Are Champagne problems real? Are champagne glasses based on boobs? Let’s find out the truth. by Mike Rampton  The world is full of lies, and it’s hard to get through life without taking a few on board. Luckily, we’re here to sort the fact from the fiction, and find the plankton of truth in the ocean of bullshit. This week: Champagne! Why do race car drivers throw it everywhere? What’s the connection with 300-year-old French titties? Let’s pop open the magnum of truth with these Champagne myths, facts and trivia. LIE #1: FORMULA 1 DRIVERS SPRAY CHAMPAGNE EVERYWHERE WHEN THEY WIN … Continue reading FIVE LIES YOU’VE BEEN TOLD ABOUT CHAMPAGNE

Apathy may precede dementia years before other symptoms

by James Kingsland A study has found that in individuals at genetic risk of frontotemporal dementia, apathy predicts the development of symptoms years later. Targeting early signs of apathy may be one way to delay the onset of this type of dementia or slow its progression. Doctors usually diagnose frontotemporal dementia in people between the ages of 45 and 64 years, and this condition accounts for fewer than 1 in 20 dementia cases. It mainly affects the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain. The disease has a genetic component; around 10–30% of all people with this type of dementia have a … Continue reading Apathy may precede dementia years before other symptoms

Cognition, Bipolar Disorder, and the Self

by Chris Aiken, MD For many patients, the most painful part of bipolar disorder is the loss of control over their own mind. A single sentence in the landmark textbook Manic-Depressive Illness by Frederick Goodwin, MD, and Kay Jamison, PhD, overshadows much of the progress we have made in treating bipolar disorder: “Complete symptomatic remission does not ensure functional recovery.”1 In other words, we can treat the symptoms but that does not mean our patients will get their lives back. Strained marriages, checkered work histories, and lost friendships become the norm. For these patients, it is not the depression or the mania but … Continue reading Cognition, Bipolar Disorder, and the Self

Hawaii’s Beaches Are Disappearing

Hawaii’s Beaches Are Disappearing by Ash Ngu, ProPublica, and Sophie Cocke, Honolulu Star-Advertiser. ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive our biggest stories as soon as they’re published. This article was produced in partnership with the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, which is a member of the ProPublica Local Reporting Network. Hawaii’s beaches are owned by the public, and the government is required to preserve them. So years ago, officials adopted a “no tolerance” policy toward new seawalls, which scientists say are the primary cause of coastal erosion. But over the past two decades, oceanfront property owners across the state have … Continue reading Hawaii’s Beaches Are Disappearing

Opinion: Five Health Experts Weigh in on Indoor Dining

Earlier this fall, many restaurants reopened their doors to indoor dining. But health experts say it’s still risky. BY LAURIE ARCHBALD-PANNONE, KATHLEEN C. BROWN, RYAN HUERTO, SUE MATTISON, & THOMAS A. RUSSO, THE CONVERSATION  EARLIER THIS FALL, many of the nation’s restaurants opened their doors to patrons to eat inside, especially as the weather turned cold in places. Now, as Covid-19 cases surge across the country, some cities and towns have banned indoor dining while others have permitted it with restrictions. Still other geographies have no bans at all. The restaurant and hospitality industry has reacted strongly, filing lawsuits challenging indoor dining bans and, in New York state, pointing … Continue reading Opinion: Five Health Experts Weigh in on Indoor Dining


When feeling good about ourselves matters more than filial duty, cutting off our parents comes to seem like a valid choice by Joshua Coleman is a psychologist in private practice and senior fellow with the Council on Contemporary Families. His books include The Marriage Makeover(2004), The Lazy Husband (2005), When Parents Hurt (2007) and Rules of Estrangement (forthcoming, 2021). He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Edited by Pam Weintraub ‘We haven’t heard from our son in five years. We thought, with the pandemic and all, that he’d finally reach out with just a “Hey, wanted to make sure you’re doing okay. Let me know.” But nothing. … Continue reading Estranged


by Eddie Kim  These three resilient, relentlessly optimistic restaurateurs certainly think so. But they also believe it will take bold, urgent action from the government to make it happen. When my parents bought a restaurant five years ago, the intention was never to turn it into something truly great. Auntie Pasto’s is a decent red-sauce Italian joint that I ate at once a month while growing up in suburban Hawaii, and I was surprised to hear that they had bought it in semi-retirement after selling off a sushi franchise they had built over the previous 15 years. They wouldn’t have to be so hands-on this … Continue reading CAN WE SAVE RESTAURANTS IN 2021?

Karma Is Individual

Is collective karma really a thing? Theravada monk Thanissaro Bhikkhu weighs in. By Thanissaro Bhikkhu One of the Buddha’s major accomplishments was to establish a religion that doesn’t depend on who you are or where you come from. His teachings were for everyone—regardless of tribe, caste, or nationality—who wanted to put an end to suffering. Since his time, those teachings have managed to spread throughout the world, transcending boundaries and divisions, because they treat people as responsible individuals, rather than lumping them into groups. They recommend that we evaluate ourselves by our own current actions, rather than by the actions of other members of … Continue reading Karma Is Individual


Matt Agorist, The Free Thought Project Waking Times As TFTP reported this week, in a historical move, marking the fastest ever approved vaccine in history, it took the US government less time to approve a COVID-19 vaccine than it did for them to approve $600 checks for starving Americans. Naturally, this has fueled public mistrust as by the very definition of “long-term” studies, absolutely no long-term studies were conducted in regard to the vaccine. Adding to this mistrust is the fact that if you are harmed by the COVID-19 vaccine, Pfizer and Moderna have total immunity from liability and you will have no … Continue reading IF THE COVID VACCINE INJURES YOU, YOU CAN’T SUE ANYONE—PROBABLY NOT EVEN THE GOV’T

The key differences between swimming and running

by Rebecca Strong This article was medically reviewed by Joey Thurman, CSCS, CPT, FNS, a Chicago-based fitness expert and creator of The Sculpt System app. Medically Reviewed Both running and swimming are good forms of cardiovascular exercise that can burn calories while strengthening and toning muscles. Swimming and running offer a wide range of physical, mental, and social benefits, with the main difference being that swimming is less stressful on joints. If you have arthritis or suffer from back or joint pain due to an injury, swimming may be a better option for you than running. When it comes to cardiovascular exercise, running and swimming are … Continue reading The key differences between swimming and running