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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Video: Why you need "The Girlfriend" (available now!)

This short video is just pure fun. Get one while they last!

New York Times issues correction for including pardoy magazine cover of Tiger Beat in story

The Onion's parody cover
The New York Times recently ran a story about Tiger Beat magazine and how it's survived for over forty years. From the story:
"Hair floating, skin dewy, eyes free of guile: the boys of Tiger Beat will never hurt you. In crisp photos and squeaky-clean quotes about love, they’ve been practically interchangeable for more than four decades. It’s an archetype that’s survived any number of invasions: the Brits, disco, boy bands, the Brat Pack, more boy bands, the Disney Channel, TMZ and more."

The problem is they also erroneously included a parody cover or the magazine, produced by satirical newspaper The Onion, which featured Barack Obama on the cover.  Oops. The Times then issued the following correction:

"A series of pictures last Sunday of covers of the magazine Tiger Beat, with an article about how the original teen-girl tabloid has remained virtually unchanged since its inception in 1965, erroneously included a parody cover, produced by the satiric newspaper The Onion, that featured a picture of President Obama."

Botox may reduce empathy in users

Nicole Kidman
The thought of people injected poison into their skins to remove wrinkles, has always mystified me. I do understand the will to look good, but it is so evident when you see someone with their face pumped full of Botox. Muscles in the face cease to work normally, smiles look bizarre and the face looks generally frozen like a mask.  Now there is another reason not to use Botox. A new study suggests that over time Botox use can cause people to less understand the facial expressions of others, leading them to be less empathic.

David Neal, a psychology professor at the University of Southern California, lead author of the research said, "People who use Botox are less able to read others' emotions ... When the facial muscles are dampened, you get worse in emotion perception, and when the facial muscles are amplified, you get better at emotion perception."

It has to do with a person's ability to mimic facial expressions of others. When this is not possible,the brain is less likely to understand what the emotion is. Are you reading this Nicole Kidman? (Read more here)