(ThinkStock Photos)A Washington State deputy will never forget the night his life changed. During a late-night burger break, Edward Bslysma pulled into a Burger King drive through and ordered a Whopper. Minutes later he was about to bite into the juicy patty, but not before he removed the bun and witnessed something he won't soon forget. A big honking phlegm-ball sat like a slab of special sauce on his patty. Suspecting BK's staffers behind the prank, he sent his snack to a DNA specialist (you tax dollars at work, Washington).
Sure enough a burger flipper at Burger King, who happened to be on file as an ex-con, was linked to the loogie. Bslysma must have thought having the offender arrested would blot out the pain, but he was wrong. So he decided to sue the fast food chain for causing him "mental stress."
Though he never actually bit into the burger, the whole notion of a phlegm condiment caused him "ongoing emotional trauma...vomiting, nausea, food anxiety and sleeplessness." Surprisingly, his case
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- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Shine Food – Thu, Jan 12, 2012 6:36 PM EST
(ThinkStock Photos)A Washington State deputy will never forget the night his life changed. During a late-night burger break, Edward Bslysma pulled into a Burger King drive through and ordered a Whopper. Minutes later he was about to bite into the juicy patty, but not before he removed the bun and witnessed something he won't soon forget. A big honking phlegm-ball sat like a slab of special sauce on his patty. Suspecting BK's staffers behind the prank, he sent his snack to a DNA specialist (you tax dollars at work, Washington).Read More »from Can a Burger Scar You for Life? Lawsuit Blames Whopper for Causing PTSD
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Thu, Jan 12, 2012 4:24 PM EST
Meet Trent. He's one of many guys giving away sperm online for free. (via Trentdonor.org)Read More »from Women Hunt for Free Sperm Online. Yes, Times Are that Hard
The price of sperm is going up. On average, donor banks charge $2000 for a sample. Add that to the cost of IVF treatments and you're looking at spending seven figures on getting pregnant with no guarantee of results. So women in need of a man's special formula are turning to the internet where free donor banks have set up headquarters. On Friday, "20/20" will feature a woman who turned to the free stuff after spending $70,000 in failed pregnancy attempts. As you might imagine, her experience isn't as clinical as a bank where money's exchanged.
On sites like Known Donor Registry, it's up to donors disclose medical reports, family histories and personal profiles. Background checks are at the expense of the recipient. Unlike official sperm banks where donors remain anonymous, these candidates also have the option to have contact with the child as a co-parent or family friend, or to have their future spawn contact them once they turn 18. Then there's Trent Arsenault, founder of
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Fashion – Wed, Jan 11, 2012 7:10 PM EST
fashion campaigns, fronted by Hollywood's leading ladies have been rolled out this month—Katie Holmes for H.Stern, Lindsay Lohan for Jag Jeans and Philip Plein, Kate Winslet for St. John and Mila Kunis for Cristian Dior. Advertising experts suggest famous faces provide the kind of brand recognition models can't.Since the new year began, actresses have been pushing useless products harder than the Sham-Wow guy. A spate of Read More »from The Latest Celebrity Ad Campaigns: Why Do They All Pose like That?
Here's another theory: fashion photographers need women who can act. How else are you going to believe any of the modeling poses they're Gumby-ed into are natural? There are only a few circumstances where a human might hover her hand over a corner of her mouth or turn her arm into a halter top. It's a famous spokesperson's job to make it all seem believable. Seductive even. Consider the latest proof from celebrity ad campaigns introduced this month...
The pose: Fingers creeping toward the corner of the mouth
The models: Mila Kunis for Christian Dior, Katie Holmes
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Parenting – Wed, Jan 11, 2012 2:44 PM EST
(Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)When her long-running show "Kate Plus 8" ended in September, everyone including Kate Gosselin wondered what she'd do next. Here's your long-awaited answer: she's going cruising. Alice Travel is offering a week long Caribbean adventure in August hosted by the much maligned reality star. But will anyone actually join her?
It's not likely, according to a poll posted on the website Cruise Critic. More than 45 percent of readers said they'd cancel their trip if they got wind of her being on board.
"What a great way to empty a cruise ship! I'd cancel if booked," wrote one of over 600 bemused commenters on Cruise Critic's Facebook page.
Bookings opened to the public Friday, with premium suites going at a rate of up to $5,550. By Wednesday, there was still plenty of room on deck for passengers. While the travel agency handling the trip told Cruise Critic they've received "a good amount of calls" from single women and parents of multiples, the booker I spoke with had no specific projectionRead More »from Would You Cruise with Kate? Gosselin's Next Career Move Gets Panned
(ThinkStock Photos)A long-term study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association has confirmed what 16th century poets have known all along: heartbreak can be deadly.Read More »from You Can Really Die from a Broken Heart: Study
A husband dies and his wife dies just days later. A mother suffers a massive heart attack after the loss of her child. It's a tragic phenomenon that speaks to the strong bonds between humans and according to new research, it's even more common than previously believed.
Past studies have linked heart problems with the grieving period after a loved one dies. Japanese cardiologists first identified the phenomenon in 1990. This new report, however, suggests that a grieving person is 21 times more susceptible to a heart attack right after the death of a beloved.
Doctors at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston tracked 2,000 heart attack patients over a period of five years. While they found that patients with a history of heart problems were more prone to attacks, even those with perfectly strong hearts were at risk
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Parenting – Tue, Jan 10, 2012 2:46 PM ESTSong: "Isn't She Lovely" by Stevie WonderRead More »from Blue Ivy's 'Glory' and 10 More Songs Written for Kids of Rock
Kid: Daughter Aisha who can be heard giggling and playing in the-->
Last night I had the weirdest dream. I was watching "The Bachelor " but everyone was dressed for a renaissance faire.
Turns out that was just one of the three pre-teen dates producers arranged for Ben and his gaggle of girls. You know how usually there's some bungee jumping, belaying and zip lining dates in the early stages of "The Bachelor"? Not with this guy. Apparently, Ben didn't sign the contract that says you might die on the show, so he spent the week in his hometown of Sonoma going to a candy shop, watching home movies, wearing a cotton diaper and bundling a dog.
Date one: Casey B.
I really hope he paid for her candy.
For his first date, Ben took the very adorable Casey on a tour of the candy shops and city halls of Sonoma. Soon the night evolved into the dinner hour of a Bar Mitzvah and the couple was treated to a montage of snapshots from their childhood, no doubt set to "Wind Beneath My Wings." (We can assume they couldn't get the rights to use it on the show). Ben got choked up about seeing his late dad on
Read More »from Secrets of Women with Extremely Long Hair
Crystal Gayle at drag length.
On Monday, country star Crystal Gayle turned 61. That's about as long as her hair in inches. The '70s singer's trademark Rapunzel hair was almost as iconic in Opryland as Dolly Parton's chest. To that end, it's understandable why she never cut it. One can assume there's also a personal attachment to all those locks . To be a true member of the long- haired community takes patience. Xie Qiuping , the woman with the longest hair in the world according this year's Guinness book, spent almost 40 years growing her hair to the 18 feet 4 inches it is in length.
But not everyone grows out her hair for fame, fortune or a pageant trophy (Lithuania sponsors an annual long hair competition where women compete for a bike. For reals.) What about those rare women who've chosen to grow their hair long below their waists? What's the appeal of having a 50 minute shower regiment and a plumber on speed-dial ? I paid a visit to the Long Hair Community , a chat room that looks as if it too hasn't been