Paula Deen's down-home... and diabetic

For years, Paula Deen has been using her southern charm to convince us that proper nutrition has no place in the kitchen. Although she preaches moderation, there's nothing about her butter-, flour-, and sugar-laden cooking that backs this message up. Now it appears that biology has caught up with Paula. She has come out of the closet as someone with Type 2 diabetes. Perhaps she's had one too many burgers with Krispy Kreme doughnuts as buns.

Should we be happy that the queen of unhealthy cooking has finally gotten what was coming to her? Of course not. Should we be furious that she's known about her condition for the past three years while continuing throw stick after stick of butter in her food? Absolutely.

Bang bang bang bang bang!

We've all seen some version of this guy in action. This gym claims that their locations are meathead free, thanks to their "Judgement Free Zone" philosophy. In other words, "members can relax, get in shape, and have fun without being subjected to the hard-core, look-at-me attitude that exists in too many gyms."

It's hard to tell how much of this idea is a gimmick and how much is actually enforced. The douchebag in the commercial is, after all, signing up for a membership as the stunned woman sits and stares.

By the way, I've been to one of their locations out on Long Island. It appears that there is some policing of their members, as evidenced by their "lunk alarm."

Thanks to Daniel for the video link.

Would you pay to see this man?

People 100 years ago did, because someone this large back then was considered an oddity.

Meet the late Chauncy Morlan, a circus "fat man." Had Chauncy lived today, he certainly wouldn't have had the same shock value. In fact, he probably wouldn't even be noticed.

Very telling of how our impression of a healthy body weight has changed over the past century.

Vajazzlin'!

You can bedazzle your sweater. You can bedazzle a pair of jeans. But have you ever considered bedazzling your privates? Enter the latest fashion trend: Vajazzling! New York City's Completely Bare Spa offers a special waxing service, "followed by a Swarovski crystal tattoo design in starburst, butterfly, heart and other shapes." According to Jennifer Love Hewitt, getting her "precious lady" covered in crystals was just what she needed to get over a breakup. "It shined like a disco ball."

A hat that makes you smile

alg_happiness_hatIt's been shown that the act of smiling has a positive emotional effect on the smiler. It therefore stands to reason that any device which constantly reminds us to smile must be good for us. Enter the Happiness Hat. A sensor measures whether you're smiling or not, and if the answer is no, you get jabbed in the head with a metal spike.

Says Lauren McCarthy, the inventor of the device, "I'm not suggesting we stab people until they smile. I'm interested in whether technology can teach us to be more human."

365BLACK

365black"Like the unique African Baobab tree, which nourishes its community with its leaves and fruit, McDonald's has branched out to the African-American community nourishing it with valuable programs and opportunities." This has to be a joke. I'm not African-American, and I'M offended by what is a clearly a marketing strategy to target black people.

On the feedback page, they make several statements and ask visitors to the site if they agree or disagree.  An example of one such statement is: "McDonald’s is a brand that gets me."

Strongly disagree.

Oprah in the crosshairs... FINALLY

oprahOprah Winfrey has become one of the most powerful voices in entertainment today. What she declares she likes instantly turns to gold. The problem is that a lot of what she likes is pseudo-scientific bullshit, and no one has had the balls to challenge her questionable endorsements.... until now. Newsweek has come out with an excellent article, taking Oprah to task for the many ridiculous gimmicks that have been promoted on her show. Among the quackery that's received Oprah's blessing:

• Suzanne Somers injects estrogen directly into her vagina (or "va-jay-jay," as Oprah would say) in order to stay young. • Dr. Christiane Northrup says that thyroid disorders result from a lifetime of "'swallowing' words one is aching to say." • Jenny McCarthy ignores scientific studies and insists vaccinations cause autism.  (Soon she'll have her own talk show.  Guess who's producing it!) • The Secret.

In all fairness to Ms. Winfrey, the article gives her a thumbs-up for her diet and fitness tips.  "Eat nutritious foods and exercise," say her experts.  Well, at least she got that much right.