June 6, 2013 |
When can you make an argument that 2 > 5? You can do it when comparing the careers of LeBron James and Kobe Bryant, should James win a second NBA championship with the Miami Heat in the coming weeks. And you can do the funny math while easily keeping a straight face. A second consecutive title for James would leave him three short of the Lakers legend (though only one short at the same point in their careers), and obviously James is lacking in the longevity department, having played seven fewer NBA seasons than his counterpart.
June 6, 2013 |
Ten seasons in and counting, the sitcom "Two and a Half Men" has proved remarkably popular and durable, even weathering the much-publicized firing of Charlie Sheen two years ago. At a recent Envelope Emmy Roundtable on the subject of TV comedy, even "Two and a Half Men's" own Jon Cryer seemed a bit surprised by the show's enduring appeal. WATCH: The Envelope Emmy Roundtable | Comedy Cryer joked that it might be the show's Everyman story that draws viewers. "We've all been there," he said.
May 18, 2013 |
What is it about presidents' second terms that makes them seem so scandal-ridden? Simple: The iron law of longevity. All governments make mistakes, and all governments try to hide those mistakes. But the longer an administration is in office, the more errors it makes, and the harder they are to conceal. Just ask Richard M. Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton or George W. Bush, all of whom spent much of their second terms playing defense. The longevity rule caught up with Barack Obama last week as he wrestled clumsily with not one controversy but three: the Internal Revenue Service's treatment of "tea party" groups, the Benghazi killings and the Justice Department's seizure of Associated Press telephone records.
October 16, 2012 |
Modern humans have gotten incomparably good at survival, doing more to extend our lives over the last century than our forebears did in the previous 6.6 million years since we parted evolutionary ways with chimpanzees, according to a new study. In fact, humans in societies with plentiful food and advanced medicine have surpassed other species used in life-extending medical research in stretching our longevity and reducing our odds of dying at every point along our ever-lengthening life spans, the study finds.
September 6, 2012 |
Last week, Adele's “21” album dropped out of the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 ranking of national album sales for the first time since it was released last year and subsequently turned into one of the biggest-selling albums in pop music history. Its exit from the Top 10 after 78 weeks bordered on the unnecessarily cruel: that left it tied with Michael Jackson's “Thriller.” This week, however, “21” has returned to the Top 10 for a 79 th week, edging past Jackson's landmark collection.
August 31, 2012 |
For 10 years, Joe Cordell has been living a life diametrically opposed to that of most Americans: Instead of eating too much, he's deliberately been eating too little. The 54-year-old St. Louis lawyer was inspired by the science that suggests that calorie restriction of this type could significantly lengthen a creature's life span, as well as ward off diseases of old age. We spoke with Cordell about how he got into calorie restriction, what his daily diet is like -- and what his wife of 21 years and his two teenage daughters feel about it. We asked him what he felt about a new study that didn't prolong the life of calorie-restricted monkeys -- although it did seem to help ward off cancer.