Hannah's Headlines- 11/20/2017

Woman Creates Hallmark Channel Holiday Movie Drinking Game-’Tis the season for wall to wall holiday movies on the Hallmark Channel.

You may find them cheesy, but the ratings are ridiculously high. If you happen to find yourself caught up in one of these movie moments, there’s a way to make it even more enjoyable. Brittany Graves from Haslet, Texas has created a drinking game!

The 28-year-old took the typical movie formula and made it fun. The funny part about this game is Graves posted it last year and it’s just now being discovered!

The game includes drinking when a dead relative is mentioned, a near miss kiss happens, When you hear jingle bells, and when a big city person is transplanted to the country.

Source: Houston Chronicle

World’s Largest Green Bean Casserole Feeds 2,000 Homebound Seniors

The Green Giant company just set the new Guinness World Record for the largest green bean casserole. The dish was an impressive 637-pounds, but the coolest thing about it is that the casserole served 2,000 senior citizens who are unable to leave their homes.

Once the record-breaking green bean casserole won it’s title, it was donated to Citymeals on Wheels, a New York City-based nonprofit that brings millions of meals a year to homebound seniors. “We wanted to celebrate our inaugural year in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade by baking up some excitement while helping so many people in this incredible city,” explains Green Giant vice president Jordan Greenberg.

Source: Good News Network

Yes, There’s Another Starbucks Holiday Cup Controversy

Just when we thought we were going to get through a holiday season without a Starbucks holiday cups controversy, another one rears it's ugly head.

In case you missed it, Buzzfeed reports that folks are up-in-arms over a suggestion that the cups have a “gay agenda.” Apparently the drawings that appear on the cup this year include two clasped hands, and folks believe those hands belong to a same-sex couple because a Starbucks commercial for the cups feature two women together. 

"While people who follow both Starbucks holiday cup news and LGBT issues celebrated the video, the ordinary Starbucks customer probably didnt realize the cup might have a gay agenda,” the site reported.

And while some people celebrated the couple in the video, and possibly on the cup, as you can imagine, others weren’t quite as supportive. “So glad McDonald’s has an awesome Caramel Macchiato. I had missed them since I was boycotting Starbucks for treating Trump supporters so badly. #BoycottStarbucks,” one person wrote, while another added, “the new Starbucks cup has lesbian couple on it. Rom 1:26 ‘because of this, God gave them over to shameful lust’…”

Of course, Starbucks probably isn’t worried all that much. As one person noted, “Ah yes, and I’m sure their new plan to #BoycottStarbucks and put them out of business will be as successful as it was last year and the year before that.”

Source: Buzzfeed

How Much Time Do You Spend Trying To Figure Out What You’re Going To Eat?

The average American couple spends 132 hours a year deciding what to eat, new data reveals. And a new survey of 2,000 people in committed relationships shows 37 percent of couples regularly have a hard time agreeing on where to eat and just a few (13 percent) saying this isn’t a problem. The dreaded question “What do you want to eat?” is asked 365 times a year (6.67 times a week for the average couple) — resulting in 2 hours and 32 minutes a week of negotiating on what type of meal to eat. A unified 11 percent say they never disagree on what type of food to have or when. But for the majority of survey takers, things don’t always work out so smoothly. When they can’t come to an agreement, men are more likely to settle for whatever their partner wants, according to results.

  • What meal takes you and your partner the longest time to decide on what to eat?

Link: https://nypost.com/2017/11/17/american-couples-spend-5-5-days-a-year-deciding-what-to-eat/


Surgery Could Give Men Wombs of Their Own Within 5 Years

Will men be able to give birth sooner than, well, never? (Credit Yahoo Health/iStock)

That’s the question provoked by last week’s announcement that the Cleveland Clinic is performing uterus transplant surgery on women who were born without a womb or whose uterus is diseased or malfunctioning. Hearing the news, we, and some of you, wondered: If science can transplant a uterus into a woman, can it transplant one into a man?

The answer is yes. Theoretically, men could receive a uterus, carry a baby to term,  and give birth. But what really blew our minds is that the day of male pregnancy is closer than you’d think.

“My guess is five, 10 years away, maybe sooner,” says Dr. Karine Chung, director of the fertility preservation program at the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine. Today, medical advances let transgender women adjust their biochemistry to suppress male and introduce female hormones, have breasts that can lactate, and obtain surgically constructed vaginas that include a “neoclitoris,” which allows sensation.

Until now, however, a place to carry the fetus — a womb of its own — was a major missing link. Uterus transplants could conceivably surmount that hurdle.

“I’d bet just about every transgender person who is female will want to do it, if it were covered by insurance,” says Dr. Christine McGinn, a New Hope, Pa., plastic surgeon who performs transgender surgeries on men and women and is a consultant to the new movie The Danish Girl, about one of the first recipients of sex reassignment surgery.

McGinn, a transgender woman and mother of twins, says the “human drive to be a mother for a woman is a very serious thing. Transgender women are no different.”

Uterus transplants are still in the research stage for women suffering from uterine factor infertility (UFI). A Swedish team already has successfully transplanted uteri harvested from live donors and achieved five pregnancies and four live births. In the coming months, the Cleveland Clinic team plans to transplant uteri from deceased donors into UFI female patients.

Transplant surgery is difficult and dangerous, requiring patients to take antirejection drugs throughout their pregnancies, putting them at risk for infection. But for many women — and presumably for many transitioning women — the risk is worth the reward.

However, biological women have a leg up on biological males when it comes to accepting and nurturing a transplanted uterus. Women already have: vasculature needed to feed the uterus with blood, pelvic ligaments designed to support a uterus, a vagina and cervix, and natural hormones that prepare the uterus for implantation and support the pregnancy.

Men have none of those support systems — naturally — but none are impossible to create. “Male and female anatomy is not that different,” says Chung. “Probably at some point, somebody will figure out how to make that work.”

In fact, medical techniques already exist to overcome many obstacles to male pregnancy.

  1. Hormone therapy can shut off testosterone and introduce progesterone and estrogen needed to prepare the uterus for pregnancy.
  2. Even though males do not have uterine veins and arteries needed to nurture the womb, it’s possible to attach a branch of a large vessel, like the internal iliac, to the uterus. “It’s doable, it just hasn’t been done,” Chung says.
  3. Although it’s preferable for a vagina to support the uterus, it’s possible to attach a transplanted uterus to other ligaments in the pelvis.

At the moment, the thorniest problem standing between men and pregnancy is transferring an embryo grown in vitro into the transplanted womb. The usual route for women undergoing fertility treatments is through the vagina and cervix and into the uterus. But since a uterus has never been transplanted into a biological male, techniques to connect a constructed vagina to a transplanted uterus have not been attempted. But Dr. Elliot Jacobs, a Manhattan plastic surgeon, says that theoretically, “Connecting the two is not a major surgical feat.”

Perhaps the most insurmountable obstacle will be the economics: Transplants are wildly expensive, ranging from $25,000 for a corneal transplant to $1.3 million for a heart, according to the National Foundation of Transplants. We can’t even begin to guess how much a uterus transplant will cost if the surgery makes it out of the research phase, and chances are slim that insurance companies will pay for it.

“It’s a class issue; you’ll only have wealthy people able to do this,” says McGinn, who is featured in the documentary TRANS.

Also, transplanting uteri into men provokes ethical questions about long-term health outcomes for transplant recipients and subsequent children, and the benefit to society of using so many resources for men and women to experience the joy of birth.

“Are people going to want to do it? Yes,” says Dr. Arthur Caplan, head of medical ethics at the NYU School of Medicine. “But I don’t see making this a priority. In terms of making the best use of scarce resources, this won’t get over the threshold.”

Is Thanksgiving A Bad Time To Tell My Family I’m Getting Divorced?

Good morning guys! I’m a long time listener of your show. You guys have put a smile on my face every morning, even when times were tough, so I just want to say thank you.

I’ve had a really tough year and my marriage has fallen apart. My husband and I have decided to get a divorce as soon as possible but I haven’t told my family yet. I was thinking of doing it on Thanksgiving this week since my entire family will be there and that way I don’t have to tell them all separately. You know just get it all done at one time like ripping off a band-aid really fast.

On the other side, I don’t want my bad news to ruin everyone else’s Thanksgiving, so what should I do? Is Thanksgiving a bad time to tell my family I’m getting divorced?




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