple? It may depend on your speaking style

Dave McGinn

Two studies were used to examine how people’s speaking and writing styles could predict dating behaviour and the long-term strength of relationships

I'm not your 'sweet baby': What's with sexual harassment in the sports world?

Erin Anderssen

So far 2011 hasn’t proven to be the year of enlightenment, at least as far as certain sports figures are concerned

Stressed at work? Must be a case of the Tuesdays

Wency Leung

Whew! Have you had a particularly stressful morning? If so, you're not alone

Leo gets snubbed by the Academy Awards (again)

Zosia Bielski

The sci-fi espionage hit Inception landed eight nods at this year's Academy Awards -- but director Christopher Nolan was snubbed, as was the film's star, Leonardo DiCaprio.

U.S. law firm sues Taco Bell, claims 'beef' label misleading

Wency Leung

Before you bite into that beef taco, you might want to clarify the definition of 'beef'

Oprah reveals her family secret

Zosia Bielski

'I thought nothing could surprise me any more, but let me tell you, I was wrong,' Ms. Winfrey said

Dentist shows cleavage to distract patients from pain

Wency Leung

Whether the strategy really minimizes pain or not, it's luring patients to get their teeth checked

Wait, what's monogamy? Many young couples don't know

Tralee Pearce

According to a new study, a fair chunk of young high-risk Americans in relationships aren't playing by the same rules as their partners.

Just what the world needs: Urinals equipped with video games

TRALEE PEARCE

With names like "Splashing Battle," the games use pressure sensors attached to eye-level screens and require men to, well, aim accordingly

The dress, the dates and even divorce: Brits gamble on royal wedding

Dave McGinn

Want to bet that Prince William and Kate Middleton will get divorced before their tenth anniversary? Well, you can

'Tiger Mom' of nutrition forbids treats

Wency Leung

MeMe Roth doesn't allow her children to eat any sugar on weekdays. She enforces daily exercise, and boycotts Girl Guide cookies

Chloe or Gurleen? Baby names shaped by your neighbourhood

Zosia Bielski

Do you think your kid's name is original? It's not. Your neighbour has it too.

Jesse James is engaged: Would you trust a cheater?

Dave McGinn

Does James deserve a second chance at love?

Father loses parenting rights for forcing homework on his children

Erin Anderssen

An Australian father has lost the ability to make parental decisions for his kids, after the court ruled in a custody dispute that he was too ‘rigid and obsessive’

Dine out, save money? U.S. grocery prices outpace cost of restaurant meals

Wency Leung

If you've resolved to save money by dining out less this year, you might want to reconsider your strategy.

Would you pay to be saved from gridlock?

Dakshana Bascaramurty

Drive to work? How long did this morning's commute take? Half an hour? An hour? Longer?

Proof that drugs make you stupid? Look no further

DAVE McGINN

Criminals mistake ashes for cocaine, snort dead man's cremated remains

Web tool shows us just how good Canadians have it

Dakshana Bascaramurty

What you see as a mid-life crisis would actually be an end-of-life crisis if you lived in Guinea-Bisseau, where life expectancy is 48 versus 81 in Canada.

Statscan issues dismal report on Canadians' activity levels

Carly Weeks

Only 15 per cent of Canadian adults and 7 per cent of young people get the recommended amount of exercise, a new Statistics Canada report reveals.

Coke's Vitaminwater can't be called 'nutritious': U.K. watchdog

Tralee Pearce

The ruling came after three people complained that the poster for Vitaminwater was misleading, with one of them claiming that each 500ml bottle contained more than 30g of sugar.

Can't wait to shop? Blame your surname

Dave McGinn

Why do some people race to buy stuff while others wait patiently for their chance to grab goods?

University students actually learn very little: study

Erin Anderssen

It looks like university students are sleeping at their desks, at least for the first two years of higher education, according to new American research

Is it too soon to discuss replacing Regis?

Wency Leung

Within hours of Regis Philbin's retirement announcement, the Internet is already abuzz about who will take the talk show host's place

Human cheese: Sustainable or sick?

Zosia Bielski

Canada, control your binge drinking: Medical journal

Carly Weeks

A new editorial published Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal says the country's binge drinking problem is getting out of control and that it's time for a wake-up call

Ricky Gervais too mean for thin-skinned celebs?

ZOSIA BIELSKI

Mission accomplished: After a wickedly caustic performance, it looks like British comedian Ricky Gervais will not be hosting the Golden Globes for a third time.

Starbucks super-sizes with new 31-oz 'Trenta'

Wency Leung

Just when you thought you'd mastered the Starbucks lingo, the coffee company has announced it will launch yet another size, the "Trenta" - it's biggest cup yet.

Five-year-old's eyebrow wax sparks online uproar

Tralee Pearce

Makes hours of piano lessons seem like a walk down easy street, doesn't it?

If you saw the high calorie count, you'd order it anyway: study

TRALEE PEARCE

A new study suggests adding calorie counters to menus doesn't mean customers will order healthier foods

Happy marriage is measured in wife’s waistline: study

Dave McGinn

New research suggests that in a happy marriage, the husband tips the scales: wives should weigh less than their partners

UK study questions WHO breast-feeding guidelines

Wency Leung

Research found babies who were exclusively breastfed for six months, compared with those breastfed for four or five months, were more likely to develop anemia, food allergies and celiac disease

Will this font make you smarter?

Dakshana Bascaramurty

Comic Sans haters? We have some bad news for you.

Dining out? Study predicts why you'll return

Dave McGinn

Researchers say it's not just food that leaves you hungry to visit a restaurant more than once, but a 20-point scale of expectations

Why the gym isn't enough for the couch potato

Tralee Pearce

Think regular workouts mean you're fit and healthy? Not if you spend the rest of your time channel surfing, according to new research

Bargain hunters rejoice: Target heads north

Wency Leung

Will scoring a bargain at Target feel as much of an accomplishment when you no longer have to drive across the border?

Why your zodiac sign might have changed

Tralee Pearce

If you're incredibly invested in calling yourself such-a-Leo or attributing your stubbornness to being a Taurus, you may want to avert your eyes.

Cheers to a Royal wedding: UK pubs to stay open later

Dave McGinn

Britain’s government says pubs and restaurants will celebrate the Royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton with extended operating hours

Twitter reveals your accent, don’t cha know

Dakshana Bascaramurty

Linguistic researchers studied tweet language to pin down the geographic location of the user

Courtney Love being sued for her trash-talk tweets

Wency Leung

We’ve come to learn so many cautionary lessons from Ms. Love over the years. This one is a double-whammy: don’t bash others on Twitter, and it doesn’t hurt to use a dictionary

Italian man shot in head, sneezes out bullet

Tralee Pearce

"This is a very strange case and the first of its kind that I am aware of, certainly in Italy," Professor Sid Berrone, who saw Mr Sangermano

What do ATMs and public toilets have in common?

Dave McGinn

A UK-based study exposes the bacteria lurking on ATM machines

Border guards crack Kinder egg case

Erin Anderssen

Winnipeg woman's contraband Kinder Surprise Egg seized by U.S. border officials.

Rock n' roll is dead, but Glee prevails

Wency Leung

Rock n' roll could suffer the same fate as disco

Want to date a Ken doll? Eight men think they're up to the job

Zosia Bielski

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

Black to a wedding? Yes, if you ask Kate Middleton

Dave McGinn

British press in a tizzy after the princess-to be attends a wedding in a black dress with a sheer neckline

Can public transit boast peace and quiet?

ZOSIA BIELSKI

A Quiet Commute program in New Jersey is causing more commotion than calm

Is this Doritos ad blasphemy?

Wency Leung

A controversial Doritos ad has caused an uproar among offended Catholics

Do Chinese parents raise superior kids? Yale prof says yes

Zosia Bielski

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

Is self-esteem better than sex?

TRALEE PEARCE

New research suggests young people crave compliments more than sex, or even food.

Attention, job-seekers: sit up straight

Wency Leung

Posture is key to making a good first impression, say researchers

Tired of the sniff test? ‘Smart’ package shows when food spoils

Wency Leung

Sniffing food to determine freshness is so outdated, let the wrapping do the work

More e-mails from mom, fewer from Nigeria as spam declines

Dakshana Bascaramurty

Security software firm Symantec reports that the volume of spam in November was down more than 56 per cent from August

Hardcore fan tattoos entire back with Twilight

Dave McGinn

22 hours and $3,000 later, a British woman has her very own life-size Twilight tattoo

Med school’s new method: treat an entire neighbourhood

Wency Leung

What if your doctor were to treat not only what ails you, but the rest of your neighbourhood?

Chia: from pet to new super food?

Wency Leung

All these years we've been growing chia pets, who knew we ought to have been eating them?

Facebook faces ire of breastfeeding moms

Tralee Pearce

After taking down a page dedicated to all things breastfeeding, called The Leaky Boob, Facebook faces criticism

Glee star joins PETA to protest horse-drawn carriages

Dave McGinn

The last time we saw star Lea Michele she was dropping trou in GQ. Now, the actress has joined People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals in a new campaign to rid New York City streets of horse-drawn carriages.

Pocket-dialling fiasco a false alarm

Dakshana Bascaramurty

Illinois man's pocket dial mistakenly sends SWAT team to school, where his wife suspected he was held hostage

Say goodbye to 200-seat restaurants

Wency Leung

Smaller restaurants deemed safer in the current economy

Homeless man's show-biz voice gets the world's attention

Tralee Pearce

Why eat chocolate when you can inhale it?

Dave McGinn

A Harvard professor has developed the calorie-free idea of 'eating by breathing'

Australia hopes to disgust citizens into losing weight

Wency Leung

Frustrated with other tactics, Australian doctors are hoping they can disgust people into losing weight.

Internet addiction? Blame it on Information Deprivation Disorder

Erin Anderssen

Does a day without the web give you the shakes? You may be suffering from a condition scientists are calling Information Deprivation Disorder

A new 'Facebook' for gay U.S. soldiers

Wency Leung

Unflattering Katy Perry picture posted online - by her hubby

Erin Anderssen

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