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Can some foods ease joint pain from osteoarthritis?

<b>The question</b><p>Are there certain foods that can ease joint pain from osteoarthritis?<p><b>The answer</b><p>There isn't a specific diet for osteoarthritis, but studies do suggest that certain foods and nutrients can lessen joint pain and possibly even slow disease progression. Eating the right diet can help you …

11 Movies So Bad They're Worth Watching Just to See How Bad They Are

Ten years ago, the cinematic bomb known as "Catwoman" hit theaters, and it was so awful, it threatened to sink Halle Berry's post-Oscar career. Audiences couldn't believe it could be <i>that</i> bad. It lost money, and its surprising $82 million take is far more than it deserved. Some people can't stay …

One in every 25 New Yorkers is a millionaire, study says

Walk down the street in New York and you're virtually guaranteed to see several millionaires.<p>That's because more than 1 in every 25 New Yorkers is a millionaire, according to a study released Tuesday.<p>The Big Apple ranks fourth in a listing of the top 20 global cities based on the portion of their …

What If Sitting Doesn't Kill?

Think you’re “resting” at your desk job? Yet another study has attacked Americans' favorite activity: sitting. The latest report, from the <i>Mayo Clinic Proceedings,</i> finds that for every hour you sit, you lose eight percent of your fitness gains from each hour you worked out that day. Sound really …

Sitting

Back pain: Acetaminophen no better than placebos

A large-scale, rigorous study published in the Lancet found that the go-to, front-line treatment for back pain was no better than a placebo.<p>We did a …

The Down And Dirty History Of TMZ

How a lawyer from the San Fernando Valley created a gossip empire and transformed himself into the most feared man in Hollywood, all by breaking a few long-held rules and, as rumor has it, lording over a notorious vault full of secrets.<p>For just $53, you can purchase a guaranteed front-of-the-bus …

Journalism

10 Things Americans Have Suddenly Stopped Buying

America is just not the clean-shaven, gun-buying, soda-drinking, Chef Boyardee-eating place it used to be<p>For a variety of reasons—including but not …

Boston Red Sox

The 100 Hottest Cars of All Time

From open-wheeled, pre-war racers to modern techno-marvels, here are the most attractive cars ever made.<p>From open-wheeled, pre-war racers to modern techno-marvels, here's our list of the 100 most attractive cars of all time. The only hard requirement: At least one fully drivable example had to have …

Classic Cars

How Rye Came Back

The unexpected source of a craft-whiskey boom<p>“Two bottles of rye!,” Ray Milland barks to a liquor-store clerk in Billy Wilder’s classic 1945 film, <i>The Lost Weekend</i>. “The cheapest. None of that 12-year-old chichi aged in wood—not for me.”<p>Though rye whiskey anchored many fabled cocktails in the 19th …

Black People Are Not Ignoring 'Black on Black' Crime

The politics of changing the subject<p>I'm slowly catching up on my reading on the week's events in Ferguson and trying to get my head around what exactly happened. In the meantime, one idea creeping into the discourse—that black people are unmoved by intra-community violence—deserves to be …

Robin Williams, Nascar, and gURL: The Week's Best Pop-Culture Writing

The most intriguing articles about entertainment we've come across in the past seven days<p>Let us know what we missed.<p><b>Robin Williams, An Improvisational Genius, Forever Present in the Moment</b><p>A.O. Scott | <i>The New York Times</i><p>"Very few people would try to upstage fireworks, and probably only Robin Williams …

Life With Legal Weed

A conversation with middle-aged moms, homeless men, and college kids about post-prohibition in Boulder, Colorado<p>The most eclectic gathering spot in Boulder, Colorado, is the Pearl Street Mall, a pedestrian thoroughfare at the heart of downtown. Alongside its relatively pricey stores and …

In the Brain, Memories Are Inextricably Tied to Place

A manmade virus that acts like “a remote control” for neurons helped psychologists research the connection.<p>It’s no coincidence that, when recalling a tragedy, we ask where someone was: <i>“Where were you when President Kennedy was shot?”</i><p>Psychologists hypothesize that we lock in that memory by linking …

How to Look Smart

Wear glasses, use a middle initial, and other tips for appearing intelligent<p>Choose your own adventure: You’re at a party, trying to have a good time, when someone brings up <i>War and Peace</i>. Finding yourself caught in the middle of a conversation about a book you haven’t read, do you: (A) listen …

Americans Are Getting Worse at Taking Sleeping Pills

The number of emergency-room visits related to prescription sleep aids has doubled in recent years, according to a new study.<p>It’s almost inevitable. Toss and turn for long enough, and eventually the middle-of-the-night bargaining will begin—<i>If I fall asleep in the next 10 minutes, I’ll get five</i> …

Once-crashed Ferrari tops $38 million, setting an auction record

The insurance on this car could be a little tricky.<p>A Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta was sold in a California auction for $38.1 million Thursday, making …

From Bread Crumbs To Worcestershire Sauce: How Long Will All That Stuff In Your Pantry Last?

Regular readers of Consumerist likely know there’s a big difference between the “use-by” date and the “sell-by” date on food labels. But while most …