Media Mash: Volvo's killer ad, awesome parenting stunts & NYC's smoking age


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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.



  • Volvo's latest commercial features action star Jean-Claude Van Damme doing a perfect split between two massive moving trucks. We might actually want to buy a Volvo. [Distractify]

  • Here's what happens when you crack an egg into cryogenic fluid. [Insert maniacal mad scientist laugh here.] [Gizmodo]

  • Is there some truth to astrology? The season of your birth appears to play a significant role in one's risk of mental disorders, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, as well as conditions like Type 1 diabetes and allergies. [Atlantic]

  • To encourage their kids to sleep through the night, one couple set up elaborate scenes in their home with the kids' toy dinosaurs. Each morning, the children would wake to find their toys had "come to life" overnight and caused some kind of mischief around the home. The results are adorable. [Daily Mail]

  • Watch this retired astronaut sing in space. Yes. Sing. In space. [Slate]

  • Tumor Paint may change the face of cancer treatment by helping distinguish cancer cells from healthy tissue. [CNN]

  • Move over, Ramen. Here are 11 foods that will change the world. [Time Healthland]

  • Tornadoes ripped through Illinois this past week and leveled buildings. Jon Byler Dann’s house collapsed with his dog still inside, but he didn't give up finding her. After days of harsh weather, he found her. Grab those tissues before you watch. [ViralNova]

  • Would you like fries with your stem-cell burger? Before you say "blech," ask whether this could be a compromise between staunch meat-eaters and vegans/vegetarians. At least you'll know it's not horse, right? [Time]

  • If you have taken birth control pills for three years or more, you have twice the risk of developing glaucoma, a new study revealed. Don't throw out the pills yet, girls. Talk to your doctor about all the risks of side effects. [Huffington Post]

  • Amsterdam is trailblazing the way for dealing with its substance abusers. The government is currently paying a group of alcoholics in beer and tobacco to clean its streets. It gives them a purpose, they get a free hot meal; and the community is cleaner. [Daily Mail]

  • New York City smokers ages 18 to 20 are going to be bummed this spring. Mayor Bloomberg has signed a bill to raise the minimum age for tobacco sales to 21. [Wall Street Journal]

  • Here's one instance of meme transcending the Internet and ensconcing itself in the lexicon that isn't eye-roll-inducing. Because language. [Atlantic]