Male Oral Birth Control May Soon Be A Reality
A male birth control pill may be on the market sooner than later. A new pill, DMAU has been testing well in early trials and holds promise to be a safe and effective alternative form of birth control.
DMAU is a combination of androgen and progestin that when taken daily an reduce sperm count enough so that his partner doesn’t get pregnant. Dr. Stephanie Page, who’s the study’s senior investigator says the pill is a major step in male contraceptive and some men may even prefer it. “Many men say they would prefer a daily pill as a reversible contraceptive," she explains. "Rather than long-acting injections or topical gels, which are also in development."
Why not sooner? Most other attempts at developing a male oral contraceptive have resulted in liver inflammation an toxicity, but there’s been no signs of that in the DMAU studies. Page reports only slight weight gain and increase in cholesterol levels. After safety trials, the pill will go through a three-month study to determine if its an effective male oral contraceptive.
Source: US News & World Report
You Can Now Name a Strand of Guy Fieri’s Hair
It’s easy to admit how iconic Guy Fieri’s hair is. So what if we told you its possible to own a strand of his luscious locks. A fan website of his hair, Fieri’s Follicles is now offering fans of the foodie the chance to own strands, even locks of his hair for a very reasonable price.
The site says you can purchase a single hair for $10, “binary” hairs for $15, and a “constellation” of his hair for $20. Hairs can be purchased on either his head or his beard and you’ll even receive a certificate of purchase from the Fieri Follicle Federation. It kind of works like naming a star and there’s even an algorithm to figure out exactly how many hairs can be sold, 115,000 to be exact.
The process is totally legit, too, but they have no affiliation with Fieri. "Fieri's Follicles makes no legal claim to officially assigning names to hairs on Guy Fieri's head or Goatee,” says the website. “Only Guy Fieri has the authority to assign names to his hairs and it would be totally weird if he started doing that." You can purchase hairs via credit card or Paypal. Proceeds go to Fieri's non-profit Cooking With Kids.
Guys, You Want To Get a Vasectomy? This Is The Best Time of Year To Do It
Thinking about a vasectomy? Now -- as March Madness begins -- might be just the time for the procedure. The NCAA basketball tournament and other major "sporting events are a popular time for men to schedule a vasectomy because we advise them to take it easy for two to three days after the procedure," Dr. Jim Dupree, an assistant professor of urology at the University of Michigan, said in a school news release. "For most men, this means sitting on the couch in front of their television, and sporting events offer them something to watch while resting," he said.
- What show do you like to binge watch when you’re recovering from an ailment?
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Dope For Dogs: New York Lawmaker Wants Medical Marijuana for Pets
Will you soon be able to provide pot for your pooch?
Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, D-Scarsdale, Westchester County, introduced legislation Thursday that would change New York law to allow veterinarians to prescribe medical marijuana to animals.
"Medical marijuana has helped countless people in the management and treatment of chronic and debilitating illnesses," Paulin's bill states. "Research suggests that animals can also benefit from cannabis use to similarly treat their ailments."
"Animal owners and caregivers would therefore be given an alternative option to alleviate their pets' pain," Paulin's bill said.
The bill may face an uphill battle with the Legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The measure has yet to gain a Senate sponsor, and Cuomo has moved cautiously with expanding the state's medical marijuana program.
New York first started to allow doctors to prescribe medical marijuana in non-smokeable forms in January 2016, but the program has struggled.
As a result, the state has expanded the types of conditions that can be treated with medical marijuana, let nurse practitioners prescribe it and wants to double the number of dispensaries to 40.
Cuomo indicated in January that New York will also study whether to legalize recreational marijuana.
You’ll Soon Be Able To Skip The Checkout Line At Macy’s
Even someone who loves to shop usually dreads having to wait in line at the check out counter, but now if you shop at Macy’s you soon won’t have to deal with that hassle anymore.
The department store chain just announced they are adding some new features to their mobile app, the most exciting of which is the option for Mobile Checkout, which will allow most items in the store to be purchased using your smartphone, thereby bypassing checkout. (Some items, like fine jewelry, which will still be controlled by a sales associate.)
Testing is expected to begin later this month at select stores, but in order to use it customers will need to download the Macy’s app, which will be available for Android and iOS. Once in the store customers will have to connect to the Macy’s free Wi-Fi and then all they have to do is scan the price tag of the item they want, apply any discounts they have, and pay with a credit card that’s already registered in the app.
One thing, customers won’t be able to just walk out of the store. They'll have to hit a Mobile Checkout counter before exiting in order to verify their purchase and have security tags removed, but that’s still bound to be much faster than a regular checkout.
- ONE MORE THING! It does appear that Macy’s new feature is giving customers what they want. A recent survey by HRC Retail Advisory finds that most shoppers want to be left alone when it comes to customer service. For example, 85% want to be able to check prices without having to ask a store employee for info, while 67% find in-store apps that offer personal recommendations important.
Source: USA Today
The Internet Is Spiraling Out of Control Over This Ravioli and Uncrustables Debate
A ravioli is a classic Italian stuffed pasta made by filling two sheets of pasta with cheese or meat, and an Uncrustable is a frozen peanut butter and jelly sandwich without the crust, often eaten by children. These are two very different foods, but believe it or not, the internet is debating if they are one in the same, and I and my great-great grandmother from Parma, Italy, (RIP) are heated.
It appears this all started when someone was perusing the Wikipedia page for a sealed crustless sandwich (you OK?) and discovered its "type" is categorized as "ravioli (debated)." The original Tumblr post got people talking, and the highly controversial debate has made its way to Twitter, and let's just say things are getting ugly. Sane pasta-lovers of the world are agreeing that calling Uncrustables ravioli is an abomination, while others are going so far as to say that even Pop-Tartstechnically count as ravioli, to which I say, excuse me?
These tweets are proof that the ravioli debate has gotten out of control. Take a look at the insanity: https://www.popsugar.com/food/Uncrustables-Ravioli-44674429