Researchers Claim That More Sex Can Improve A Woman’s Memory


(PCM) A group of researchers have discovered a new link between the amount of sex a woman is having and the strength of her memory. A group of researchers at McGill University conducted a memory study that looked at defining a link between sex and the growth of nerve tissue in the hippocampus. The hippocampus is the are of the brain that is in control of memory, emotional responses, and the overall nervous system.

To complete the study the McGill University researchers asked 78 heterosexual women under the age of 30 to partake in a memory test that involved looking at individual faces and memorizing abstract words. They were also questioned about their overall GPA and use of birth control. The results interestingly enough revealed that women who had sex more frequently were able to recall more abstract words. Hilariously, the amount of sex did not have an affect on the women’s ability to recall faces.

The findings do cement the fact that sex is often linked to certain memory abilities and functions. The researchers published their findings in the “Archives of Sexual Behavior”. Some of the researchers feel that because sex is a form of exercise it works in much the same way to improve memory function as well as release stress and battle depression. Further research will now be conducted to determine whether or not reaching the point of orgasm has any effect on memory function as well. Definitely a study that we are sure women will be lining up to participate. Wondering if they plan to do a similar study with men?



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Just When You Thought Barbie Has Done It All She Is Now Breastfeeding


(PCM) An Australian doll artist by the name of Betty Strachan has decided to take matters into her own heads when dealing with the social stigma associated with breastfeeding and has created the “Mamas Worldwide Barbie”. The doll features realistic proportions and features and the idea came to her when she was spending time with a group of new mothers and drew a new face on a Barbie doll. It was agreed the the face represented a true embodiment of the group.

Strachan then added on the feature of a latched baby to the dolls breast and we now have the world’s first breastfeeding Barbie. The new doll was incredibly well-received by mothers worldwide and Strachan has completely sold out of the “Mama Worldwide Barbie” in her Etsy store. Her Etsy store also feature various more realistic Barbie doll characters such as the pregnant Barbie which also happens to be another popular item.

Strachan had the following to say about her art and doll collection, “Growing up, it always struck me as odd that there wasn’t as much diversity in the doll world as there could or should be. Not every child is born with blonde hair and blue eyes. Some have freckles, some have gaps in their teeth.”

You can see a few of her amazing designs below:

I’ve been working on a little something today 👶🏼❤️

A photo posted by Betty S (@allthelittledolls) on

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Santa Is Now Leaving Apology Notes For Kids Who Didn’t Get What They Wanted For Christmas


(PCM) It is no secret that both Hatchimals and Nintendo NES Classic Editions are at the very top of every child’s wish list this Christmas. Of course, it is also no secret that neither of these highly sought after toys can be found at any retail locations both brick and mortar or online, in fact both are selling for hundreds and even thousands of dollars on websites such as Ebay and Amazon which many parents certainly can’t afford.

Rather than watch their children endure the sadness of not discovering a Hatchimal or NES Classic Edition under the tree, many parents are turning to apology letters from Santa (yes, they are a real thing) to help ease pain and help explain just why these treasured presents did not end up under the tree. One letter in particular claims that the reason the child is not receiving a Hatchimal for Christmas is due to the fact that both Santa and Mrs. Claus are waiting for the eggs to be laid. It goes on to say that once the egg has been laid, sometime in January, an elf will deliver the Hatchimal to the child’s home.

Another option is a letter that explains why the child will not be receiving a Hatchimal at all saying that they will be no longer given out as presents and they are forming a colony of Hatchimals at the North Pole to help combat extinction and protect species. Hey, if the kids buy it … go for it! However, could Santa apology letters be taking things a bit too far. Many parents feel that children should not receive every item that is marked on their Christmas lists, as it could certainly lead to the children developing unrealistic expectations later in life.

When we were young and we didn’t get the toys we asked for (I’m looking at you Cabbage Patch Dolls, Easy Bake Ovens, and Tickle Me Elmos) we just moved on, played with the gifts we did receive and all was good in the world. Parents, it’s definitely time to rip off the band-aid and teach these children about the way the real world works. We can’t get what we want all time!


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Clear The Roadways! These States Have The Worst Drivers


(PCM) Tis’ the season for holiday travel and it has now been revealed which states harbor some of the worst drivers in the country. One would think that states such as New York or New Jersey would be located somewhere near the top of the list, however it has actually been revealed that both Texas and Louisiana have tied for first place on the list of state with the worst drivers.

The worst drivers study used data that was collected from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and analyzed statistics regarding crash fatalities in a multitude of categories, including those that involved drunk driving, careless driving, speeding, and failure to obey basic traffic laws. Once the data was complied they were able to create a list of states with the worst drivers.

While Texas and Louisiana placed first, South Carolina came in third, North Dakota was fourth and Delaware rounded out the top five coming in fifth place. Also included in the top ten were New Mexico, Nevada,Alabama, Arizona and Montana.

States such as Minnesota, Vermont, Virginia, Iowa and Rhode Island were listed as some of the safest driving states and surprisingly New Jersey came in at number nine on the safest driving state list.

According to more than 43 million drivers will travel the roadways during the holiday season, so please remember to always use caution and pay attention when behind the wheel not just during the holidays, but whenever you need to travel away from home.

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The List Of The Worst Toys Of 2016 Has Been Revealed

(PCM) The holiday shopping season is already full steam ahead and of course, children’s toys are at the top of everyone’s shopping list. Each year at the start of the holiday season WATCH (World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc) releases their annual list of the top ten worst or most dangerous toys that are currently available for purchase.

Toys can be blacklisted by WATCH for a plethora of reasons including choking hazards, improper age restrictions, and the ability to cause a child physical harm. You can view the WATCH top ten list of the worst toys of 2016 below.

Although parents have a right to expect that toys they give to their children are safe, unsafe toys remain an ongoing problem. Due to poor design, manufacturing and marketing practices, there are toys available for purchase today with the potential to lead to serious injury and even death. W.A.T.C.H. urges parents and caregivers to take precautions when buying toys— especially during the upcoming 2016 Holiday Season, which accounts for more than 65% of all toy sales.


    Price: $11.99
    Manufacturer or Distributor: Jazwares, LLC
    Retailer(s): Target,
    Age Recommendation: “2+ or 3+” (depending on which packaging purchased)
    Warnings: “WARNING! CHOKING HAZARD-small parts. Not for children
    under 3 years” (on some packages for sale, not on others)
    W.A.T.C.H. OUT! This set of four “Peppa Pig” figurines includes an entire “muddy puddles family”.
    Incredibly, despite the “choking hazard” warning and “3+” age recommendation on the packaging of
    some toys, other packages of what appear to be the same toys are sold for oral-age children as young
    as “2+” with no warnings about toy-related hazards.


    Price: $19.99
    Manufacturer or Distributor: Kids Time US; Appease Toys
    Age Recommendation: “Age range: >3 years old, Grown-ups” (retailer website only)
    Warnings: None. Product description on retailer website states in part:
    “When this elephant pillow [is] for use with infant, it should be
    under adult supervision”
    W.A.T.C.H. OUT! This large, plush pillow in the form of a cuddly stuffed elephant is marketed with
    an image on the retailer’s website depicting an infant snuggling alone with the plush animal. There
    are no warnings or age recommendations on the product itself. The hazards associated with pillows
    sold for infants are well documented. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has
    warned that a pillow can block a baby’s mouth and can cause a baby to suffocate. “Infant pillow[s]”
    and “any other similar article[s]” which are “intended or promoted for use by children under one
    year of age” have been banned by the Federal Hazardous Substances Act (16 CFR 1500.18).


    Price: $24.99
    Manufacturer or Distributor: Diggin Active, Inc
    Retailer(s): Toys R Us,
    Age Recommendation: “6+”
    Warnings: “WARNING! Never shoot at any person or animal…” and other
    warnings, cautions and instructions on package
    W.A.T.C.H. OUT! The “slimeball launcher” is similar to a slingshot, and is sold with bright green
    “slimeballs” as ammunition, which can be fired “over 30 feet!” Projectiles launched with such force
    have the potential to cause serious eye injuries.


    Price: $14.88
    Manufacturer or Distributor: ToyQuest
    Retailer(s): Walmart,,,
    Age Recommendation: “4-12”
    Warnings: “WARNING! To avoid risk of serious injury or death: …This
    product does not provide protection. Impact hazard may present;
    protective equipment (for head, elbows, knees, hands, etc) should
    be worn (not included),” and other warnings/cautious on package
    insert, packaging and product
    W.A.T.C.H. OUT! Children as young as 4-years-old are encouraged to “[s]lip into your bumper suit
    for a “bumpin’ bump ‘em’ fun time!” Children on the packaging are shown running into each other
    without any “protection” (not included), as recommended by the manufacturer.


    Price: $34.48
    Manufacturer or Distributor: Hasbro
    Age Recommendation: “AGES 14+”
    Warnings: NONE
    W.A.T.C.H. OUT! The manufacturer of this “blaster” with an “easy-load magazine” encourages
    “precision battling” during “intense head-to-head competition.” The ammunition provided can shoot
    with enough force to potentially cause eye injuries. Images on the box depict children wearing masks
    covering their face and eyes, however the face mask is “not included” and must be purchased


    Price: $26.00
    Manufacturer or Distributor: Tomy
    Age Recommendation: “3+”
    Warnings: “WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD –Small parts… Not for
    children under 3 years” (packaging)
    W.A.T.C.H. OUT! This “rugged Tyrannosaurus Rex” is a popular children’s movie character
    marketed as a “Rustler’s worst nightmare.” Operation of the dinosaur by children as young as 3-
    years-old in order to evoke “galloping action and sounds” requires the push of a button on the toy’s
    rigid, pointed tail, which may be held close to a child’s torso or face. There exists a potential for
    significant puncture wound injuries during encouraged playtime activity.


    Price: $19.99
    Manufacturer or Distributor: TPF Toys, Ltd.
    Retailer(s): Toys R Us
    Age Recommendation: “2+”
    Warnings: None (instructions on packaging: “Adult supervision Required”)
    W.A.T.C.H. OUT! Despite the industry’s standard requiring strings on playpen and crib toys to be
    less than 12 inches in length, manufacturers are permitted to market pull toys like the “Peppy Pup,”
    with a cord measuring approximately 31 inches.


    Price: $16.99
    Manufacturer or Distributor: I-Star Entertainment, LLC; The Bridge Direct, Inc.
    Retailer(s): Toys R Us,,,,,
    Age Recommendation: “4+”
    Warnings: “Warning! Never aim at eyes or face” (packaging), and other
    “safety instructions” and warnings on packaging and insert
    W.A.T.C.H. OUT! This flying, winged superhero figurine is sold with a launcher for children as
    young as 4 years old, who are encouraged to “[g]rip it!” and “[r]ip it!” The instructions caution that
    the Superman character should only be launched “at arm’s length and pointing up and away from
    your face….”


    Price: $19.99
    Manufacturer or Distributor: New Adventures LLC LTD
    Retailer(s): Toys R Us,,
    Age Recommendation: “2+”
    Warnings: None
    W.A.T.C.H. OUT! The “Baby Magic” doll, which plays “peek a boo,” comes with a baby bottle, high
    chair, blanket, food dish, and “interactive spoon.” The slender, rigid plastic spoon is approximately 2
    ¾” long, with the potential to be mouthed and occlude a child’s airway.


    Price: $9.99
    Manufacturer or Distributor: Jakks Pacific, Inc.
    Retailer(s): Toys R Us,
    Age Recommendation: “6+”
    Warnings: “Warning. Not suitable for children under 36 months. Small
    parts. Choking hazard” (packaging)
    W.A.T.C.H. OUT! 6-year-old children are encouraged to “[f]eel the power of the horde!” with the
    “legendary Doomhammer,” based on weaponry in the “Warcraft” movie. The manufacturer offers
    no warnings regarding potential impact injuries associated with foreseeable use of the heavy, rigid
    plastic battle hammer.

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Celebrity Chef Emeril Lagasse Dishes On His Favorite Songs For KCRW’s Guest DJ Project This Thanksgiving


(PCM) Emeril Lagasse, one of the most recognizable chefs in the world, joins host Eric J. Lawrence for the current installment of KCRW’s Guest DJ Project. Lagasse, a regional James Beard Award winner who owns 13 restaurants, and is well known for his Food Network shows Emeril Live and Essence of Emeril, serves up some of his favorite tunes just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday

For Lagasse’s Guest DJ set, he highlights a New Orleans’ legend, expresses the importance of music in his everyday life and work, and shares some songs that simply make him happy. He also reveals a personal connection to one of Billy Joel’s biggest hits, “Piano Man.” “The interesting story is that there’s a character in one of the lyrics of the song [now John at the bar is a friend of mine]… and John used to work for me at Commander’s Palace, way before he was with Billy Joel. But what’s amazing about the song is that it’s, for me, it’s very deep, it’s very personal, there’s a lot in there that says a lot about people and places, and just things going on in life then and things that are going on in life now.”

Emeril Lagasse currently stars in the globetrotting Amazon series “Eat the World.”

Emeril Lagasse Guest DJ Project Tracklist:

1. Piano Man – Billy Joel
2. Vertigo – U2
3. Free – Zac Brown Band
4. Right Now – Van Halen
5. Iko Iko – Dr John

Listen to the episode here.

KCRW’s Guest DJ Project is an online-only production that features an array of cultural luminaries sharing and discussing songs that have inspired and moved them. Past guests on KCRW’s Guest DJ Project include Joe Mantegna, Andy Cohen, D’Angelo Russell, Bruce Campbell, Bill Hader, John Krasinski, Jeff Goldblum, Tilda Swinton, W Kamau Bell, Dr. Neil deGrass Tyson, Daniel Radcliffe, Jamie Lee Curtis, and many more.

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