Marijuana-fueled munchies don't just hit your stomach. Cravings fueled by recreational cannabis may have an impact on junk food sales, according to a study led by a University of Connecticut researcher.The study looked at data culled from the Nielsen Retail Scanner database covering over 2,000 US counties over a period of 10 years. Colorado, Oregon and Washington all legalized recreational marijuana in recent years, giving researchers a good look at retail sales data before and after. The study finds that "legalizing recreational marijuana led to a 3.1 percent increase in ice cream purchases, a 4.1 percent increase in cookie purchases, and a 5.3 percent increase in chip purchases immediately after recreational marijuana sales began.""These might seem like small numbers, but they're statistically significant and economically significant as well," said UConn economist Michele Baggio, one of the study leads. The trend held true for Colorado, Oregon and … [Read more...] about Pot legalization means high times for junk food sales, study says
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Longtime pro wrestling interviewer “Mean” Gene Okerlund died today, WWE announced. He was 76. WWE called Okerlund “the most recognizable interviewer in sports-entertainment history,” and for once that’s not an exaggeration. He had long stints in the American Wrestling Association, the World Wrestling Federation (later WWE) and World Championship Wrestling, and was the primary interviewer for WWF when it began the pro wrestling boom in the 1980s. He was with WCW during the Monday Night Wars. Okerlund studied broadcast journalism at the University of Nebraska, and eventually stumbled into wrestling with the AWA while working for a TV station. He eventually became their top interviewer before departing, like many of the wrestlers did, for the WWF in the early 1980s. It was in WWF where he made his role. When Okerlund interviewed a wrestler, it was real. It felt unscripted, even if it was. Okerlund played the role of sports announcer perfectly. He always kept … [Read more...] about “Mean” Gene Okerlund Dead At 76
The government shutdown officially began at midnight, which means the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) has expired and programs that assist survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault will be left without funding. The VAWA was passed in response to Anita Hill’s 1994 testimony alleging sexual harassment by Supreme Court Justice (then nominee) Clarence Thomas, and it expired just three months after Christine Blasey Ford endured a similar ordeal after testifying that Supreme Court Justice (then nominee) Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in high school. According to The Washington Post, the act was set to expire in September, but was twice temporarily extended: The blow to the landmark 1994 law came after multiple short-term extensions. The act was due to expire on Sept. 30 and on Dec. 7 but received a last-minute reprieve each time. Its programs are funded under the Department of Justice, which is affected by the shutdown. However, the Post also reports that a … [Read more...] about Government Shutdown Means the Violence Against Women Act is Expired
We often speak about the “strong black woman” archetype, but what does it mean to be a “vulnerable black woman?” The reality is that the two characteristics are a bit symbiotic—after all, it takes a great deal of strength to make one’s self vulnerable. As “Sharon” in If Beale Street Could Talk, Regina King so beautifully demonstrates the vulnerability of black women—at times without even saying a word. “Part of being the strong black woman is how vulnerable she [Sharon] is, and how vulnerable she is in quiet moments,” she told The Root. We spoke with the queen, Regina King, and her Beale Street beau, Colman Domingo to discuss the vulnerability of black women and the irony of the American justice system. See the entire video above. … [Read more...] about Regina King Breaks Down What It Means to Be a Vulnerable Black Woman
I have been sitting on this quiet observation for far too long, and feel compelled to share this with the general public, in the hopes that someone out there will confirm that I am not crazy. Doesn’t Samantha Markle, estranged half-sister of Meghan, look an awful lot like Kim Cattrall? Samantha Markle’s face is a face with which we are all intimately familiar, only because she has been making it that way since her estranged half-sister Meghan became engaged to, then married, and is now impregnated via Prince Harry, the handsome ginger one. Roughly one month prior to Meghan and Harry’s blessed engagement, Samantha blew onto the scene like a friggin’ bat outta an overpriced loft in Hell’s Kitchen, with the news that she would be writing a tell-all memoir about her sister’s biracial identity and childhood. That book never came to fruition, but Samantha stayed on the scene, popping up like a hormonal pimple on America’s collective chin every now … [Read more...] about Have You Ever Noticed that Meghan Markle’s Mean Sister Samantha Looks Like Kim Cattrall?