"Hi. My name is James and I'm an alcoholic."
The British Medical Journal, in a study published from doctors at the U.K.'s Nottingham University Hospital, indicates that James Bond polishes off 92 units (each unit is about 0.3 ounces) of pure alcohol a week.
And the puns almost write themselves:
"One is not enough."
"Drink and let die."
"Tomorrow's hangover never dies."
After reading all 14 original James Bond novels doctors estimate that Bond drinks the equivalent of five vodka martinis or one and a half bottles of wine every day.
“He is also at high risk of suffering from sexual dysfunction, which would considerably affect his womanizing,” they wrote in the study published in the Christmas edition of the British Medical Journal.
Bond’s biggest daily drinking binge was in From Russia with Love, when he downed almost 50 drinks.
The team adds that Bond’s drinking would have led to some serious long-term ramifications, since it puts him into the level-3 category, “the highest risk group for malignancies, depression, hypertension and cirrhosis.”
They give him a life expectancy of just 56 years.
Alcohol is thought to be the cause of 4 percent of deaths worldwide, or 2.5 million deaths each year.
When NBC News wanted to put together a profile on Lee Schatz, they contacted Marcia Franklin about her Boise Weekly Citizen interview of the Idaho native, whose real-life drama was the foundation of Argo, one of tonight's big favorites to take home some bling from the Motion Picture Academy.
BW readers first got to know Schatz in October 2012 (BW, Citizen, "Lee Schatz," Oct. 31, 2012), several weeks after BW reported from Argo's world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (BW, Cobweb, "TIFF 2012: Argo Is As Good As It Gets," Sept. 13, 2012).
"I got into this business originally because I thought I could make a difference. And you try to do that," said Schatz, a University of Idaho grad who went on to work at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. "You can't be afraid, because if you are, you're not going to be able to do your job."
Schatz's connection to Argo isn't Idaho's only connection to this year's Oscars, though.
"Honestly, one of our goals was to make something that could win an Academy Award," Boise High grad Nels Bangerter told BW. "We thought we did a pretty great job."
Indeed they did. Bangerter's work as film editor on Buzkashi Boys was good enough to garner an Oscar nomination for Best Live Action Short Subject (BW, Screen, "From Boise to Kabul to the Oscars," Feb. 6, 2013).
Bangerter will be watching tonight's ceremony from his Oakland, Calif., home with his wife Saira and their newborn.
Meanwhile, Bangerter's mom, Heidi, will be watching from her Boise home.
"We always used to joke that one day we would go to the Oscars," she said, but added that watching tonight's ceremony from home with friends and family rooting for her son will be almost as thrilling.
Feb. 14 is just another bleak winter day in Boise ... at least according to Amazon.com.
The City of Trees, which has garnered accolades for its recreation and business climate, has another distinction today: America's least romantic city.
In time for Valentine's Day, Amazon.com revealed its annual list of the 20 most romantic cities in the United States (Knoxville, Tenn., took the top spot). To crunch the numbers, Amazon compiled sales data of romance novels and relationship books (mostly through Kindle and print books), romantic comedy movies and romantic music sold on the website from Jan. 1, 2012, through Jan. 23, 2013, on a per capita basis in cities with more than 100,000 residents.
And according to Amazon customers’ purchase habits, Boise is the least romantic city in the United States.
At the top, Knoxville was followed by Alexandria, Va., Miami, Orlando, Fla., and Cincinnati.
Even nearby Salem, Ore., and Billings, Mont., made the top 20.
Recognizing that it had insulted Native Americans, Victoria's Secret has apologized for featuring a headdress in its annual fashion show and pulled the segment from a tape meant for broadcast in December.
Model Karlie Kloss took to the runway wearing the floor-length feathered headdress, which is normally worn by Native Americans as a symbol of bravery, more commonly by tribal chiefs. The Associated Press noted that, additionally, Native American women don't wear war bonnets.
Native American groups criticized the use of the headdress, which for the show was "sexed up" with leopard print underwear and high heels, according to The Independent.
Navajo Nation spokesman Erny Zah said:
"We have gone through the atrocities to survive and ensure our way of life continues. Any mockery, whether it's Halloween, Victoria's Secret — they are spitting on us. They are spitting on our culture, and it's upsetting."
Ruth Hopkins, a blogger on Indian Country, wrote:
"Let’s peel away the layers of this tacky, racist onion. For one, Ms. Kloss has no business wearing a war bonnet at all. Not only is she not Native, she hasn’t earned the honor. Among my people, the Oceti Sakowin (Sioux), war bonnets are exclusively worn by men, and each feather within a war bonnet is symbolic of a brave act of valor accomplished by that man. Not just any Tom, Dick or Harry had the privilege of wearing a war bonnet. Who wears a war bonnet? Tatanka Iyotanka, Sitting Bull. Not a no-account waif paid to prance around on stage in her underwear."
The AP cited comments made on the Victoria's Secret Facebook page as varying from praise for artistic expression to disdain for the ignorance showed toward Native American culture and history.
Victoria's Secret tweeted to its 1.4 million followers:
"We are sorry that the Native American headdress in our fashion show has upset individuals. The outfit will be removed from the broadcast."
"GIF" was chosen by Oxford American College Dictionary as its word of 2012, while its British cousin chose "omnishambles."
“GIF celebrated a lexical milestone in 2012, gaining traction as a verb, not just a noun,” Katherine Martin, head of the U.S. dictionaries program at Oxford, said in a statement. “The GIF has evolved from a medium for pop-cultural memes into a tool with serious applications, including research and journalism, and its lexical identity is transforming to keep pace.”
A compressed file format used in computer animation, GIF beat out words like Eurogeddon (the potential financial collapse of the Eurozone), super PAC, superstorm, Higgs boson, and YOLO (You Only Live Once).
Taking the Brit prize was omnishambles, defined as "a situation that has been comprehensively mismanaged, and is characterized by a string of blunders and miscalculations." It was coined by the satirical UK television show The Thick Of It, and was popularly spun off into "Romneyshambles," a word used widely by the British to describe Mitt Romney’s doubts that London had what it took to host a successful Olympic Games.
"It was a word everyone liked, which seemed to sum up so many of the events over the last 366 days in a beautiful way," said Fiona McPherson, the senior content editor for Oxford Dictionaries. "It’s funny, it’s quirky, and it has broken free of its fictional political beginnings, firstly by spilling over into real politics, and then into other contexts."
Members of the Boise City Council will be asked to consider public art in and around City Hall when they meet in a workshop session this coming Tuesday.
Officials with the City's Department of Arts and History will ask lawmakers to give guidance as to where future pieces of public art should be placed, including City Hall's primary entrace on Capitol Boulevard, and its secondary entrances on Main and Idaho streets,
Council members will also be asked if it's necessary for a significiant piece of art in front of City Hall to be a water feature, in the same location as the current fountain. Arts and History staff are expected to ask lawmakers to revisit the issue and possibly consider an alterantive piece of art but not necessarily "a big production," according to a memo from the department to the council.
"The budget for art could go much further if it did not accomodate water and pumps," reads the memo.
A new study indicates that couples who share household chores are more likely to divorce than those in homes where the woman does most of the housework. In fact, researchers said the divorce rate is almost 50 percent higher among couples who divy up the cooking and cleaning.
"In modern couples, women have a high level of education and a well-paid job, which makes them less dependent on their spouse financially," said Thomas Hansen, co-author of the study, entitled Equality in the Home. "They can manage much easier if they divorce."
Hansen's native Norway has a long tradition of gender equality, but when it comes to housework, Norwegian women still do most of it in seven out of 10 couples, accordinng to the study.
The research emphasized women who did most of the chores did so of their own volition and were found to be as "happy" as those in "modern" couples, according to The Telegraph.
Ahem ... eyes up here. That includes you too ladies.
A new study claims women stare at women's breasts just as much as their male counterparts. The study, published in the European Journal of Social Psychology, looked at how people process images of men and women.
Not surprisingly, the women were far more objectified than men, but researchers found that men and women are both just as guilty of looking at women as a "collection of parts," Science Daily reported.
"We can't just pin this on the men. Women are perceiving women this way, too," said Sarah Gervais, assistant professor of psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the study's lead author.
According to the study, men are perceived in more of a "global" way while women are measured as a collection of various body parts in what researchers called "local" cognitive processing, Yahoo! News reported.
"Local processing underlies the way we think about objects: houses, cars and so on," Gervais told Science Daily. "But global processing should prevent us from that when it comes to people. We don't break people down to their parts — except when it comes to women, which is really striking. Women were perceived in the same ways that objects are viewed."
Boise developer Mark Rivers, who created and helped fund a $750,000 Holiday Market for the city of Niagara Falls, N.Y., turned in his final report to city officials of the Upstate New York city this week, indicating that the inaugural event "achieved its principal goals," but at least one official, Niagara Falls Council Chairman Sam Fruscione, an outspoken critic of the event, said the final audit did not provide enough specifics and that "the organization was terrible."
The Niagara Falls Gazette reported that the final accounting showed that the 37-day event, which ran between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, grossed $750,656 but event expenses totaled $792,422.
Rivers wrote in the report that the event brought "activity, commerce and holiday spirit" to the honeymoon capital.
But according to this morning's Buffalo News, Fruscione "accused Rivers of using public money for his own gain and even suggested he could face civil or criminal penalties."
Fruscione said he opposed a 2012 verson of the market, but Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster said the market drew thousands of people to a an area that had been desolate in wintertime and was generally open to the idea of another market.
The 2013 edition of Burning Man, the counterculture gathering that attracts tens of thousands of partiers, is under threat of having its license pulled if it continues to exceed the capacity of its permits on federal land.
The Associated Press reports that the Bureau of Land Management is upset because last year's offbeat gathering in the Nevada desert drew crowds of more than 53,000 attendees, exceeding its permit, which allowed no more than 50,000. According to the AP, it's the first time Burning Man has been placed on probation since moving its event from the San Francisco area to the Nevada desert.
Burning Man representatives said they'll appeal the probation, because if the probation stands for two straight years, the BLM could suspend or cancel future permit applications.