Water is great and all, but wouldn't it be so much more delicious if it came in Mango Peach flavor? Not with real mangos or peaches but with a collection of chemicals that approximated the flavor, in a bubble-gum sort of way? And is there any way that we as drinkers could add the ingredients ourselves, maybe with one of those plastic toothpaste containers?
I may be late to the game, but I just saw a commercial for Mio, the "liquid water enhancer." The ad itself falls into the unique Mentos genre-a window into how joyful commercial actors are in other countries. But it's the product itself that gave me the most pause. Do we, as adults, really need incentive to drink water? Maybe so, but what happened to lemons? And why did companies start mixing it with other ingredients for us?
Mio is an undiluted bottle of Malic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Acesulfame potassium, Yellow 5, Blue 1 and the always delicious Red 40. It's not exactly the most healthful way to add flavor to a beverage. In fact
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- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Shine Food – Wed, May 11, 2011 12:37 AM EDT
Water is great and all, but wouldn't it be so much more delicious if it came in Mango Peach flavor? Not with real mangos or peaches but with a collection of chemicals that approximated the flavor, in a bubble-gum sort of way? And is there any way that we as drinkers could add the ingredients ourselves, maybe with one of those plastic toothpaste containers?Read More »from Water: now in brighter colors! Who's drinking Mio?
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Love + Sex – Tue, May 10, 2011 11:09 PM EDT
A villa on the island where Will and Kate are reportedly honeymooning. (via North-island.com)If there was ever a time to abuse their power, it's on their royal honeymoon. Kate and William can go anywhere in the world now that they're newlyweds and they've chosen North Island: a small, isolated archipelago in the Seychelles owned by a guy named Farhad Vladi. "Yes, we rented the island to the British royal family," Vladi told a Hamburg newspaper. "Prince William and his Kate are spending their honeymoon there. But you will understand that we are not saying anything further."
Actually, he's already said enough. You'd think after brokering deals with Diana Ross and the Shah of Iran, Vladi would know how to keep a secret. Now that he's shared, we don't feel so bad poring over the details of their destination love-nest. Here are some factoids William is probably reading in his Frommer's right now.
- North Island is about 600 acres and it's surrounded by cliffs and coconut trees.
- There are more tortoises than people on the island. Some are as old as 150.
- It's only a
- North Island is about 600 acres and it's surrounded by cliffs and coconut trees.
She's all that: the dance scene that spawned a million youtube copycats. (Everett Collection)It's prom week! Just because we weren't invited, Shine is crashing the party all week long. We'll be bringing you memories, trends and unforgettable moments in proms, past and present. To kick it off, let's look back at the one thing that changed the way we see prom today: movies. If it wasn't for film, prom would be just another homecoming dance. Instead it's a place where high school outcasts get revenge, first kisses are planted and hundreds of classmates come together in a coordinated dance-a-thon. Before you get your prom on this year, take inspiration from some of the best choreographed sequences in celluloid history.Read More »from Top 9 prom dances in movies!
9. Teen Wolf: It would suck if he was the kind of werewolf who couldn't dance. But with those moves, you barely notice he's covered in hair.
8.Teen Witch: their over-dramatic dance would be weird if all the couples around them weren't equally intensely twirly.
7. Grease: The next best thing to the dances in this clip is the way the guys are dressed. Rockabilly
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Parenting – Mon, May 9, 2011 11:40 PM EDT
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Beth Holloway hosts a new true crime series on Lifetime. (Courtesy of Lifetime Network) There's no question: Natalee Holloway's mother has been through hell. To have to witness her daughter's suspected murderer evade punishment only to be nabbed for another murder is a level of anguish most of us can't comprehend. So how can her TV appearance be judged?
Mercilessly, it seems. Tonight, Beth Holloway returns to television with two new specials on Lifetime Network. The first, "Justice for Natalee Holloway", is essentially a sequel to the made-for-TV movie (again starring Tracy Pollan) bringing viewers up-to-date on breakthroughs in the case. The second is a new series, "Vanished", hosted by Holloway herself, following stories of unsolved family mysteries.
"It feels a lot like Lifetime is still exploiting the Natalee Holloway story for commercial gain," writes one Salt Lake Tribune reviewer today, noting the high ratings the initial made-for-tv movie got when it first debuted. "Lurid...inexcusable," says a Philadelphia Inquirer columnist, who accuses not just Lifetime but
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Fashion – Mon, May 9, 2011 8:59 PM EDT
Should a momentary fashion misstep be a blight on a kid's permanent record? In Florida, a new law could demand a tightening of belts in schools. The state's new 'droopy drawers' bill is intent on banning the any baggy jeans or ill-fitting pants in elementary, middle and high schools statewide. Citing indecent expose, any clothing items considered "vulgar" or too revealing by school officials would be grounds for suspension. The Florida law is loose enough (excuse the pun) that teachers could target any item of clothing that reveals a little much skin, even accidentally over-sized hand-me downs.
Isn't high school hard enough as it is? Baggy pants have been the target of principals ever since they started trending with teens in the '90s. Even politicians and local safety watchdogs have turned fashion police. Last year a New York State senator launched a billboard campaign called "Stop the Sag" hoping to curb the look on men regardless of age. And in Flint, Michigan, showing yourRead More »from Should baggy pants be outlawed in schools? Florida officials think so.
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Fashion – Wed, May 4, 2011 10:09 PM EDT
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Love + Sex – Wed, May 4, 2011 6:24 PM EDT
Everyday when Stanley comes home from work, he changes into what he calls, "baby-mode." For the 29 year-old, that means adult-sized jammies, legos scattered around his play-pen and a baby bottle not far from reach. It's just a way to relax, explains Stanley, the subject of a new episode of NatGeo's series, "Taboo". Stanley is an adult baby, a fascinating category of fetishists who regress into the creature comforts of their toddler years, regardless of their age. Stanley claims it's not a sexually driven impulse for him, but just a way to feel at ease in this cold, flinty world.
In his home, he's built a playpen that can hold the weight of a grown man, he's decorated his bedroom like a nursery, and every morning he's woken up by a nurse who coos at him softly over his crib. "There's nothing like waking up in a crib," he says.
As disturbing and not not heartbreaking as this is-I believe him. Babies have it good. But if you've ever felt compelled to pamper yourself the way you do
In the early 90s, everyone wanted to be Shannen Doherty. As the star of "Beverly Hills 90210," the hottest show on TV, she was required to make out with the hottest male co-star with the hottest eye-brow scar in teen drama history. Everything was going so well/...until it wasn't. When exactly was the tipping point for Shannon Doherty? An unearthed MTV news clip from 1993 reveals the exact moment when Brenda became the most hated woman in media. The video, going viral almost 20 years after it first aired, seems to point to a few simultaneous convergences of nature.
- A bad idea for a band
- A bad smoking habit
- A distractingly hot John Corbett not asked enough questions
- And a newsletter called 'I Hate Brenda Walsh'.
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