ODDITIES & SOCIAL BLAH BLAHS

By Malcolm Out Loud | The latest and hotest in social blahs and those oddities that leave you shaking your head.

Apple slams Trump order rescinding transgender protections

The tech titan says it supports "greater acceptance, not less" after the president rolls back Obama-era policies.<p>Apple late Wednesday criticized President Donald Trump's decision earlier in the day to roll back federal protections for transgender students in schools.<p>The company said it opposes any …

Equality

These 6 Foods Will Improve Your Health and Sex Life

The term "aphrodisiac" tends to have cheesy connotations, but there's serious science behind functional foods. "A nourishing, whole food diet leads …

Nutrition

5 Body Odors You Should Never Ignore

1/5 Shutterstock<p>Body Odor: Fruity Breath Is a Symptom of Diabetes<p>Credit a complication of diabetes called diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), which occurs when your body runs low on insulin and your blood sugar spikes, says Robert Gabbay, M.D., Ph.D., chief medical officer at the Joslin Diabetes Center in …

Wellness

Why Flight Attendants Ask You to Raise Your Window Shade During Take-Off and Landing

Some airlines have their flight attendants ask you and your fellow passengers to raise your window shades during take-off and landing. This isn’t …

Airlines

Creative People Have Better-Connected Brains, Scans Reveal

Is creativity wired into us?<p>Highly creative people have more neural connections between the left and right sides of their brains, researchers have …

The Brain

Watch This Heroic Waitress Drag A Monster Goanna Lizard From Restaurant

"I looked at it and thought it was a dog at first!"<p>Every restaurant needs a waitress like Samia Lila on its team.<p>When a goanna lizard sauntered into the Mimosa Wines & Drystone Restaurant in New South Wales, Australia, on Sunday, the badass server grabbed the 6-foot intruder by its tail and dragged …

Wildlife

Why Running Isn't Helping You Lose Weight

It’s practically a tale as old as time: Dude takes up running to lose weight, doggedly pounds the pavement for months, then throws in the towel when …

Weight Loss

You’re a completely different person at 14 and 77, the longest-running personality study ever has found

Look at a photo of yourself as a teenager and, mistaken fashion choices aside, it’s likely you see traces of the same person with the same personality quirks as you are today. But whether or not you truly are the same person over a lifetime—and what that notion of personhood even means—is the …

Psychology

These college students had a rat problem; they solved it in the the most ferocious way possible

BTW<p>When you’re trying to drive a rat out of your home, there are a few ways to go about handling the job. You can set up traps, feed them rat poison, …

JUSTKIDS Unveils Colossal 21-Story Murals by Shepard Fairey & D*FACE in Las Vegas

A few months after the advent of JUSTKIDS’ Downtown Las Vegas mural transformation, the global art curator has picked up right where it left off, …

Painting

Norma McCorvey, Plaintiff in Landmark Roe v. Wade Abortion Case, Dies

Norma McCorvey, the plaintiff at the center of the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade case that expanded abortion rights in the United States, has died. She …

Abortion

10 Things Smart People Won't Say

There are some things you simply never want to say at work.<p>There are some things you simply never want to say at work.<p>These phrases carry special power: they have an uncanny ability to make you look bad even when the words are true.<p>Worst of all, there’s no taking them back once they slip out.<p>I’m …

Leadership

Health Benefits of Wine: What It Can (and Can't) Do for You

In case you hadn’t already marked your calendar, Saturday, Feb. 18, is National Drink Wine Day. Before you get too carried away celebrating, there …

Alcohol

Pet-Directed Speech May Convey Intentions In Subtle Ways

You know that voice we tend to use when speaking to babies?<p>It's a sing-song voice, one with higher pitch, shorter phrases with simpler grammar, slower speech rate, more repetitions, and greater contrast in our vowels. It's called "motherese" or, more accurately, IDS (for infant-directed speech).<p>We …

Psychology

Yahoo tells users they were hit with cookie attack

And it hasn't even offered them milk. Yahoo revealed the attack in December, but it was buried by news of its 2013 security breach -- the biggest one on record.<p>Yahoo users found out Wednesday that hackers used a technical trick with cookies to log into their accounts without passwords.<p>"Based on the …

Data Breach

A psychologist found some surprising benefits to being single

More than half of Americans are single, according to a 2014 report from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, a figure that's risen 13% since 1976.<p>And being single might have some surprising psychological benefits.<p>Bella DePaulo, a social psychologist at the University of California at Santa Barbara, …

Psychology

Cop Responds To 911 Fight Call, Ends Up In Epic Dance-Off

“I was like, OK, this guy can move."<p>This cop in Ontario, Canada, has some seriously arresting dance moves.<p>Jarrod Singh showed off his slick steps after the fight he was called out to police in downtown Oshawa on Sunday night turned out to be a group of University of Ontario Institute of Technology …

Music

Orange-Tinted Alligator Dubbed 'Trumpagator'

An orange reptile dubbed the "Trump-a-gator" is turning heads in Hanahan, South Carolina. WCBD's Travis Rice reports.

Marijuana Sasquatch Crashes Meteorologist's Live Report

We're forecasting HIGH winds.<p>A pot shop owner in Springfield, Massachusetts, is getting a big hit of viral buzz after dressing up as a marijuana Sasquatch and crashing a live TV weather report.<p>Dave Mech runs Potco, a gardening supply store catering to cannabis cultivators. One of his promotional …

Marijuana

The Single Reason Tom Brady and the New England Patriots Won Super Bowl 51

All great work is founded on this single quality.<p>Amazing. Unbelievable. Greatest of all time.<p>Those are a few words people are using to describe the New England Patriots' win over the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl 51. The game set all kinds of records, as the Patriots overcame the largest deficit in …

NFL

7 Strategies for Dealing With Negative People

We’ve all experienced the side effects of a negative friend, colleague or co-worker. Perhaps you work with someone who complains endlessly about his …

Self-help

The Purpose of Sleep? To Forget, Scientists Say

Over the years, scientists have come up with a lot of ideas about why we sleep.<p>Some have argued that it’s a way to save energy. Others have suggested …

Neuroscience

5 Reasons Why You Should Man Up and Start Taking Cold Showers

It’s currently 5:25 AM and I’ve just started working. My alarm, a motivational speech, woke me up at 5:00 AM and I immediately got out of bed and …

Wellness

9 Surprising Reasons Why Coffee Is Really Good for You

Coffee has some pretty remarkable things going for it. Time for another cup.<p>Have you ever wondered why our society seems so obsessed with that delicious dark liquid called coffee? Coffee appears in almost every movie, billboard, or short commercial break. It's everywhere--and for good reason. It …

Wellness

Hearing voices and seeing things: The common hallucinations affecting 1.6 million people in England

Research shows hallucinations are more common than previously thought, breaking a long-standing taboo.<p>Hallucinations may be much more common in the …

Depression

The Tragic Story of Dr Loren Mosher’s Soteria Project and the Plot to Kill It

<b>“Psychiatry has been almost completely bought out by the drug companies…We’re so busy with drugs that you can’t find a nickel being spent on</b> …

3 Books That Will Make the World Feel Like a Simpler Place

Cut through complexity by learning to think more pragmatically.<p>Modern life has brought many blessings, from medical miracles to a computer in every pocket. But while the opening up of the world in this way is close to miraculous, it's also sometimes completely bewildering.<p>You can now reach out and …

Success

Leonie the shark doesn't need a man, begins impregnating herself instead

Parthenogenesis — a natural form of asexual reproduction — is something that's common amongst plant species, insects, amphibians and many other life forms.<p>Meaning "virgin creation" in Greek, it describes the development and growth of an embryo without fertilisation.<p>The phenomenon occurs in sharks …

Biology

For the First Time in 17 Years, People’s Trust Declined in Every Kind of Institution We Asked About

We are living in an era of backlash against authority. So far, government and the media have borne the brunt of populist anger, while businesses have remained above the fray. Past protest movements such as Occupy Wall Street notwithstanding, mass outrage has yet to be directed squarely at the …

Harvard Business Review