• Photo: Corbis 1. Coins
    Germs prefer soft, moist environments. "Coins are made of metal, and metal has some antimicrobial properties," says microbiologist Kelly Wroblewski, director of the infectious disease program at the Association of Public Health Laboratories. "They're not a good place for germs to live." In fact, copper, nickel, and silver are antimicrobial, says Gerba. Philip Tierno, director of microbiology and immunology at New York University Langone Medical Center and author of "The Secret Life of Germs," said that just like paper money, which has an antimicrobial coating, coins are dry. "Coinage money like dimes, nickels, quarters, generally don't support bacteria." "Trace metals like silver, nickel, aluminum, and copper don't allow survival of organisms. They're poisonous to organisms."

    2. Dog kisses
    Slobber can be gross, but it's not necessarily germy. "The dirtiest things around the house are the humans," says Elaine Larson. RN, PhD, associate dean for research at the Columbia

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  • Doris DayThere are many things that are standout representations of the 1950s: white picket fences, The Cold War, full skirts à la Christian Dior, the Kennedy administration... and Doris Day. Though at first glance it might seem surprising that a mere actress would be included in such a venerable list, her star power during this decade was so momentous that we would be amiss not to include her. She is, after all, the top-ranking female box-office star of all time and is ranked sixth amongst overall performers, which includes heavy-hitters like John Wayne, Clint Eastwood and Tom Cruise.

    Day's girl-next-door personality, classic American looks and harmonic vocal chords set the standard for what many considered to be the ideal woman. She represented propriety, a ladylike charm that was nevertheless approachable and unthreatening-unlike her contemporary Marilyn Monroe. Her style-which consisted of full skirts, cinched waistlines and bleached blonde hair that was coiffed to perfection-was only

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  • Is your bed used for more than sex? Then yes.

    By Laura Beck

    Is your bed used for more than sex? Then, yes.

    1. He leaves stuff at your place, and vice versa.

    You used to stuff any evidence of your existence into a gym bag before you left - "Is that one of my eyelash hairs? Let me get that!" - and now you're leaving stuff laying around all willy nilly. He has a toothbrush at your place and stuff to sleep in, and you just washed a pair of his boxers and ironed his work shirt. WHAT ARE YOU MARRIED? No, you're just comfortable together, and ironing is your happy place. So zen.

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    2. He makes plans more than a week in advance.

    Are you his date for his best friend's wedding in July? Are you planning to rent a cabin in Tahoe together next season? Are you driving him to his fifth DUI court date in August because he can't drive himself? Yeah, this is the real deal. (Also, if it's the last one, we should maybe talk...)

    3. He cares that your friends like him. And

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  • Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images, Courtesy (2)Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images, Courtesy (2)As a supermodel, philanthropist and entrepreneur, Petra Nemcova finds herself spending half her life on airplanes. Fresh from a visit to Indonesia, where her Happy Hearts Fund is building schools for the survivors of two major earthquakes, she breezed into New York City Wednesday for a LinkedIn career event and then it was off to Chicago for an appearance at the La Perla lingerie store. Like most experienced travelers, the former Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover model has always slathered on moisturizer (Clinique's Moisture Surge Overnight Mask is her product of choice) to counter the dehydration from a long flight, as is their All About Eyes eye cream ($50; clinique.com)-she's the brand ambassador.

    But equally important to maintaining beauty across time zones is the ability to sleep comfortably under the harsh lights of an airplane. For years, the Czech-born beauty tried different eye masks. "I would wake up and my eyelashes, one would be turned this way and the other that way

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  • Nigella Lawson stopped from boarding plane to US

    LONDON (AP) — Celebrity chef Nigella Lawson, who acknowledged last year that she had occasionally used cocaine, was denied permission to board a flight to the United States over the weekend, the U.S. Embassy said.

    The embassy did not disclose the reason for refusing Lawson entry into the United States.

    Embassy spokeswoman Lynne Platt said Thursday that Lawson was stopped from traveling Sunday and had subsequently been invited to the embassy to apply for a visa. She said such applications were generally handled "routinely and expeditiously."

    Lawson tweeted Saturday that she was going on vacation, but she also has worked in the U.S., where she co-hosted TV cooking competition "The Taste."

    British citizens need visas to work in the U.S. but not for a vacation.

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection said privacy laws meant it was "not at liberty to discuss an individual's processing." It said U.S. authorities may refuse passengers admission for various reasons, including drug use and "moral

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  • At left, Turlington in the 1995 ad. At right, the supermodel in a more recent ad. (Photos: Calvin Klein)

    If there was a worldwide competition for best throwback Thursday then Christy Turlington would take first prize, hands down. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Calvin Klein’s award-winning fragrance Eternity, the company plans to reissue a 1995 advertisement featuring the supermodel in magazines this May and June, according to Fashionista.

    The ad, shot by photographer Peter Lindbergh, pictures Turlington (also known as Christy Turlington Burns), who started modeling for the brand in 1988, and the biggest male model of the 90's-era Mark Vanderloo. (Fun fact: the character Derek Zoolander in the movie “Zoolander” is rumored to be based on Vanderloo.) The only difference between the original 1995 version, when both the models were 26, and the 2014 one is the updated tagline: “Time can’t touch us. Celebrating 25 years.”

    It’s pretty eerie how true that caption really is. Compare the now 45-year-old Turlington Calvin Klein Underwear campaign from last fall (pictured above, at right) with

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  • For fans of Judy Garland and Fred Astaire, Easter Parade, the 1948 musical extravaganza, is a must-see. First off, there is the score by Irving Berlin, where audiences are treated to timeless tunes like "Steppin' Out with My Baby" and "Easter Parade." Then there are the fanciful costumes designed by Irene Gibbons, which only enhance the buoyancy and pure joy that make this film a classic.

    The floral bonnets and playful ensembles are almost characters in themselves; they set the tone for this feel-good film. From Garland's robin egg blue gown to Anne Miller's canary yellow opera gloves, we fall in love with every gesture made, every song sung because the visuals are so captivating. Gibbons definitely understood what she was doing, because what would an Easter parade be without our favorite pastel hues and colorful prints?

    Aside from the sacrament of Eucharist, Easter is a celebration of springtime frivolity, where egg hunts and garden parties run aplenty. Get into the spirit and

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  • Tennessee mother of two Tara Taylor may have very well saved the vision of her 3-year-old daughter simply by posting her photo on Facebook. That’s where two observant friends saw the picture and noticed a strange glow in little Rylee’s left eye, prompting the eye exam that revealed she had Coats disease, a rare retinal disorder.

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    “They said, ‘Hey, I’m sure it’s nothing. It’s probably the lighting, but your daughter’s eye is glowing and you might want to have it checked out because it’s a sign there could be an issue with her eye,’” Tara told WREG Memphis. After a trip to the doctor, she discovered her friends' instincts were right.

    “Anything that happens in the retina will alter that red reflex, or ‘red eye,’ which is a reflex from the back of the retina,” Dr. Jorge Calzada tells Yahoo Shine. While Rylee's right eye did have the typical red eye, the left eye had a larger, more yellowish glow to it, because “she had a scar in

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  • By Amy Sinatra Ayres | vetstreet.com


    Corbin was found 1,100 miles from his Texas home, just four days after his disappeared.Corbin, a Chihuahua and Dachshund mix, dug a hole under the fence in his backyard in Killeen, Texas, on March 25. Four days later, he was found tied to a bench outside the Animal Friends Humane Society shelter - 1,100 miles away, in Hamilton, Ohio.

    But how Corbin got there remains a mystery. The shelter brought the 3-year-old dog inside and scanned his microchip to find his owner. "It sounds like one of those too good to be true stories," said owner Mike Saiz. "This isn't the first time he dug a hole under the fence. One time he was waiting for us on our front porch and the other two times we had to pick him up from the local pound."

    Authorities are looking for the woman seen on a surveillance video dropping him off at the shelter in the middle of the night. When Corbin's story was shared on Facebook by a Texas TV station, a woman from Killeen who was in Ohio offered to drive the pooch home. Corbin and his family were reunited last night,

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  • Two little babies Let's assume you're all prepared for baby. You've washed and folded the heart-flutteringly tiny clothes, set up the crib, installed the car seat, boiled bottles and binkies, started a college account (JUST KIDDING! HA HA HA)-- and even remembered to obtain fun post-birth items for yourself, such as maxi pads and ice packs (home spa time!). Let's assume you've also done all the secondary baby stuff, the stuff lazy, er, relaxed second-timers like me put off, like getting a double stroller and studying the schedule of baby classes at the Y.


    I feel you, overdue mamas-to-be. My son was born a full two weeks after his due date. I think he must have missed a memo somewhere, as his older sister was born four days before her due date --same due date, as it happens, and maybe he was just assiduously trying to avoid sharing a birthday. So everyone was expecting him to come early too, which made it feel like I'd been playing the waiting game forever before I even got to my so-called due date.

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