Hollywood has made movies starring all manner of disasters, from rogue tornadoes and invading aliens to giant solar flares that fry the earth. But even the masters of make-believe haven’t conceived of anything as strange — or strangely devastating — as what happened that afternoon in January 1919.One hundred years later, it’s a calamity that still seems as darkly comical as it is unimaginable: A 15-foot wave of molasses raced — yes, raced — through Boston’s North End. But what sounds like a B movie directed by Roger Corman is no joke: Twenty-one people died and dozens more were badly injured. Unsuspecting men, women, and children were smothered — asphyxiated, really — by a tsunami of viscous brown syrup, and when the bodies were finally recovered, the Suffolk County medical examiner said they looked “as though covered in heavy oil skins . . . eyes and ears, mouths and noses filled.”Any trace of the … [Read more...] about The Great Molasses Flood of 1919: The day Boston was swamped by a deadly wave
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caption Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop is ponying up $145,000 in settlement fees. source Getty/Pablo Blazquez Dominguez Goop, the beauty and wellness company founded by Gwyneth Paltrow, will pay $145,000 in civil penalties for lying to customers about the benefits of its “vaginal egg” products. The company will also reimburse any unhappy customers who bought the eggs between January 12, 2017 and August 31, 2017. A district attorney in California argued that the company used misleading, inaccurate information to convince customers that the eggs might help their hormone levels or increase bladder control. Goop says the products will continue to be sold on its site. A “vaginal egg” will not balance your hormones, regulate your menstrual cycle, or help with bladder control. For Gwyneth Paltrow’s beauty and wellness company Goop, those scientific facts have come with a fine. On Tuesday, Goop settled a lawsuit brought by … [Read more...] about Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop must stop making bogus claims about its $66 ‘vaginal eggs’ because of a legal settlement. Here’s the real science.
We're about a week away from the longest day of the year, which means there's plenty of time to kick back and enjoy some great content. Wondering exactly where to start when it comes to books, music, and movies? We've rounded up a bunch of recommendations to help you out. Movies Here are some of the movies Windows Central is enjoying this week. Star Wars: The Last Jedi Recommended by Jez Corden, senior Xbox editor Star Wars: The Last Jedi is an odd entry in the Star Wars canon; it takes some liberties with established ideas about what a Star Wars movie should be, particularly so when it comes to use of the Force, and the wider universe affected by the current trilogy's major conflict. It's a flawed movie, deeply so, but it has some truly explosive moments, great battles, and morsels of nostalgia long-time fans will relish. It's well worth a watch, but I think you'd really need to be a big franchise fan to really enjoy this one. Recommended by Dan Thorp-Lancaster, staff writer I've … [Read more...] about Movies, music and books we’re into this week
In Season 3 of Syfy's "The Expanse," the crew of the Rocinante are stuck amidst Earth, Mars, the asteroid belt, and a mysterious and dangerous "protomolecule" whose true purpose is unclear. Space.com caught up with Cas Anvar, who plays the Rocinante's pilot, Alex Kamal. One of the most enthusiastic actors we've ever interviewed from a show, Anvar talked about training with astronauts to film zero-gravity scenes, the science of "The Expanse" and some big shifts to expect for the rest of the season. Episode 5 of "The Expanse" Season 3 airs tonight (May 9) at 9 p.m. EDT/8 p.m. CDT on Syfy. [Don't Ask Why Cats Populate this 'Expanse' Recap Video — Just Enjoy] Space.com: How are you feeling about this season so far? Cas Anvar: Actually, I'm feeling amazing. Season 3 is exceeding all of our expectations, and our expectations were high. The actors were wondering how the hell are we going to surpass Season 2, which ended up ending with a real big bang and got great reviews, … [Read more...] about ‘The Expanse’s’ Cas Anvar Talks Science, ‘Floaty Arms’ and a Thrilling New Season
The Walking Dead is back and careening toward the conclusion of the “All Out War” saga. That means the end of the feud between Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and his arch-nemesis Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) — and perhaps that’s a good thing. Thus far, the show’s big bet on Negan has been a bit of a misfire, with ratings hitting staggering lows last year, and Negan himself largely absent from the first half of the show’s eighth season. But a season-ending climax is an opportunity to bring all the threads together, so in these final weeks I’ll be analyzing the show through its presentation of Negan: how he acts, how he delivers his jokes and threats, and most importantly, how his character develops in contrast to our supposedly virtuous heroes. We’ll look at all the traits a villain is supposed to excel at — including those we detest — and boil it down into one single score on what we are calling the Neganometer™. A score of … [Read more...] about The Walking Dead has transformed Negan into a likable and even redeemable villain