Monday, November 08, 2010
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COMMENT OF THE DAY: "This professor had a mission to prove that dieting is about calories; the diet should be taken with a grain of salt (no pun intended) for those without the same strict self-control to overcome rises and falls in energy." -- phalange


One of the most-talked-about stories today was about a professor's experiment in which he lost weight while eating junk food. Mark Haub's goal was to show that you could lose weight while eating dietary horrors such as Twinkies.


Twinkie diet helps nutrition professor lose 27 pounds


Haub, a professor of human nutrition at Kansas State University, said he does not encourage people to replicate his experiment. His efforts inspired an in-depth debate about crash diets, fad diets and other popular theories on how to lose weight. Commenters shared sentiments like phalange's, which said that while calorie intake may be lower and weight loss may occur, in the long run, such a diet may be impractical. Squimpleton joked, "Just wait until every bride goes into the junk food diet in order to get into their dresses," going on to say, "I'd rather have 1300 calories of nutrient-filled foods than 1300 calories of junk food simply because I hate feeling hungry."


No bail for suspects in teen beating death


Social and political issues dominated discussion once again. Commenters were on fire about a story about four Georgia teens who appeared in court on murder charges Monday morning. They were accused in the beating death of a fifth teen at a house party. It was our most-commented story of the day, full of discussion of race, society and politics. Tributes to victims were among some of the most intriguing responses.


sailorette23 said, "I cannot imagine what was going through [Tillman's] mind when the attack started and I cannot fathom the pain and confusion he felt wondering, 'Why me? What's going on? Why are they doing this to me?" Purrrlease said, "There are good people in this world. There are also bad people in this world. ... Instead of trying to lay blame on a race of people right now, how about you all just take a look around you and see what you can do to make a difference right where you are. Maybe you can prevent this tragedy again."


World's tallest Jesus statue completed


People are talking about how workers in Poland finished erecting the world's tallest statue of Jesus over the weekend, a 170-foot (52-meter) giant that towers over the countryside near Swiebodzin. "Seems to me that Jesus would be a lot happier if the money that it took to build this was used to help the poor," said user Brian. Another commenter, PaddyReagan, responded that the statue resembles the "Christ of the Ozarks" in Eureka, Arkansas, which is said to be among the top five tallest Jesus statues in the world. At least one other commenter referenced this other statue.


"No doubt the statue will have its intended effect and the community will benefit for decades to come," PaddyReagan said, adding that the Christ of the Ozarks is "only 67 feet tall and has been called the 'Gumby Jesus.'" Brian responded to PaddyReagan, saying, "No doubt that the community will benefit, but how many actual poor people will?"


Will Conan O'Brien live up to the 'Conan' hype?


It's now or never for embattled talk show host Conan O'Brien as he debuts with his new show, "Conan," on TBS tonight. Our commenters did not appear to be members of Team Coco, with many of our readers expressing preference for Jay Leno's "Tonight Show" or other programs of the hour. nlkeeper07 said, "People can't recognize comedic talent if it slaps them in the face. Conan is an amazingly talented comedian and you all need to learn what comedy is, because Conan is great comedy," to which elidude quipped, "And Yoko Ono can REALLY sing!"


SMSHCT wasn't sure, saying, "He only gained popularity for the crappy way NBC treated him. He wisely took the millions and ran. He will have a honeymoon period, but I strongly doubt great success." But RockyEmyWorld was optimistic: "I think Conan is the funniest of all the late night talk show host. I will watch tonight and see how it goes. I'm sure he'll be funnier than most. I really hope since he's on cable, he will let himself be edgier like I always suspected he wanted to be. That is all."


Will O'Brien's dancing taco resonate with viewers on basic cable? What about junk food and Jesus statues? These and other lofty questions are all yours in today's "Overheard on" Share your thoughts in the comments area below or sound off on video.


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