May 5, 1999 |
To Bee or Not to Bee: America's war machine has gotten pretty ingenious in modern times, especially with the advent of smart bombs, which find their targets by using sophisticated computer technology or--if that fails--by going door to door pretending to be from Publisher's Clearinghouse. Now there's a new breakthrough: insect bomb squads. The U.S. government is conducting research to see if honeybees can be trained to sniff out land mines on enemy battlefields.
July 24, 1990 |
"I met a subliminal advertising executive today," comedian Steven Wright deadpanned in a recent monologue. "It was just for a second." These days, comedians aren't the only ones poking fun at subliminal advertisements--hidden commercial messages. Several big advertisers, including Seagram's and Schweppes, recently decided to make a mockery of the topic in separate offbeat campaigns.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 1994
This letter is in response to "FBI Probes Tax-Funded Child-Care Foundation" (Feb. 13). There are some factual errors that we believe need correction. First, The Times' headline, "Learning in Luxury," gives the reader the distinct impression that state money is generous and that it provides some programs with so much extra that they can provide luxury items. The Foundation Center receives 65 cents per day less per child than other child-care contractors. Our agency strains to keep administration costs to one of the lowest ratios in the state.
April 24, 1988 |
A doctor who has studied why people swallow foreign objects and who has also plucked a few toothbrushes from aching stomachs says sometimes life is stranger than fiction. Writing in the Archives of Surgery, Dr. Allan D. Kirk said an outbreak of toothbrush swallowings by his patients recently has convinced him that toothpaste and alcohol don't mix. Or for that matter, neither do toothpaste and clumsiness or being in the midst of a violent coughing spell with a toothbrush in your mouth.
March 24, 2004 |
Gillette Co., the maker of Oral-B toothbrushes, agreed to buy the Rembrandt brand of teeth-whitening products from closely held Den-Mat Corp. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed. It may be completed in the second quarter, Boston-based Gillette said. Den-Mat, based in Santa Maria, Calif., had about $73 million in 2003 sales from Rembrandt whitening toothpastes, bleaching kits, mouth rinses and breath fresheners. Rembrandt gives Gillette, the world's No.
January 31, 2007 |
THANKS to the popularity of fried calamari, almost everyone has eaten squid, even if very few people have cooked it. Really, there's not that much to it. The most important thing you have to know is that squid is almost pure muscle, with little fat. That means it cooks very quickly and overcooks almost as fast. If you've ever had calamari with the texture of rubber bands, it was because someone wasn't paying attention and let it cook a minute or two too long.
July 4, 2011 |
It's hard to believe, but there was a time not long ago when everyone walked around (in public!) with naturally colored teeth. Today, with so many whitening gels, strips and trays out there, yellowish grins aren't as common — nor the natural look as appealing — as they used to be. FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this article incorrectly identified Dr. Vincent Mayher, a dentist, as being based in Philadelphia. Whitening mania is especially obvious in the toothpaste aisle.
August 16, 1989 |
In Paris, women clutch flirtatious little Chanel bags, so small they hold next to nothing. In New York, they take the opposite tack, lugging mega-tote bags that bend their backs into Quasimodo crouches, so they can keep their subway reading, gym clothes and other such sundries close at hand. But in Los Angeles, women breeze around town carrying nothing except a set of keys. That's because the quintessential California purse comes with four wheels and a trunk.
September 18, 1990 |
Makers of toothpastes and mouthwashes who want to claim their products prevent plaque and other dental conditions must show their ingredients are safe and effective, federal health officials said today. The Food and Drug Administration told these manufacturers to submit data supporting their claims within the next six months.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 18, 1996 |
A book bag is a simple thing, but until he got one Thursday, 10-year-old Eric Ruiz often felt left out and different at school. "Everybody had a backpack and I didn't," he said. Not anymore. Eric was one of 100 fifth-graders at Bassett Street Elementary School who received free personalized book bags Thursday from the Assistance League of the San Fernando Valley. Inside the black book bags, each of the students found a notebook, a glue stick, a ruler, folders, pens and pencils.