The myth that Christmas season starts earlier every year
It's the kind of jump-the-gun October ad that brings the same excuse, year after year: "This may SEEM a little premature to you - but it really is NOT . . . " Ah, yes: It's once again the time of year when retail giants begin their insistent reminders that there are "not many days left in which to do your Christmas buying."
Asking the Internet 'Am I ugly?'
Last month, the Internet collectively frowned over a depressing new genre of viral video: Teen-age girls taking to YouTube to ask anonymous strangers, "Am I Pretty or Ugly?" The good/bad news is that this plugged-in permutation of adolescent insecurity isn't just a girl thing.
Don't sweat the death-threat tweets
Dearest reader: I'd just like to let you know that I intend to kill you.
Calling 911 yet? Why not? I just threatened your life! If not a police call, then my threat at least merits a blog post, right?
Married people are fatter and happier
Doctors at Harvard tossed some more data on the pile last month, showing that married patients were more likely to identify cancer in its early stages and less likely to die from the disease than their unmarried peers.
A watch that will tell you when you're late
Everyone, it seems, is building a smartwatch these days. But the rumors about Google's smartwatch are more intriguing than most, for two reasons.
Why are there so many yellow taxis in the world?
Bumblebee-bright, a yellow taxicab blurs across Times Square: an instantly recognizable and infinitely reproduced symbol of New York City. But New York cab companies weren't the first to paint their vehicles the now iconic yellow, a popular taxi color in many parts of the country and the world.
Real world lessons from 'Walking Dead'
In the TV series "The Walking Dead," the characters inhabit a world overrun by zombies - specifically, zombies caused by a mysterious virus that has apparently infected everyone in the population.
Smells like teen spirit: An olfactory experiment
When I first told my husband that I was planning to wear only Axe men's products for an entire week, his answer was a foreshadowing of things to come: "You're planning on wearing that stuff to bed every night for a week? Man. Axe really does work. It's only been a few minutes and look, you're already single again."
The Colonel's real secret of KFC's success
Before there was KFC, there was really no such thing as fast-food chicken. Fast food meant thin, easily griddled burgers and thin-cut potato sticks you could dump in the deep fryer.
Some animals are dying for love
In a brief and frenzied mating season, the males of a marsupial species that livees in Australia, South America and Papua New Guinea will compete desperately for the attention of the females, mate frantically with them, and get so stressed out by the experience that they will die, tragically, like an army of Romeos.
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