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Are allergies bad right now? Allergy season will be at its worst later this month

Are allergies bad right now? It depends on where you live. Contrary to what the weather continually tells us, it is spring — and soon the brown, dull dirt will be replaced with green grass, blooming flowers and trees. And plenty of pollen. According to AccuWeather, Southern states like...

Thursday, April 19, 2018, 3:44 PM

What are Freedom Checks and is the whole thing legit?

If you’ve listened to talk radio over the past few months, it’s likely you’ve heard a commercial for Freedom Checks voiced by “Ricky” or “Jack” from Banyan Hill. In the commercial, the voiceover describes how people around the country are getting their...

Thursday, April 19, 2018, 1:11 PM

This man wrote a book about every man's nightmare: a broken penis

Ross Asdourian’s night was going well. He met an old friend at a bar and they eventually made their way back to his East Village apartment. They were in the midst of a rendezvous when something bad — no, really, really bad — happened. "We were basically approaching the...

Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 4:45 PM

This woman's Apple Watch detected her serious health problem before she did

Still not sure shelling out cash for the Apple Watch is worth it? One woman’s experience might change your mind. Heather Hendershot put her kids to bed one Saturday and settled into watch some television with her husband. Soon after, her Apple Watch started beeping at her, indicating her...

Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 1:58 PM

PSA: Chris Hunter, co-founder of Four Loko, now sells protein drinks

Four Loko — the caffeinated “alcopop” with as much alcohol content as four drinks — was the talk of college campuses and state legislature floors back in its 2009-2011 heyday. Often called a “blackout in a can,” Four Loko was eventually banned nationwide after a...

Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 4:50 PM

Cardi B's butt injections are not a money move — they're dangerous

Cardi B doesn’t try to claim her round rear came from hours in the gym. Instead, the NYC rapper admits she got her famous butt in a random Queens apartment to both boost her stripping career and get back at a boyfriend who cheated on her with a woman who “had a fat, big a**.”...

Monday, April 9, 2018, 4:19 PM

Is dark chocolate actually healthy or are we all kidding ourselves?

If you go by advice doled out by nutritionists and health coaches all over the web, you probably think dark chocolate is one of the most nutritious foods out there. In fact, we might risk upending your entire world view by asking, is dark chocolate healthy? It must be, right? After all, we’...

Friday, April 6, 2018, 2:38 PM

Kush cakes: What are they and are they even legal?

Walk into your corner bodega and chances are good that you’ll spot a tie-dyed package near the 5-Hour Energy shots and other snacks that looks suspiciously like a pot brownie. On the front: The name of the product — Kush Cakes — printed in a font made to look like marijuana leaves...

Monday, April 2, 2018, 4:46 PM

Can you actually catch up on sleep?

It’s one of those weeks — you know, the ones when you’re running on caffeine and not much else. You have a few huge work deadlines, your family is coming into town and you have to plan a birthday party for 15 people. Sleep? What’s that? You’re lucky to get a few hours...

Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 5:31 PM

Exactly how much water should you drink a day?

We owe our lives to water. No, really: Water is the driving force in everything we do — and it makes up 60 percent of our bodies. It lubricates joints, helps flush waste out of our organs and keeps our body temperature regulated. And, contrary to what your friend who “never drinks...

Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 4:40 PM

Is chewing gum bad for you?

That piece of gum you pop after lunch to keep your garlic breath at bay might be the reason why you feel bloated later in the day, at least according to one study. But is chewing gum bad for you? Researchers at Binghamton University in New York found that titanium oxide — a food common food...

Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 12:01 PM

Was Stephen Hawking caught protesting the Vietnam War in this now-viral photo?

Stephen Hawking was at the forefront of scientific discovery for much of his life, but was he also at the forefront of political activism? A Vietnam War-era photo seems to show he was. A photo purportedly showing the late physicist marching alongside actress Vanessa Redgrave and activist Tariq Ali...

Friday, March 16, 2018, 4:54 PM

Nerve agents: What are they and how serious is an attack?

The United Kingdom — along with the United States, Germany and France have denounced a recent attack on a former Russian double agent and his daughter as “an assault on U.K. sovereignty” and say the Vladamir Putin-led Russian government is to blame. Sergei Skripal and his...

Friday, March 16, 2018, 11:38 AM

Does stress really cause grey hair?

Take a look at photos of a president — any president — at the beginning and the end of their terms. What do you notice? They all look a whole lot older at the end of their service, complete with new wrinkles and plenty of grey hair. Part of that is just due to aging; they are four or...

Thursday, March 15, 2018, 11:59 AM

Meet plogging, the perfect fitness trend for city dwellers

The term plogging might sound a little strange — like prancercise — but it’s actually a fitness trend that’ll get you in shape and help save the planet. What is plogging, you ask? Plogging is the combination of the words jogging and “plocka up,” Swedish for...

Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 3:09 PM

An exercise pill that makes your body function like an elite athlete's is in the works

There are a million-and-one benefits to working out, but would you give them all up for an exercise pill? That’s what scientists at Salk Institute for Biological Studies in California are trying to do by developing a drug known as 516. But it’s not going to help you sweat or sculpt...

Friday, March 9, 2018, 3:37 PM

Was this butter brand tainted with HIV?

Another day, another fear-mongering rumor that unfairly targets both people living with HIV and well-meaning people who often spread fake news without researching it. According to a post on social media, the British company Anchor Butter employed a man who added his HIV-infected blood to the...

Thursday, March 8, 2018, 2:38 PM

So-called 'Drano bombs' are making a comeback — and it's scary

They might not be as damaging as devices made with metal fragments and pressure cookers, but a type of homemade bomb called the Drano bomb that’s been used to prank people for decades is making a comeback. And it’s all thanks to the viral nature of social media sites like YouTube and...

Thursday, March 8, 2018, 11:12 AM

Not an episode of This Is Us: Instant Pot issues recall for product that overheats, melts

Jack’s tragic death on This Is Us might’ve turned you against your Crock-Pot for good, but the replacement product is proving to be problematic, too. Instant Pot and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a recall on the company’s Gem 65 8-in-1 multicooker, a...

Tuesday, March 6, 2018, 5:16 PM

Can you get HIV from a Cadbury Creme Egg?

Don’t believe everything you read, especially on the internet. A rumor making the rounds on the web claims that a worker for the confectionery company Cadbury was caught doing the unthinkable to candy he produced during his work day. “This is the guy who added his infected blood to...

Monday, March 5, 2018, 3:05 PM