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Ice cream for breakfast is good for you, scientists say

11.25.16 at 1:32 pm ET
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  Washington Times — Kyorin University professor Yoshihiko Koga found that test subjects who ate ice cream for breakfast performed better on a computer-based mental-exercise drill than a control group, the Daily Mail reported Wednesday. “Professor Koga found that ice cream eaters fired off an abundance of high-frequency Alpha-waves,” explained the Daily Mail. “These waves are linked with reduced mental irritation and high alertness.”

 According to the Daily Telegraph, Mr. Koga, “is a specialist in psychophysiology, with his studies including looking into links between certain types of food and reduced stress.”

As with virtually all dietary research, however, there’s a caveat. Mr. Koga “has yet to determine a firm connection between the mental boost delivered by ice cream and a specific ingredient,” said the Daily Telegraph, and the boost in performance may well be largely psychological, “in the sense that ice cream is a treat that triggers positive emotions and added energy.”

I’m going to go out on a limb and say that specific ingredient is sugar.

Much like Ross Gellar, I don’t like ice cream because it’s too cold and hurts my teeth. But I do love Dippin’ Dots. It’s been the Ice Cream of the Future for about 30 years now and I still believe it will one day catch on in the mainstream and be the ice cream of the present. 

An alarming number of people are dying trying to take selfies

11.23.16 at 4:54 pm ET
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N.Y. PostMore people are dying for the perfect selfie.

A new study – titled, “Me, Myself and My Killfie: Characterizing and Preventing Selfie Deaths” – found that 127 people have died in a 29-month span through last September while trying to get photos of themselves at dangerous or exotic locations. The overwhelming majority of the deaths compiled by researchers occurred in India, where 76 people died. In the United States, there were eight selfie-related deaths.

The most common factor behind the so-called “selfie deaths” – defined as a death of an individual or group that could have been avoided had the individual(s) not been taking a selfie – was a fall from an elevated location like buildings or mountains. Deaths involving both elevation and water were next, followed by fatalities involving trains, according to researchers from Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania and two colleges in India.” 

“We found that taking selfies on train tracks is a trend,” the study reads. “This trend caters to the belief that posting on or next to train tracks with their best friend is regarded as romantic and a sign of never-ending friendship.”

This baffles me to no end.

First of all, I didn’t even know people were dying taking selfies. Now I come to find A LOT of people are dying taking selfies.

There’s even a name for it now and soon “killfies” will be added to the Oxford English Dictionary.

A lawyer is arguing that his client who trespassed on the Brooklyn Bridge to take a selfie shouldn’t be charged because there weren’t warning signs. We now need warning signs that say “No selfies here” to tell us if something that looks dangerous is actually dangerous.

Case against 3 women topless at New Hampshire beach won’t be dismissed

11.23.16 at 10:26 am ET
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Laconia, N.H.A legal motion to dismiss a case against some women who went topless at a New Hampshire beach and were ticketed has been denied.

Three women supporting the Free the Nipple movement were cited by police for appearing topless at Weirs Beach in Laconia over Memorial Day weekend.

Police say the women violated an ordinance prohibiting women from going topless.

The women said their constitutional rights to freedom of expression were being violated and filed a motion to dismiss the case against them early last month. They argue there’s no state law forbidding female toplessness and call the case gender-based discrimination because men don’t have to cover their nipples. reports a judge’s order dated Sunday says protecting “the public sensibilities” is an important government interest based on the difference between the sexes.

There are no pictures of these women here if that’s why you clicked on this.

I agree with this judge. I’m always in favor of public sensibilities over freedom of expression.

But I’m sure there are many people who think allowing women to go topless at the beach is an important issue, so here is a poll:

Should there be topless beaches in New England?

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Wednesday Morning Mashup: Barack Obama pokes fun at Michael Jordan during Medal of Freedom ceremony; MLB owners threaten lockout

11.23.16 at 8:25 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Wednesday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

NBA: Boston at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m. (CSN)
NBA: San Antonio at Charlotte, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Minnesota at New Orleans, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Philadelphia at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Chicago at San Jose, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: LSU at Wichita State, 12 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: VCU at Baylor, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Michigan at South Carolina, 5 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Charleston at Villanova, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: William & Mary at Duke, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Buffalo at Alaska-Anchorage, 11 p.m. (CBSSN)


— While presenting Michael Jordan with the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Tuesday, President Barack Obama couldn’t resist poking fun at the basketball legend’s status as a pop culture icon.

Obama praised Jordan for his accomplishments and said Jordan is “more than just a logo, more than just an Internet meme,” in reference to the popular “Crying Jordan” image.

The president went to joke about Jordan’s acting career.

“Today, we celebrate extraordinary Americans who have lifted our spirits, strengthened out union, pushed us towards progress,” Obama said. “I always love doing this event, but this is a particularly impressive class. We’ve got innovators and artists … public servants, rabble-rousers, athletes, renowned character actors, like the guy from ‘Space Jam.’ ”

Jordan starred in the 1996 hit movie “Space Jam” with Looney Tunes cartoon co-stars.

The other 20 honorees included Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Vin Scully.

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Terry Bradshaw does backstage striptease at Fox Sports studios

11.22.16 at 12:01 pm ET
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Fox Sports host Charissa Thompson shared these videos on her Instagram of Bradshaw doing some impromptu topless modeling behind the scenes at Fox Sports on Sunday.

Thompson seemed to enjoy it but Howie Long (and probably everyone else)? Not so much.

I will never watch Fox NFL Sunday or a shingles commercial the same way again.

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‘Martha and Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party’ thankfully renewed for second season

11.22.16 at 9:03 am ET
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VH1The first season of Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner has been a thrill ride. From Martha Stewart and Rick Ross getting steamy in the kitchen, to watching Snoop Dogg terrified of lobsters, to Martha’s gangster method for killing chickens, the show is riddled with comedy gold moments. So much so, that the highly acclaimed cooking show has already been picked up for Season 2. More Snoop. More Martha. What else could you want?

I was really hoping this show would work and I’m pleasantly surprised it does. I wouldn’t call it comedy gold but it’s not terrible.

The third, and most recent, episode features Snoop Dogg in a sweater vest and Stewart having Thanksgiving dinner with Chris Bosh, Naya Rivera and 2 Chainz. 2 Chainz wore sunglasses and a hat at the table but he was endearing, calling Stewart “ma’am” and “Miss Martha.”

As it stands right now I would call this show “watchable.” Who am I to tell VH1 how to structure their shows but I would make a few changes to this one for the second season.

For starters, take out the live studio audience. Completely unnecessary.

The DJ/MC and the live musical performances, also unnecessary. Keep the focus on Snoop Dogg and Stewart and the celebrity guests and it’ll be the new Barefoot Contessa.

And take it off VH1. This show has Food Network potential. It is infinitely better than the shows they have Guy Fieri doing these days.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Darrelle Revis sues former agents for allegedly increasing fees; Dennis Rodman charged in July hit-and-run case

11.22.16 at 8:19 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Tuesday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

NHL: St. Louis at Boston, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Chicago at Denver, 9 p.m. (NBA)
College football: Akron at Ohio, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Texas Tech vs. Auburn, 6 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: IUPUI at Marquette, 7:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Purdue vs. Utah State, 8:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Oregon State at Tulsa, 9 p.m. (ESPNews)


Darrelle Revis

Darrelle Revis

— Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis is suing his former agents for increasing their legal fees without his knowledge while he was playing for the Patriots.

Revis sued Neil Schwartz and Jonathan Feinsod along with their sports agency Schwartz & Feinsod, LLC last week in Westchester (N.Y.) Supreme Court.

Revis alleges when he signed an endorsement deal with Healthy Beverages, LLC, the producer of the Steaz green tea energy drink, Schwartz increased his legal fee from 10 percent to 50 percent on the deal without telling Revis.

The complaint states in January 2015 Schwartz had Revis initial pages detailing legal fee changes without explaining them or “giving Mr. Revis time to read it or a copy to read at a later date.”

At that time, Revis was with the Patriots and documents say he was “focused on the playoffs and the Super Bowl” and signed the legal fee documents because he “trusted” Schwartz.

Schwartz’s attorney denied the accusations and claims Revis filed this lawsuit to get out of paying the agents fees he owes from the deal he signed with the Jets.

This offseason Revis split with Schwartz and Feinsod who negotiated all of Revis’ contracts since he was drafted, including his most recent five-year, $70 million contract with the Jets before the 2015 season.

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Rougned Odor has a younger brother named Rougned Odor, who reportedly masturbated teammate as part of hazing ritual

11.21.16 at 8:20 pm ET
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Yahoo SportsEight Texas Rangers prospects were questioned by police in the Dominican Republic after a video showed a group of players sexually assaulting an underage teammate in a hazing incident that targeted players new to the team’s Dominican complex, sources familiar with the case told Yahoo Sports.

While prosecutors in the Dominican Republic have yet to press charges for the alleged assault, they told the court they intend to charge at least four players who held down a teammate and masturbated him, sources told Yahoo Sports.

Among those expected to be charged are the younger brother of Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor, also named Rougned, and Yohel Pozo, a top catching prospect, both 19 years old. The players facing potential charges have been told not to leave the country, according to sources.

Jeff Passan seriously buried the lede here because not only does Rougned Odor have the name Rougned Odor but so does his brother.

Rangers second baseman Rougned Roberto Odor has a younger brother named Rougned Jose Odor, who is a Rangers prospect.

The Rangers have two players in their system named Rougned Odor.


This was first reported in 2015 when the Rangers signed the younger Odor but we all forgot and now we’re being reminded all over again in the most unlikely of ways.

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Mass. people are blaming Donald Trump for their weight gain

11.21.16 at 9:48 am ET
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Boston GlobeCome this time of year, it’s usually the holidays that lead to overeating. But now another event has some people packing on the pounds: the election of Donald Trump.

From Massachusetts General Hospital’s Weight Center, to a pilates studio in Belmont, to a South End bakery, some Hillary Clinton supporters have taken to stress eating, bigly.

“The response is similar to what you see after a divorce or a death in the family,” said Fatima Cody Stanford, an obesity-medicine physician at MGH’s Weight Center.

“Numb” and “fearful” patients are backsliding into comfort food, she said, adding that it’s too early to know whether people will lose the Trump weight.

“We’ve never dealt with anything like this,” she said. “But I can say that if you look at historical events that are very stressful, they can lead to long-term weight retention.”

Alas, as aspiring dieters know, plain old life can lead to long-term weight retention — as can celebratory events, meaning elated Trump voters may be gaining weight, too. Yes, in a rare show of bipartisanship, those on both sides of the aisle could be putting on the Trump 10.

We are running out of things to blame for gaining weight.

I once read a magazine article with the headline, “Is your house making you fat?” So blaming outside factors for weight gain is nothing new –Trump is just the easiest target right now.

My favorite part of this is when one Burlington resident said, “Last night I went for homemade mac and cheese. It was satisfying, although that damn [jerk] is still going to be my president.”

And a Pilates teacher is freaking out because she had two glasses of wine three nights in a row and that’s just so out of character for her. An executive for a diet app company said after the election, “A lot of our active users couldn’t even stand to log in.”

People who are gluten-free are eating regular bread. One Somerville vegan said she just wants to be around people an if someone tries to feed her a vegetarian meal instead of a vegan one she would eat it because she values the human connection over being vegan.

It’s just utter chaos out there.

On the flip side, the “Trump 10″ is also going the other way: “A (smaller) group of Clinton diehards have already stopped eating out of sorrow.”

Trump’s win has obviously deeply affected these people, but I applaud them for not being too dramatic about it.

Monday’s Morning Mashup: NBA fines Steve Kerr for publicly criticizing refs; NFL kickers missed 12 PATs Sunday

11.21.16 at 8:22 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Monday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

NBA: Boston at Minnesota, 8 p.m. (CSN)
Dallas at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m. (NBATV)
Houston at Oakland, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Tennessee at Wisconsin, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball:
Georgetown at Oregon, 4:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball:
Saint Francis Brooklyn at Providence, 6:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball:
Georgia at George Washington, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball:
Notre Dame at Colorado, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball:
Western Carolina at Ohio State, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball:
Norfolk State at Butler, 8:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball:
Oklahoma State at UConn, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball:
Kansas at UAB, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball:
Texas at Northwestern, 9:30 p.m. (Longhorn Network)
College basketball:
North Carolina at Chaminade, 11:30 p.m. (ESPN2)


Steve Kerr

Steve Kerr

— The NBA has fined Warriors coach Steve Kerr $25,000 for public critisism of an official after comments Kerr made on Thursday during a radio appearance.

The Warriors won a close game against the Raptors on Wednesday during which the referees made some calls Kerr didn’t like.

Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan was not called for blatant traveling and this inspired Kerr’s comments.

“I can literally put together a blooper reel of plays that are embarrassing travels that are just not called,”  Kerr said, adding: “It’s a shame. Guys are getting away with murder out there. And fans see it. My favorite is when you see the visiting team travel and you see like a 1,000 fans in the background all doing the traveling signal with their hands. If those people saw it, how come the refs didn’t?”

The amount of $25,ooo is the typical fine for coaches publicly criticizing officials.

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