Tag Archives: health

Woman Sues For Monkey Discrimination

To be fair, this is no ordinary monkey we are talking about — but a service monkey. Sort of.

A Springfield, Missouri woman is suing — wait for it — Wal-Mart for discriminating against her 10-year-old bonnet macaque named Richard, who she says was not allowed to accompany her to the mega-store.

The woman, Debby Rose, insists that she be admitted to the store with Richard because the pet helps her with her social anxiety disorder. In essence, Rose contends, Richard is a service animal — much like a seeing eye dog.

But the Springfield-Greene County Health Department sees things a little differently. Which of course means they’re getting their asses sued as well.

Keeping a close eye on this story:



Child Abuse? Mother Forces Son To Eat Skittles

I know, I know — it’s harmless, right?

But, it’s also sort of gross and denotes a lack of of good sense on the part of the mom.

The story comes from the blog The Delicious Truth and is as follows:

The other night I was walking on a quiet, tree-lined street in a residential neighborhood of Manhattan known for its intellectual and progressive thinking. A 12-year-old boy (wearing a helmet) whizzed past me on his scooter. His mother, about 20 yards behind, was clutching a light blue, 2.17 ounce bag of “Tropical” Skittles. Hey, Tommy,” she bellowed, “come here and eat these . . . I want to get rid of them.”

Okay, several things:

1. Skittles are not food.

2. 12-year-olds are hyper enough, aren’t they? Than to push little discs of pure sugar on them?

3. She makes him wear a helmet, but offers him a big bag of Skittles to finish, flooding his body with sugar, pushing him that much closer to the sort of induced diabetes more and more kids are prey to these days.

4. Why is the woman in such a rush to get rid of these? What, they might go stale? Are they like grapes? Skittles will last until the day of the flood. You could stock bomb shelters with these suckers and they’d be fine.

The Delicious Truth continues, listing the ingredients of the Skittles:

According to the back of the bag, “Tropical” Skittles are “sugar, corn syrup, hydrogenated palm kernel oil, apple juice from concentrate, less than 2% – citric acid, dextrin, gelatin, artificial and natural flavors, coloring (includes yellow 5 lake, yellow 6 lake, blue 1 lake, red 50 lake, red 40, yellow 5, yellow 6, blue1), food starch – modified, ascorbic acid (vitamin C).” I’m sure you can’t find most of this stuff at your local farmers market.

Now here is the question: is this, as the cited blog claims, a very subtle form of child abuse? Is pushing or providing unhealthy food for consumption a form of neglect or child endangerment?

“C’mon Junior — eat mommy’s Skittles! Or else I’m gonna have to put them in the mystery meatloaf tomorrow!”

I repeat: Skittles are not food.

They CAN be vodka, however…

10 Tips To Being A Mosquito Magnet

Here are some guaranteed tips to help you become a Mosquito Magnet.

1. Wear dark clothing. Mosquitos prefer colors such as blacks and dark blues to lighter hues.

2. Be pregnant. Pregnant women exhale a higher level of carbon dioxide, which attracts mosquitoes.

3. Work out. Physical exertion not only leads to higher concentrations of carbon dioxide in one’s sweat, it produces lactic acid, which also is mosquito-friendly.

4. Live near a coastal area (or any water source). It’s common knowledge that mosquitoes love H2O.

5. Wear dirty socks (and other articles of clothing). Scientists have found that the bugs are attracted to the scent of old musty socks — probably because of the bacteria.

6. Have pets or livestock nearby. Sometimes mosquitoes like to cross-pollinate disease between the two.

7. Wear floral fragrances — including using scented shampoo and wearing clothes washed in scented detergent.

8. Have bare arms and legs. Mosquitoes like the limbs because they’re cooler.

9. Wear thinner, skin tight clothing. That’ll just make it easier for them to siphon off your blood right through the fabric.

10. Have a higher cholesterol level. The link isn’t conclusive, but it seems as if the insects are attracted to the extra cholesterol on the skin surface.

Woman Scratches Hole To Her Brain

Oh, this story freaks me out more than that severed dog’s head post

Basically, a woman develops a condition that leads her to scratch one specific part of her head uncontrollably. Finally, she scratches hole through skull and into brain:

“One morning, after she was awakened by her bedside alarm, she sat up and, she recalled, “this fluid came down my face, this greenish liquid.” She pressed a square of gauze to her head and went to see her doctor again. M. showed the doctor the fluid on the dressing. The doctor looked closely at the wound. She shined a light on it and in M.’s eyes. Then she walked out of the room and called an ambulance. Only in the Emergency Department at Massachusetts General Hospital, after the doctors started swarming, and one told her she needed surgery now, did M. learn what had happened. She had scratched through her skull during the night—and all the way into her brain.”


(passes out)

The Most Horrible Disease Ever!

Read to the end of this section from an old French medical book to find out the horrible things that can happen to you if you fall prey to this disease…

(via The Bizzare)

Wear Lip Gloss, Get Skin Cancer

Hot — get it? — on the heels of my “sunglasses give you cancer” post is another story about how your everyday beauty accessories and products can potentially give you skin cancer.

This time, according to the MTV Switch blog, the culprit is lip gloss, which, if left on in the blazing sun, can apparently up the risk of frying and irradiating your tender lip-skin.

Next up: wear toenail polish, get skin cancer!

(I actually end up sunburning my toes quite a bit cuz I wear sandals.

Anti-Smoking Nintendo DS Game Helps Users Kick The Habit

In what is becoming a trend in “self-help” video game (see Wii Fit), the Nintendo DS handheld will come out with Allan Carr’s Easyway To Stop Smoking.

The game will coach “players” to stop smoking and to keep track of their progress. Easyway To Stop Smoking is based on a successful book that has been read by over 10 million people.

The game is set to be released this September.

Not happy about this new game:

(via The Escapist)