There are more tools now at the disposal of people trying to lose weight and get in shape than there have ever been in the past. But unhealthy food is also more abundant than ever before, and the number of Americans who lead a sedentary lifestyle continues to grow. I know how difficult it can be to lose weight. I spent most of my life as an obese American before losing 50 lbs in just 3 months on the way to my target weight. Unfortunately, not all Americans have found the motivation to shed excess weight and improve their health — according to the CDC’s most recent National Health Interview Survey, America has never been more obese than it is right now. More →
As we approach the end of May, it’s finally beginning to heat up — even in the colder regions of the United States. It’s a welcome change after winter decided to stick around for a few extra weeks, but come mid-July, there’s a good chance we’ll all be wishing for snow. This summer is going to be a rough one.
While some Internet memes have a tendency to burst onto the scene like an exploding star before fizzling out just as quickly, the meme of Michael Jordan crying has taken the opposite route. What initially started out as a niche and rather obscure meme known only to hardcore sports fans has slowly but surely grown in popularity over the past few years, and especially over the last few months.
And because it’s often hard to pinpoint why or how certain memes sweep over the Internet like a tidal wave while others quickly fade into memory, 2 Point Lead over the weekend ventured to set the record straight. With assistance from ESPN’s Jay Williams, DJ Gallo of SportsPickle, and AP photographer Stephan Savoia — the man who took the now-ubiquitous photo, 2 Point Lead gives us a behind the scenes tour of how the original photo was taken and how it eventually grew into an Internet phenomenon.
Nutrition facts labeling will now contain a new category called “Added Sugars” that’s supposed to better portray reality, the government announced. That way, you’ll know exactly how much extra sugar was added to any type of food or beverage. But that’s not the only change you can expect from the upcoming new nutrition label requirements. More →
The Ocean’s 11 movies are spectacular stories about crazy heists that take lots of effort, careful planning and just a touch of skillful improvisation to pull off. But it turns out that jobs like this exist in real life, too. And they’re equally impressive. A few days ago, 100 coordinated thieves stole no less than $12.7 million (1.4bn yen) from ATMs. The entire thing took just three hours, and no suspect was apprehended since then. More →
I was somewhat surprised to learn that courts use software to predict the likelihood of criminals reoffending. But I was far less surprised to learn that the computer, much like the system it serves, seems to hate black people.
ProPublica has a new report that shines a light on the system used by Broward County, Florida. Those courts use a system made by Northpointe, a for-profit company. Various factors are inputted into an algorithm, which spits out a score that reflects an offender’s chance of re-offending within two years.
Last year I wrote about how I lost 50 lbs in just three months. It certainly wasn’t easy, but I discussed the tools and methods I used to make it happen. Beyond everything else though, the most important realization for me personally was this: weight loss is a game of numbers. Barring certain physical conditions, you will lose weight if you consistently burn more calories than you consume. It’s a wonderfully simple concept but it can be incredibly difficult to maintain, and I discussed several ways I managed to do it.
As the saying goes, “every little bit helps,” and a reader just emailed me a note about a nifty calorie-cutting invention that couldn’t be simpler. More →
Saving money is difficult. There’s no other way to put it. Even people who live well within their means can never seem to save as much money as they’d like, and that’s before unplanned expenses enter the picture and throw us for a loop. For all the things we’re taught beginning at a young age in school, there’s never enough emphasis put on managing one’s finances, and what seem like small mistakes made at a young age and impact people’s lives years or even decades down the road.
Whether you’re young or old and whether you make $10,000 a year or $1,000,000 a year, there are always things you can do to save more money. More →
Tens of thousands of Australians turned out to gawk as the world’s largest plane descended into Perth’s airport on Sunday. The hulking Antonov An-225 cargo plane, which boasts six engines and wings that measure almost 300 feet long, was delivering a 100-plus-ton generator for a refinery. It landed smoothly with puffs of smoke from its many wheels.
It was an unusual aviation event, marking the first time the plane landed in Australia, and the moment spurred huge traffic delays around the airport as people came out to glimpse the enormous airplane, according to local media. More →
Have you ever wondered why it costs so much to fly?
With summer approaching, you’re probably checking travel sites on a daily basis in order to secure tickets at a reasonable price. But if you have a spouse and children to account for, chances are you’ll be paying at least $1,000 no matter where or when you’re going. So why exactly are ticket prices so steep?
Trains take a long time to stop, so if a driver sees an obstacle — say, the back of a truck — in the tracks, there’s not much they can do about it. Unless you’re this quick-thinking Polish train driver, whose timely warning saved his passengers from near-certain injury.
As the BBC reports, the train was traveling at 68 mph when the driver saw a lorry stuck in a crossing. With the three seconds he had available, there was no way he was going to stop. Top Gear has previously demonstrated in graphic detail how far it takes a passenger train to perform an emergency stop, so it’s fair to say this lorry had no chance.
Yes, it sounds like a terrible joke, but it’s a real business. People in China are paying for fresh air bottled in a different country and having it shipped to them from abroad. The air in some of China’s cities is so bad that this is actually a thing, and citizens who are concerned about their safety are paying more than $10 a pop for just a few breaths of clean air originating from anywhere but their home country. More →