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Watch the 'Saturday Night Live' skit that has everyone angry

The Verismo SNL skit that has everyone takling.

Starbucks baristas may get a lot of flak, but the Saturday Night Live sketch that aired Saturday has many TV viewers outraged for purporting racism and classism in a coffee drink.

The SNL commercial parody supposedly sells the (real) Verismo, the Starbucks at-home coffeemaker to make lattes and other coffee drinks. But once the voice characterization comes on the machine, many viewers called foul on the racist characterization of the barista — and "Verquanica, a larger non-functioning machine for Verismo to talk to about you."

As Gothamist points out, the voice characterization and "Verquanica" standby could have been taken out for a perfectly acceptable parody. "The scattered sugar packet milk mess is a start — let's say Verismo also conjures up grad students and tourists on your couch who steal your Wi-Fi and refuse to purchase anything. And maybe it creates an insanely long line for your bathroom (that now constantly reeks of feces), and the machine also pipes Christmas songs performed by Death Cab For Cutie into your kitchen," writes Christopher Robbins (touché, sir). Did SNL cross the line with its skit? You decide.


Why SNL’s ‘Raisins In Potato Salad’ Joke Is Spot On

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Last weekend, during Chadwick Boseman’s hosting stint on “Saturday Night Live,” he performed in a “Black Jeopardy” sketch as his Black Panther character T’Challa. In the sketch, typical Jeopardy! categories are replaces with ones like, “Aw Hell Naw,” “Girl, Bye,” and as always “White People.”

Without giving away too much of the sketch, while T’Challa struggles in most of the categories, when he selects the category “White People” and is prompted with a question about Karen — a white friend bringing her homemade potato salad to a black barbecue — he makes the connection to the commonly-held belief that white people don’t cook the same way black people do. T’Challa notes that Karen would likely under season her food or add something strange, like raisins. Seriously, we’ve seen what you’ve done to things like cornbread and macaroni and cheese.

T’Challa’s realization had me thinking of other things that might fit into the category of “white people” on SNL’s ever-popular “Black Jeopardy” sketch. Not bad things like racism, of course, but simple things that are generally harmless and more a matter of personal/cultural preference. Like drinking white wine from a juice box during your kid’s soccer game, for example.

There is nothing inherently wrong with any of the things on this list, but when you think of them, you can only ever picture a white person doing it. Now, before you read any further, please know that this list is meant to be a joke. So unclench your buttcheeks there, Brenda, it’s not that serious. I don’t hate white people — I just think a lot of the shit you guys are into is hilarious.

So, if you don’t have a sense of humor, just stop reading now.


Harry Styles' SNL Sketch Is Causing Fans To Leave Raunchy Comments On Sara Lee's Instagram

Harry Styles's Saturday Night Live episode this past weekend was chock-full of memes and food references. He not only played an intern who thought it was a good idea to buy every chicken sandwich from a Popeyes during lunch rush, but he also played a social media manager for Sara Lee bread.

The premise of this sketch was that Harry's character, Dylan, kept mixing up his personal Instagram account with the brand's, which his bosses discovered when raunchy comments were being left on photos from the @saraleebread username. "Why did Sara Lee comment on this picture of Nick Jonas saying 'wreck me daddy' and then comment again a month later with 'destroy me king?'" said Cecily Strong, who played one of his bosses.

The intern was mixing up captions between his personal account and the Sara Lee account as well. "It's 8 a.m. and I have to go to my hell job at sara lee. A little in my head after another threesome," he wrote on a picture he posted to Sara Lee's Insta.

Obviously, this skit gave the iconic bread brand some unexpected publicity. Harry Styles fans started quoting the skit in the comments section of Sara Lee's actual Instagram posts. One Twitter user compiled just a few of the comments that were left on the innocent bread's account.

In a statement given to the New York Post, a rep for Bimbo Bakeries USA, the company that owns Sara Lee, said, &ldquoWe didn&rsquot participate in creating the skit and its content doesn&rsquot align with Sara Lee Bread&rsquos brand. But, we all know SNL pushes the envelope for laughs and we are taking it in stride.&rdquo

Bowen Yang, who acted in and wrote the skit, took to Twitter to confirm that Sara Lee didn't have any say in the skit. He tweeted, "Me and prodigal son @juliothesquare made Mz. @Harry_Styles say queer nonsense. Very very very sorry to everyone at @SaraLeeDesserts."

Any publicity is good publicity, right?! Anyway, have you tried Sara Lee's pound cake? That stuff's almost as good as a Harry Styles SNL takeover. Almost.


This SNL Skit Will Make You Cringe At Meat Forever

Long-running late night skit show Saturday Night Live aired a skit last week delivers a cringe-worthy, but all-too-real look snapshot of the public’s increasing awareness of farm animal sentience.

The show opens with host Colin Jost sharing the story of a real pig named Pigcasso who was saved from a slaughterhouse and gained fame for her painting skills. According to CBS, her paintings sell for thousands of dollars.

To comment on the story, Jost welcomes the owners of the fictional Smorkey Farms Meat Gift Delivery Service, Vanita and Wylene Starkie (played by Kate McKinnon and Aidy Bryant), to talk about how positive stories about farm animals are hurting their business.

“All these amazing animal stories might be heart-warming for y’all, but they’re not great for us meat farmers,” says Bryant.

“That’s right. People going vegan left and right ‘cause the damn internet keeps showing people videos with titles like ‘Pig Teaches Deaf Dog to Bark,’” McKinnon opens.

“Yeah, or ‘Chicken Reminds Man What He Loves About His Wife,'” Bryant interjects.

“You see, every time a cow salutes a veteran, our stocks take a hit,” says McKinnon.

The pair go on to explain that going forward, their farm will source its meat only from animals that are “individually stupid or bad.”

The farmers then pull out a giftbasket of raw and cooked meat – the actors are noticeably struggling with the scent – and Bryant shares the individual stories of why animals ended up in the basket. The calf who became a veal cutlet, for example, didn’t know any tricks and “refused his Halloween costume.”

“So you’re gonna feel no guilt when you soak him in milk and feed him to your children,” Bryant says with a smile.

“In a study of chickens, all but one couldn’t identify himself in a mirror – so we don’t got one,” McKinnon said. While chickens might not pass the mirror test – a test designed to determine whether animals have self-awareness – they can recognize up to 30 different faces. One study found that chickens may forgo an immediate reward for a later larger reward, suggesting that they have the capacity for foreplanning.

“Your mouth must be watering for dumb, mean, worthless animals,” McKinnon tells Jost at the end of the segment.

Apart from Pigcasso mentioned in the segment, Brianna the cow is another former farm animal who gained mainstream media attention from the likes of PEOPLE and the Huffington Post when she escaped a slaughterhouse truck last December. She gave birth to her baby, Winter, at Skylands Santuary & Animal Rescue in New Jersey.


7 Most Controversial Starbucks Cups of All Time

From the #TrumpCup in November 2016 to the Red Cup Drama in 2015, here are seven times Starbucks cups caused a latte of problems.

1. The #TrumpCup, 2016

In mid-November Starbucks controversy surrounding President-elect Donald Trump began. It started after a video of a barista refusing to write "Trump" on a customer's cup was circulating on the internet.

Joe Biggs, who works at the website Infowars, came up with #TrumpCup in response to the video.

Supporting the movement, Tim Treadstone encouraged his followers to participate in "Operation #TrumpCup."

Trump supporters continued to join the "operation."

If we want Trump written on our cups don't call the cops! Feel free to boycott Starbucks after this. Even Kanye wants to #MAGA!#TrumpCup pic.twitter.com/YyFv96dhz0

&mdash Irma (@irmahinojosa_) November 18, 2016

The most interesting thing about this was that people continued to give Starbucks money &mdash regardless of being angry at the company.

2. The Starbucks Unity Cup, 2016

In early November, Starbucks released their "Unity Cup." The green cup featured an illustration of a large group of diverse people standing closely together. It was intended to bring people together but did just the opposite.

People took to Twitter to for two reasons: (1) How dare there be a green cup and not a red cup (the holiday red cups came the following week).

Thoroughly confused by the @Starbucks green cups. bring back my red-cup holiday cheer! #TeamRedCup

&mdash Shana Wachowski (@slyons330) November 1, 2016

(2) Starbucks shouldn't get involved with "politics."

Dear @Starbucks your "holiday" cup is not festive.. I don't like the taste of politics in my coffee. #bringbacksnowflakes and the #RedCups

&mdash vaccinated&maskwearer (@MrzAlwaysWright) November 2, 2016

The controversy quickly died down when the limited-time green cups were no longer being served and everyone moved on to the next Starbucks cup drama.

3. When a Starbucks barista refused to write Black Lives Matter, 2016

In early July, Starbucks customers were telling baristas their names were "Black Lives Matter" &mdash with the end goal being that after the phrase was written on the coffee cup, it would be said out loud when the order was ready for everyone to hear.

Journalist Genevieve Uzamere wrote on her blog that her local New York City Starbucks wouldn't write "Black Lives Matter" on her cup. In her post, she said:

4. The "Diabetes here I come" cup, 2016

In April, a customer went to Starbucks and ordered a grande white mocha. When he received his cup, it said "Diabetes Here I Come."

A @Starbucks customer tells me he's hurt by the message he received on his coffee cup. Details on @ActionNewsJax pic.twitter.com/hNMeC6ysRJ

&mdash Kaitlyn Chana (@KaitlynChana) April 8, 2016

He told Action News Jax that his two sisters suffer from type 1 diabetes, so the statement hit close to home. The customer wrote a note on that same cup and left it for the baristas. It read, "2 of my sisters are diabetic, so . not funny."

This @Starbucks customer tells me he wants the #Starbucks employee to know his sisters suffer from Type 1 diabetes. pic.twitter.com/lzmeAwLLdm

&mdash Kaitlyn Chana (@KaitlynChana) April 8, 2016

Starbucks released a statement to Action News Jax saying the following:

5. The Starbucks minimalist red cups, 2015

Starbucks first came out with a holiday cup in 1997. Since then, the release of the cup covered in holiday illustrations has become a tradition that Starbucks customers love and take very seriously &mdash it's even known as #RedCupSeason on social media. It's important to note that the cups don't only have illustrations related to Christmas. In fact, most red cups in the past have included snowflakes and snowmen.

Regardless of the holiday cups not being specific to Christmas, the minimalist design featuring a red ombré cup in November 2015 made the internet lost its mind.

It started with Josuha Feuerstein, an Arizona-based pastor who posted a video to Facebook where he said, "Starbucks removed Christmas from their cups because they hate Jesus." Instantly the video went viral and today, it has 17 million views.

Others joined in, some even asking Starbucks to write Merry Christmas on their cup to

Of course there were people who recognized that a red cup has absolutely nothing to do with Starbucks disliking Christianity.

I am a Christian. I am not in any way offended by Starbucks cups. I am offended by: violence. Racism. Abuse. Discrimination. Cups? No.

&mdash JR. 2Shotasteros (@jrforasteros) November 7, 2015

I doubt Jesus would be mad about a coffee cup. Don't we have biggest issues to deal with? #MerryChristmas #starbucks #StarbucksRedCup

&mdash BeeBee 🌊 🇺🇸 (@BeeBee5977) November 8, 2015

6. The Race Together cups, 2015

In March 2015, Starbucks launched a campaign where baristas were encouraged to start conversations on race relations with customers by writing the phrase "Race Together" on cups. The company even provided baristas with a list of questions to help start the conversation.

#tbt to when Starbucks tried getting all us baristas killed with "race together" @Barista_Life_ pic.twitter.com/K0VP5Thg9I

&mdash Taylor Hickey (@itstaylorhickey) January 7, 2016

The campaign almost immediately became a huge joke on social media and ultimately failed. There was even a skit mocking the campaign on Saturday Night Live.

Would #Starbucks lower their prices in order to offset the emotional cost of discussing #RaceTogether with a clueless Barista?

&mdash Some Place Simple (@someplacesimple) March 17, 2015

I think people of color who work at Starbucks confronting white people about race/class as they pay six dollars for a latte seems great.

&mdash Josh Gondelman (@joshgondelman) March 17, 2015

The only folks happy about Starbucks baristas discussing race with customers are the suits who run it. Feel-good liberalism at its worst.

&mdash Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) March 17, 2015

After six days of the campaign, Starbucks ordered their baristas to stop writing "race together" on cups.

7. The quotes-on-cups controversy, 2005

In 2005, Starbucks put quotes on cups called "The Way I See It" with a quote from literature. The company said it was hoping to "inspire old-fashioned coffee-house conversations." What it ended up sparking, though, was controversy.

Concerned Women for America &mdash a national Christian women's organization &mdash accused Starbucks of promoting a "homosexual agenda" because of a quote from author Armistead Maupin whose book Tales of the City chronicled the homosexual community in San Francisco in the 1970s and 1980s. The quote was:

The group didn't boycott Starbucks, but accused the company for using mostly liberal quotes and said corporations should take a balanced approach on potentially sensitive matters.

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Michael Che Responds To Criticism Over ‘SNL’ Gen Z Hospital Sketch

Saturday Night Live’sMichael Che has addressed the criticism around one of his latest sketches.

The latest episode, which saw Tesla CEO Elon Musk make his hosting debut, featured a segment titled “Gen Z Hospital” that played on the phrases and lingo, derived from AAVE (African-American Vernacular English) sayings, that have gained popularity on social media platforms including Twitter and TikTok. The sketch featured cast members including Melissa Villasenior, Kate McKinnon, Bowen Yang, Heidi Gardner, Ego Nwodim and Mikey Day.

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SNL used the sketch to make fun of popular Internet phrases, but attributed the popular sayings like “bruh,” “stan,” “no cap” and “sis” to Gen Z and social media users, as opposed to the African American community and AAVE. After the sketch aired on Saturday, many Twitter users called out SNL for poking fun at AAVE.

Che, who created the sketch, on Monday responded to the backlash on Instagram.

“I’ve been reading about how my “gen z” sketch was misappropriating AAVE and I was stunned cause what the f**k is ‘AAVE’? I had to look it up. Turns out it’s an acronym for ‘African American vernacular english.’ You know, AAVE! That ol’ saying that actual black people use in conversation all the time…,” the That Damn Michael Che host wrote. “Look, the sketch bombed. I’m used to that. I meant no offense to the ‘aave’ community. I love aave. Aave to the moon!”

Saturday Night Live ratings picked up with Musk’s debut, which also featured sketches about cryptocurrency and Dogecoin, colonizing Mars and awkward post-quarantine conversations.

The “Gen Z Hospital” sketch can be viewed below.

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Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You Had COVID and Didn't Know It. 1 The Atkins Diet While a meat-fueled, no-carb diet may help you lose weight, it can negatively impact your overall health, according to Allen Conrad, BS, DC, CSCS of Montgomery County Chiropractic Center in North Wales, PA. "The Atkins Diet was an idea to include high fat and red meats as a primary component of your meals, and the concept was that you would lose weight this way. The problem with diets like this is that high concentrations of red meat and unsaturated fats can cause many health problems, including heart disease and high cholesterol," he explains. Studies have shown that diets high in red meat and trans fats should be avoided due to their long lasting health concerns. 2 The Ketogenic Diet Keto was the most highly-hyped diet in 2019, but Dr. Conrad isn't a fan. "The concept involves eating low carbohydrate meals with the goal of losing weight. 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"The safety and long-term effects are not known as is the case with most fad diets, which are, after all, a fad—short-lived and without scientific basis," says Ania Jastreboff, MD, Ph.D., Yale Medicine endocrinologist and director of the Weight Management&Obesity Prevention. RELATED: I'm a Doctor and This Vitamin May Reduce Your COVID Risk 4 Juicing Juicing supporters boast that it helps cleanse your body of toxins and "build up" from unhealthy food in your body. "What it really is: fruits and veggies that have been stripped of their fiber and packed into a very expensive compostable bottle," explains certified personal trainer and sports nutritionist Holly Roser. "Our bodies are great at cleansing, through our liver and kidneys so the idea of juice removing toxins, is void of scientific backing." If you want to up your fruit and veggie intake, she suggests adding them to your diet in food form. However, if you prefer drinking them, she suggests blending them in a shake or smoothie, "so you're not missing the skin of the fruit or full fiber of the greens."RELATED: This Supplement Can Raise Your Heart Attack Risk, Experts Say 5 Whole30—If You're Doing it for Weight Loss The Whole30 is meant to help you identify foods that cause you digestive or inflammation issues. Using it to lose weight isn't ideal. For instance, the plan bans legumes—something Roser finds questionable. "Legumes are packed with protein and have zero cholesterol, an amazing alternative to meat. They are an ideal choice to lose weight and live a healthy life with such an impressive nutrition profile," she explains. And when the diet is over—in this case, in just 30 days—you will likely go back to your old habits. Despite the drawbacks, she does appreciate how the diet encourages people to cook real food instead of consuming processed food. And giving up alcohol is always a good idea. But, "in the end, it's impossible to keep up, like all diets, and people gain weight once they're off it." 6 "Detox" Diets And "Detox" Products Detox is one of those "health" buzzwords that are everywhere these days—from detox diets to detox shakes and detox waters. The idea behind "detoxification" is that by following these diets or consuming these products, your body will be cleansed of "toxins," and that in turn will help improve health and promote weight loss, but it's a little more complicated, explains Melissa Nieves, RD, Healthy Meals Supreme. "The concept of detoxification by external means such as diets and detox products is misleading," she explains. "The body itself is detoxifying, every day, at all times. That's what the kidneys and liver are for! In fact, if we were really so full of toxins, we would be hospitalized, not walking around drinking detox shakes!" While the body does detoxify itself, she explains we can help the process by staying hydrated and eating a high fiber diet.RELATED: The #1 Cause of Diabetes, According to Science 7 The HCG Diet Run, don't walk, away from the HCG diet, a meal plan that consists of just 500 calories a day and supplements or injections of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG)—the hormone that is produced by women during pregnancy—several times a week. "People do lose weight on this diet, but it's really because they're eating such a small amount of calories a day," points out Nieves. "This type of diet is not sustainable, because who's going to be able to eat such a small amount of food for long periods of time?" Additionally, it's dangerous! Eating so little will lower your metabolism, making it harder to reach a healthy weight in the long-run. It also puts you at risk for malnutrition, can trigger eating disorders, and lead to muscle and tissue loss, "especially in vital organs such as the heart, since the body starts using its protein as energy under starvation conditions." Also, she points out, that the hCG hormone has only been approved as part of fertility treatments—not weight loss. "Only small studies have been done so far on the efficacy of using hCG for weight loss, using small sample sizes," she explains. "We don't have enough evidence of the potential health risks of using this hormone, nor whether it really works for weight loss." 8 The Baby Food Diet Nieves hopes people will grow up when it comes to the Baby Food Diet! "This fad diet is supposed to help you lose weight by cutting calories and controlling portions. It involves replacing one or two meals or snacks a day with baby food. Each jar can range from 20-100 calories," she explains. Again, the reason people lose weight on this diet is due to the small amount of calories consumed each day. But like any other fad diet, it has its drawbacks. These include putting you at risk for malnutrition, "since the nutrient requirements in these foods are specifically set for babies." It is also incredibly difficult to sustain, "since their taste, and the fact that you're not "chewing" your food, is difficult for an adult to get used to," and won't keep you full and satisfied due to their low fiber and protein content. "Also, diets should be pleasurable and practical. It should also help you make and sustain healthy eating habits," she adds. "The Baby Food Diet just doesn't cut it here!" 9 The Boiled Egg Diet You could lose up to 24 pounds in two weeks by eating boiled eggs—all day long—claim followers of this restrictive diet. "This is another diet that cuts out a lot of food groups and restricts your food choices to, well, mostly eggs," points out Nieves. While following this diet, which is very low in carbohydrates and high in protein, can help you shed excess pounds, the results are basically short term. "Many people have trouble sticking with this diet, mostly due to taste boredom," she explains. She also points out that it is not a dietary plan to be followed by individuals with diabetes, cholesterol problems, or heart issues.RELATED: Signs You're Getting One of the "Most Deadly" Cancers. 10 Paleo Eating like a caveman is so B.C.—or at least it should be, according to Heather Campbell, MS, RDN, LD, consultant dietitian. "Any diet that requires complete omission or serious restriction of entire food groups like carbohydrates or dairy can be problematic and create opportunities for nutrition deficiencies," she explains. "When your body isn't properly fueled with a balance of all of the needed nutrients, then it will be impossible to create sustainable changes you're looking for." 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Finding the right foods to include in your regular diet can feel daunting. With nutrition rules changing so often, keeping track of what you should put in your body can end up seeming like an overwhelming task. Luckily, you can always hold fast to one standard—make sure to include colorful foods into your eating plan. According to Winneshiek Medical Center, fruits and vegetables from across the color spectrum come loaded with antioxidants and have the potential to prevent stroke, cancer, heart disease, and much more. (Related: Check out The 7 Healthiest Foods to Eat Right Now) When you want to reach for the most colorful vegetable, you can't go wrong with eating bell peppers, thanks to their ability to preserve our health."Bell peppers are especially rich in vitamin C," says Dr. Melina Jampolis, internist, board-certified physician nutrition specialist, and author of Spice Up, Live Long."[Bell peppers] may give us some extra defense against stroke and some kinds of cancer. They contain beta carotene, which turns into vitamin A in the body and helps our eyes, skin, teeth, gums, and immune system stay healthy. Many also contain the powerful antioxidant vitamin C, as well as vitamin K, fiber, and antioxidant-rich polyphenols, which can have anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor capabilities."Bell peppers truly can ward off anything time and nature throws our way, helping us preserve our impeccable health. According to a study published in Current Opinion in Lipidology, the high potassium content of bell peppers also contributes to staving off illness and leaving our health intact."The potassium in [bell peppers] can lower our risk of high blood pressure," says Dr. Jampolis. "So make sure you add these to your diet, as well as tomatoes, carrots, sweet potatoes, red and orange bell peppers, winter squash (acorn, butternut, and Hubbard), pumpkins, strawberries, oranges, grapefruit, and watermelon."With a colorful diet, you can't go wrong and it all starts with adding more bell peppers into your regular eating plan. With a bit of planning, you can tap into the potential of this vegetable and help ward off some major illnesses. So why not cook with bell peppers tonight and whip up this Portobello Mushroom "Pizzas" with Sausage, Bell Pepper, and Basil for dinner?Get even more healthy tips straight to your inbox by signing up for our newsletter!

How to wear a breezy cotton dress

How to wear a breezy cotton dressAn easy summery day dress and an old favourite pair of sandals are the perfect way to get back into the swing of dressing up ‘For the first time in a very long time, I don’t have to dress according to what will keep me warm.’ Photograph: Suki Dhanda/The Guardian

There's a Reason Everyone is So Obsessed with Alexander Calder’s Jewelry Right Now

Consider it wearable contemporary art.

Prince Harry Said One of Archie's First Words Was "'Grandma', Grandma Diana"

"It makes me really sad because she should be here."

This One Thing Can Seriously Increase Your Chances of Diabetes

Approximately ten percent of Americans, 34 million, suffer from diabetes, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Type 2 is the most common, accounting for 90-95 percent of cases. There are multiple risk factors, some preventable and others not. However, one of them can increase your chances of developing by a whopping six times—and it might be within your control. Read on to find out what it is—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You Had COVID And Should Tell Your Doctor. 1 What Is The Biggest Risk Factor For Type 2 Diabetes? Jonathan Bogan, MD, Yale Medicine endocrinologist specializing in diabetes and weight management as well as associate professor of medicine and cell biology, Yale School of Medicine, explains that diabetes is a disease that results in altered metabolism, including excessive amounts of glucose (sugar) in the bloodstream. "This can lead to problems with the eyes, kidneys, heart, nerves, circulation, and other organs," he says. The biggest risk factor for type 2 diabetes, per Dr. Bogan? Obesity. According to a 2020 study, obesity increases your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by a whopping six times—regardless of genetic predisposition to the disease. Those who were overweight had a 2.4 times increased risk. 2 How You Can Prevent Hypertension Related to Obesity In most cases, obesity is preventable. And, it can also be remedied. "The results suggest that type 2 diabetes prevention by weight management and healthy lifestyle is critical across all genetic risk groups. Furthermore, we found that the effect of obesity on type 2 diabetes risk is dominant over other risk factors, highlighting the importance of weight management in type 2 diabetes prevention," the study concluded. Dr. Bogan also endorses diet and exercise to help maintain a healthy weight. RELATED: The #1 Cause of Diabetes, According to Science 3 Other Dangers of Obesity According to the CDC, "people who have obesity, compared to those with a healthy weight, are at increased risk for many serious diseases and health conditions." They are more likely to die from all-causes of death, more likely to have high blood pressure, high LDL and low HDL cholesterol, or high levels of triglycerides (Dyslipidemia), coronary heart disease, stroke, gallbladder disease, osteoarthritis (a breakdown of cartilage and bone within a joint), sleep apnea and breathing problems, many types of cancer, mental illness, body pain, and in general, a lower quality of life. RELATED: 9 Everyday Habits That Might Lead to Dementia, Say Experts 4 Obesity Also Significantly Reduce Blood Flow to the Brain Scientists at The Irish Longitudinal Study on Aging (TILDA) at Trinity College Dublin recently discovered that being overweight or obese can also significantly reduce blood flow to the brain, a term called "cerebral hypoperfusion." The new study pointed out that it is considered an early mechanism in vascular dementia and Alzheimer's disease. And to get through life at your healthiest, don't miss: This Supplement Can Raise Your Cancer Risk, Experts Say.

Remembrance of things past: 10 readers on the lost possessions they will mourn for ever

Remembrance of things past: 10 readers on the lost possessions they will mourn for everFrom wedding rings to tattered old teddies, we asked you to tell us about the irreplaceable objects you have mislaid and why they were so important to you ‘I still dream of finding her’ … LJ Cannell’s cat with her childhood stuffed toy Katie. Photograph: LJ Cannell


List of Saturday Night Live commercial parodies

On the American late-night live television sketch comedy and variety show Saturday Night Live (SNL), a commercial advertisement parody is commonly shown after the host's opening monologue. Many of the parodies were produced by James Signorelli. The industries, products, and ad formats targeted by the parodies have been wide-ranging, including fast food, beer, feminine hygiene products, toys, clothes, medications (both prescription and over-the-counter), financial institutions, automobiles, electronics, appliances, public-service announcements, infomercials, and movie & TV shows (including SNL itself).

Many of SNL ' s ad parodies have been featured in prime-time clip shows over the years, including an April 1991 special hosted by Kevin Nealon and Victoria Jackson, as well as an early 1999 follow-up hosted by Will Ferrell that features his attempts to audition for a feminine hygiene commercial. In late 2005 and in March 2009, the special was modernized, featuring commercials created since the airing of the original special.


What the Hell is 'Gabagool,' and Why Does Tony Soprano Talk About It All the Time?

Our resident Italian-American explains the mystery behind the meat.

Everybody knows about salami, prosciutto, and bologna. The staples of the great Italian-American meat and cheese board have become as well-known as Extra Virgin Olive Oil thanks to over-priced Starbucks breakfast sandwiches and wedding caterers nationwide. But if you were a fan of The Sopranos&ndashcelebrating its 20th anniversary today&ndashyou&rsquove probably been wondering for a very long time, what the f*ck is "gabagool?"

Formally known as capicola, gabagool is by no means the most trendy or popular of the Italian cold cuts, but it is the most fun to say. If you grew up in New Jersey, have an Italian heritage, or ever found yourself surrounded by either of those cultures, chances are, you&rsquove heard the term thrown around quite a bit. In The Sopranos, red meat plays a crucial role in the psychological trauma of Tony Soprano, so words like "gabagool" and "super-sod" (soppressata) carry a bit of narrative heft throughout the series. Even The Office invokes the term in its memorable mafia episode from 2009, which sees Michael Scott ordering "just the gabagool" to show off in front of his new Italian-American friends.

According to The Daily Meal, capicola is a "type of salumi" that&rsquos basically a "cross between prosciutto and sausage." Like its salt-cured sisters, capicola, which can also be called just "coppa," is seasoned with a variety of flavors like wine, garlic, and paprika, stuffed into a meat-based casing, then smoked, slow-roasted, or in most cases, "hung for up to six months to cure." It's red and white, not as spicy as soppressata, but also not as creamy-tasting and mild as, say, mortadella.

Dan Nosowitz on Atlas Obscura did a deep dive on the origin of the gabagool phenomenon in his fantastic piece, How Capicola Became Gabagool: The Italian New Jersey Accent, Explained. After researching with some linguistics experts, Nosowitz discovered that, like the botched American estimations of Italian culture such as meatballs, baked ziti, or whatever Olive Garden is pretending to be, the word "gabagool" is about as Italian as apple pie.

"The word 'gabagool' is about as Italian as apple pie."

According to Nosowitz's research, many Italians in the United States descend from Southern Italians, "about 80 percent," in fact. If you know anything about Italy, you&rsquore probably aware that the dialects of the various regions within the country are all vastly different. Similarly, the Italian language that arrived in America back in the time of the great emigration is much different than the Italian language of today.

What we hear in places like Jersey, Staten Island, and New York is actually the result of former immigrants hanging on to their native dialect, and passing elements of that down through generations of Americans who may not even have a clue what the actual contemporary Italian language sounds like today.

In the case of gabagool, it's a combination of end vowels being deleted, "oh" sounds being raised, and what linguists call "voiceless consonants," namely "k" and "c" sounds, being turned into "voiced" consonants, which, in this case, amounts to "g" sounds.

So, wanna get your Soprano on? Start with capicola. Drop off the end vowel. Turn the "c"s into "g"s. And emphasize the "o" sound. Whaddya get? Gabagool. Fuhgeddaboutit.


Michael Cohen Predicts How And When Trump Will Flip On His Own Family To Save Himself

As investigations and allegations against former Republican President Donald Trump have continued to mount, many have begun to wonder when, if ever, Trump will finally face repercussions.

If Trump's former attorney and confidante Michael Cohen is to be believed, it may be sooner than most of us think—and Trump will take everyone he can down with him.

As a new criminal investigation encircles the former President, Cohen issued a warning during a television appearance, seen below, to all in Trump's orbit.

Cohen's comments came during an appearance on MSNBC's The Reid Out. He and host Joy Reid discussed New York Attorney General Letitia James' announcement on Tuesday that the state's investigation into the Trump Organization transitioned from a civil to a criminal investigation.

That, according to Cohen, is the last straw for Trump. He said the family patriarch will throw anyone and everyone he can under the bus to try to save himself.

As he put it to Reid:

Cohen went on to say he thinks Trump will first blame Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg and others privy to his finances.

But it's when the investigation moves to Trump's taxes Cohen says will be the true clincher.

That's when Trump will turn on his inner circle—including his own flesh and blood.

Cohen credited his own involvement in the investigations for the fallout he predicts.



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