July 27, 2013 |
In the astute new road-trip movie "Crystal Fairy," set mostly in Chile's Atacama Desert, Michael Cera plays an archetypal Ugly American. In fact, Cera plays several versions of the Ugly American popularized through generations of movies, novels and plays. His fabulously annoying character, Jamie, who's obsessed with experiencing the ultimate high by drinking mescaline brewed from the rare San Pedro cactus, is also the Stoner American, the Entitled American and, perhaps most familiar of all, the Materially Bloated But Spiritually Malnourished American Desperately Seeking Enlightenment.
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July 24, 2013 |
There's a book out this summer called, "Let Them Get Eaten by Bears," and no, it's not one of those joke books that argue for a super laissez faire parenting plan. Peter Brown Hoffmeister is instead hoping to inspire parents to take some reasonable risks. If you've ever considered a family camping trip, or if you are sure you'd hate nothing more, come listen to Hoffmeister. He is the founder of the South Eugene High School Integrated Outdoor Program in Oregon and is a guide for rafting, climbing and orienteering.
July 24, 2013 |
NEW DELHI - The principal at an Indian elementary school where 23 children died last week after eating free lunches contaminated with pesticide was arrested Wednesday on murder and criminal conspiracy charges after eight days on the run. Principal Meena Devi, 35, was caught in Chhapra, the city where the tragedy occurred in India's impoverished northern state of Bihar. On July 16, about 50 children - most younger than 10 - attending Dharmasati Gandaman Primary School complained of feeling sick after eating their lunch, which was provided free under a national government program that feeds an estimated 120 million children.
July 24, 2013 |
Discriminating against someone for being fat isn't real helpful. That's something scientists have already documented for issues like depression. But a new study says it also seems to make people gain weight. “Rather than motivating individuals to lose weight, weight discrimination increases risk for obesity,” the researchers wrote in an article released Wednesday in the journal PLOS One. It seems logical that calling someone names - or worse - for being fat would discourage them from taking part in gym class or other physical activities, and that happens, the researchers said.
July 18, 2013 |
Dinosaurs almost bankrupted the tooth fairy. New research shows that the lumbering plant-eaters called sauropods produced new teeth as often as twice per month and had up to nine backup teeth in a single tooth socket. While the fearsome Tyrannosaurus rex is known as the king of the dinosaurs, the sauropods were the real royalty. These creatures, including the childhood favorite Apatosaurus (previously known as Brontosaurus ), were the largest animals that ever lived on land.
July 15, 2013 |
CityCenter, the multibillion-dollar resort and retail complex that opened less than four years ago on the Las Vegas Strip, is making changes to its high-end shopping center and to its largest hotel-casino as it grapples with a still-vacant hotel. The most noticeable transformations are occurring inside Crystals , the glitzy, upscale shopping center that fronts onto Las Vegas Boulevard. It is full of high-end retailers -- think Cartier , Dolce & Gabbana and Prada . By the end of August, shoppers will have three new stores to peruse.
July 5, 2013 |
What if the solution to smog was right where the rubber meets the road? Scientists in the Netherlands have found that installing special air-purifying pavement on city streets can cut air pollution nearly in half. Researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology outfitted one block in the city of Hengelo, Netherlands, with paving blocks sprayed with titanium oxide, which has the ability to remove pollutants from the air and turn them into less harmful chemicals. The researchers left normal pavement on an adjacent street as a control.
July 4, 2013 |
"I'll Eat You Last," John Logan's stage play starring Bette Midler as the late Hollywood talent agent Sue Mengers, recently closed up shop on Broadway after a profitable run at the Booth Theatre. Now there's speculation that the one-woman show is destined for Los Angeles, though there has been no official confirmation. Midler told the New York Times in an interview published this week that producers are considering taking the play to L.A. A publicist for the New York production of "I'll Eat You Last" said that its producers had no comment.
July 4, 2013 |
Joey Chestnut, the California king of eating contests, has won the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest for an unprecedented seventh year in a row by finishing off a record 69 wieners and buns in 10 minutes on Thursday at Coney Island, N.Y. The 29-year-old from San Jose had set the record with 68 hot dogs in 2009 and tied it last year. You can see his technique in ESPN's Sports Science video above. Chestnut eclipsed the record of six victories by former rival Takeru Kobayashi.
July 2, 2013 |
You just can't out-gloom an environmentalist. The Atlantic invited some luminaries to answer the question "How and when will the world end?" Some contributions were funny. Others simply plausible - a volcanic eruption from underneath Yellowstone National Park is frightfully overdue. But only an environmentalist like Bill McKibben could be a killjoy about the apocalypse itself. The environmental activist and writer declares the question moot. "In a sense, the world as we knew it is already over.