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To Spur Creativity, Try A Noisy Café

Forget peace and quiet—a little noise can be your friend when it comes to generating ideas, a study finds. Sure, you don’t want sirens blaring outside your window, but the “ambient noise” of, say, a hopping coffee shop could actually help you work better. It’s distracting, but in a good way: It can prompt “disfluency” in your train of thought that boosts your ability to think abstractly, Time reports. Read more…

Flowers Really Can Make Love Bloom

Trying to woo her? It’s scientifically proven that flowers will make the job an easier one, reports the Telegraph. Psychologists in France conducted a study in which five attractive young men approached 600 women on the street; each introduced himself, complimented her looks, and asked for the lady’s phone number so he could invite her out for a drink. Turns out men were far likelier to get a woman’s number when the conversation occurred in front of a florist (about a one-in-four rate of success) as opposed to a shoe shop (one in 10) or cake shop (one in seven). Read more…

Porno ‘Boot Camp’ Helps Teens Tackle Addiction

Know a teen who’s hooked on porn? The Oxbow Academy, a boot-camp style facility in Utah, is treating teenagers with pornography addictions by using holistic therapy, banning phones, and insisting on lie detector tests, the Daily Mirror reports. Dubbed the Porn School, Oxbow charges heavily—nearly $9,000 a month—but is trying to tackle a problem that increasingly afflicts those who can’t refuse the easy access, experts say. Read more…

Behind Kim Kardashian’s Sex Tape … Her Mom?

We all know that Kris Jenner, mom to the Kardashian Klan, cares more about her children’s well-being than, say, their level of fame, right? So it’s a bit shocking to hear that Kris Humphries, destined to forever be known as the ever-so-brief spouse of Kim Kardashian, claims Jenner actually told Kim to make the infamous sex tape that skyrocketed her to fame and fortune. As if that’s not creepy enough, Jenner then told Kim to re-shoot it because it didn’t look good enough the first time. Read more…

Airport Finds Duchess’ Tiara, Decides To Sell It

When Glascow airport workers discovered a diamond tiara in lost luggage in 2006, officials made a surprising decision. Instead of trying to discover who owned the tiara, they sold it and other jewels (worth, it turns out, $157,000) found in the same bag to a local dealer for a few grand and donated the bucks to charity. The story may have ended there, but Duchess Argyll of Scotland happened to spot her missing Cartier brooch earlier this year in an auction catalog, reports the Independent. The auction house was contacted, and it has returned the tiara and jewels. “I’m absolutely amazed,” said the 68-year-old duchess. “I thought I’d lost them forever.” Read more …

Charlie Sheen: Why I Love Prostitutes

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Charlie Sheen continues his “I’m Not Crazy Anymore, Really” Tour in Playboy, telling the magazine his weird behavior was caused by a “psychotic break” after years in the spotlight and many failed relationships. “I finally just said the things I had always been thinking.” But when he infamously said he was “winning,” the truth was far from it: “I was in total denial,” he says. “I felt I was winning by finally being able to speak my mind. I felt that was some sort of victory.” Read more…

Netflix Lovefest: Guy Streams 252 Movies In One Month

Comedian Mark Malkoff, the same guy who once lived on a plane for 30 days, wanted to find out how many movies he could possibly stand, er, watch on Netflix in one month. The answer: Two hundred and fifty-two (his goal had been 250). In recognition of his achievement, Netflix invited Malkoff to its Los Gatos headquarters, where he met CEO Reed Hastings; the company also named June 11 “Mark Malkoff Day.” Read more …

“True Blood’”s Muse: Rick Santorum

“True Blood””s just-begun Season 5 has its roots in the Republican primaries. No, there weren’t any known vampires running for office—but the policies of Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum were scary enough, says show creator Alan Ball. While watching the primaries, Ball found himself “asking what would it be like to have a theocracy in America—which is way more terrifying than any fictional monster could ever be,” he tells the Wrap.

The most “terrifying” thing about Santorum: “How many people agree with him,” Ball notes. “Our jumping off point was ‘OK, what is a vampire theocracy?’” Read more …

“Game Of Thrones” Cameo: Bush’s Severed Head

Sharp-eyed viewers may have noticed a familiar head on a spike in the 10th episode of Season 1 of ”Game of Thrones”—George W. Bush’s. A prop head of the former president was used as one of the traitors’ heads on spikes, the show’s creators say in their DVD commentary, explaining that its use wasn’t political, io9 reports. “George Bush’s head appears in a couple of beheading scenes,” they say. “It’s not a choice, it’s not a political statement. We just had to use whatever head we had around.” Read more…

2nd Contestant Claims Miss USA Was Rigged

A second contestant confirms what Miss Pennsylvania Sheena Monnin first claimed: Miss Florida Karina Brez saw a list of the top five Miss USA finalists hours before the live telecast June 3. “I saw Florida backstage and she was very, very flustered and upset,” the anonymous contestant tells Fox News. “She was able to reveal to me at least four of the five names who went on to be the top girls. She couldn’t remember the fifth because she was so upset.”

This was before the Top 16 were announced, the source notes. “Several of the girls then started hearing through the grapevine about a list,” the source continues. Read more …

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