Mantenna – Bert and Ernie Are Not Gay

August 11, 2011
Sesame Street claims Bert and Ernie are just friends, lifting weights helps you quit smoking, and the British government proposes banning social media to combat rioters… Roads? Where today's Mantenna is going, we don't need roads.

Bert and Ernie Are Just Friends

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The deadly riots that have swept across Great Britain have left a lot of law enforcement and political leaders scratching their heads as to how to bring peace to the streets once again. Some recent revelations about the cause of the riots have led some to believe that shutting down access to social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook might quell the unrest among rioters. New revelations about the role that social networking has played in inspiring and sparking the dangerous riots have led some to consider banning certain users from accessing Twitter and Facebook and even giving law enforcement the power to enact a outright, widespread access ban of those sites in times of dire emergency. So far, no official plans or decisions to block the site have been made. "Everyone watching these horrific actions will be stuck [sic] by how they were organised via social media," British Prime Minister David Cameron told Forbes.

Lift Weights, Quit Smoking

There's a new way for smokers to quit: hit the weights. Men and women who undertook several weeks of weight training had a higher quitting rate than those who did not, according to a new study. The study, which appears in the August issue of the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research, followed 25 male and female smokers who were divided into two groups. Each group received counseling and nicotine patches. One group was made to undertake resistance training twice a week, while the other group watched health-themed videos. After three months, 16 percent of the people who lifted weights had quit smoking. Only 8 percent of the other group successfully gave up cigarettes. The workout routine also had other positive consequences such decreasing body fat (the other group increased body fat) and lower recidivism rates.