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March 14, 2014 | By Amy Hubbard
The folks over at ASAP Science have pulled out their dry-erase markers to explain why we yawn. It's an appropriate topic given that today is World Sleep Day . But, as these smart people explain, yawning isn't necessarily about being tired. Guinea pigs yawn to display anger. Human fetuses yawn. We likely yawn as a form of empathy -- which explains its contagiousness -- and we also do it to keep our brains from melting.  OK, that's an exaggeration.  But many believe we yawn to pull extra oxygen into our lungs; ASAP says, rather, yawning likely helps to cool our brains when needed.
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March 14, 2014 | By Amy Hubbard
The folks over at ASAP Science have pulled out their dry-erase markers to explain why we yawn. It's an appropriate topic given that today is World Sleep Day . But, as these smart people explain, yawning isn't necessarily about being tired. Guinea pigs yawn to display anger. Human fetuses yawn. We likely yawn as a form of empathy -- which explains its contagiousness -- and we also do it to keep our brains from melting.  OK, that's an exaggeration.  But many believe we yawn to pull extra oxygen into our lungs; ASAP says, rather, yawning likely helps to cool our brains when needed.
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OPINION
April 25, 2005
Re "Sleepy Juror Gets Rude Awakening," April 20: Maybe Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Craig Veals needs to spend some time in the jury waiting room to see how his senses would react to the monotony. Any fine for a yawn or bodily function is reprehensible, and then to admonish the juror for making a statement outrages any normal thinker. It just shows that the judge was attempting to hide some very contemptible behavior on his part. John Julis Bellflower It is appalling what Veals did to the juror who yawned loudly in court.
SCIENCE
October 17, 2013 | By Geoffrey Mohan
Grown chimpanzees can't resist the power of a yawn, even if it comes from humans. That's the result of a study involving orphaned chimpanzees rescued from Africa's illegal bush meat trade. Elainie Madsen, an evolutionary psychologist from Sweden's Lund University, yawned and made other faces at the chimps at the Takugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary in Sierra Leone. She found that only the grown chimps appear to develop a contagion for yawning, just as humans do. Very young chimps didn't imitate the yawns or control gestures -- gaping and nose wiping -- made by Madsen and the chimps' caretaker at the sanctuary.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 25, 1988
There is so little Olympics and so much advertising, ho hum, and other stuff, yawn, that we finally changed the channel, yawn, to watch a movie, zzzzzzzzzz. . . . TERRY and AUDREY ROOT Ojai
MAGAZINE
August 19, 1990
I think it's a good thing Ethan Canin left medical school to be a story writer. Judging from "The Scientific Method" (yawn, ho-hum), he might have become dangerous and been a doctor. Thanks for the Sandra Cisneros piece, "Woman Hollering Creek"; that was sensational. E. FLOYD SHERMAN Encino
SPORTS
December 3, 2005
Pacific 10 Commissioner Tom Hansen was quoted as saying he doesn't understand why bowls "fall at the feet" of Notre Dame. Perhaps he should audit a marketing course at a conference institution and learn the principle of brand equity. Notre Dame has it. Most Pac-10 schools do not, especially on a national scale. DAVE SKIBINSKI Altadena How to get into a BCS game: 1. Your record is 9-2. 2. You beat only three teams with winning records -- Michigan (a quality win)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 1988
As long as the United States is in the business of overthrowing dictators, we ought to add Nicolae Ceausescu to our hit list. His tight-fisted policies have made despair a commonplace experience for his countrymen, who are under so much surveillance they can hardly yawn without the government microphones picking it up. The Romanians could not revolt against this megalomaniac if they tried. How they survive is beyond understanding. The world must give them all the support it can. DOUGLAS HABERMAN Los Angeles
SPORTS
October 25, 1996 | CHRIS DUFRESNE, Times Staff Writer
CAPSULES AND RANKINGS Team: 1. Florida (7-0) Opponent: Idle Comment: Dad-gum, no one to beat the tar out of this week? * Team: 2. Ohio State (6-0) Opponent: at Iowa Comment: Mantra: Don't look ahead (Michigan), don't look ahead (Michigan). * Team: 3. Florida State (5-0) Opponent: Virginia Comment: Bowden out to avenge his only ACC loss. * Team: 4. Arizona State (7-0) Opponent: at Stanford Comment: Only second road game for Sun Devils. * Team: 5.
NEWS
January 9, 2000 | Mary Melton
They are about as native to California as the real thing. Those cellular transmission towers in the shape of fan palm trees, needed to transmit such cell phone wisdoms as "What's it going to gross domestic?" are crafted in Tucson, Ariz., by Larson Utility Camouflage. What, you've missed them? They are convincing, replete with fake bark and artificial fronds a bit too firm that barely conceal antennae. Alas, they lack coconuts--and rats. Look north of the Getty Center west of the 405 or, as pictured here, on Huntington Drive in San Marino.
SCIENCE
October 16, 2013 | By Geoffrey Mohan
A young chimpanzee will yawn when a human does, regardless of whether the face is familiar, according to a study that suggests contagious yawning grows stronger in our primate cousins as they grow up. Researchers yawned, gaped or wiped their nose in front of 33 chimpanzees orphaned by Central Africa's illegal bush meat trade and housed at a Sierra Leone primate rehabilitation center. They expected the chimps would more readily copy their "mother," a villager who feeds, cuddles and grooms the captive chimps, some of which arrived when they were a few months old. Instead, infant chimps didn't respond to the human gestures.
SPORTS
September 21, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
Mush on? That seems to be the new theme of the USC football team, which beat Utah State by a field goal Saturday in a game that Coach Lane Kiffin accurately described as "mushy. " An hour before the game, in the usually teeming streets around the Coliseum, there was smooth traffic and zero buzz. At kickoff, the Coliseum was about half full with a crowd that was barely awake. During the game, there were scattered boos, a few strong cheers, and mostly shrugs. It felt like the desolate Dodger Stadium in the last days of the Frank McCourt era. The Trojans even played like the Dodgers in those final days, barely hanging on as if waiting for somebody to rescue them.
NEWS
August 7, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
Dog owners: Do you think your beloved animal has empathy for you when you come home dog-tired, drop into a chair and let out a big, loud yawn? Scientists think dogs might be feeling empathy for their owners when they do what humans often do with one another: contagious yawning. Dogs yawn more frequently when the human yawner is their owner than when it's a stranger, researchers said in a study published Wednesday in the journal PLOS One. "Our study suggests that contagious yawning in dogs is emotionally connected in a way similar to humans,” Teresa Romero, who conducted the study with colleagues from the University of Tokyo, said in a statement.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 24, 2013 | By Scott Collins
George Alexander Louis, what happened? Your royal-baby highness' birth was supposed to be one of the TV events of the year. Instead, Americans have mostly yawned at the hyperventilating coverage of baby George, born Monday to Prince William and his wife, the former Kate Middleton. The infant's name -- he'll be officially known as Prince George of Cambridge -- was revealed in news reports early Wednesday. On Tuesday night, ABC's soon-to-be-retiring Barbara Walters hosted a 10 p.m. special about the royal baby that drew dismal ratings.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 11, 2013 | By Rene Lynch
Eyes flying open. Hands clasped over gaping mouths. "MasterChef" competitors looking at each other as if in need of smelling salts. Really? Such appearances suggested that Lynn's departure was something of a shock to the competitors. But to viewers? Much ado about nothing. Granted, Lynn was dubbed the "King of Plating" by all those around him. And he could indeed make a plate look good. Tasting good, though, was something else entirely. He wasn't dominating in any of the challenges.
WORLD
April 5, 2013 | Jung-yoon Choi and Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times
SEOUL - When North Korea last weekend declared it was in a state of war, threatening to use nuclear weapons against South Korea, reduce its presidential palace to ashes and mercilessly sweep away the warmongers, residents of Seoul reacted much as they always do. They yawned. Decades of living in the shadow of an erratic, menacing neighbor have made South Koreans almost deaf to the rhetoric from the North. Many people maintain a blase attitude, shrugging off the bombastic threats as another case of "the boy who cried wolf.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 28, 1987
Public outrage greeted the payola scandal in the 1950s when people learned that payoffs in cash, not the public's listening tastes, determined what records disk jockeys played on the radio. It is a measure of change in the country that a new form of payola, quite possibly legal, draws yawns and comments that that's just the way the record business is.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 31, 1991 | JONATHAN GOLD
Like cigarettes and mad dogs, thrash-metal bands tend to travel in packs, dozens of long-haired guys wearing Hirax T-shirts and goofy grins. At the Hollywood Palladium on Thursday, the four-thrash-band bill--informally dubbed "New Titans on the Block"--was the loudest pack of the summer. This was a typical lyric: " Aargh-eee-aargh aargh-eee-aargh aargh-eee-aargh . . . aaahhhhh !"
SPORTS
October 14, 2012 | By Chris Foster
Usually spending a day like this involves hanging out with a certified accountant and poring over a W-2 form. Phrases like "dirty yards" and "old school" were tossed around by UCLA players after a 21-14 victory over Utah in the Rose Bowl on Saturday. The word "boring" was not mentioned, in part because this went into the ledger as profit and not a loss. UCLA was able to stabilize its position in the Pac-12 standings heading into a bye week by lurching along against a rugged Utah defense.
NATIONAL
August 23, 2012 | By John M. Glionna
LAS VEGAS - The British monarchy and many of its subjects might be aghast over published photos of playboy Prince Harry's randy and quite naked romp with at least one nude woman in a VIP hotel suite here, but the reaction in Sin City is considerably more subdued. Vegas is yawning. New York might be the city that never sleeps, but this neon town is the desert mecca that never blinks. And that bunk about things happening here and staying here? Fahgettaboudit! PHOTOS: Embarrassed in Vegas Over the years, many celebrities have run into trouble on the Strip and its seamy side streets, been busted in print and sometimes sent to jail for their “well, duh!
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