WiGWAG: News with a twist
Calling Dr. Google?

Written by Lisa Neff,
Louis Weisberg
and Matthew Reddin
Thursday, 21 May 2015 10:05

Calling Dr. Google: When your back aches, your eyes itch, your knees go weak or your nose runs, do you go searching for a cause and treatment on the Web? You are not alone, because Google reports that one in 20 searches are for health-related information. However, an analysis by experts in technology information based in Brisbane and Vienna found major search engines provided irrelevant information leading to incorrect self-diagnosis and self-treatment. The result? A bad case of cyberchondria.

Restaurant owner drops discount for white diners

Written by The AP Monday, 11 May 2015 11:30

A barbecue restaurant in northern Colorado has dropped a much-criticized plan to give white customers a 10 percent discount and will offer the savings to all diners.

Edgar Antillon, owner of Rubbin' Buttz BBQ and Country Cafe in Milliken, hung a sign reading "White Appreciation Day! June 11th. Because all Americans should be celebrated!!"

WiGWAG news with a twist, April 23, 2015

Written by Lisa Neff ,
Louis Weisberg
and Matthew Reddin
Thursday, 23 April 2015 09:56

Among the seashells, sandcastles and ocean waves at the Jersey Shore last year, beachcombers also sighted a whoopee cushion, a parking meter, human poop, an engagement announcement, a stun gun, a ski pole, a set of vampire teeth, a clay sculpture of the baby Jesus, 563 condoms, some bra padding and 3,200 tampon applicators.

WiGWAG news with a twist, April 9, 2015

Written by Lisa Neff ,
Louis Weisberg
and Matthew Reddin
Thursday, 09 April 2015 13:13

Apple a day, or so

A study recently published in JAMA Internal Medicine raises questions about the old “apple a day” adage. Researchers reported that apple eaters had slightly fewer doctor visits than apple avoiders — those who ate fewer than one apple daily — or none. However, that difference disappeared when the researchers considered weight, education, health insurance, race and other factors that can explain the frequency of medical visits. Also, the researchers found that apple eaters are less likely to smoke, which could explain better health.

Nun who kissed Elvis helps save abbey

Written by The AP Tuesday, 19 May 2015 08:06

Mother Dolores Hart finds it miraculous that she was able to turn one kiss with Elvis Presley into the spark that helped save an abbey.

The former starlet who walked away from Hollywood in 1963 to become a nun spun her tale into a fundraising campaign for her crumbling monastery in rural Connecticut. 

WiGWAG: News with a twist
May 7, 2015

Written by Lisa Neff, Louis Weisberg,
Matthew Reddin
Staff writers
Thursday, 07 May 2015 07:44

Miller Park without brats is like … — PHOTO: Pixabay.com

No brats at Miller Park? No way, you say? But that was the embarrassing situation that Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett found at the ballpark when he took visiting New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio to a recent Brewers game. That’s something like De Blasio inviting Barrett to his city only to find the theaters on Broadway closed.

Willie Nelson to roll out marijuana brand

Written by The AP Tuesday, 21 April 2015 13:18

Music legend Willie Nelson is jumping into the movement to commercialize marijuana and plans to roll out his own brand of cannabis that he intends to make “the best on the market.”

The singer-songwriter announced in a statement on April 20 that Willie’s Reserve will be grown and sold in Colorado and Washington, two states where recreational use of the drug is legal.

Poo prints: DNA testing for dog poop on the rise in Seattle area

Written by The AP Tuesday, 07 April 2015 06:15

Frustrated with dog owners who refuse to clean up after their pets, an increasing number of apartments in Seattle are opting to use DNA testing to identify the culprits.

The Seattle Times reports that a company called BioPet Vet Lab from Knoxville, Tennessee, is providing its PooPrints testing kits to 26 apartment and condo complexes and homeowners associations in the region.

Restroom research: Study examines bathroom graffiti by men, women

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 12 May 2015 08:10

A new article published in Gender, Place & Culture examines how men and women express themselves in the seemingly private and anonymous spaces of public bathrooms.

Texts or drawings in the bathroom stalls, while created in a private space and presumably during a very private moment, are meant to be public — transmitting ideas, images and even responses.

$1.3 million in pot found in pepper

Written by The AP Monday, 04 May 2015 08:09

Federal authorities at the Arizona border in Nogales say more than $1.3 million worth of marijuana has been found in a shipment of bell peppers.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Mariposa commercial facility conducted a secondary inspection after a drug-sniffing dog alerted to a tractor-trailer.

PETA activist Pamela Anderson serves vegetarian lunch at jail

Written by From AP
and WiG reports
Friday, 17 April 2015 05:42

Some inmates at the Maricopa County Jail in Arizona did a double-take after seeing actress Pamela Anderson serving their lunches.

The former "Baywatch" star was in Phoenix this week to help promote Maricopa Sheriff Joe Arpaio's all-vegetarian meal program.

Great Gotchas: Happy April Fools' Day

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Wednesday, 01 April 2015 02:02

The Swiss spaghetti tree hoax. Happy April Fools' Day.

Since the late 1990s, Hoaxes.org has monitored April Fools' Day and collected the best hoaxes for its archives.