Media Mash: Life after shark attack, giant gingerbread village & the McStrike


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HellaWella’s Media Mash is a weekly feature listing the latest and most interesting health-and-wellness stories we’ve read in the past week, pulled from the Web and linked for your convenience.



  • Want to know how many calories your Thanksgiving meal weighed in at? Yeah, us neither. [Time Healthland]

  • If someone on your gift list is on a diet, consult this list of best and worst gifts before whipping out your credit card. [Health.com]


  • Ever wondered what the world below the Antarctic ice looked like? Wonder no more. [Slate]

  • Some restaurants are so pricey that only the rich can afford to frequent them. But do they even really appreciate the food served at these high-end places? Take a look. [Guardian]

  • Some encouraging news in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest report about pregnancy rates among U.S. women: Teen pregnancies have been steadily declining throughout the past two decades — hitting a new historic low in 2009. Let's hear it for sex education, folks! [Think Progress]

  • The Atlantic attempts to answer the question we have all been asking ourselves since the dawn of time: Do cats really control our minds? [Atlantic]

  • A designer has created a line of lingerie-style colostomy bags so those who wear them won't feel self-conscious during sex. The stylish bags are mostly aimed at women in their 20s and 30s. [Daily Mail]

  • These beautifully taken photographs of Paul de Gelder, an Australian Navy diver who lost his arm and leg in a bull shark attack, should inspire all of us to get back up when life tries to push you down. [Telegraph]

  • It appears that former vice president Al Gore has made the leap to veganism, a move that coincides with his decades-long stance on environmentalism and reducing humans' impact on the planet. [NPR]

  • A New York Bronx man broke a Guinness World Record by creating the world's largest edible gingerbread village. We're assuming "edible" is a loose term since the structure took 10 months to make. [The Kitchn]

  • A look at 40 years of sexual assault accusations involving college football players illustrates just how many times universities have dropped the ball in addressing the allegations. [Mother Jones]

  • In a push for higher wages, fast food workers are expected to walk off the job in 100 cities today. [Huffington Post]