Blog Posts by Piper Weiss, Shine Staff
(Thinkstock photos)If only overeating was all in our heads. It's not. But a recent Carnegie Mellon study suggests we might be able to curb a binge with a little Jedi mind trickery. The study, published in the journal Science, found that people who visualized eating candy, didn't eat as much actual candy as those who didn't. By tricking our brains into feeling like we ate the food we really didn't need, we're able to simulate the feeling of having eaten it. "To some extent, merely imagining an experience is a substitute for actual experience," reports one of the study's CMU researchers Joachim Vosgerau. "The difference between imagining and experiencing may be smaller than previously assumed." That means mental exercises can help dieters as much as physical exercises. Sort of. In addition to an actual weight-loss plan, these mental remedies can curb cravings and cut down on over-eating.Read More »from 5 tricks to curb cravings with your mind
Visualize your craving: New York Times writer Henry Alford put the Carnegie Mellon study into practice for one month to
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Shine Food – Wed, May 18, 2011 8:40 PM EDT
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- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Work + Money – Wed, May 18, 2011 6:27 PM EDT
Can you believe it's been 40 years since the movie "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" first premiered? The Today Show brought all the kids, now in their 50's, back for a reunion. All of the former child-actors seem well-adjusted and positive about their experience on the set four decades ago. That's not the only surprise about the movie that shaped most of our psyches. The gang of five cut right to the chase, answering some of the biggest questions we had about Wonka's paradise as kids. Here are their shocking confessions:
1. None of the kids were allowed to see inside Wonka's factory before they filmed the entrance scene. So the awe they express in the movie is 100 percent genuine.
2. Except for the actress who played Veruca Salt. She snuck in a month before when the sound stage was still being built. No surprise there.
3. You know the daffodil teacup Gene Wilder's Wonka ate? Made of wax!
4. And that chocolate river Augustus falls in? Water and food dye.
5. Poor Violet
Read More »from Fred Flintstone: TV's biggest dirtbag
Fred Flintstone is about to make a comeback. "Family Guy" creator Seth McFarlane just announced plans to revamp the show for Fox's fall line-up. "I think America is finally ready for an animated sitcom about a fat, stupid guy with a wife who's too good for him," joked McFarlane at a press conference.
But seriously, that Fred. What a jerk.
Homer Simpson and Peter Griffin may have inherited Fred's oafishness, and unbelievable luck with women, but they've been drawn a lot softer around the edges for today's viewers. The crap Fred got away with, while still maintaining a high lovable-ity quotient, would never fly now.
And you'll never see Homer, or even George Jetson, yell at his wife to the point where she cries, like Fred did in a 1962 episode of the Flintstones called, Happy Household. "How many times have I told you a woman's place is in the home?" Fred bellows, as Wilma trembles in fear. And can you blame her? When those eye-brows point downward there's no telling what he'll do.
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Love + Sex – Tue, May 17, 2011 11:32 PM EDT
(Craig Blankenhorn/ New Line Cinema)Read More »from Another Sex and the City movie? Give us time, Carrie.
Sarah Jessica Parker recently suggested there's a little more Carrie Bradshaw left in her. "I think there is perhaps one more small, important story to tell," Parker said in an interview with MTV news. "Whether or not we choose to do that and when we choose to do that remains, obviously, the unknown, but it's nice to ponder."
So there's going to be another movie? When? Look, you are an amazing, amazing girl but we need a little space. That's not to say we can't come back to each other, but maybe not for a while.
Right now, we're not really feeling Cosmos, Louis Vuitton purses and calling rich, manipulative businessmen 'Mr. Big'. I don't know what happened, just time I guess. Maybe we just need to miss you for a while. And it's not because you've gotten older. I know that's what you think which is why you've been talking about doing a prequel featuring Carrie in her 20's.
But it's mid-30s, chain-smoking, bra-top wearing, Carrie we fell in love with and will always love. I know it
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Love + Sex – Tue, May 17, 2011 8:49 PM EDT
When Arnold Schwarzenegger confirmed he fathered a child with a former employee, the biggest shock was that he kept it a secret for over 10 years. Looking back at his career in film and politics, the larger-than-life star has been dogged by sexual misconduct allegations and rumors of infidelity for well over a decade now. Compared to other political sex scandals, this comes as little surprise. Here's a look at some of the headlines that have raised questions and rocked his relationship with wife Maria Shriver through the years.
1989: Three years after their wedding, Arnold drops out as Miss America judge at his wife's request. Two eye-brow raising explanations of Arnold's filming scheduling and a plan for Shriver to report on a conflicting story were given.
1995: Rumors of marital problems surface in tabloids.
2000: British TV hostess Anna Richardson claims he fondled her breast after an interview.
February, 2001: Reports surface that Arnold and Maria are splitting because of his
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Parenting – Tue, May 17, 2011 1:24 AM EDT
Rachel and Ruben Salazar met on the internet, but it's not what you think. (Storycorps/NPR)Rachel and Ruben Salazar met on the internet. But that's not what qualifies them for the greatest 'how we met' story ever told.Read More »from The world's greatest 'how we met' story
First you have to know that Rachel was living in Thailand and Ruben was in Texas. They didn't have any Facebook friends in common and they weren't eHarmonized by an internet dating site. For the Salazars, who wed in 2007, cupid came in the form of a typo.
As fate would have it, Rachel and Ruben shared almost identical email addresses, save for two numbers. One day Ruben got an email intended for Rachel so he found her address, noting she was in Bangkok, and forwarded the email all the way across the planet with his own message attached.
"Something to the effect of 'Hi, Rachel, it seems as if this message came to me instead of you. I'm in Waco, Texas, U.S.A. Have a great day. P.S. How's the weather there in Bangkok?'' recounts Ruben in his recent NPR Storycorps recording about his first encounter with his wife.
Soon they became modern day pen-pals, opening
Pippa Middleton's rear-end has over 200,000 Facebook fans. But at least one person's not so psyched about it. This past week a man's car was allegedly vandalized with the words "Is Pippa's bum still better than mine," followed by a thousand hostile questions marks.Read More »from Pippa Middleton's rear-end causes lover's spat
The photo, taken near Birmingham, England, is the assumed result of a lover's quarrel. The photographer who took it claims the driver spotted the graffiti on his Peugeot, was humiliated and subsequently drove off-probably to a car wash.
The details of the relationship between the driver, the vandal and Pippa are unclear. But the assumption is that one single bridesmaid photo is having a massive ripple effect.
In fact, nobody's backside has gotten this much attention since Jennifer Lopez insured hers. There's the Pippa Middleton Ass Appreciation Society Facebook page which has more fans than all four of her sister's fan pages combined. There's also a twitter page (pippasass). And a $12,000 butt-lift called the "Pip Package