I was never a tiny kid, but I was very active. I participated in competitive swimming, and that kept me healthy and at an average weight throughout high school. But when I got to college, I didn’t continue with it. I didn’t really pay attention to what I was eating, and I definitely put on the Freshman 15. My weight continued to go up throughout college, and when I entered the working world. I wasn’t mindful about food and drinks or calories. Everything I ate was processed. I was single, and found that grabbing something on the way home from work was always easier. And since I wasn’t active, my weight kept creeping up.I continued to struggle with my weight after meeting my husband and getting married. I was so overweight that I didn’t have a normal menstrual cycle, and had to have some medical intervention to become pregnant. We had our first daughter in the fall of 2014.But my weight loss turning point came in November 2015. We took our daughter to a … [Read more...] about ‘How I Lost 125 Pounds and Ran My First Half Marathon’
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How many times have you driven past a particular antique store on the corner of 33rd Street and Lyndale Avenue S. and had a sudden urge for steamed meat? Then again, you might not even have realized that it is an antique store. It certainly doesn’t look like one. It’s more like an apparition from a distant fast-food era, a time before the Golden Arches. It is a former White Castle, but not just any White Castle. It’s No. 8. And it’s historic. It was a jewelry store for a while. Before that, it was an office for a construction company. Now it’s Xcentric Goods. Anyone ever come in asking for a slider? “Once a month,” said Clark Miller, one of Xcentric’s partners. “They walk in the door, look around, confused, and you think, ‘If they can’t smell the onions, it’s not a White Castle.’ ” The interior gives no hints of the building’s previous use, and you might be startled to see there’s a … [Read more...] about What’s the story behind the marooned Minneapolis White Castle?
The Deadline has passed! There are a total of over 700 submissions for OpenLab 2009. Thank you all for submitting your and other people's blog posts. I at least opened every one of them, and already read many of them and the overall quality looks very high. SciCurious is ready (here is her post), judges are ready, and the judging process is about to begin. And while you are waiting for results, you can read all the submitted entries right here! And once you are done reading them all, you can go back to the 2006, 2007 and 2008 editions and read them as well. And keep checking in every now and then....nobody knows exactly on which date the final winners will be announced - whenever we are happy with it and ready. 10 days of science: Astronomical art: Representing Planet Earth 2020 Science: Hooked on science - ten things that inspired me to become a scientist A Blog Around The Clock: On Being a Nurse- a guest postWhy social insects do not suffer from ill effects of rotating and night … [Read more...] about The Final and Complete List of All Entries Submitted for The Open Laboratory 2009
Nostalgia PUBLISHED: 20:00 12 March 2019 Lynne Mortimer Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council of cinema manager Neil Bates and Joyce Dowding with the door that inspired Larry Grayson's famous catchphrase 'Shut that door'. Picture: Stuart Boulton/PA Wire Archant The door that Larry Grayson was referring to when he first said: “Shut that door,” has been found and will be kept as a monument to that immortal line. Here, we celebrate the catchphrase. Delacriox's painting of the gravedigger's scene in Hamlet. The skull is Yorick's. Picture: Wikimedia CommonsClichés and catchphrases litter our language with varying degrees of elegance.But this week, it seems, one of the first entries into what may eventually become a museum of catchphrases, is to be preserved for posterity?What could it be? The glass and bottle as immortalised by Tommy Cooper: “Bottle, glass; glass bottle.”?"Let them eat cake," said Marie Antionette, … [Read more...] about We are not amused by catchphrases? Oh yes we are
Well, I've finally seen it. The things I do for my readers, the pain to which I subject myself by watching neuron-apotosing levels of pseudoscience, misinformation, and lies as antivaccine propaganda, in order to deconstruct them for your amusement and, I hope, education! Yes, I've finally seen Andrew Wakefield and Del Bigtree's "documentary" VAXXED: From Cover-up to Catastrophe. Now, having watched Wakefield and Bigtree's "masterpiece," I can quite confidently say that it's every bit as accurate and balanced a picture of vaccine benefits and risks as Eric Merola's two movies about the quack Stanislaw Burzynski and his Second Opinion: Laetrile at Sloan-Kettering are about cancer and cancer research, The Beautiful Truth is about the Gerson protocol for cancer, Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days is about diet and diabetes, Expelled! No Intelligence Allowed is about evolution, and The Greater Good is about...vaccines! Of course, based on what I knew of the story, saw of the VAXXED … [Read more...] about In which Andrew Wakefield and Del Bigtree’s antivaccine documentary VAXXED is reviewed…with Insolence!