On this week's podcast we're evaluating diets and debunking some grand claims about them. One question we had was about the benefits of an anti-inflammation diet. We also wondered why Consumer Reports would rank Jenny Craig as the best diet plan this year.
The sound of a toy piano may conjure the magic and innocence of childhood: You see toy pianos in playrooms, not concert halls.
But John Cage wrote a suite for toy pianos in 1948. In 2001, a toy piano was a central part of the soundtrack for the French romantic comedy Amelie. Pop and rock musicians including Radiohead, Tom Waits and Lenny Kravitz have used toy pianos to accent their songs.
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Beginning in 1940, a man named George Metesky hid 33 pipe bombs in public spaces in New York City. Twenty-two of those bombs exploded, injuring 15 people. Until he was captured in 1957, Metesky was known to the press, the police and an increasingly anxious populace as the "Mad Bomber."
Now, 54 years after he was caught, Michael M. Greenburg has written a history of the search for Metesky called The Mad Bomber of New York: The Extraordinary True Story of the Manhunt That Paralyzed a City.
A steady savings plan can produce dramatic results. If you put aside $100 a month at age 20 and keep at it, you'll accumulate more than $114,000 by the time you're 65. That assumes a 3 percent interest rate. If you sock away $250 a month and rates go up to 5 percent, you'll end up with more than $500,000. Plug in your own numbers in the calculator below. Copyright 2011 National Public Radio.
By now, we're pretty used to stories about bus drivers or train conductors caught texting and driving. But this video from the Italian capital of Rome puts those to shame:
That's right, reports The Guardian, that's an Italian bus driver taking instructions on how to set up his e-mail on one phone, while executing the instructions on another phone. All the while, he's working his route from Anagnina metro station to Ciampino airport.