Weird Health Wednesdays: Coke Spermicide, Lightning Strike, Baby Food Costumes

Ig Noble Awards: Coke as Birth Control?
The Annals of Improbable Research give Ig Nobel (get it?) awards to research that’s weird but practical. This year, working on the basis of an urban legend, Boston U. ob/gyn professor Deborah Anderson discovered that yes, Coke acts a spermicide but Diet Coke works best. (I’m guessing the artificial sweetener plays a role there.) Click the link to read about this year’s other winners.

Lightning Strike Video

Here’s a man getting struck by lightning at a gas station. He’s totally fine and even talking with Meredith Vieira afterwards on this Today show clip. Fair warning: the video starts with a 30-second commercial.

No Health, Just Weird

This one’s doubling as your daily Halloween link. “Daily Halloween link?” you ask. “When did that start?”

Just now, actually. Please, please watch this spooky-and-not-in-the-awesome-way clip (via Serious Eats) of a Martha Stewart viewer’s Halloween food costumes for babies. I don’t think this baby turkey and baby apple pie and baby lobster would disturb me nearly as much were they not lying on serving platters as if for dinner. Isabele says she’s thinking of sea creatures for next year’s costumes instead.

Good decision, Isabele.


10 responses to “Weird Health Wednesdays: Coke Spermicide, Lightning Strike, Baby Food Costumes”

  1. Allie says:

    Coke as spermicide? Um, interesting. And scary for so many reasons.

  2. Amy says:

    Yeah, totally scary. And funny–Deborah Anderson apparently tested the theory only as joke.

  3. Toddler says:

    Oh This is good for me. Thank

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