Kids today aren't running nearly as fast as their parents did at the same age. In fact, in a one-mile run, youngsters now are about 1.5 minutes slower on those laps than children 30 years ago, according to a new study.
In the U.S. alone, researchers found that children's cardiovascular endurance — one of the cornerstones of physical fitness — fell an average of 6 percent per decade between 1970 and 2000. The reason is simple: they're carrying too much body fat, making it "more difficult [for them] to move through space," explains lead researcher. Beyond battling obesity, kids also have to contend with an environment that is toxic to activity, he says.
In the study, managers reported negative perceptions toward tattooed applicants. Some said that tattoos are the first thing hiring mangers talk about when you leave; others admitted that if there were two equal applicants, they'd probably choose the one without a tat. How come? In this study in particular, managers worked for hotels, banks, and universities—organizations with customers who may still view tattoos in a negative light. But "it all depends on the type of customer," says the study author.
In fact, some companies proactively recruit employees with tattoos, he says. Nearly 40 percent of 18- to 25-year-olds in the U.S. are inked up, and "when these people age, the stigma attached to tattoos will diminish," he says.
It's kind of like trick or treating, except it's for alcohol! Who's in?
If you've ever heard The Wassail Song, you've heard about this practice, even though you may not have realized it. A few hundred years ago, peasants used to...
We delved into the iPod's holiday selections today, and pulled out the highly irritating song by Elmo and Patsy, "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer." It was originally recorded in 1979 but started getting seasonal radio airplay in the early...
Such a classy period for women. I could definitely use a break from all the skin.
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Four years ago, Bob Dylan, who is Jewish, recorded a Christmas album.
It may be surprising to some that it was actually pretty good! And it inspired him to be involved in the creation of this video, which is amazing.
If you've never seen it...
Artist: Clara Moto
Song: Hedonic Treadmill
Album: Blue Distance
"'Hedonic Treadmill' describes the tendancy of people to adapt to good events - or bad - and then return to the same level of happiness," Clara Moto tells Rolling Stone. "In...
Bono and U2 have always had a strong political bent and their latest musical project can be found on the soundtrack to the film " Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom." We remember Nelson Mandela with U2's song, "Ordinary Love."
The soundtrack to...
A masterful look at photography. Some of these sets took MONTHS to build, for a single shot. A good lesson on patience, and an end result being worth the wait.