Some people love spring and summer: Blooming flowers, warm sunshine and chirping birds are a welcome arrival for many people after the dark and cold winter months. For about 8% of American adults, though, the change of seasons spells misery. Those 20 million people deal with allergic rhinitis, or seasonal allergies, a condition caused when your immune system reacts to something in the environment. In most cases, that something is pollen from trees, grasses and weeds. Commonly called hay fever, seasonal allergies actually have nothing to do with hay or fevers. That misnomer comes from a long-gone era when symptoms would strike during hay harvests in late summer and early fall, before medical professionals knew what allergies were. Think you might have seasonal allergies? See how your symptoms match up against these four big signs. 1. You've got all the typical symptomsIf you think of sneezing, wheezing and watery eyes when you think of seasonal allergies, you'd be … [Read more...] about 4 clear signs you have seasonal allergies
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Editor’s note: Lucky Peach was a magical food magazine that existed from 2011 to 2017. It was beloved by readers, regarded as a destination publication for writers, and won a slew of James Beard Awards. After its untimely demise, the website—and all the stories it ever published—disappeared into the digital ether. In the spirit of resurrecting the dead (and because the copyright reverts to the author), The Takeout will be republishing several stories from Lucky Peach’s archives—for posterity. I originally wrote this piece for its spring 2014 issue. I type this sentence twenty minutes after eating leftover spaghetti and clams for breakfast, a Hungry Man-sized portion at nine a.m. It is an exertion of my free will to do so. It is within my civic right as a dedicated grocery shopper and keeper of leftovers, imprinted in the Charter of Man, that I am free to eat however much I want, of what I want, when I want. In prison, that right is stripped away. … [Read more...] about Fixed Menu: Meet the cellblock chefs of Westville Correctional Facility
Funbag Time for your weekly edition of the Deadspin Funbag. Got something on your mind? [Email the Funbag](mailto:[email protected]). Today, we’re talking about peanut butter yogurt, pot pies, P.J. Fleck, and more. Your letters: Joe: Why not expand the number of sports where players use headsets? Would football be better if a quarterback could use a little radio thing to speak directly with the other players and make an audible or even change things up mid-play, and vice versa? (*KSSSHK* “I’M OPEN, DANNY”) Forget football. The QB has enough to process already. He doesn’t need some yippy wideout screaming “I’M OPEN!!!!” at him while he’s busy dodging Mack trucks in the backfield. The coach/QB headset is already a needless intrusion on the game that encourages coaches to micromanage the on-field action more than they already do. I am a sports purist in that I’d like to remove all of that tech, and let the … [Read more...] about Give Pitchers And Catchers Headsets
Roger Moore is looking quite alert here as James Bond during "Live and Let Die." No doubt it's from the hot and then absurdly cold shower he took. Anwar Hussein/Getty Images Step right up, step right up. How would you like to be more alert every day without pills or caffeine? Less depressed and lethargic? You, sir, how would you like to have better skin? And you, ma'am, how about feeling less sore after a long run with a lot of hills? What if I told you this miracle cure costs no more than you're already spending, takes no more time than you're already taking and is endorsed by none other than Bond, James Bond? That's right, folks, it's a Scottish shower. Or a contrast shower. Call it what you will, it costs you no more than a few gasps and shivers. This simple solution will cure a half dozen of your ills, or at least make you feel better. The Scottish shower, of the sort favored by the great Scot James Bond himself in the books, starts with warm water while you do the washing-up … [Read more...] about How to Upgrade Your Shower, James Bond Style
Even though cosmetics manufacturers aren't required by law to put expiration dates on their products, makeup does not last forever. Jacqueline Bissett/Getty Images In a world of endless YouTube tutorials, celebrity-endorsed lip kits, and candy-colored shimmers and sheens as far as the eye can see, makeup has never felt more glamorous, accessible ... or prone to improper use and bacterial overgrowth? OK, so it's the less-than-sexy secret no one likes to talk about, but it's true: Cosmetics can go from super sexy to straight-up disgusting really quick if you're not swapping out your old Sephora finds for fresh products on the regular. It may be the last thing you look for when you're scrutinizing the label of a foundation, gloss or shadow, but many makeup products have best-used-by dates. And if you swear up and down you've never seen one, you probably haven't: According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, cosmetics manufacturers aren't required by law to provide those dates. … [Read more...] about Clean Out Your Makeup, Like Right Now!