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And Now For Something Completely Different

Genetics is at the Root of Painlessness, Which Sounds Like a Lot More Trouble Than It’s Worth

The New York Times has an interesting profile up on a young girl named Ashlyn and her family, who’ve gathered a unique group of families and children around a single condition they have in common: a congenital insensitivity to pain. Ashlyn, and other children like her, don’t feel physical pain, and while that’s a state many people might be interested in achieving, it has presented a significant challenge to her parents and caretakers.


I Guess I Can't Argue With That

We Knew It! Reading A Book More Than Once Has Mental Health Benefits

I’m gonna go out on a limb and guess that The Mary Sue readers have read at least one book twice. If not three, four, ten times. So it’s nice to know it’s not just for fun, it actually benefits your health!


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Push-Up Challenge: Michelle Obama Vs. Ellen DeGeneres [VIDEO]

We already know First Lady Michelle Obama puts a high priority on staying fit and healthy but we’ve got a new piece of evidence that shows she’s also pretty competitive about it as well. Watch this clip from The Ellen DeGeneres Show where the comedian and the First Lady go head-to-head to see who can do the most push-ups. I had a good feeling going in who would win.

(via The Daily What)

Good News Everyone!

First Lady Michelle Obama Helps Break Jumping Jacks World Record

We all know First Lady Michelle Obama is an advocate for a healthy lifestyle and we’ve got a new example showing us she talks the walk and walks the walk. Or in this case, jumps the jacks. 


Great Hera!

Kevin Sorbo Reveals He Suffered Strokes While Filming Hercules

Shocking news today from Kevin Sorbo. The actor revealed he suffered not one, but several strokes while filming Hercules: The Legendary Journeys in the 90s.


Sock It To 'Em Ada

Medikidz Comic Opening an Office in the United States

Back in 2009, two doctors had a brilliant idea for helping kids understand the illnesses they’d been diagnosed with: put it in the form of a comic book. Dr. Kate Hersov and Dr. Kim Chilman-Blair, both pediatricians in the U.K., came up with Medikidz after realizing that while parents were being given all kinds of information and support, there was no such material geared towards the kids who were actually suffering. And now, after forming partnerships with over 30 healthcare companies and selling their millionth comic, Medikidz will open an office in the United States.


Great Moments in Advertising

Baby Carrot Ads Make Fun of All Kinds of Advertising Stereotypes; Are Still Ads

BREAKING NEWS: Americans really like their junk food! CRUSHING NEWS: It’s making us all really unhealthy, and we need a healthier option. Like a vegetable. Like baby carrots! But some people don’t like carrots, and some people don’t like babies, so how do we sell America on baby carrots? Silly ads that look like they’re for candy! While people are split on veggies, everyone likes self-aware advertising techniques.


Vital Information for Your Everyday Life

Attention Space Travelers: Here’s Your Excuse to Load Up on Red Wine

This might be the best news ever that we absolutely want to believe is absolutely true: the antioxidants in red wine have been shown to help repair the effects of muscle atrophy and bone loss that come with weightlessness in astronauts. Not only that, but those are two things that are also side effects of a sedentary lifestyle. So, if you’re traveling into space or spending all your time watching TV shows about traveling into space, red wine is officially good for you. Science says so.