According to Q Magazine, Adele is "the worst flier." But, a new study says her own music could be the cure for in-flight nerves.
Research by anxiety psychologist Dr. Becky Spelman of London's Private Therapy Clinic uncovered songs that can comfort fliers. They tend to be slower tunes that lower the heart rate and blood pressure - or have emotive lyrics that create a connection with the listener.
At the top of the list is Adele's Someone Like You. Fliers might also want to listen to As I Lay Me Down by Sophie B. Hawkins, The Christmas Song by Nat King Cole, or tunes from artists ranging from the Red Hot Chillli Peppers and Beyonce to Mozart. Here's part of the playlist for you to listen to on demand (breathe deep and relax):
This weekend, what is the opposite of partying in the Preakness infield?
The answer might actually be found in the outfield at Nationals Park. Here are a few ways to have an art-filled weekend:
The Washington National Opera production of Show Boat at the Kennedy Center will be simulcast free at, yup, Nationals Park at 7 pm Saturday - with gates opening at 5. Not only will the Anacostia be the backdrop as Ol' Man River keeps rolling along, Opera in the Outfield also features the classic Bugs Bunny cartoon What's Opera, Doc?
If Sunday turns out to be a rainy day, go indoors and enjoy the majesty of the Washington National Cathedral in both sight and sound, with a pipe organ recital beginning at 5:15.
The free Gaithersburg Book Festival takes place Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm on the grounds of City Hall. Featured authors include two-time National Book Award finalist Adele Griffin and 2013 Newbery Medal winner Sheila Turnage. Plus, as you listen to WASH-FM's Best of the 80s Weekend, you can head to the Book Festival to meet four original MTV VJs who have written a memoir about their experiences caled VJ: The Unplugged Adventures of MTV's First Wave.
Another class act is the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival, through Sunday at the Greater Reston Art Center.
At the other end of the spectrum is some pure schmaltz.
On Saturday, Sweden hosts the annual Eurovision Song Contest. European nations have been competing in this thing since 1956 - and an estimated 130 million people will be watching. You can watch along in HD in DC at a viewing party from 2 to 7 pm at the House of Sweden.
Of the singers representing the 26 Eurovision finalists, you will probably only recognize one - and she is an 80s icon. Bonnie Tyler is representing the UK. Winning songs do not fare so well in the United States, ABBA's Waterloo being the exception. Other singers you've heard of who have performed the winning songs in the past include Celine Dion, who took the title for Switzerland in 1988, and Katrina and the Waves, who sang for the UK in 1997.
Have a great weekend!
Not that I always read Women's Wear Daily, but they did just interview Jennifer Aniston to learn more about the hair-care brand Living Proof, which she bought into last fall.
One of the other investors is her longtime friend, salon owner Chris McMillan. He's the one who created "The Rachel" cut in 1994 as Aniston's signature look in Friends.
And what does McMillan reveal in the article?
That he was not sober when he came up with the haircut.
So how many folks copied a look that was created by a guy not in his right mind?
Here's the story.
Lee Westwood is my new hero.
He showed that even pro golfers can whiff. Yup, he completely missed the ball today when he tried an iron shot on the first hole of the third round of The Players Championship.
This is a guy who has more than a million dollars in winnings already this year. And he can still look like a duffer.
OK, he was next to a tree and he did brush the trunk with his backswing. But he missed just the same.
Here's a video of the "shot" - he ended up with a double bogey on the hole.
It's probably been years since you played the gossip game in which one person whispers a message to his or her neighbor...then the message goes on to the next person and the next person - until it becomes unrecognizable.
Well, Siri and Google Voice are no better.
An artist named Michael Silber put them to the test as part of a thesis called "Digital Humor Theory" he authored at New York's Pratt Institute.
Silber wrote some text and had Siri read it. He phoned himself, left the recording as a voicemail message and had Google Voice transcribe it. Siri then read the transcription and Silber started the process all over again.
Fairly quickly the sentences lost all meaning. In what might be a promising bug in the system, the word "chocolate" started appearing - I like that!
Follow the link to hear the back-and-forth between Siri and Google Voice.