• A colony of bees(Newser) - Where would it hurt more to get stung by a bee: on a testicle or on a nostril? It was this burning question that led Michael Smith, a graduate student at Cornell University studying honeybees, to his latest research.

    After being stung on the testicle and realizing it didn't hurt as much as one might think it would, Smith decided to use himself as the subject of an experiment with the goal of charting the worst places to get stung by a bee.

    The most painful, according to National Geographic, in descending order: the nostril, upper lip, and penis. The least painful: the skull, the upper arm, and the tip of the middle toe. Smith's methods sound pretty awful: He gave himself five stings a day for 38 days, ultimately stinging 25 body parts multiple times.

    "Some locations required the use of a mirror and an erect posture during stinging (eg, buttocks)," he wrote in his amusing paper on the matter. He rated the painfulness of each sting on a scale from 1 to 10, and found

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  • The lesser of two evils is still evil.

    If you saw Mark Bittman's column in the New York Times declaring "Butter Is Back," you might think that the medical community has reversed its position on the dangers of saturated fat. Well, we certainly haven't, and neither have our colleagues.

    There is solid data that the five food felons-trans fat, added sugars, syrups, non-whole grains and saturated fat-promote inflammation, heart disease, stroke and cancer. No ifs ands or buts about it. The highly publicized March 2014 meta-analysis in the Annals of Internal Medicine does not change this. Saturated fat, from butter, four-legged animal fat (including milk), poultry skin, and coconut and palm oils, is bad for your health. Period.

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    However, if you substitute trans fat or simple sugars or syrups for butter, then yes, butter might be the lesser of two (or three) evils. Over the years, consumer fear of saturated fat has created a plethora of products that sell because they're touted as

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  • by Anna Maltby

    Courtesy of AMCCourtesy of AMC Despite what Betty Draper on Mad Men may lead you to believe, it's way less common than ever before to see people smoking on television. And according to new research, that could be one reason behind the drop in smoking rates in the U.S. over the past few decades.

    Researchers at the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania analyzed tobacco usage during more than 1,800 hours of TV dramas between 1955 and 2010, as well as looking at the decline in smoking rates during that time and other factors that may have contributed to the drop.

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    They controlled for the rise in cigarette prices over that time and a 1971 TV and radio cigarette ad ban, and they estimate that the decline in smoking on TV has contributed to an annual smoking decrease of two packs per adult.

    "We were surprised by the size of the impact," study author Dan Romer, Ph.D., associate director of the Annenberg Center, told SELF.

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  • by Anna Maltby

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    You probably already know that beans, chickpeas, peas and lentils are pretty damn good for you -- they're a great source of dietary fiber and plant-based protein--but here are two cool things that you may not have known: 1) The scientific term for these legumes is "dietary pulse" (random but interesting!), and 2) Even a small amount could help lower your bad cholesterol.

    A new systematic review and meta-analysis in CMAJ finds that one daily serving of dietary pulse appears to lower your LDL cholesterol levels by about five percent. That's noteworthy because current public health guidelines don't encourage using legumes as an LDL-reducer.

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    "There are no current recommendations for dietary pulse consumption on its own as a way to benefit cholesterol levels," study author Vanessa Ha, a research coordinator at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, told SELF.

    Even cooler: Ha and her team members say that while

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  • Cougar Town star Busy Philipps attended the Hollygrove Norma Jean Gala in Beverly Hills recently, and this crudité display caught her eye. She declared the rows of fresh veggies in edible soil the "cutest crudité display."

    This garden-to-table creation comes from the creative team at Schaffer's Genuine Foods (SFG) in Venice, California. And they don't stop at the display. The team, outfitted in garden gloves, dishes the dirt-and veggies-using a trowel, and homemade dressings are poured out of watering cans. Lucky for us, Kathleen Schaffer from SFG shared the dirty little secret for making the tasty "soil."

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    Here's how to cultivate your own edible garden:

    Dehydrated oil cured black olives
    Candied lemon zest
    Fresh thyme
    Fresh oregano
    Calabrian chili flakes
    Puffed wild rice (this requires a deep fryer at 500ºF)
    Assorted fresh vegetables for "planting"


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  • by Megan Angelo

    Courtesy of HBOCourtesy of HBO
    OK, Game of Thrones fans, you better hope this show holds up. Because the hottest baby names in Westeros are now the hottest baby names in real-life America--and if GoT doesn't achieve the same level of cultural timelessness as, say, Seinfeld, we're going to have a lot of pissed middle-schoolers on our hands.

    Anyway, the big headline is this: As EW reports, 146 baby girls in America in 2012 were named Khaleesi. (Only 21 were named Daenerys, which I happen to think is prettier, but I guess Khaleesi puts the baby one step closer to being the first female president.)

    Scanning through the report, though, I noticed several other GoT potential effects on naming patterns:

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    Arya was the female baby name that made the biggest jump between 2011 and 2012--it moved up in the popularity rankings from #711 to #412. Variations like Aria and Ayla also made the top 50 mover-uppers.

    Lots of powerful royal boy names

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  • L-R: Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Chelsea Handler (Photo: Getty)Stephen Colbert replacing Dave Letterman as host of "The Late Show" is not just happy-sad news for their respective fans, but also a missed opportunity to usher in some female-friendly talent.

    White male comedians, most notably Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Seth Meyers, Carson Daly, and Craig Feguson currently dominate the late-night scene, and dudes have dominated the late-night scene so for decades. Currently, the only woman in the hot seat is Chelsea Handler, host of E!’s “Chelsea’s Lately,” who, most recently, was rumored to replace Ferguson on CBS’s “The Late Late Show” if he had taken Letterman's seat.

    While Colbert taking Letterman’s spot is big news, the excitment surrounding his replacement was even bigger — before Colbert was announced, the Internet was buzzing with possible female replacements, including Amy Schumer, star of the Comedy Central series “Inside Amy Schumer,” "SNL" alums Maya Rudolph, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, and Emmy-award winning comedy writer Wanda Sykes — women

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  • By Eve O. Schaub, Special to Everyday Health

    Once upon a time, I was healthy - at least I thought I was.

    Sure, I lacked enough energy to get me through the day, but with all the commercials on TV touting energy drinks for America's tired masses, I always assumed I wasn't the only one suffering. And sure, everyone in my family dreaded the coming cold and flu season, but again, I thought come January everyone develops some degree of germophobia.

    At least, that's what I thought until I heard some disturbing new information about the effects of sugar. According to several experts, sugar is the thing that is making so many Americans fat and sick. The more I thought about it the more this made sense to me - a lot of sense. One in seven Americans has metabolic syndrome. One in three Americans is obese. The rate of diabetes is skyrocketing and cardiovascular disease is America's number one killer.

    According to this theory, all of these maladies and more can be traced back to one

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  • Beyonce, Feminism, and Keeping Her Clothes on: What She Can Learn from MadonnaBeyonce, Feminism, and Keeping Her Clothes on: What She Can Learn from MadonnaBeyonce is on the cover of this month's Out magazine. Despite the fact that she is topless and wearing a wig, I couldn't help but notice that she's reminding me a lot of Madonna from the early '90s these days. I'm not just talking about her appearance, but the path she is taking in her career, too.

    In her Marilyn Monroe-inspired wig, Beyonce talks to Out magazine about how easy it can be to be sexy and classy at the same time, explaining: "There is unbelievable power in ownership, and women should own their sexuality. You can be a businesswoman, a mother, an artist, and a feminist - whatever you want to be - and still be a sexual being. It's not mutually exclusive."

    Sound familiar? Well it should because these are the same words that were preached to us over 20 years ago when Madonna was still at her reign on top of the Billboard charts. Although Madonna was more of a straight shooter when it came to owning her risqué image back then (she was once quoted as saying, "Can a body be a

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  • Amy Poehler and Tina Fey As Sisters? OBVIOUSLY!Amy Poehler and Tina Fey As Sisters? OBVIOUSLY!I could watch Amy Poehler and Tina Fey read a diner menu and be completely entertained. I am more than thrilled to hear that the two actresses, comics, besties, and brilliant writers are teaming up to play sisters in The Nest. This is a project Tina has been developing for a while. Both Tina and Amy will be producers of the film. Jason Moore from Pitch Perfect will be directing what is sure to be a comedy-palooza.

    Suzanne just wrote about the Bechdel test, and The Nest seems like it will pass that test perfectly. Which, hopefully, means it will be a huge success.

    Deadline is reporting a broad stroke of the comedy plot: "They'll play thirty-something sisters who come home to find their parents' house has been put up for sale. They spend a last wild weekend together, bonding and feuding and finally growing up."

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    Amy Poehler and Tina Fey met in an improv class in Chicago in 1993 and have been encouraging and propelling each

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