If your social media feeds are full of #fitspiration photos you might be doing yourself more harm than good. A new study from Flinders University in Australia found exposure to images of "functional fitness," or legitimate exercise, can positively boost women's self-esteem, but when you show them "firspirational" photos, which feature impossibly stunning images, they did not bolster well-being, appearance satisfaction, or intent to exercise. Female study participants embraced more motivational media campaigns like This Girl Can and #jointhemovement. Still, even exposure to those campaigns did not stop participants from comparing themselves to the idealized "fitspo" images. (Fox)
Get ready to lose sleep again. The creepy ladies of The Handmaid's Tale are almost back. Hululet fly the first looks at the show's second season, which will expand beyond the plot of the titular Margaret Atwood novel. "The Emmy-winning drama series returns with a second season shaped by Offred's pregnancy and her ongoing fight to free her future child from the dystopian horrors of Gilead," the streaming service said in a statement. "'Gilead is within you' is a favorite saying of Aunt Lydia. In Season Two, Offred and all our characters will fight against – or succumb to – this dark truth." Season 2 returns in April to Hulu.
The Minnesota / New Orleans game last night was probably the best playoff game of the weekend . . . and it came down to the last play.
Just when it looked like the Vikings were going to run out of time, Case Keenum found Stefon Diggs for a 61-yard touchdown as time expired, which put them up 29-to-24. Everyone went nuts, and the Saints retreated to the locker room.
But even though it was moot, the officials forced everyone back on the field, because when you score a touchdown to win the game in regulation, you HAVE TO line up and snap the ball . . . even if there's no time left on the clock.
But it took more than EIGHT MINUTES to get the Saints back out onto the field, and at that point, the Vikings didn't want to rub salt in the wound, so they just took a knee instead of kicking, meaning that the final score was 29 to 24.
The interesting thing is: The betting line was the Vikings by 5.5 points at a lot of sportsbooks . . . meaning that the extra point would decide who won and who lost.
So, gamblers FREAKED OUT, on both sides, when they saw that the Vikings weren't going to kick and would just take a knee. Without the point, they won by 5, so gamblers who bet on the Saints won
In the other playoff game yesterday, the Jacksonville Jaguars out-gunned the Pittsburgh Steelers. And on Saturday, the New England Patriots dismissed the Tennessee Titans, and the Philadelphia Eagles took out the Atlanta Falcons.
Next week, the Vikings will take on the Eagles for the NFC championship, and the Patriots will have to deal with the Jaguars in the AFC. Of course, the winners of those games are going to the Super Bowl.
An aviation student in northern Minnesota pulled off a sky-high marriage proposal by writing "Marry Me" in the snow and then flying his long-time girlfriend over his handiwork. Gavin Becker used a snow blower to write the life-changing question and a huge heart. The letters were 25-feet tall and it took more than four hours to complete. The University of North Dakota aviation student then rented a plane and took his high school sweetheart for a trip over the lake on Sunday. (Time)
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Rob Lowe took to Instagram to slam Bella Thorne for complaining about the highway 101 shutting down amid the Santa Barbara mudslides.
"F*** u 101 to santa barbra. I'm missing my boyfriends first date on his tour :(((," Thorne wrote in a now-deleted tweet on Wednesday. The Famous in Love actress, 20, is dating rapper Mod Sun.
Lowe shared a screenshot of Thorne's tweet on Thursday via Instagram: "This attitude is why people hate celebrities/Hollywood. Bella, I'm sorry you were inconvenienced. We will try to move out our dead quicker."
Thorne tweeted an apology Thursday, writing, "F*** just caught up on some news had no idea why the 101 was shut down…get home to your family safe," adding a heart emoji.
At least 17 people have died due to the California mudslides. An additional eight people are missing and more than two dozen are injured, the publication adds.
The Parks and Rec alum, 53, shared photos of some of the damage from the mudslides on Wednesday. "More terrible stories of loss today. Friends missing, some gone forever," Lowe wrote. "Pray for Montecito and know: EVERY day could be your last. Embrace that." CHECK IT OUT Full Story: People http://people.com/tv/rob-lowe-slams-bella-thorne-after-tweet-about-mudslide-road-closures/
If you have a tendency to pack on a few extra pounds during the winter months you might be able to blame the lack of sunlight. University of Alberta researchers have found that fat cells that lie just beneath our skin shrink when exposed to the blue light emitted by the sun. Senior study author, Peter Light, explains, "[...] the insufficient sunlight exposure we get eight months of the year living in a northern climate may be promoting fat storage and contribute to the typical weight gain some of us have over winter." Still, he cautions that way more research is needed on the topic so you shouldn't expose yourself to sunlight in an attempt to lose weight. (EurekAlert!)
The American Kennel Club announced yesterday (January 10th) that it's recognizing two new dog breeds, the first added since 2016. The Nederlandse kooikerhondje [NAY'-dehr-lahn-seh KOY'-kehr-hahnd-jeh] is a smaller, brown-and-white, spaniel-style dog from Holland that was trained to help hunters attract ducks into net-covered canals. The grand basset griffon Vendeen [grahnd bah-SAY' grihf-FAHN' vahn-DAY'-ahn] or "GBGV" is a hound from France known for its speed and stamina and was used for catch rabbits.
So this is a thing that exists now. Ikea just started running an ad for a crib in a women's magazine in Sweden that's also a PREGNANCY TEST.
So you can tear out the ad, pee on it, and then it'll tell you if you're pregnant.
And if you are, a new, lower price for the crib will appear on the page. So you can bring in the ad . . . holding it with gloves, maybe . . . and get that discount. There's no word if they're going to run this ad here in America.
No matter what sporting event you're at, there are always those SUPER hardcore fans . . . and apparently, a LOT of them participated in this latest poll, because the results are wild.
Ticketmaster conducted a survey on fan behavior at sporting events, and they asked 1,000 fans how they thought THEIR behaviors impacted games.
For starters, more than 90% of NFL fans say the crowd in the stadium can "sometimes or always influence the outcome of the game." That isn't surprising, in a lot of cases, teams can benefit from home field advantage.
But then it goes a little off the rails. More than 50% of fans say "cheers and chanting" influence the outcome of the game . . . and nearly 40% say a combination of "cheers, face paint, costumes, and dancing" are "most likely to influence the outcome of the game." (???)
And you can't blame that one on the women . . . FOUR TIMES more men than women say "dancing and costumes" can influence the outcome of a game.
Elsewhere in the poll, 40% of NFL fans say they are superstitious . . . and 30% believe THEIR game day rituals and superstitions can influence the outcome.
Of those rituals, the most popular are: Wearing a lucky piece of clothing (20%) . . . and tailgating (18%). Most fans say that tailgates are most likely to increase the energy in the stadium, but one in 10 say that people's "outfits" are most likely to increase energy.
30% percent of fans would give up a free trip to Tahiti to go see their team play in the Super Bowl. It's unclear why 'Tahiti' was chosen. (Although it sort of makes us feel like this survey was conducted in 1990.)
10% of Millennials would be willing to give up their job to see their team play in the Super Bowl . . .
And 13% would give up their HAND. Which is truly INSANE, although not having a hand or a job would just give them another excuse not to have to GET OUT OF THE HOUSE.
Also, the people who are willing to give up their hand are almost surely from Cleveland. Seriously. No one is doing that in New England. If they don't get tickets one year, they'll just try again the next.
Finally, 34% of fans say they are "very likely" to see their team play even if they have a losing record late in the season. And WOMEN are more likely than men, by a 5% margin. Which basically means women are more LOYAL fans.
Alabama's 26-23 overtime win against Georgia in the College Football Playoff championship game on Monday night (January 8th) drew big ratings for ESPN. The network announced Tuesday that it was the second most-watched cable event ever, with an average of 28.4 million people tuning in, up 13 percent from last year. Only the Oregon-Ohio State CFP championship game in January 2015, which was also on ESPN, had a higher rating and more viewers, with 33.9 million people watching.
An old video for a '90s workout called "Facercise" went viral a few years ago. It was supposed to make you look younger, and everyone thought it was dumb. But it looks like some of the stuff in there might actually work.
A study at Northwestern University found certain "face yoga" exercises can build up your face muscles. And after about five months, the average woman who did them regularly looked almost THREE YEARS younger.
Here are two exercises to try. But they're just the simplified versions. The full versions are a little too complicated to learn without actually watching someone do them . . .
1. The Cheek Lifter. Make an "O" shape with your mouth, so your top lip is folded over your front teeth. Then smile with the corners of your mouth over and over again.
2. The Eyebrow Lifter. Put three fingertips from each hand directly under your eyebrows, and push up to force your eyes open. Then smile while pushing your eyebrows down against your fingers . . . hold for 20 seconds . . . and do it three times.
One important note is you can't overdo it, or it can have the opposite effect and cause wrinkles. The people in the study did a bunch of different exercises 30 minutes a day for the first two months. Then every OTHER day after that. (Chicago Tribune)
We've got about five weeks until Valentine's Day. And according to one dating expert, that's still enough time to make someone fall in LOVE with you. Or at least something approaching love. Here are three tricks she says to try. But they all sound a little iffy . . .
1. Introduce them to your family. It ups the stakes, shows them you're serious, and makes them feel closer. If it all goes to plan, they'll suddenly feel like a much bigger part of your life than they thought they were.
But it could also backfire and scare them off. So don't try it if you JUST started dating.
2. Plan a bunch of fun stuff to do over the next month in the LEAD-UP to Valentine's Day. It might seem like you're trying to buy their affection. But the idea is by the time February 14th rolls around, they'll feel like EVERY day with you is Valentine's Day.
Plus the whole courting process tends to take a back seat this time of year . . . partly because we just want to stay in after the holidays, and partly because of all that holiday DEBT we racked up. So if being with you helps them de-stress, that's even better.
3. Start binge-watching a show together. It'll give you something to bond over. Just make sure it's something you'll both like. And depending on how many episodes there are, the expert claims it can actually be a real sign of commitment. (???)
This is for anyone who's spent most of their life watching TV, and sitting in front of a computer. (Isn't that all of us?) The good news is you might still be able to outlive that friend who's spent half their life in the gym.
According to a new study, you can reverse the negative effects that being a couch potato has on your heart in just TWO YEARS, even if you've never exercised before. The catch is you have to work out HARD to do it.
Researchers in Dallas had about 50 volunteers who'd all lived sedentary lifestyles start working out. Half had to follow a workout regimen that focused on balance and flexibility. In other words, lots of yoga. The other half had to do more INTENSE stuff like weightlifting and high-intensity interval training.
And after two years, the intense workouts made people's heart muscles much more flexible, which is what you want. Your heart tends to stiffen up as you age, which can eventually lead to heart failure.
Meanwhile, the group that just did yoga saw no improvement in heart flexibility. Which doesn't mean yoga's bad. It just means you also need to mix in more intense exercise if you want to get your heart back in shape.
You can't wait forever to get moving though. The study found that once you hit about 65, it's usually too late, and you can't reverse the effects of a sedentary lifestyle after that.
Now that there's a ratio of three craft breweries to every American, I guess it makes sense that we don't make time for some mainstream beers anymore.
The website 24/7 Wall Street analyzed beer sales over the past five years to figure out the brands we're just not drinking anymore. And here are the top 10 . . .
1. Bud Light Lime. Sales are down 35.5% over the past five years.
2. Keystone Light, down 26.2%.
3. Miller High Life, down 24.1%.
4. Natural Light, down 23%.
5. Budweiser, down 22.2%.
6. Natural Ice, down 20.9%.
7. Busch, down 19.7%.
8. Bud Light, down 13.4%.
9. Miller Lite, down 12.6%.
10. Icehouse, down 6.6%.
So what are we drinking to replace them? Obviously craft beers are huge, but some macrobrews are also seeing big growth. The sales numbers for Stella Artois and Modelo are both up over 200% in the past five years.
Much of the U.S. is still experiencing cold winter temperatures, but does putting up with the cold now mean there will be fewer mosquitoes come summer? Not necessarily. Susan Paskewitz, the chair of the Department of Entomology at the University of Wisconsin Madison explains, "[Pests are] going to get through this. They are going to make it because they have experienced these kinds of conditions before, and they don't get wiped out. Maybe we'll get a little suppression of ticks, but we'll see." She adds that most of the bugs are likely to make it, thought it's going to depend on a lot of factors, including what insects are in your area, how cold it gets where you live, and whether or not you get a lot of snow. (PopSci)
If you live in Michigan you have an opportunity to kill two birds with one stone. That's because Mario's Pizza, located in Union Pier. is offering a $30 "pizza and plow" promotion. Restaurant co-owner Tony Gloriosos explains he started the promotion last month after business was slow, so he decided to offer his plowing services along with the pizza for a special price. He says the price could change, depending on how difficult it is to remove the snow, but he plans to keep it up all winter long. (UPI)
The Browns have never had a victory parade in Cleveland, and honestly, it's hard to imagine that EVER happening. But on Saturday, thousands of Browns fans had a parade to honor the team's 'perfect' 0-16 season.
It wasn't a straight up protest . . . but it WAS a parade, with make-shift floats and marchers with creative signs. The route went around the stadium, in the shape of a giant zero.
There was a van painted in Browns colors that said, quote, "Hell has to freeze over at some point, right?" And another carried a 'Participation Trophy.'
The marchers held signs like "$10 million for 20 catches," which was a nod to the Browns' disastrous signing of receiver Kenny Britt last season. And another said, quote, "Perfection in the wrong direction."
There was also a woman sitting on a vehicle wearing a sash that read '0-16,' and there were Detroit Lions fans, welcoming Browns fans to the club. The Lions are the only other team to have gone 0-16 in a season.
Police estimate that between 2,500 and 3,200 people showed up . . . and they braved frigid temperatures to be there, which is also SOOO Cleveland.
The high in the city was 7 degrees, and the wind-chill dipped to negative-15. But again, Browns fans are gluttons for punishment.
On the bright side, the fan who organized the parade, Chris McNeil set up a GoFundMe page to cover the expenses of the parade fees and security . . . and leftover money will be donated to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.
Organizers also collected nonperishable items at the parade. McNeil says they have at least four vans full of food to donate, along with more than $15,000.
A few Browns players took offense to the parade . . . but LeBron James was amused. He said he "got a kick out of it."
The team issued this statement on Saturday: Quote, "We greatly appreciate the passion of all our fans and we apologize to them for not making 2017 an enjoyable season. We certainly hear them and understand their frustration.
"Obviously, we want the same thing as our fans . . . winning results. We're committed to doing everything we can to improve and build them the type of team they most certainly deserve."
BRUCE DICKINSON from IRON MAIDEN has some advice for aspiring metal singers: Pay close attention to how BABIES scream . . . because they can WAIL.
He says, quote, "You can learn an awful lot from babies . . . the racket that comes out of that tiny little thing. And it goes on forever . . . they don't lose their voice, do they, ever? Babies have got no fear of just letting rip with all their diaphragm and everything. And they've got these tiny little lungs!
"My God, they make an amazing noise. So you think about that, and you think when people say, 'Oh, I can't sing.' Oh, yes, you can . . . you've just forgotten how to do it." (I'm not sure I'm following this . . . but it's a great quote.)
Some studies have linked coffee with health benefits . . . but it's usually from drinking it. Well, GWYNETH PALTROW's absurd Goop site is now encouraging people to spend $135, so they can give themselves at-home COFFEE ENEMAS.
Goop sent out their annual 'detox guide' yesterday. And it includes a coffee colon-cleansing system made by a company called Implant-O-Rama. (???) You can buy it on the website ImplantORama.com.
The version in the newsletter comes with a one-quart glass bottle, but they also sell a GALLON-sized version for the same price. Keep in mind they don't do returns, for good reason.
Kindof a NO-BRAINER for us here in the Northland..
BUT.. Since most of the country is being hit with a massive winter storm, here are six things you should never leave in your car when it's freezing outside . . .
1. Your cell phone. If it gets too cold it can cause the phone to shut off or, worse, mess up the battery. And the screen may crack more easily in the cold as well.
2. Soda or beer. They're mostly water, which expands when it freezes. So they can explode and get all over your car.
3. Canned foods. Same as with soda . . . the water can freeze and expand, which could break the can's seal and cause the food to spoil.
4. Musical instruments, like a guitar. The wood can crack if it's too cold. And even if that doesn't happen, they'll definitely drift out of tune.
5. Medication. Certain drugs can lose their effectiveness if they get too cold.
6. A low gas tank. Keeping your tank more than half full helps prevent fuel lines from freezing. It's also a good idea to check other fluids such as antifreeze. And the cold can affect tire pressure, so keep an eye on that too.
The current GUNS N' ROSES "Not in This Lifetime" reunion tour has now made over $475 MILLION . . . making it the fourth biggest tour of ALL TIME.
And it's not even done yet . . . they'll pick it back up in Europe later this year with 18 more dates in June and July.
That means they could end up in third place by the end of it, or maybe even second. They'd have to schedule a lot more dates to make it to #1 though. Here are the five most successful tours of all time . . .
1. U2's "360" stadium tour from 2009 to 2011 . . . $736 million.
2. The Rolling Stones' "A Bigger Bang" tour from 2005 to 2007 . . . $558 million.
3. Coldplay's "Head Full of Dreams" tour in 2016 and 2017 . . . $523 million.
4. The Guns N' Roses tour . . . $475 million.
5. Roger Waters' "The Wall Live" tour from 2010 through 2013 . . . $459 million.
It seems like there's a new study every week that finds that Diet Coke is terrible for you. But you . . . and the president of the United States . . . just keep on drinking the stuff by the gallon.
So here's some good news for you: It might make you LIVE LONGER.
There's a woman in Grand Rapids, Michigan named Theresa Rowley who turned 104 years old on January 1st. And she says the secret to her long life is Diet Coke.
She drinks at least one can a day, quote, "Because I like it. I'm going shopping Wednesday and I need more Diet Coke. I have a bag full of empty Diet Coke cans that I need to return [to get money] to buy more Diet Coke."
But Diet Coke or not, Theresa says she's surprised she's still around. Quote, "When I was 100 . . . I thought I'd pass away . . . then I turn 101, and nothing happens. Here I am, 104, and still nothing happens.
"I'm surprised that I'm 104. It just doesn't seem like I should be that old."
(ABC 13 - Grand Rapids)
(Here's a picture of Theresa. She looks surprisingly young. Like, not a day over 97.)
Taco Bell has really been American food and not Mexican food since, well, pretty much forever. So it's about time they went all-in on that.
Taco Bell will FINALLY be rolling out FRIES later this month. They're called Nacho Fries, and they're French fries that are coated in Mexican seasoning that come with nacho cheese for dipping. And they'll only cost $1.
There have been rumors about Taco Bell serving fries for several years now, especially since they used to serve them in Mexico back when they had locations there.
There was even a random moment back in November when they seemed to confirm they were coming after Mark Hoppus from Blink-182 asked them about it on Twitter.
They'll be out on the 25th of this month. Taco Bell says they'll only be available for a limited time, but if they're a hit, there's a strong chance they'll stick around for good.
More psychopaths walk among us than you might think. Researchers from Austria's Innsbruck University gave 953 people a list of various foods and drinks and had them rate them on a scale of one to six. They then took a personality assessment that specifically measuring their "dark traits"—Machiavellianism, psychopathy, narcissism, everyday sadism, and trait aggression—as well as the Big Five factors of personality. The data revealed people who enjoyed bitter food and drinks "consistently" had "heightened sadistic proclivities." Still, there's been no direct reason identified to show why there's a correlation between the two things. (Men's Health)
Have you ever taken part in "Dry January"? People who do abstain from alcohol for the entire month of January often in an effort to get healthier. But whether or not it actually makes one healthier depends. Dr. George Koob, director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) explains, "The biggest benefit is learning where your body is in relation to alcohol and what you want your relationship with it to be." In other words, it depends on how much alcohol you normally drink in the first place. If you typically have several drinks per week, one of the main benefits of sober January could be a decrease in the overall calories you consume, since a standard drink is around 150 calories. You may also find you sleep better, have more regular digestion, find you are more focused and motivated, and you could even lower your risk of getting sick, as being intoxicated can acutely suppress immune function making you more vulnerable to pathogens. The take-home message: you could use Dry January to assess your overall relationship with alcohol, and determine how you may want to change it. (Fox)
Recreational marijuana became legal in California at midnight on New Year's. And MIKE TYSON is already planning to cash in on it. (Yes . . . a guy with a giant face tat likes to get stoned. Shocking.)
Late last month, he broke ground on a 40-acre pot farm in California City, California, about 100 miles north of L.A., and he claims it'll revolutionize the industry.
Half of the land will be used to grow pot. The other half will have a supply store . . . an extraction facility . . . a factory for edibles . . . a pot-growing SCHOOL . . . a campground for 'glamping,' a.k.a. luxury camping . . . and a small amphitheater.
So it kind of sounds like a pot farm that's also a mini pot-smoking RESORT.
He says the goal is to grow high-grade cannabis, including medical marijuana that helps with things like inflammation, but doesn't get you high. It's not clear when he plans to open up shop.
This isn't the first time Tyson's weed-smoking has been in the news. In his 2013 memoir, he said he used to smoke before his boxing matches. He used to beat drug tests by using a fake PENIS with clean urine.
But he did get caught. In 2000, he was fined $200,000 for testing positive for pot while he was still boxing.
The United Arab Emirates is known for their over-the-top New Year's Eve fireworks displays. This year they launched a 2,400-pound shell, and it set a "Guinness World Record" for largest aerial firework.
It took a 15-second climb before bursting in the sky.
California officially legalized recreational marijuana yesterday (January 1st) and Jack in the Box is taking full advantage of pot smokers by offering a new meal aimed at those with the munchies. The fast food meal is called the Merry Munchie Meal and will be available at three California locations beginning in mid-January. The meal includes half servings of curly fries and onion rings, two tacos, five mini churros, three crispy chicken strips and a small drink. It also costs $4.20 plus tax. This limited-time offer was developed in partnership with Merry Jane, a cannabis-focused digital media company launched in 2015 by Snoop Dogg, and will be tested from January 18th to 25th in his hometown of Long Beach. (Fox)
A 54-year-old guy from Poland was rescued off the coast of Madagascar on Christmas Day after SEVEN MONTHS lost at sea. (His name is tough to pronounce . . . Zbigniew Reket.)
When he started his trip back in May, he planned to sail about 1,200 miles from the east coast of Africa to South Africa. But then his engine died, and so did his radio.
The rudder on his boat also broke, so he couldn't steer. And he started drifting in the wrong direction . . . dead east, toward the middle of the Indian Ocean.
He only had a month's worth of food when he left, so he really had to stretch it out. He says he managed to catch some fish while he was out there. But by the end, he was surviving on a half pack of ramen noodles a day.
We've seen similar stories before. But this one's a little different because he wasn't alone. Right before he left, he got a CAT to bring with him named Samira. And the cat ALSO made it.
Our first question was: Did he ever consider EATING IT to survive? Luckily he didn't have to make that decision. Someone spotted their boat before his ramen supply ran out.
The Coast Guard found them near Reunion Island, about 600 miles east of Madagascar. There's nothing east of there until you hit Australia. So it was his last chance. He was malnourished, but he's fine now. And so is the cat.
(NY Daily News / Metro)
(Here he is on the boat with his cat after they were rescued.)
One of the most famous email scams is the one where you get an email from a Nigerian prince who promises to send you millions of dollars if you just give him a few thousand to cover the cost of the transfer.
Well . . . a guy running one of those scams was just arrested. And he's not EXACTLY what you'd picture when you think of a Nigerian prince.
No . . . he's a 67-year-old white guy from Slidell, Louisiana named Michael Neu.
He was just arrested after an 18-month investigation on 269 counts of wire fraud and one count of money laundering.
Apparently he was working as the middleman for people in Nigeria . . . he'd collect the money, then send it along to them. There's no word on whether the authorities are working on tracking them down.