August 21, 2016 |
'Waking up and not being able to smell," said Christine Kelly, "you feel like you're separated from your loved ones - your environment - by a glass bubble. You're tapping on it, but no one can hear you. " It was 2012, and she was recovering from a weeklong sinus infection that damaged the delicate olfactory tissues in her nose. She was devastated. "I always remember," she said, "that was the last day I had a sense of smell. " She later learned the name for her condition: anosmia.
May 14, 2016 |
Taxidermy isn't just stuffed deer heads and bass for grandpa's den anymore. In the last few years, the craft has gone through a resurgence, with a wave of young, hip practitioners putting a new spin on it. "A lot of new taxidermy that we're seeing from younger people experimenting is them using the craft as a means to express themselves in a different way," says taxidermist Beth Beverly, host of the Philadelphia Alt Taxidermy Competition ...
April 6, 2016
DEAR ABBY: Last week, one of my associates asked me out for drinks. I have been working with him for the same length of time that I have been married. I know he's interested because he has been texting me about unrelated work things and is always flirting. I am very much in love with my husband, but my coworker is very tempting. I'm worried about hurting my husband, but at the same time, I'm excited about what this new man can offer me. Did I mention that he's the top lawyer of the firm?
April 4, 2016 |
Did you hear about the new dating service? It works by smell. In other words, it stinks. Literally. It's called " smell dating " and has a website all its own, which has a very large picture of nostrils. I'm not kidding. Don't turn your nose up. In fact, it's probably no worse a way to find a mate than the ways I found them, which led to Thing One and Thing Two. And two divorces. As I've said, I don't regret the divorces. I regret the marriages.
January 18, 2016 |
Living on East Front Street in Florence, Kristan Marter and Luke Uzupis have a commanding view of what they wryly refer to as "Tullytown Mountain. " "They planted it with grass, so it's green and not ugly," says Marter, 56. "It just doesn't smell too good. " The dramatically steep slopes on the Pennsylvania side of the Delaware River are the eastern face of the Tullytown Landfill in Bucks County, where about 350 trucks a day dump municipal waste. Citing public complaints from New Jersey and Pennsylvania about odors and other unpleasantries associated with the operation, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection last June ordered Tullytown to close on May 22, 2017.
January 16, 2016 |
Does Alzheimer's have a smell? The answer, according to new research, appears to be yes. At least to mice. In a study that involved Philadelphia's Monell Center, mice - and, later, a machine - were able to detect differences between the smell of urine from normal mice and that from three strains of mice that had been genetically altered to model aspects of Alzheimer's disease. This was true even when the mice were not yet showing brain changes associated with dementia. The researchers believe this might lead to tests that could identify people in the very early stages of Alzheimer's, which starts many years before symptoms are noticeable.
January 11, 2016 |
HARRISBURG - Maple syrup, pulled pork, cotton candy. Honey ice cream, potato doughnuts, rib-eye sandwiches. And, of course, the famous milk shakes. "This," said Breanna Anderson, pointing with her fork to her surroundings. "The food court. " That's what it's about at the Pennsylvania Farm Show, where thousands turn out each year for livestock competitions, shopping, and, of course, the eats. On Saturday, young kids, reminiscing parents, and giddy teens filled the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center in Harrisburg for opening day of the show.
December 31, 2015
THIS IS HOW the contract ends, not with a bang but a whimper. Chip Kelly leaves a city and a team that bore such goodwill toward him a few brief seasons ago, but that have long since eaten their hopes and drowned their bitter sorrows in several million cases of Budweiser (or, for the metro-wussials, pumpkin-spice craft beer.) Chip is now a memory, like the pathetic mess of a Bicentennial celebration wrecked by Frank Rizzo or the Gentleman's Agreement prohibiting buildings taller than William Penn's hat (which worked out so well, one measly sports championship later)
December 31, 2015 |
IT'S ALL HAPPENING so fast. Just three years ago, marijuana was illegal for recreational use nationwide. That changed when voters in Colorado and Washington legalized it in 2012. Oregon, Alaska. and the District of Columbia passed similar legislation last year. Philadelphia has reduced possession of a small amount of marijuana to a $25 citation, and Mayor-elect Jim Kenney - South Philly Mummer turned pot-friendly progressive - has said he would like to eliminate weed citations altogether.
April 27, 2015 |
What does Harcum College smell like? Flowery and sweet. Deep. A hint of lavender. That's its past. Its present? Sophisticated. Strong. Think: cashmere, leather, pear. And its future? Definitely fruity. Raspberry, orange, and a little bit of cherry - and rising fast. So says Alexandra Hilosky, the chemistry professor who, with help from students, developed Harcum's own fragrance line to celebrate the arts-and-sciences college's 100th birthday. They're calling it the "Scentennial Collection.