Blog Posts by Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer

  • Hector Manley, a Double Amputee, Kayaking the Mississippi River for a Cause

    Hector ManleySome college seniors dream of back packing in Europe after they finish school. Recent University of Tampa grad Hector Manley's goal is to paddle all 2,500 miles of the Mississippi River by the end of the summer. He's taken up the challenge to raise money for two organizations that are close to his heart, Wounded Warriors and the Wheelchair Foundation.

    "The Wheelchair Foundation does great work around the world," Manley tells Shine. "In the next month they will be delivering their one millionth wheelchair." He has a special connection to Wounded Warriors. "My two best friends are in the service right now. I would want to be there with them, so this is how I show my support."

    Manley was born in a mountain village in El Salvador so tiny the dirt roads had no names. He says there were times his family went without food, and he didn't get his first pair of shoes until he was seven. As a little boy, he loved playing soccer and exploring the local garbage dump to find cast offs his

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  • Teenage Boy Finds Finger in Arby’s Sandwich

    Ryan Hart, a 14-year-old boy from Michigan, had a rude surprise when he bit into his Arby's roast beef sandwich. "I was like, 'that's got to be a finger,'" he told the Jackson Citizen Patriot. "It was just nasty."

    Related: The Six Worst Fast Food Hamburgers (And What you Should Eat Instead)

    Reportedly, a restaurant employee cut off her finger with a meat slicer while preparing the meal. She left her station to deal with the emergency, and other employees, who were unaware of the injury, continued to complete the order.

    "Somebody loses a finger and you keep sending food out the window," said the teen's mom, Jamie Vail. "I can't believe that." She added that following the gruesome discovery, her son was "traumatized," couldn't eat or sleep, and had been prescribed medication Fox News reports.

    Related: Can Fast Food Make You Depressed?

    John Gray, Arby's vice president of corporate communications, provided Yahoo! Shine with a statement saying, "Arby’s wants to reassure

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  • Mario Batali Goes on Food Stamps

    Chef Mario BataliChef Mario BataliMario Batali isn't generally associated with austerity. The celebrity chef owns more than 10 acclaimed Italian restaurants across the country and a sprawling temple to food, Eataly market, in New York City. His belly alone attests to how much he loves chowing down.

    This week, Batali isn't living quite so high on the hog. He, his wife, and their two teenage sons are participating in a challenge issued by the Food Bank of New York City to survive on what a family or of four on food stamps needs to manage with. That comes out to about $31 per person for the week, or less than $1.50 per meal each.

    It's become common for people to try to eat food raised within 50 or 100 miles. Last year, Shine interviewed a family who had gone a whole year without buying conventional groceries or dining in a restaurant. But Batali makes clear this is no foodie experiment. "We, hopefully, aren't pretending or being like a bunch of yuppies saying, 'Oh yeah, this is how you can do it. Look, we can

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  • Boy Field Hockey Star Wins Appeal to Play on Girl’s Team

    Keeling PilaroThirteen-year-old Keeling Pilaro scored a huge goal Tuesday night, May 15, when he won the right to play on the South Hampton High School girl's varsity field hockey squad in Suffolk County, Long Island. "I was jumping up and down; I was so excited when I heard," the boy told the Associated Press after the decision was announced by an attorney for the athletics committee. "I can play!"

    Related: Arizona Baseball Team Forfeits Title Rather than Having to Play Against Team with a Girl

    The teen grew up playing field hockey in Ireland, where it's a popular sport for boys and men. In the United States, the sport is played almost exclusively by females, although there is a men's national team.

    In late April, Pilaro was banned from participating in the fall 2012 season because school officials determined he was too dominant a player. His mother, Fairley Pilaro argued to 1010 WINS, "He is not a physical dominating presence on the field by any stretch. In fact, he's far below the

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  • Dangers in Your Mattress

    What's hiding in your mattress? Investigating all the creepy crawlies and toxins that may lurk in your bed is enough to cause nightmares."I can think of no single place that challenges a person immunologically day in and day out than a mattress," writes microbiologist Philip Tierno, PhD, in his book, The Secret Life of Germs.

    Related: When to Clean the Sheets

    Mattresses typically accumulate bodily fluids such as sweat, blood, and urine, which become breeding grounds for bacteria. While many strains are relatively harmless, according to Tierno some can cause serious conditions such as gangrene. Children, the elderly, and people with compromised immune systems are especially vulnerable. Other microscopic mattress invaders include fungi, mold, and dust mites.

    Dust mites are relatives of the spider and feed off dry skin cells shed by humans. These imperceptibly tiny pests cause allergies, wheezing, and asthma. A larger pest is the bed bug.

    Related: Bed Bugs Can Infest Your Office Too

    Once thought to

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  • Choosing the Best Sunscreens—and Avoiding the Worst

    Is your sunscreen safe? It's sunscreen shopping season and the just-released 2012 Sunscreen Guide published by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) helps steer consumers toward healthy, affordable choices. This year's guide rates over 1,800 sunscreens (for both adults and kids), lip balms, and moisturizers and cosmetics with SPF. The leading cause of skin cancer is exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun and, according to the National Cancer Institute, over one million people are diagnosed a year.

    Related: New Jersey Tanning Mom Inspires Action Figure

    Often people grab whatever sunscreen is labeled with the highest SPF and assume it's the best. The EWG guide warns shoppers that choosing a safe product isn't just about the numbers. Their research spotlights potential health hazards:

    Dangerous ingredients. Retinyl palmitate (Vitamin A) may cause tumors and lesions to develop more quickly when skin is exposed to the sun. Nneka Leiba, Senior Research Analyst and the guide's lead author,

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  • Are You Happy with Your Sex Life? (Survey)

    Sex survey says...Sex survey says...Let's talk about sex, shall we? Don't be shy, we already asked all the revealing questions.

    Yahoo! Shine and Fitness Magazine surveyed over 1000 adults to find out what gets them in the mood as well to delve into the most intimate details of their love lives. Read on, we know you are curious.

    The number one route to lovemaking for both men and women is dinner and a bottle of wine. About 24% of men and 26% of women responded that is the magic combo for getting their motors running. Younger men and women (ages 18-34) are also likely to get turned on by a sexy text or email (22% compared with only 12% of their more mature counterparts). However, nearly half of all adults (50% of men and 43% of women) have "talked dirty" over the phone to heat things up.

    Hint for men: the number one way to make your lady friend feel sexy is simply to tell her, "I love you." Nearly half of all women (42%) say this is the surest way to boost their libido. That's almost twice as many as were

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  • Shine Tries It: Girl Scout Cookie-Flavored Nestle Crunch Bar

    What's your favorite flavor? What's your favorite flavor? Welcome to "Shine Tries It," a new feature where we try things so you don't have to. Every Friday our editors will road-test unusual products and unbelievable promises to find out what lives up to the hype and what doesn't. Warning: don't try any of this at home, until we do.

    Remember the prehistoric times when children had to wait for things? The days dragged as you pined for a new episode of your favorite television program or a certain Nancy Drew mystery to be returned to the library. For me, one of the most anticipated events was the arrival of six green boxes of Girl Scout Cookies ordered by mom what seemed like years before.

    For the last few months, there have been mouth-watering rumors that a mythical Girl Scout Cookie-Nestle Crunch Bar mashup would actually be coming to stores sometime this summer. Indeed, on May 8, the waiting was over-a limited number went on pre-sale on Facebook. Cookie fans freaked out and, alas, they were gone in under twenty-four hours.

    Girls Scout Cookies posterGirls Scout Cookies poster

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  • Jon Hamm’s Relationship Advice for Teens Goes Viral

    Jon Hamm, relationship guruWhat can't hunky actor Jon Hamm do? After playing a number of supporting characters in movies such as "Bridesmaids" and "The Town," Disney announced the Golden Globe winning-star of TV's smash "Mad Men" has just been awarded his first leading man role in sports flick "The Million Dollar Arm."

    Related: Jon Hamm to Star in Sports Drama "The Million Dollar Arm"

    Now Hamm can add relationship advisor to his resume. On May 8, he appeared in a video for Rookie, the online magazine for girls dispensing dating advice for teenagers as part of its regular "Ask a Grown Man" feature. It has been streamed over 200 thousand times.

    Looking charmingly scruffy, Hamm fielded questions from teen girls such as:

    Q: One day a guy wanted to get with me and the next day he changed his mind. What do I do with this flip flopper?

    A: You are only 16…give the guy a break. Maybe he changed his mind, maybe you'll change your mind. The world's your oyster…don't sweat it. There's a lot of guys out

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  • Foolproof Mother’s Day Breakfast Recipes to Cook with the Kids

    Kids love to help cookKids love to help cook"The key to cooking with kids is setting up a lot of little jobs that they can do quickly and aren't too messy or technical," Quinn Hatfield, who runs Hatfield's Restaurant in Los Angeles with his wife, Karen, tells Yahoo! Shine. Hatfield's son Bennett is just over a year old. "He's happy hanging out in his high chair watching us cook and being handed things to eat." But his daughter Paige, 4, "wants to do everything mom and dad are doing. She would be swinging knives around if we let her," he laughs.

    Related Link: Denmark's "Noma" Retains World's Best Restaurant Title

    Quinn and Karen Hatfield often spend "family time" with their kids making and eating breakfast or brunch around the kitchen island since both mom and dad work at the restaurant in the evenings. This Mother's Day, Hatfield plans to have his children help make brunch and let Karen sleep in. "I'll make the crepe batter the night before and set the fillings up before Paige and Bennett come into the kitchen," he

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