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April 22, 2011


1. America Blows Up: See How the U.S. Got Fat in the Past 26 Years
Let's face it, our track record isn't the best. (More on See how America's children packed on the pounds) This video shows obesity data from the CDC, starting in 1985 all the way up to 2009. It also probably hasn't gotten any better in 2011. (More on NewsFeed: See how Malaysia now includes weight on school [...]

2. America Blows Up: See How the U.S. Got Fat in the Past 26 Years
Living in New York City, NewsFeed has always found it difficult to catch a taxi, particularly in Midtown Manhattan just going to Brooklyn. So how two guys flagged down a cab and got the driver to take them all the way to Los Angeles is completely baffling. John Belitsky and Dan Wuebben convinced cab driver [...]

3. Separate But Unequal: Nathan's Parts Male and Female Hot-Dog-Eaters
This year Nathan's Famous is hosting their 96th hot-dog-eating contest, but it will be the first in which the men and women separately devour as many frankfurters and buns as they can in 10 minutes. While the rules will be the same for both groups, the potential winnings won't be. Whoever wins the man's competition [...]

4. Earth Day Network Launches 'Billion Acts of Green' Campaign
To honor the 41st Earth Day organizers launched a web campaign that invites the public to pledge to take small yet significant action towards sustainability. The "Billion Acts of Green" homepage asks site visitors to "pledge an act, save our planet." Users can either pledge to a previously-created act or initiate a new one themselves. [...]

5. Canadian Government Forces Citizens to Watch What They Tweet
Canadians need to be careful what they tweet about if they don't want to end up with a fine of $25,000 or five years in jail. A Canadian law that prohibits citizens from publishing election results before all the polls in the country have closed holds new meaning in today's digital age. The law was [...]

6. Naughty, Naughty: Porn Company Hoards 1-800 Numbers
Nowadays, you won't find that many 1-800 numbers are kid friendly. Why, you ask? Dial one and you might just get a message like this on the other end: "We both have big appetites for sex," they purr. "Pinch us and poke us. Spank us and tease us. We love it all. ... Enter your [...]

7. Teen Tragedy: 14-Year-Old Girls Carry Out Apparent Suicide Pact
Following a sleepover, two 14-year-old friends were found hanged last weekend. The families were left puzzling over cryptic notes and Facebook posts, trying to figure out if they had missed the signals -- and if bullying was the catalyst. Haylee Fentress and Paige Moravetz were 8th-graders in rural Minnesota. There's evidence that the two girls [...]

8. Get a Free Cup of the Black Stuff at Starbucks by Going Green
Save a tree by bringing your own mug to Starbucks, and you'll be handsomely rewarded with a free fill-up. In celebration of Earth Day, Starbucks is playing to its iconic green color with an eco-friendly initiative. Grab your reusable travel mug and head to your nearest Starbucks (if you're in a city like NewsFeed, you [...]

9. How to Save a Life: British Tourist in Right Place at Right Time
A British tourist caught a young toddler who fell four stories from a Florida hotel balcony Wednesday night. Helen Beard was at Orlando's Econo Lodge Inn &#38; Suites pool when she saw a child hanging from the railing above. She rushed underneath and caught 16-month-old Jah-Nea Myles in her arms, a move that spared the [...]

10. Reading While Eating for April 22: Breakfast Club
What's the story, morning glory? We know it's lunchtime but the first meal of the day takes the spotlight in today's links. Eggcellent! Toaster Project: This man set out on a mission to construct a toaster from scratch. Not so simple! (Gizmodo) Egg Donation: A group of Colorado farmers got into the Easter spirit by [...]


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