Just like the size of your plate has been proven to impact how much you eat, a new study reveals the size of your wine glass impacts how much you drink. University of Cambridge researchers have data that suggests there's a connection between the rise in drinking-- especially wine-- in the U.K. since the 1960s and expanding wine glass sizes since the 1990s. Wine glass volume has increased seven-fold over what it was 300 years ago, from 0.07 quarts in 1700, to 0.5 quarts in 2017. Meanwhile, wine consumption in Britain rose almost four-fold from 1960 to 1980, and nearly doubled again between 1980 and 2004. Though this analysis doesn't prove the increase in glass size is a direct cause of the rise of wine consumption, there's a possibility it may be among other factors, including lower wine prices and increased availability of wine, that may have contributed to the uptick in wine drinking. (UPI
We're just ten days away from Christmas. So here are some random facts about Christmas history . . .
1. People argued over wishing you a "Merry Christmas" even 100 years ago. A cartoon from a 1916 copy of the "Chicago Tribune" made the argument that we should wish people a CHEERY Christmas instead of a MERRY Christmas . . . because merriment was associated with drunkenness, noise, and other bad behavior.
2. Nobody knows for sure how the traditions of hanging Christmas stockings or drinking eggnog got started.
3. Christmas trees used to be lit up with real candles. It seems insanely dangerous today, but people used to put actual candles on their tree.
4. Oyster stew was a common dish at Christmas dinner. Oysters were plentiful and cheap in the 19th and early 20th centuries . . . so a typical Christmas dinner would usually include some kind of oyster dish.
5. Santa as we know him today might be thanks to a Coca-Cola ad. Santa's red suit can be attributed to a guy named Thomas Nast who worked for "Harper's Weekly" magazine in the late 19th century. Before that, Santa often wore a tan suit.
But it was a series of advertisements from Coca-Cola in the 1930s that really made the image of Santa in a red suit popular.
A reporter in Milwaukee named Amy DuPont was about to go live when she got hit in the face with a snowball thrown by her photographer. He didn't mean to hit her in the face and apologized immediately. She took it very well, considering.
Seems he was trying to prove to her that the weather WAS snowball ready, which was contrary to her earlier report.
If you forgot all about sending out snail mail holiday cards out, Facebook has your back. Available now, the social network is offering a wide selection of seasonal cards, which you can personalize with photos. They cover everything from Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and even Winter Solstice, and templates have a wide variety of interfaith and non-denominational options. To send a digital greeting, go to the top of your news feed and click "send a holiday card." You then choose your template, personalize it, and send it. This is a free feature, so get cracking on sending some holiday cheer. (Elite Daily)
I want to say that this is the last Internet debate over something random this year . . . but it's only December 14th. We still have two-and-a-half weeks, which is a lifetime in dumb Internet years.
The big debate on Twitter right now is . . . how do you cut your toast?
The person who posed the question posted pictures of toast cut three different ways: Diagonally, into two triangles . . . cut in half horizontally . . . and cut in half vertically.
And the consensus seems to be: The diagonal cut is the best . . . the horizontal cut is second-best . . . and anyone who cuts their toast down the center vertically is a monster who should be banished from society. Now you know?
(Here's the picture of the three toast cuts that started it all.)
The 2018 class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was announced yesterday, and like it or not, BON JOVI is getting in. They're the only band this year that started AFTER the '70s.
They'll be joined by Dire Straits, the Moody Blues, the Cars, and Nina Simone. Gospel singer Sister Rosetta Tharpe will receive an Early Influence award.
JON BON JOVI told "Variety", quote, "It's good news for everybody. For the band, for the people who support us, for our families. A lot of people are very happy and proud. Some of us are even relieved!"
He also said that former guitarist Richie Sambora and original bassist Alec John Such WILL be part of the festivities. And Richie says he expects it to be, quote, "a joyous occasion."
Ric Ocasek from the Cars was asked how he felt about the honor, and he said, quote, "Any time you get an award for something, whether it's a bowling trophy or whatever, you feel a little special from it, I suppose." (???)
He said the Cars will play at the ceremony, even though bassist Benjamin Orr died in 2000. Orr sang lead on a lot of the band's hits, including "Let's Go", "Just What I Needed", and "Drive".
Justin Hayward of the Moody Blues says the band would love to play with former members Mike Pinder and Ray Thomas.
There's no word on Dire Straits, who broke up in 1992 and haven't played together since.
Nina Simone passed away in 2003. Tharpe died in 1973.
Bands that didn't make the cut this year include Radiohead, Rage Against the Machine, Judas Priest, Depeche Mode, Kate Bush, the Eurythmics, and LL Cool J.
The induction ceremony goes down April 14th in Cleveland. An edited version will air later on HBO.
Jack White has promised his upcoming third solo album will be "a bizarre one." The first tease of the Lazarettofollow-up is certainly that, as the rock auteur has shared a mashup of snippets he's dubbed, "Servings and Portions from my Boarding House Reach". Um, watch the below. And you tell me. Like I feel high AF and I don't even do those things anymore.
Silver sprinkles are a popular addition to holiday treats, but just because they're sparkly doesn't mean they're good for you. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says silver sprinkles, or dragées, simply aren't edible. They rose to popularity in the 1970s, and even back then the FDA asserted they were a decorative, non-food item, as they are coated in metal to give them their sheen. California is the only state that has banned the sale of the silver dragées, since a lawsuit in 2003 purported they were harmful if ingested.
Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey had big plans on Saturday to try to break the world record for the biggest snowball fight. But they had to cancel it . . . because it snowed.
They were planning to use fake, plush snowballs to guarantee no one got hurt. But when the forecast showed six inches of snow, they had to cancel the event . . . since that real snow would've gotten in the way.
There's no word on whether they're going to reschedule.
On Friday, a Tennessee woman named Kimberly Jones picked up her son Keaton from middle school, because he was being bullied so bad that he was afraid to go to lunch.
Keaton cried as he asked her, quote, "Just out of curiosity, why do they bully?" And he told her that at lunch, the bullies would pour milk on him, and call him ugly . . . apparently because he has scars on his head from a tumor operation.
The video went viral in a MAJOR way.
In just three days, it surpassed 20 MILLION views . . . and a TON of celebrities are sending love Keaton's way.
Chris Evans Tweeted, quote, "Stay strong, Keaton. Don't let them make you turn cold. I promise it gets better. While those punks at your school are deciding what kind of people they want to be in this world, how would you and your mom like to come to the 'Avengers' premiere in L.A. next year?"
Hailee Steinfeld posted a video saying, quote, "Hey Keaton, I just wanted to say I think you are amazing, [and] I'd love for you to be my date to the 'Pitch Perfect 3' premiere on Tuesday." (That's nice, Hailee . . . but talk about short notice!)
Mark Hamill Tweeted, quote, "They're just jealous because you're so smart and handsome." Bullied kids in the '80s would've DIED for a message like that from Mark, but for today's middle-schoolers, it might not get better than this . . .
Millie Bobby Brown from "Stranger Things" Tweeted, quote, "Keaton, this is so accurate. Why do people do this? I think your sooo cool Keaton! I wanna be your friend, but seriously, you're freakin' awesome."
Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker invited Keaton's family to a game . . . and University of Tennessee receiver Tyler Byrd said he and several teammates plan to visit Keaton at school.
Others who have sent Keaton some love include: Ryan Seacrest, Mark Ruffalo, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kevin Jonas, rapper Cardi B, country singer Kelsea Ballerini, Idina Menzel, Snoop Dogg, Eva Longoria, Katy Perry, Ricky Martin, Chris Brown, Orlando Bloom, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, the Colorado Rockies . . .
Justin Bieber, Nickelback, Demi Lovato, Camila Cabello, and Maddie Ziegler. Plus, a bunch folks he may not know, like Dr. Phil, Tom Arnold, Ed Asner, Billy Baldwin, Patricia Arquette, Carnie Wilson, Sean Hannity, and Dana White.
A GoFundMe account has also been established on Keaton's behalf, with money going toward a college fund. Last we checked, over $46,000 has been raised.
(Deadline, People, Huffington Post, Twitter, #StandWithKeaton)
Have you ever pretended to love a Christmas gift that you actually hated? According to a new survey, 86% of us have done it. Apparently the other 14% are just soul-crushingly honest. Here are five more stats from the survey . . .
1. 60% of people said that when they pretend to like something, it's usually because they don't want to offend the person who gave it to them. It's not clear what our other reasons are. Maybe we just don't want to create even more holiday drama?
2. 71% said they have old, unwanted gifts sitting around the house.
3. Over the years, people estimated that they've gotten an average of $954 worth of bad Christmas gifts they'll never use.
4. 22% of us have hated a gift so much, we immediately admitted we didn't like it.
5. 11% of parents said their kids have thrown a tantrum because they got a gift they didn't like. And 15% said their child has preferred the BOX something came in to the actual gift they got.
Also, if someone opens a present and says, "Wow, thanks so much," there's a good chance they DON'T really like it. But if they say something like, "I was planning to buy this" or "I've been saving up for one of these," they probably DO like it.
One thing is clear, people on social media will jump at the chance to make a stranger humiliate themselves. University of Alabama student Kelsey Hall posted a photo of herself dressed as a Christmas tree with the promise that she would wear the costume for the rest of the semester in exchange for 1,000 retweets. She ended up with over 26,000 retweets, and replied to her original post with "Guys I really don't want to do this." She told People that the costume was a gift from her mother and she thought the photo would be funny, but didn't think she'd actually see 1,000 retweets. She's been posting photographic evidence of her promise fulfilled since December 4th. (Yahoo) CHECK IT OUT: The Tweet That Started It All:
I'm not sure that all of us have palates that are refined and sophisticated enough to detect different notes in expensive wines, but we sure as hell have palates that can tell us what kind of cookie we're eating.
In case you missed it, back in October, Oreo released a MYSTERY flavor. And if you guessed it correctly, you could win $50,000. Most people immediately said they thought the flavor was FRUITY PEBBLES.
And they just revealed the correct answer . . . drum roll . . . Fruity Pebbles. We nailed it, guys. There's no word on who won the $50,000.
Everyone finds different attributes attractive, but that usually applies to potential human significant others, not light fixtures. A woman from Leeds, England says she is in an open relationship with two chandeliers, and that she is "engaged" to one of them. Amanda Liberty, age 33, says she's engaged to "Lumiere," a chandelier she bought on eBay a year ago. She claims it was love at first sight and spent about $538 on the German antique. Her other love, "Jewel," is a portable chandelier that she can sleep in bed with. The two are part of a collection of 25 chandeliers owned by Liberty, who considers herself Objectum Sexual, which means she's attracted to objects. (Daily Mail)
Pizza Hut is always looking for ways to get more of the pizza delivery market share, but this move almost seems UNFAIR. Now they're going to get you to pick them over Domino's, Papa John's, and the rest by bringing you BEER.
They just started testing beer delivery in Phoenix, where you can order six packs along with your pizza . . . with no extra charges or fees. And they're planning to expand the delivery program to other cities, quote, "quickly."
They're the first major pizza chain in America to offer alcohol delivery.
See, THIS is why Santa needs to stick to traveling by sleigh. Because as soon as he tries to get creative or EXTREME, little kids wind up TRAUMATIZED.
Santa tried to SKYDIVE into a charity volleyball tournament in Tampa over the weekend to deliver toys. But he didn't plan his trajectory quite right . . . and he crashed HARD into a tree on the way down. (The guy's real name is George Krokus.)
Fortunately, he survived . . . or else the kids who saw him would've REALLY needed therapy.
But he didn't exactly walk away from the crash, either . . . he's already had two leg surgeries for his injuries. On the bright side, he should make a full recovery.
There's a video making the rounds of an elderly couple dancing in the hallway of a casino, and they're so good they draw a crowd of cheering people. They're not shy either . . . they're doing some seriously sexy moves.
"Rolling Stone" put out a list of the '10 Best Movies of the Year,' and they went with the Oscar-type movies, rather than the blockbuster, mainstream favorites that you're more likely to have seen.
That said, we're on the verge of award show season . . . so these are ones we'll probably being hearing more about over the next few months. Here's the Top 10:
2. "Get Out"
3. "Call Me By Your Name"
4. "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"
5. "The Post" . . . a Meryl Streep movie that opens Christmas week.
6. "Lady Bird"
7. "The Shape of Water"
9. "A Ghost Story"
10. "Phantom Thread" . . . a Daniel Day Lewis movie opening Christmas Day.
(Hit up RollingStone.com for trailers and brief write-ups on each movie. VanityFair.com also has a list. Their #1 is "B.P.M. (Beats Per Minute)". And Indiewire.com has a list of The 25 Best Movie MOMENTS of 2017.)
"Vanity Fair's" Top Movies of 2017:
1. "B.P.M. (Beats Per Minute)"
2. "Faces Places"
3. "Call Me By Your Name"
4. "The Lost City of Z"
5. "Get Out"
6. "Phantom Thread"
7. "Personal Shopper"
8. "Princess Cyd"
9. "A Ghost Story"
10. "Beatriz at Dinner"
The Movies from Indie Wire's Top Movie Moments:
1. "Call Me By Your Name"
3. "A Ghost Story"
4. "Personal Shopper"
5. "The Florida Project"
7. "Lady Bird"
8. The French documentary "Faces Places"
9. "The Post"
10. "Phantom Thread"
The benching of ELI MANNING only lasted ONE GAME. Yesterday, the New York Giants fired head coach Ben McAdoo and GM Jerry Reese, and Manning will start this Sunday as the Giants host the Dallas Cowboys.
McAdoo was ripped apart in the press for his decision to bench Manning for the remainder of the season. Even though he's back, he did sit this past Sunday, meaning his streak of consecutive starts officially ended at 210.
There had been talk of former Giants protesting this Sunday by wearing #10 jerseys and standing on the sideline with Eli, but that seems unnecessary now.
Giants co-owner John Mara said the Eli situation wasn't the determining factor in yesterday's firings. They were going to do it at the end of the season anyway, so they decided to get a head start.
Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo will be the interim head coach. (ESPN)
These days, joking about bombs any place is a bad idea, but doing so on an airplane is in particularly bad taste. A Turkish Airlines flight from Nairobi to Instanbul made an emergency landing in Khartoum, Sudan, after passengers discovered a wifi network titled "bomb on board." The flight resumed after inspectors on the ground found no security risks. The airline has not stated whether it was able to identify the passenger who created the network. (Mashable)
When you work full-time you spend an awful lot of time with your co-workers, so you get to know habits of theirs that are less than pleasant. Now researchers at Olivet Nazarene University in Illinois have interviewed 2,000 working Americans about the worst habits of their colleagues. Being loud and complaining tied for the top spot on the list of "most annoying habits." Rounding out the top five most vexing habits were: gossip and bullying (32%); weird eating habits (12%); and email or meeting habits (6%). Additional data shows real estate workers face the most complaints about colleagues, and those working in communications and journalism are subject to the most gossip. Also, 78 percent say they've confronted a coworker about their annoying habit, but just 30 percent said this resolved matters. (Independent.co.uk)
Dogs in cartoons tend to be morons, and cats are little evil geniuses. But a new study has basically proven DOGS are the smarter species. Scientists figured out a way to count how many neurons different animals have in their cerebral cortex . . . the part of the brain associated with complex thoughts. And dogs have over TWICE as many.
It's not just because their brains are bigger. A lot of big-brained animals are dumb. For example, the brain of a bear is 10 times bigger than a cat's brain. But they found they have roughly the same number of neurons.
Raccoon brains are impressive too. They're the size of a cat brain, but have the same number of neurons as a dog. But they're all still pretty stupid compared to us. Dogs and raccoons both have around 500 million neurons. Your cerebral cortex has about 16 billion.