A recent scientific study has found that the best way to get rid of a song that's playing over and over in your head -- what's known as an "earworm" -- is to do a puzzle. Dr. Ira Hyman of Western Washington University explained that the reason it works is that puzzles keep the brain busy, and the brain's more susceptible to continued earworms if it isn't as occupied. Puzzles that focused on five-letter anagrams were particularly effective, and the researchers also recommended reading a good novel. What songs create the worst ear worms? The researchers found in their study that Lady Gaga tunes were the biggest culprit, particularly "Alejandro" and "Bad Romance.
Or you could just sing it over and over till you're sick of hearing yourself sing the song.
A man and his wife who requested sick leave from their jobs at a children's charity in England were both fired after a news story came out about the man wrestling a shark during the scheduled leave. Paul Marshallsea and his wife were at Australia's Bulcock Beach in January when they claimed to be on a two-month break due to work-related stress. On a trip to the beach, 62-year-old Paul wrestled a shark away from children and someone caught the incident on video. The footage made it on to the news but when the trustees of the Pant and Dowlais Boys & Girls Club saw it they fired the couple. A letter to the couple said, "Whilst unfit to work you were well enough to travel to Australia and, according to recent news footage of yourself in Queensland, you allegedly grabbed a shark by the tail and narrowly missed being bitten by quickly jumping out of the way." Marshallsea said he was in Australia to see his doctor. He added, "If I hadn't gone in to save the kids on that beach that day my wife and I would still have a job," (Huffington Post)
A man in Kokomo, Indiana who got a Netflix tattoo and posted a picture of it to Twitter was rewarded with a free one-year subscription to Netflix. Myron Robinson said he got the tattoo as an inside joke with his friends. He tweeted, "@Netflix put me on a commercial I love you guys." Netflix then responded, "NO WAY! Free year for you." The CEO of the company, Reed Hastings, also posted the story on his Facebook page. (FARK)
A 7-year-old boy in Baltimore, Maryland was suspended from Park Elementary school after he ate his pop-tart into the shape of a gun. The second-grader, John Welch, explained, "All I was trying to do was turn it into a mountain but, it didn't look like a mountain really and it turned out to be a gun kinda... It was already a rectangle and I just kept on biting it and biting it and tore off the top and it kinda looked like a gun but it wasn't." Josh's teacher said she heard him utter the words "bang bang." The boy's dad, B.J., said, "I would almost call it insanity. I mean with all the potential issues that could be dealt with at school, real threats, bullies, whatever the real issue is, it's a pastry... Ya know?" The school sent a letter to other parents explaining that a student had been suspended for using food to make "inappropriate gestures." (FOX)
REALLY ???!!! ARE YOU KIDDING ME???!! Come on people wake up !!!!
A bill allowing Montana road kill -- specifically deer, elk, moose and antelope -- to be eaten, has passed in a 19 to 2 vote. State Representative Steve Lavin explained, "We have some animals whose parts are worth quite a bit: sheep, bobcats and bears. So I reduced the bill down to deer, elk, moose and antelope. The bill is confined to those four animals for that purpose. Their parts aren't worth what sheep or bear parts are worth... As people know, people hit a lot of animals on roadways, and I mean a ton of them. There's a lot of good meat being wasted out there." (New York Daily News)
Pepsi is launching a new Mountain Dew breakfast drink that will offer an alternative to the usual morning coffee or tea. Called Kickstart, the caffeinated, carbonated drink has the flavor of Mountain Dew with five percent fruit juice and vitamins B and C, and comes in the flavors "energizing orange citrus" and "energizing fruit punch." But while saying their drink has, quote, "the right amount of kick," Pepsi insists Kickstart isn't classified as an energy drink, because it has less caffeine than beverages like Red Bull or Monster, which have drawn scrutiny because of reports of ill effects and even deaths linked to them. Kickstart also contains artificial sweeteners to reduce its calorie content to about half that of regular soda.