A new study finds that a woman may be carrying around a lot more in her purse than just lipstick. They found that one in five purses had sufficient bacteria to pose a risk to human health, and that the dirtiest item found inside the average purse were bottles of hand moisturizer. The hand cream containers were found to house more bacteria than an average toilet seat. Lipstick and mascara containers were also found to contain high levels of bacteria. One expert says, "Handbags come into regular contact with our hands and a variety of surfaces, so the risk of transferring different germs onto them is very high, especially as bags are rarely cleaned." Researchers suggest wiping down purses with antibacterial wipes or gel to prevent cross-contamination. (Daily Mail)
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New research finds that sipping champagne may help boost your memory. To find this, researchers fed rats the human equivalent of 1.3-glasses of champagne per week for six weeks. They found that this group of rats performed twice as well on a maze test compared to non-drinkers. Study author Dr. David Vauzour explains that the bubbly drink helps boost spatial memory, which is vital for completeing complex tasks. Vauzor says this probably happens because champagne is loaded with phenolic compounds, which help protect brain proteins that would otherwise be damaged by aging. (Men's Health)
A 19-year-old who was on a Make-A-Wish Foundation trip to Hawaii caught a 759-pound Marlin with the help of a boat crew. Sterling Ellis is in remission from Hodgkin's lymphoma but was sent to Hawaii through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Captain Karl Adams explained, "We just call it a blind strike. Just out of nowhere. We thought it was a tuna first. We really did, I was reeling it, and then I saw this big black fin and then it just started going the opposite direction, taking all my line. My arm hurt a little bit and he's like just keep reeling and I'm like, I don't think I can. Not that it's like pressure on me, but my arm is like locked up and I can't really reel." More than an hour later, Ellis and the crew had the 11-foot-long, 759-pound Marlin. The captain said, "Ellis was a little tired and that was half the battle, bringing it back in the boat. We're one of the few boats that don't have a transom door but we do have a Jim pole to get him in. And it took all my deckhands and myself and two kids that are not that big to get it in the boat." (ABC)
A beer company in Washington State plans to award one million dollars to anyone who can safely capture Bigfoot. Olympia Beer posted the following statement on their website: "Olympia Beer and Bigfoot have been leaving footprints together in the Pacific Northwest since 1896. We have been sharing the same back yard for over a century and we believe it's time to do what has never been done, and that is to offer a one million dollar reward to anyone who can ensure the safe capture of Bigfoot. When we say safe capture that means Bigfoot has to be alive and breathing folks, with no wounds. That's right you can't use any act of violence, no guns/knives/boxing gloves/nets/etc, only sugar or sweets to lure him in." Olympia Beer said participants will have to register in order to be eligible for the reward. The project is being hailed as the "most penetrative search for Bigfoot ever conducted in the United States." (OlympiaBigfoot.com)
Scientists say they've come up with a way to make chocolate healthier by subtracting some fat and adding fruit juice. Chemistry professory Stefan Bon and his colleagues at the University of Warwick say they can infuse chocolate with fruit juice, diet cola, or vitamin C water to replace up to half the fat normally found in the sweet. Bon says they have figured out how to "infuse chocolate with micro-bubbles" of juice or other liquids to preserve chocolates velvety texture without needing all of the fat. Bon says they've done this with apple, orange and cranberry juice, and that since the juice is diluted by chocolate the fruit flavors do not overpower the chocolatey taste.(Live Science
The FBI has put many of its old files on the Web for anyone to see. There's fascinating stuff there, about 1960s anti-war radicals, and old-time movie stars, and the hunt for the outlaws Bonnie and Clyde . But the file that has interested people most is one from 1950 titled FLYING SAUCERS. It is a memo about a report from an Air Force investigator that three flying saucers had been recovered in New Mexico. The report said three bodies were found in each of the three saucers. They were human-like and dressed in a fine metallic material, and they were only three feet tall. There is no indication that the recipient took the third-hand report seriously. It was one of a rash of similar incidents around that time. A million people have read it recently on the Web, though.