9 Things You Need To Know Today (November 14)
1. You might be paying more for turkey this Thanksgiving.
Due to an avian flu outbreak earlier in the year, there are 8 million fewer turkeys to eat this holiday season, which could raise the market price for turkeys by 20 percent. On the upside, pork prices are down by 15 percent. (Tech Times)
2. A birth control mix-up led to almost 100 unplanned pregnancies.
One hundred seventeen women are suing a pharmaceutical company for a packaging defect that rotated birth control pills 180 degrees, meaning the women were taking placebo pills when they should have been ingesting active pills. (mbg)
3. Good news: Fewer Americans are now smoking.
A new report reveals that just 16.8 percent of American adults currently smoke, down from 17.8 percent in 2013. Still, certain groups remain at a much higher risk: 43 percent of those who are less educated smoke (compared to just 5 percent of those with grad degrees), as well as about a third of those on Medicaid. (NYT)
4. Is "crunning" the next great fitness craze?
"Crunning," or "crawl-running" is making a run for next workout phenomenon. (mbg)
5. Uterus transplants could soon be an option in the U.S.
Surgeons at the Cleveland Clinic say that within the next few months, they'll be the first in the U.S. to transplant a temporary uterus into a woman without one so that she can become pregnant and have a child. If the procedure is successful, as many as 50,000 women could be candidates. (NYT)
6. Now you can work out like your favorite "Game of Thrones" characters.
An enterprise called Sword Class NYC is teaching locals armored martial arts, based on the technique of a 14th-century German fencing master. The official name of the class is Sung Do Kawn, or "Academy of the Sacred Sword." Get out your LAARPing gear, folks. (NYMag)
7. Smelling a popular sandwich filler can indicate Alzheimer's risk.
A recent study found that the ability to smell peanut butter with closed eyes has proven to be a "sensitive and specific test for probable" Alzheimer's since the brain's olfactory cortex is one of the first places the disease strikes. (Hello Giggles)
8. You can now pay someone to end a relationship for you.
Yup, that's not a joke. For $10, The Breakup Shop will have the hard conversation (or email or text) for you. (mbg)
9. Nashville star Clare Bowen cuts her hair to show girls that beauty is only skin deep.
The actress cut her blond locks after overhearing a little girl with cancer say that she could never be a princess because she didn't have long hair. Bowen hopes to prove that it's what's on the inside that counts with her bold new pixie cut. (CNN)