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Post Week in Review: January 4-10

Published: January 9, 2015

Bess Myerson Dies

She’s not someone that a lot of young (or even older than young) people might remember, but Bess Myerson was quite famous at one time. Crowned Miss America in 1945, Myerson went on to be a television personality. She modeled on the game show The Big Payoff, filled in as host on The Today Show, and questioned guests on the panel show I’ve Got a Secret. Later she was appointed the first Commissioner of the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs by Mayor John Lindsay and served on many presidential committees. She was involved in a political scandal during her stint in the Edward Koch administration in the early ’80s. After being tried on charges including mail fraud and obstruction of justice, she was acquitted.

Myerson died in Santa Monica in mid-December, but her death wasn’t announced until this week. She was 90 years old.

Can a 200-Year-Old Whale Help Humans Live Longer?

A Bowhead mother whale and calf (Shutterstock)

A Bowhead mother whale and calf
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Here’s a mystery. Whales have 1,000 more cells than humans but don’t have a higher chance of cell disease and death. They also live a lot longer than we do. Why? Researchers at the University of Liverpool are examining the bowhead whale, which can live for up to 200 years, to figure out if they can learn any of the mammal’s anti-aging secrets.

Maybe they live so long because they eat a lot of fish.

It’s CES Time Again

Las Vegas, home to the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) (Shutterstock)

Las Vegas, home to the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES)
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It seems that there are new tech devices and gadgets being released every single month. We can’t even keep track of them all anymore. It all gets confusing, and this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas isn’t helping. A lot of new, cool toys have been unveiled at the annual get-together, including new TVs, the Big Ass Fans Haiku (a mobile-app-connected ceiling fan with optional LED light), several drones (2015’s must-have toy, it seems), and the Pacif-i, which is a Bluetooth pacifier!

My favorite tech gadgets are still pen and paper.

Words That Should Be Banned in 2015

Lake Superior State University has released the 40th annual list of words that should be banished forever. Personally, I think that a lot of year-end lists should be banished, but this one has some good entries, including “BAE,” “swag,” and “foodie.” Also on the list is “polar vortex,” though I’d bet meteorologists would have a problem with that being banished.

I’d like to get rid of abbreviations like LOL and BRB and emoticons, because I think if we keep using them we’re not going to be able to speak to each other in complete sentences in 20 years.

Things We Should Stop Caring About in 2015

The Huffington Post has a list of things that we shouldn’t necessarily ban, but they’re things we should just stop caring about this year — they put it differently, so be aware that the link is mildly NSFW. The list includes juice cleanses and not getting enough likes on Facebook (that one I wholeheartedly agree with). They also say we should stop caring about wearing matching socks, which is fine, I guess, until you have to take off your shoes.

If I could add a couple of things to the list, may I suggest anything that involves Justin Bieber or a Kardashian?

National Hot Toddy Day

A glass of hot toddy with cinnamon and anise. (Shutterstock)

A glass of hot toddy with cinnamon and anise.
(Shutterstock)

As I type this, it’s approximately minus 62 outside. As soon as your breath escapes, it freezes solid, drops to the ground, and shatters into pieces. (Thankfully, I’m typing this inside.) Winter’s a great time for a hot drink. This Sunday is National Hot Toddy Day. If you like your toddys (toddies?) with alcohol, here’s a recipe from About.com. If you like them without alcohol, here are four non-alcoholic “mocktail” recipes from The Kitchn.

Upcoming Anniversaries

January 12, 1876: American author Jack London’s birthday.
He was a contributor to The Saturday Evening Post. Read “South of the Slot,” London’s short story that appeared in the issue on May 22, 1909.
January 13, 1962: Ernie Kovacs dies in a car accident.
Read more about the American actor and comedian at erniekovacs.com.
January 14, 1954: Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio marry.
SEP Archive Director Jeff Nilsson looks back at an interview we did with Monroe in 1956.

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