Media Mash: Pre-cooked McRibs, coolest Make-A-Wish & voluptuous mannequins


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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.




  • A redditor shared a photo of a pre-cooked McRib — and it's, well, unrecognizable. And horrible. [Gothamist]


  • The Make-A-Wish Foundation let a 5-year-old fighting leukemia be Batman for a day, doing everything from rescuing a damsel-in-distress to capturing the Riddler in the act of robbing a downtown vault. [Today]


  • To promote the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, this February, Moscow has installed an exercise-powered machine that gives free subway tickets to commuters who do 30 squats. [Greatist]


  • Sometimes the best ideas come to us in our sleep. This was apparently the case for a car mechanic who designed a device that promises to ease difficult births. [New York Times]


  • Learning to play music as a child could physically change your brain for the better, according to this article. I bet you're kicking yourself for ditching piano lessons. [Huffington Post]


  • Here's some really grim news about our oceans and why we have to take our environment a lot more seriously. [BBC]


  • Sweat it out, mommas! A new study shows that women who did 20 minutes of moderate exercise three times a week during pregnancy had babies with more advanced brain activity. [CBC]


  • McDonald's is closing down the remaining eight stories in Bolivia and getting out of dodge after declining profit. The population of mostly indigenous people don't see the point in eating the McRib when they are used to healthy, slow-cooked meals. Go figure. [FoodMatters]


  • Lululemon is selling refurbished yoga pants — you know, the ones that got them in hot water for being too sheer — for a cool $92 a pop. The "Second Chance Pant" has patched-up bottoms so you should be able to do downward dog without giving everyone around you a peep show. [Refinery 29]


  • Move over, stick-figure mannequins. There’s a new, more realistic, size in town. [Time Healthland]


  • If at first you don’t succeed — well, don’t take it from us. Just watch this video of a tiny mouse that found a way — after many, many tries. [Slate]


  • You CAN have too much of a good thing. Watch out for these five essential nutrients that you can easily overdo. [FitSugar]