What would your pet like to listen to?I'd like to think that my big, old black lab would enjoy a little old-school funk (he was named for trumpet legend Maceo Parker). And, given that he's grown up with a house full of kids, I think he might be willing to put up with a bit of The Backyardigans as well. But University of Wisconsin-Madison animal psychologist Charles Snowdon says that, when it comes to pets and music, I'm dead wrong.
While research shows that animals do have the ability to enjoy music, "We have a very human tendency to project onto our pets and assume that they will like what we like," Snowdon told Life's Little Mysteries. "People assume that if they like Mozart, their dog will like Mozart. If they like rock music, they say their dog prefers rock."
What they do like, he says, is music that's made especially to their ears -- that is, using the sounds with which a given species is already familiar. Just as our parents thought the music we loved as a teen just sounded like horrible, grating noise, our pets
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- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Pets – Thu, Mar 22, 2012 3:17 PM EDT
What would your pet like to listen to?I'd like to think that my big, old black lab would enjoy a little old-school funk (he was named for trumpet legend Maceo Parker). And, given that he's grown up with a house full of kids, I think he might be willing to put up with a bit of The Backyardigans as well. But University of Wisconsin-Madison animal psychologist Charles Snowdon says that, when it comes to pets and music, I'm dead wrong.Read More »from Animals like Music. What Would Your Pet Listen To?
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Parenting – Thu, Mar 22, 2012 2:41 PM EDT
Treyvon Martin, shown here in an undated family photo, was shot and killed in Florida on Feb. 26. Thousands of people gathered in New York City on Wednesday for the "Million Hoodie March" in support of the family of Trayvon Martin, 17, who was shot and killed by a self-appointed Neighborhood Watchman as he returned to his father's girlfriend's home in a gated community in Sanford, Florida, on February 26.
Trayvon's parents, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, attended the march, where his father told supporters that his son, who was wearing a hoodie and described as "suspicious" when he was killed, "did not deserve to die."
"My heart is in pain, but to see the support of all of you really makes a difference," his mother told the crowd.
The teenager had gone to buy snacks and was on his way home when he was pursued and confronted by George Zimmerman, AGE, who was carrying a licensed concealed weapon. After calling 911 and being told not to follow Trayvon, Zimmerman shot the unarmed teenager once in the chest, killing him. Though 80 pounds heavier than the teen, who was carrying aRead More »from Million Hoodie March: Support, Outrage, Over Death of Trayvon Martin
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money – Wed, Mar 21, 2012 4:21 PM EDT
Mitt Romney, a.k.a. Javelin, and Rick Santorum, a.k.a. Petrus.The Secret Service called Senator John McCain "Phoenix." His wife, Cindy, picked the name "Parasol." President Ronald Reagan's code name was "Rawhide" -- pretty fitting, considering his past experience acting in Westerns. President Bill Clinton was "Eagle."Read More »from Mitt Romney Would like to Be Known as Javelin. And Santorum? Call Him Petrus.
Mitt Romney would like to be called "Javelin," which is the name of one of the cars produced by the American Motors Company when his dad ran the place (and one of the first cars Romney ever had). And Rick Santorum? He's picked "Petrus."
"Yeah, that's the name, Petrus," he chuckled when Fox News' Greta Van Susteren asked him about it.
"Petrus is the Latin word for Peter, and you've heard me talk repeatedly about my grandfather, his name was Pietro," he explained. "I didn't think Pietro would work. It's a name, and I didn't want a name, and so I thought Petrus, which is the Latin word for 'Peter' and for 'rock,' was a more apt name than the Italian name for Peter." It's also a reference to Santorum's religious roots: St. Peter was
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money – Wed, Mar 21, 2012 1:49 PM EDT
Would you fire someone for wearing this color?We totally understand that certain articles of clothing -- skimpy sundresses, flip flops, tiny tank tops, short shorts, "All the Cool Girls Are Lesbians" T-shirts -- violate office dress codes and should never be worn to work. But the color orange? Really?Read More »from Workplace WTF: Florida Law Firm Fires 14 People for Wearing Orange
Welcome to Yahoo! Shine's new series about ridiculous-but-true office horror stories, Workplace WTF. Today's installment comes to you from Florida, where 14 employees of the Deerfield Beach law firm of Elizabeth R. Wellborn P.A. found themselves unemployed last week after they all wore orange shirts to work on the same day.
"I'm a single mom with four kids, and I'm out of a job just because I wore orange today," Meloney McLeod, 39, told the Sun Sentinel.
The employes, who worked in different departments at the firm, explained that they wear orange on pay-day Fridays so that they look like a group when they go out for drinks after work. They'd done it for several months before they were called into a conference room last Friday.
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Healthy Living – Tue, Mar 20, 2012 10:07 PM EDT
Is there an easier way to get your child vaccinated?Parents, what if your child could be protected against disease with a mere scratch on the arm instead of a traumatic shot? According to researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, that day may be on the horizon: New research shows that vaccines applied to the skin may be more effective than those injected into the muscle.Read More »from Study: Vaccines Given by Skin May Be More Effective Than Painful Shots
Though conventional medicine has focused on the way cells circulating in our bloodstreams can defend against reinfection, new studies show that cells in the skin and lungs may also be able to fight pathogens effectively.
"Right now, we deliver vaccines into muscle . . . Muscle has never evolved to fight off infection," Dr. Thomas Kupper, chairman of dermatology at Brigham and Women's, told the Boston Globe. "We think that we really need to rethink the way we're delivering vaccines."
Instead of giving an injection, vaccines against smallpox were first administered using a needle to scratch the skin before a live cowpox virus was applied, he explained. The
Washington, D.C., is awash in delicate pink flowers, fitness buffs are taking their routines outdoors, and revelers around the world are celebrating the Vernal Equinox and the return of warmer weather with dancing, fire, and gorgeous colors.
Welcome back, Spring! We've definitely missed you.
Read More »from Signs of Spring Around the World
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Healthy Living – Mon, Mar 19, 2012 11:00 PM EDT
Senator John McCain talks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 5, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)An Arizona bill which could allow employers to fire workers for using birth control may be losing steam. Though a state Senate Judiciary Committee endorsed the bill 6 to 2 and the bill has already passed the state House of Representatives, Republican Governor Jan Brewer now has reservations about making it a law.Read More »from McCain Comes Out Against Arizona Contraception Bill
Arizona House Bill 2625, written by Republican state Representative Debbie Lesko, would allow any employer, not just religious ones, to deny contraceptive coverage to employees if it conflicts with the employer's personal religious beliefs. In order to get reimbursed for prescriptions, women would have to prove to their employers that the birth control pills were being used for medical reasons other than preventing pregnancy -- and then pay an additional fee. If an employee refused to provide such proof, her job could be at stake.
Lesko says that the invasion of privacy is a patriotic protection of our First Amendment rights.
"I believe we live in America," she said last
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Healthy Living – Mon, Mar 19, 2012 9:32 PM EDT
A new bill in Tennessee could target doctors.A new bill under consideration in Tennessee would require any doctors who perform abortions in the state to have their names and offices listed online, and would also publish detailed information about the women who have undergone the procedure for any reason and at any stage of pregnancy, making their private lives a matter of public record.Read More »from Tennessee Bill Would Target Doctors, Shame Women into Avoiding Abortion
Opponents of House Bill 3808, also known as the Life Defense Act, say that publishing doctor's names could put them in danger, and releasing the demographic data could make it too easy for people to identify and harass patients.
"I think publicizing this information will do nothing but cause serious consequences," Democratic state Representative Gary Odom told The Tennessean. "This is dangerous. This is a dangerous piece of legislation."
Even doctors who perform D&Cs after miscarriages or who perform abortions in life-threatening or emergency situations would have to have their names published, making them a target for protesters and vigilantes
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | At Home – Mon, Mar 19, 2012 6:23 PM EDT
The Persian New Year, Nowruz, is a celebration of spring, renewal, and rebirth.The Vernal Equinox falls on March 20th this year -- its earliest arrival in more than a century -- and with it people the world over will celebrate Nowruz, the Persian New Year that also heralds the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere.
Pronounced "no-rooz," the holiday has its roots in Zoroastrianism, a pre-Islamic monotheistic religion which focuses on the triumph of good over evil and the connection between human beings and nature. It's been celebrated for thousands of years as a time of renewal and rebirth in many countries, including India, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Turkey, and parts of Canada, China, the Balkans, and the United States.
"I am delighted to send best wishes to all those celebrating the festival of Nowruz," Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said in an official statement on Monday. "For over 3,000 years, Nowruz has been a time of hope for millions of people around the world. The spirit of compassion, family, and renewal is deeply woven throughout Read More »from Happy Nowruz! the Persian New Year Celebrates Spring, Renewal, and Rebirth
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money – Mon, Mar 19, 2012 2:22 PM EDT
Jane Maas, author of Jane Maas is often called a real-life Peggy Olsen. Like Olsen's character on AMC's "Mad Men," who worked her way through the ranks to become an advertising executive, Maas left the secretarial pool and joined Ogilvy & Mather as a copywriter in 1964, later becoming a creative director at the advertising agency. Her new book, "Mad Women: The Other Side of Life on Madison Avenue in the '60s and Beyond" offers an insider's look at what really went on during the "Mad Men" era.Read More »from "Mad Men" in Real Life: Jane Maas on What Madison Avenue was like for a Woman in the 1960s
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"My priorities are job first, husband second, children third," she writes in her book. "It's the only way for a woman to survive in the advertising business. And in the marriage business."
"Mad Men" (the fifth season starts on March 25) is pretty accurate, she told CBS News. "Except whatever they're doing on the show, we did more."
"There was more sex, there was more drinking, and women were treated even worse," she said.
She gives plenty of examples in her book.