Exclusive: Josh Duhamel talks to Reader's Digest about adopting pets, having babies, saving a zoo
A Hollywood-but-hometown hero: Josh Duhamel recently told us about his love of his adopted dogs, how taking care of his pets has readied him for fatherhood, and how his town is still close to his heart. Read the full interview!
This recommendation isn’t meant to make fun, nor to point out that 1,000 calories worth of hotcakes and bacon before 10:30 a.m. (when McDonald’s stops serving breakfast) is a lot. It’s just a reminder to watch what we put in our bodies: They can only take so much, after all.
Although I have played Battleship, the board game, I have no urge to see Battleship, the movie. That said: While I have played Jenga, Hungry Hungry Hippos, and Connect Four, after seeing the parody posters for them and more at Entertainment Weekly, I am desperate to buy a ticket to all of those made-up movies. Especially Jenga, with its hilariously sinister tagline: “The Jenga Corporation has built the biggest skyscraper on Earth…unfortunately, they just reached the tipping point.” (Funnier than 1974′s real poster for The Towering Inferno, which went with “One tiny spark becomes a night of blazing suspense.”)
“I’ve heard stories about my father trying to scatter his grandfather’s ashes from a boat… It went terribly wrong, and they ended up sweeping him off the deck,” music producer Jason Leach told Businessweek in a recent interview. Messy memorials perhaps serving as some inspiration, Leach went on to found And Vinyly, an online service that presses cremated remains onto records.
Not positive which tracks to include in the mix? Here’s a solution: “Just because it’s a record doesn’t mean it has to contain music,” said Leach. “It might be nice to have your own voice on there. I’d like nothing more than to listen to my great-great grandfather say something on a record.”
The Stress-Reducing Secret You Probably Haven’t Tried
To be a rat in a scientific laboratory is to live a difficult and often abbreviated life. Rats and people have similar DNA, so researchers poke, prod and inject the furry creatures to test treatments that could unlock the secrets of human biology, physiology, and sometimes psychology. In the past few decades, researchers have forced rats to become drug fiends in order to study addiction, infected rats with cancer to test new treatments, and even used the rodents to grow human body parts.
Given the lowly rat’s many sacrifices, a recent study from Georgetown University has an air of poetic justice: Physiologist Ladan Eshkevari trained lab rats to nestle comfortably in a sock while she tested the stress-reducing affects of acupuncture. The results were groundbreaking: “The rodents receiving the needles produced lower levels of neuropeptide Y, a molecule that’s elevated in stressed-out rats,” reported National Geographic writer, Juli Berwald. “It’s among the first molecular proofs that acupuncture reduces stress.”
If you want to try the ancient treatment for yourself, first check out this introduction to acupuncture, including rules for finding a qualified acupuncturist. Or, if you’re not quite ready to go under the needles yourself, another furry creature, your dog, might be ready to lead the way.
10 Social Networking Sites That Could Replace Facebook
Facebook recently became one of the largest IPOs in history (with 500+ million users, some even say it qualifies as the world’s third largest nation), but according to a recent Huffington Post article, the Social Network isn’t the only way to connect.
You probably know about Pinterest, a free online repository for images that define your style and tastes. With more than 10 million users, the site is one of the most popular alternatives to Facebook. But I have my eye on another site from the list: Nextdoor, a social network for neighbors and neighborhoods that acts as a combination of online yard sale and community bulletin board. After the site verifies your address, you’re automatically connected to people who live nearby (if you’re concerned about privacy, you can choose to keep your identity and address hidden). Getting to know your neighbors may seem old-fashioned, but Nextdoor chief executive Nirav Tolia believes people are again craving those close ties. “As you get older, the community that is most important to you is the one in which you live,” Tolia told the New York Times. Since its launch in October, Nextdoor has set up more than 2,000 online neighborhoods, each containing 500 to 750 households. Read more about Nextdoor here.