Sunday, February 24, 2013

Jeans that fight cellulite!

In a world of “crazy fashion gimmicks,” Wrangler’s new Smooth Legs jeans are redefining crazy. Made of denim that contains retinol, caffeine, and algae, they’re supposed to fight cellulite as you wear them. Wrangler cites a study in which 69 percent of wearers claimed that their thighs looked better after several weeks in the jeans, but that’s not proof. A better bet might be the brand’s new aloe vera and olive extract jeans, which are said to release moisturizers through about six washes. Making it easier to slide into skinny jeans “doesn’t sound like the worst idea in the world.”

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Stats- Football, Guns, Campaign spending 2/20/13

In 1983, the Washington Redskins won the Super Bowl with a single 300-pound player on the roster. This year’s Super Bowl teams, the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens, had 24 players who weigh more than 300 pounds.
The Wall Street Journal

Since 2009, there have been 43 mass shootings of four or more people—an average of one such killing spree a month. In only four of the 43 shootings had anyone raised concerns about the mental health of the killer to authorities.
The Washington Post

The total amount of money spent on the 2012 elections, from the bottom to the top of the ballot, was a record $7.3 billion, the Federal Election Commission said this week. Candidates spent $3.2 billion, parties $2 billion, and outside political committees $2.1 billion.

Law school applications have plummeted 38 percent since 2010, due to the rising cost of a law degree and declining job prospects and salaries for lawyers. “Thirty years ago if you were looking to get on the escalator to upward mobility, you went to business or law school,” said Indiana University law professor William D. Henderson. “Today, the law school escalator is broken.”
The New York Times

With 47 percent of global coal consumption, China now burns almost as much coal as the rest of the world combined.
Poll watch

43% of Americans say the government is “definitely” or “probably” concealing the existence of extraterrestrial life on Earth.
Angus Reid Public Opinion

27% of Americans believe God plays a direct role in determining which teams win sports events. 53% believe God rewards athletes who have faith with success.
Public Religion Research Institute

Saturday, February 9, 2013

16 year old, Sarah Kavanagh, takes on Gatorade and wins

PepsiCo is making some big changes to its Gatorade sports drink, thanks to a high school sophomore’s Internet petition, said Candice Choi in the Associated Press. Sarah Kavanagh, 16, a vegetarian from Hattiesburg, Miss., was scanning Gatorade’s ingredient list for animal products one day when she came across an item she didn’t recognize: brominated vegetable oil. A Google search led her to articles about BVO, which she discovered was patented as a flame retardant, linked to reduced fertility and altered thyroid hormones, and banned as a food additive in Japan and the European Union.
“When I went to Change​.org to start my petition, I thought it might get a lot of support because no one wants to gulp down flame retardant,” Kavanagh said. “But with Gatorade being as big as they are, sometimes it was hard to know if we’d ever win.” Kavanagh’s petition attracted more than 200,000 signatures, and last week the soda giant announced it would replace BVO in Gatorade, said Stephanie Strom in The New York Times, though it remains present in Mountain Dew and other citrus-flavored drinks. “I’m thinking about taking it to the FDA,” Kavanagh said, “and asking them why they aren’t doing something about it.”
The week magazine

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Tip of the week... How to beat jet lag

Start with a boost. You can never eliminate jet lag entirely, says Ronald Kramer of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, but you can ease its effects. Start your first morning in the new time zone with a light workout, followed by a protein smoothie and a cup of coffee.

Don’t forgo naps. “One of the big mistakes is staying up all day.” Try to find time for a nap that’ll be over while the sun’s still up. Then turn in for the night at the same time the locals do.

Sleep through the night. Treat yourself to milk and cookies before bed: The light carbohydrates and stirring of childhood memories help the brain go quiet. Make sure your room is cool, and if all else fails, take a sleeping pill you’ve tried before. “Jet lag is one of the few situations” when a pill “can be really helpful.”
Source: Esquire