Michael Phelps Just Made Leonidas of Rhodes His Bitch

Michael Phelps Just Made Leonidas of Rhodes His Bitch

Dear Leonidas of Rhodes . . . you had 2,168 years of glory. Now step aside, son . . . MICHAEL PHELPS is coming through.

Phelps won the 200-meter individual medley last night. That was his 13th individual gold, which broke the record of 12 that was set by Mr. Of Rhodes back in 152 BC.

(That’s why you do THIS when Phelps enters the room.)

One thing Leonidas still has over Phelps is that when he won his last three, he was 36 . . . five years OLDER than Phelps.

By the way, that was Phelps’ fourth straight win in this event. He’s now only the third American to win an individual event four times, along with track and field stars CARL LEWIS and AL OERTER.

Speaking of people in Michael Phelps’ rearview mirror, RYAN LOCHTE was asked yesterday if he’s GLAD to be swimming during the same era. And he was brutally honest about it.

He said, quote, “Yes and no. I mean, my career would definitely be different. I guess you would say I’d be like the Michael Phelps of swimming if he wasn’t there.

“But at the same time, I love a challenge. That’s why I do the events that I do, and going up against him is a challenge.”


The Top 5 Ways to Keep Your Brain Sharp

The Top 5 Ways to Keep Your Brain Sharp

The Top Five Ways to Keep Your Brain Sharp

Someone recently asked a neurologist to name the top five things we should be doing to keep our brains sharp as we get older. Here’s what he said . . .

  1. Keep socializing. You’re less likely to suffer memory loss as you get older if you have a social life. So pick hobbies that involve other people, not just stuff you do by yourself.
  2. Challenge your brain. Read, play games, and do crossword puzzles. And try something NEW every once in a while, like learning a new instrument or another language.
  3. Don’t stress out too much. A ton of studies have found that too much stress can have long-term effects on your memory and your decision-making skills.
  4. Exercise. It improves blood flow to your brain, which helps you stay focused. And it also helps with memory.
  5. Stop eating empty calories. Your brain works best when your diet is high in protein, healthy fats, and complex carbohydrates, which you can get from whole grains.

And a new study that came out this week found that even if you’re not overweight, cutting calories can improve your mood, your quality of sleep, and your libido.

(Huffington Post)

If You Can Finish a 30-Pound Burrito at This Restaurant, They’ll Make You an Owner

If You Can Finish a 30-Pound Burrito at This Restaurant, They’ll Make You an Owner


There are hundreds of restaurants around the country with extreme eating challenges. Usually you have to finish, like, a five-pound hamburger to get a t-shirt or something. Forget about that. THIS is a real prize.

A Mexican restaurant in Brooklyn, New York called Don Chingon has a new eating challenge that’s probably the hardest in the world . . . but it definitely has the most lucrative prize.

If you can finish a 30-POUND BURRITO in one hour, they’ll make you an OWNER.

The burrito uses a tortilla with a diameter of about three-and-a-half feet. It’s stuffed with chicken, steak, carnitas, chorizo, cheese, rice, beans, and salsa. Oh, and you also have to drink a margarita that’s made with a ghost pepper.

You can’t take a bathroom break or throw up, and it costs $150 just to try. But if you succeed, you become a 10% owner of the restaurant . . . which could be worth some serious cash over time.

The team at Don Chingon says they felt like ownership was the only fair prize. Quote, “If you’re going to gain 25 to 30 pounds in a single sitting, you deserve real compensation.

“Some restaurants put your name on the wall . . . we’ll GIVE you the wall.”


(Food and Wine)


A Cure for ALS Might Be on the Way, and It’s Because of the Ice Bucket Challenge

A Cure for ALS Might Be on the Way, and It’s Because of the Ice Bucket Challenge

The whole Ice Bucket Challenge thing was as much about vanity as it was charity. It mostly took off because people liked posting videos of themselves getting drenched in ice water on Facebook.

But it raised over $100 million, and it looks like that money might have ALREADY made a huge impact.

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University now think they might be on their way to finding a CURE for ALS.

In a study published this month, they said they think they’ve figured out how a protein called TDP-43 might be responsible for the disease.

And they were able to do the study because of the Ice Bucket Challenge donations.

Basically, the protein clumps up inside the neurons of people with ALS, as well as 45% of people with a type of dementia called FTD, but scientists didn’t know why it mattered.

The new study found that TDP-43 is supposed to prevent cells from using the wrong genetic information to make other proteins. But it stops working when it clumps together, so the cells malfunction and die.

Now, it could be years before they figure out how to stop that from happening, so this might not help people who are currently suffering from ALS. And they want people to keep donating, because they’ll need more funding going forward. But they think this could eventually lead to a treatment, or even a cure.



(HopkinsMedicine.org / Science / Washington Post)