Scientists are hard at work on a pill that will limit the effects of alcohol on our brains, so that we can drink more without acting stupid. An experimental “sober pill” was given to a group of mice who, despite being sufficiently sauced, did not act like drunken a**holes. Uh, how do drunk mice normally act? Anyhow, the point is the pill works by shutting down the immune response of certain cells in the brain. Even thought the mice were wasted, this pill made their reflexes sharper and their balance better. “When a mouse gets drunk, it is quite similar to a human that’s drunk. It can’t work its motor co-ordination properly. If you stop these immune cells from working, the animals didn’t get drunk,” one of the researchers explained. How exciting for us. Well, maybe not. Does the thought of a sober pill frighten anyone else? All I can think of are all the possible ways humans will find to abuse this pill. It seems counter-intuitive to shut down our normal brain functions just so we can throw back a few more cocktails without slurring. [Daily Mail]
What do you think? Would you pop a sober pill before a night of drinking?
The First Lady was spotted on a bit of a shopping spree at Target this week. I honestly did not realize she could just waltz into Tar-jay like any ol’ bargain-seeker; does the Secret Service have to do a sweep of the store first? Also, I wonder if she’s got any Missoni in those bags… [Buzzfeed]
On Wednesday, we mourned the passing of Heidi the cross-eyed possum, a creature so ugly she actually swung all around the spectrum to being cute again. We suspected Heidi was not the only critter in the animal kingdom with such charms. Nature’s bounty may be filled with golden retriever puppies and newborn kittens, but it’s also filled with two-snouted pigs and spineless hedgehogs.
Here are 10 critters only a mother … or a zookeeper … could love:
Saudi Arabia is on a roll with this not-treating-women-too-much-like-2nd-class-citizens thing! Earlier this week King Abudllah announced that women could vote and run in elections. Then on Wednesday, a member of his staff told the AP a Saudi woman will be spared a punishment of 10 lashes for flouting the country’s ban on women driving. The woman, Shaima Jastaina, was found guilty of driving without a license (as Saudi Arabia only issues such licenses to men) and sentenced to 10 lashes. Geez Louise, hold onto your testicles, boys, because it is like the office of Ms. magazine over there! Just kidding: the official speaking to the AP declined to elaborate about the amnesty, which may signify the king is trying not to draw attention to it and risking angering Saudis who oppose the expansion of women’s rights. But two grand, pro-women gestures in one week is still something to celebrate. [Al-Jazeera]
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Celebrity miscreants like Charlie Sheen get the lion’s share of the limelight. No one remembers the scandals of the little people, dammit! And yes, I mean literally, the little people. Dwarfism is well-represented enough in Hollywood that even they have their embarrassing scandals.
Let’s take a gander at Hollywood’s biggest little people scandals!