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April 10, 2013

BehindTheMedspeak: "Walnuts May Curb Diabetes" — New York Times channels The Onion

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How else to explain the pathetic attempt to get eyeballs and attention with a silly headline akin to stuff you're used to seeing on The Onion?

Up top, page 4 of yesterday's Science section.

I don't blame the author of the brief item, Nicholas Bakalar: he didn't write the headline.

Someone needs to restore some adult supervision to this superb section of the paper before it completely jumps the shark.

Bakalar wrote that "compared with women who ate no walnuts, those who consumed 8 ounces [that's half a pound] or more a month reduced their risk for Type 2 diabetes by 24%."

At least he didn't go on to quote the study's authors as saying they now eat walnuts daily.

Sheesh.

Give us a break.

April 10, 2013 at 08:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Emergency Toilet Roll

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From the website:

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How many times can you reuse a square of toilet paper?

Not enough.

So in times of crisis just break open your Emergency Toilet Roll, sit back, and relax.

No one enjoys being caught short and no one enjoys having to do the bathroom walk of shame.

But there is no need to risk this kind of humiliating degradation — just place one of our Emergency Toilet Rolls in your bathroom.

Hang your Emergency Toilet Roll on a convenient access point, within arm's reach of your toilet seat — just follow the instructions in case of emergency.

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$7.20.

April 10, 2013 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Nanny in the Clouds — Mother is the necessity of invention

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Wrote Christine Negroni in the New York Times, "Gulf Air, based in Bahrain, briefly offered sky nannies to its youngest customers, but the airline scaled back the program this year to save money, so the in-flight amenity, uncommon in the industry, is available only to business-class passengers."

"Still the idea seemed a good one to Julie Melnick of California, who said she was unable to get help with her bags while boarding a plane with her baby several years ago. 'I asked a gate agent to help me, and he said, 'Ma'am, that's your personal belongings.' The experience led Ms. Melnick, a public relations consultant, to create Nanny in the Clouds, an online market that connects traveling parents with people on the same flight who might be interested in making some money baby-sitting for a child at 36,000 feet."

"Many travelers have visited Nanny in the Clouds, Ms. Melnick said, which has accumulated 2,000 names in its database since its introduction in November 2011. But with 24,000 flights a day in the United States, it has been difficult for parents and nannies to find an exact match. One mother who recently hired a sitter through the site for a trip from San Francisco to Washington, wrote to Ms. Melnick saying that the nanny entertained her child and allowed her to watch a movie and read a book."

"'We’ve gotten so many emails from people,' Ms. Melnick said. 'It's not just moms with kids but anybody who needs a hand — the elderly or even anxious fliers.'"

"In this respect, Ms. Melnick said, business travelers and young travelers are not so different. 'Flying is really stressful whether you have the kid or not.'"

April 10, 2013 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Corner Cutting Board

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From the website:

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This hard-rock maple board converts a counter corner into efficient working space.

The counter clip on this Boos corner cutting board secures to a 90-degree corner angle.

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Built from premium solid northern hard-rock maple wood of edge-grain construction, it also features a routed drip groove to collect juices and keep the counter clean.

Large oval cutting surface accommodates every style of prep work — dicing vegetables, preparing fruit, slicing bread, or carving roasts.

The dense tightly-grained wood preserves the edge on fine cutlery and is naturally resistant to cuts and scratches.

Produced to the exacting standards of professional chefs.

Protective mineral oil finish with beeswax.

Easily handles up to a 30-pound turkey.

Fits standard 1.5" thick counter.

Made in the USA.

Hand wash.

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$138.95.

April 10, 2013 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

"The Book of Barely Imagined Beings: A 21st Century Bestiary" — Caspar Henderson

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From the Wall Street Journal: "The old saw about truth being stranger than fiction is especially apt for the animal kingdom. That's the premise of Caspar Henderson's "The Book of Barely Imagined Beings: A 21st Century Bestiary, a look at 27 real-life animals. Inspired by medieval bestiaries, Mr. Henderson reveals some of the quirks of each species, while musing on history, philosophy, and art. (A chapter on the yeti crab touches on robots, Jean-Paul Sartre, creation myths and Aristotle.) These creatures offer a window onto our strange world — and ourselves. On the sponge, he writes, 'consider that it is a being of untold wonders, and that it is we who depend on processes it pioneered: It is we, not it, who are the spongers.'"

Two creatures featured in the book: above, the Thorny Devil; below,

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the Axolotl.

April 10, 2013 at 04:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Dress Up Horror Fridge Magnets

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From the website:

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Make your photos a whole lot scarier with our horror themed Dress Up Fridge Magnets.

Use our spooky magnets to create a whole bunch of terrifying new looks for of all your friends and family.

With so many to play with — from Frankenstein's bride to wicked witches to ghoulish werewolves — you can instantly transform your fridge into a mini (and contained) zombie apocalypse.

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$10.98.

April 10, 2013 at 12:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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