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June 15, 2018

The Art of Pie


Karin Pfeiff-Boschek of Antrifttal, Germany, made her first arty pie in September of 2016.

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She now creates three per week, which she gives to friends after posting pictures of them on Instagram.

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Martha Stewart wrote that she had "turned pie-crust decorating into an art form."

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I won't argue.


[via the Washington Post]

June 15, 2018 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

BehindTheMedspeak: Misophonia

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Long paper (published in the August 18, 2015 issue of Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment) short: "Misophonia is characterized by a negative reaction to a sound with a specific pattern and meaning to a given individual."

Misophonia is also known as selective sound sensitivity syndrome and sound-rage.

According to WebMD, the trigger is "often an oral sound — the sound someone makes when they eat, breathe, chew, yawn, or whistle."

"Misophonia may cause a reaction to sounds such as dripping water, snapping gum, or repetitive noises such as pencil tapping."

"People with misophonia can become irritated, enraged, or even panicked when they hear their trigger sounds."

The abstract of the scientific paper follows.


Misophonia is characterized by a negative reaction to a sound with a specific pattern and meaning to a given individual. In this paper, we review the clinical features of this relatively common yet underinvestigated condition, with focus on co-occurring neurodevelopmental disorders. Currently available data on the putative pathophysiology of the condition can inform our understanding and guide the diagnostic process and treatment approach. Tinnitus retraining therapy and cognitive behavior therapy have been proposed as the most effective treatment strategies for reducing symptoms; however, current treatment algorithms should be validated in large population studies. At the present stage, competing paradigms see misophonia as a physiological state potentially inducible in any subject, an idiopathic condition (which can present with comorbid psychiatric disorders), or a symptomatic manifestation of an underlying psychiatric disorder. Agreement on the use of standardized diagnostic criteria would be an important step forward in terms of both clinical practice and scientific inquiry. Areas for future research include phenomenology, epidemiology, modulating factors, neurophysiological underpinnings, and treatment trials.

June 15, 2018 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Crayola Makeup

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What took so long?

From Fortune:


The iconic crayon company has launched Crayola Beauty, a line of eyeshadows, blushes, mascaras, and more, in conjunction with beauty and fashion brand ASOS.

The products will be sold exclusively at the retailer's website.

Available in 95 shades, all of which are vegan, the 58 products range from $15 to $40.

The lip, cheek, and face "crayons" are likely to be the standout product, as they let people show off their creative nature on a living canvas.

Crayola's not straying too far from its core brand, using the same names for shades on the face crayons as it does with the crayons kids (and some adults) use when drawing, including Mauvelous, Dandelion (a color it actually retired last year), and Outer Space.

With the new line Crayola is both meeting a demand and bowing to the inevitable.

The internet already features videos with people using Crayola products as eyeliner and other forms of makeup.

While the company has urged people not to do this in its Frequently Asked Questions, that hasn't stopped people from using the colored pencils and crayons as cosmetics.

June 15, 2018 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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