Donald Deane has held a variety of jobs, including college English teacher, newspaper reporter/editor, internet project manager, dishwasher and dogcatcher. He now writes exclusively and has contributed to AOL TV and Moviefone among others.
National Toy Hall of Fame Nominees Announced, Let the Games Begin!
In a move that will delight toy lovers everywhere, the National Toy Hall of Fame announced 12 nominees for induction this year, including some of our personal faves, like the Magic 8 Ball, little green army men and 'Star Wars' action figures.
Teen Using Cell Phone Walks into Snake Pit
By this point, it should be fairly obvious that getting distracted by a cell phone can be extremely hazardous to your health. And yet, a teen girl in California actually fell into a pit of rattlesnakes while searching for a signal in the desert. Need further proof? We didn't think so.
Humans Can Smell Fear
It's long been thought that humans lack odor-sensing organs that would enable us to communicate by smell, but a new study suggest that people can, in fact, detect some emotions with their noses, such as fear and disgust.
Oxford American Dictionary Names ‘GIF’ as Word of the Year
In a sure sign of our technology-driven times, the Oxford American Dictionary has named "GIF" as its 2012 word of the year, beating out a range of other modern terms. Personally, we would have voted for "YOLO," but maybe that's just us.
Students Send First Burger Into Space
Thanks to a group of Harvard students, a fast food burger has boldly gone where no burger has gone before -- into the edge of space. Hey, it's better than eating it. Those things'll kill ya.
Mom Fined for Letting 3-Year-Old Pee in Yard
As a parent, teaching a child to use the toilet is one of the hardest (and messiest) things you'll ever do. But potty training just got even more difficult for a Piedmont, Oklahoma, mom who was fined $2,500 for letting her toddler pee in the front yard.
Man Dies While Voting, Gets Revived and Asks, ‘Did I Vote?’
Confusion and long lines may have made it difficult to vote during the presidential election yesterday, but that all pales in comparison to a Michigan man who died while voting, was resuscitated, then made sure his ballot was complete before being taken to the hospital. Talk about a dedicated voter!
What American Cities Have the Cleanest Air?
Tired of breathing air clouded by pollen, pollution, secondhand smoke and harmful ozone? You may want to consider Honeywell's AirGenius Awards list of the top 10 cities in America with the cleanest air.
Now It’s a Trend: A Third Airline Slaps Passengers With Carry-On-Bag Fee
On flights, it used to be that carry-on luggage was as free as a complimentary bag of peanuts, but that's all starting to change. In fact, a third small airline just added a fee for passengers who wish to bring a carry-on bag.
Magician Literally Loses Head for Halloween
Not content with typical card tricks or a rabbit in a hat, magician Rich Ferguson puts a spooky Halloween spin on his act by literally losing his head in front of freaked-out spectators. How in the world does he do it?
Can Milk Prevent HIV?
As the old saying goes, milk does a body good. But in addition to strong teeth and healthy bones, milk may also have the power to protect against HIV.
Florida’s ‘Mystery Monkey’ Finally Captured
After three years on the run, Florida's "Mystery Monkey of Tampa Bay," a 40-pound wild rhesus macaque, has finally been captured. Hey, what's the big deal with a rogue monkey? After all, Florida is already home to people who call 911 because of bologna sandwiches and…