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Is ‘hangry’ a real emotion? Scientist says yes

You know the commercials from Snickers - the ones with stars standing in for everyday people with the tag line that you’re not yourself when you’re hungry.

Most of the spots deal with the feeling of being hangry - or so hungry that you’re actually angry.

But the feeling isn’t just a hook to sell candy bars. One scientist claims it is real.

“We’ve long recognized in science that hunger leads to irritability. But the wonderful world of social media has merged the two words for us and now we know it as ‘hanger,’” Sophie Medlin told the BBC.

Medlin is a lecturer studying nutrition and dietetics at Kings College London. 

She explained what hangry really means.

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“When our blood sugars drop, cortisol and adrenaline rise up in our bodies -- our fight or flight hormones,” Medlin told the BBC.

Also the chemicals that control our brain, called neuropeptides, not only trigger hunger, but also trigger anger and impulsive behaviors. Medlin says they’re all connected.

So how can we keep being hangry at bay?

“It depends on how long it’s going to be until your next meal. Ideally, you want something that’s going to bring your blood sugars up a little bit and also maintain them there. So a sort of savory carbohydrate-type snack would be the best thing to have,” Medlin told the BBC.

Southwest Airlines plane, pickup truck collide at Baltimore's BWI Airport

A truck struck a Southwest Airlines plane Monday morning at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, multiple news outlets are reporting.

>> RELATED STORY: Southwest Airlines cancels dozens of flights amid inspections after deadly engine failure

According to WJLA, none of the 172 passengers on Southwest Flight 6263 from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, were hurt when the pickup hit the plane, which was heading to its gate about 1:30 a.m. EDT. Those on board "were being assisted off the plane," WJLA reported.

Officials did not say whether the truck driver was hurt, WTOP reported.

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The airline apologized to passengers who took to social media to complain when the incident put a snag in their travel plans.

"We're so sorry for the trouble tonight in Baltimore," the airline responded to one user who tweeted that it had been a "crazy couple of weeks" for Southwest. "We appreciate your patience, and our Team will do everything they can to get you all on your way as soon as possible."

>> RELATED STORY: Passenger killed in Southwest Airlines emergency landing identified

The incident comes less than one month after a Southwest passenger died when a plane with a damaged engine and broken window made an emergency landing in Philadelphia.

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Tia Mowry-Hardrict and husband Cory welcome baby girl

"Sister, Sister" star Tia Mowry-Hardrict has given birth to a baby girl.

>> Jordin Sparks and husband Dana Isaiah welcome baby boy

According to Essence, the actress and her husband, Cory Hardrict, welcomed their second child Saturday. They also have a son, Cree, who was born in 2011.

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Mowry-Hardrict's twin and "Sister, Sister" co-star Tamera Mowry-Housley wrote on Instastory: "She's here!! Can't wait for the world to see her. She's beautiful."

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Earlier Saturday, Hardrict posted that he was crying "grown man tears" ahead of the baby's arrival.

"Baby girl is near," he wrote. "Prayers Up."

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Jordin Sparks and husband Dana Isaiah welcome baby boy

Singer Jordin Sparks has become a mom.

>> Jordin Sparks announces she's married, pregnant

According to People magazine, Sparks, 28, and her husband, Dana Isaiah, 25, welcomed a son at 9:04 p.m. Wednesday in Los Angeles. The baby boy, named Dana Isaiah Thomas Jr., was 21 1/2 inches long and weighed 8 pounds, 4.5 ounces, the magazine reported.

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The "American Idol" winner described giving birth as "miraculously beautiful," People reported.

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"He was and is everything we imagined," said Sparks, who plans to call her son DJ. 

Read more here.

LOOK: Princess Charlotte kisses Prince Louis in adorable photo by Kate Middleton

Aww!

Britain's Kensington Palace released two adorable photos of new royal baby Prince Louis – including one of his big sister, Princess Charlotte, giving the newborn a kiss on her birthday.

>> Royal baby now has a name: Louis Arthur Charles

The photos were taken by Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, formerly known as Kate Middleton.

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"The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to share two photographs of Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, taken by The Duchess at Kensington Palace. This image was taken on 2nd May, on Princess Charlotte’s third Birthday," Kensington Palace tweeted.

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A second tweet read: "This image of Prince Louis was taken by The Duchess of Cambridge at Kensington Palace on 26th April. The Duke and Duchess would like to thank members of the public for their kind messages following the birth of Prince Louis, and for Princess Charlotte’s third birthday."

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Cinco de Mayo: 5 facts you should know (but probably don't)

Cinco de Mayo in the United States is widely known as a celebration of Mexican-American culture filled with margaritas, tacos and tons of fun.

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But before you prep for your upcoming fiesta or scramble to make some last-minute party plans, you may want to brush up on what the holiday is truly about.

Here are 5 things you probably didn’t know about Cinco de Mayo:

May 5 is not Mexico’s independence day.

The date is still widely misunderstood as Mexico’s independence day, but Cinco de Mayo is actually a celebration of the surprising Mexican army’s victory over France at the 1862 Battle of Puebla.

According to History.com, the Mexicans were both vastly outnumbered and poorly supplied as they prepared for the French.

But in the end, nearly 500 French soldiers died and less than 100 Mexicans were killed. While the victory wasn’t a major win in the overall war (the French won the next year and occupied the region for five years), it represented “a great symbolic victory.”

>> How not to celebrate Cinco de Mayo

The battle stems from Mexico’s immense debt to France in the early 1860s, which led to Napoleon III’s decision to send troops to not only overtake Mexico City, but also to help form a Confederate-friendly country that would neighbor the South, according to Time.

Independence Day in Mexico, when it gained its independence from the Spanish colonial government in 1810, is commemorated on Sept. 16.

Cinco de Mayo isn’t all that popular in Mexico.

The holiday is primarily celebrated in Puebla, where the 1862 battle took place. There, locals gather for a big, colorful parade and reenact the war dressed as French and Mexican soldiers before breaking out in song and dance after the reenacted victory.

But for many Mexicans, it’s just another day.

How did the holiday get so popular in the U.S.?

The holiday’s popularity began as the unlikely Battle of Puebla Mexican victory reached California-based Latinos, many of whom were not only happy about Mexico’s victory, but had been rooting for Union forces in the Civil War at the same time, Time reported.

As California Latinos found out, they formed a network of patriotic organizations to raise money for the Mexican troops.

“They had to kind of make the case for fighting for freedom and democracy and they were able to link the struggle of Mexico to the struggle of the Civil War, so there were simultaneous fights for democracy,” Jose Alamillo, a California professor of Chicano studies, told Time.

Former president Franklin D. Roosevelt’s enactment of the Good Neighbor Policy in 1933 is also considered part of the holiday’s popularization. 

But the party-filled Cinco de Mayo Americans celebrate today didn’t become popular until U.S. beer companies began targeting the Spanish-speaking population in the 1970s and 1980s, Alamillo said.

Today, Cinco de Mayo in the U.S. is primarily a celebration of Mexican-American culture.

How many Mexican-Americans are there in the U.S.?

According to the U.S. Census, the Hispanic population of the U.S. as of July 1, 2015 was 56.6 million — 17.6 percent of the country’s total population.

And of the Hispanic population in 2015, 63.4 percent were of Mexican origin.

Americans consume a crazy amount of avocados on Cinco de Mayo.

According to Forbes, Americans eat 81 million pounds of avocados on Cinco de Mayo. 

This is great news for Mexico’s economy, considering 82 percent of America’s avocados come from Mexico.

Last year, avocado prices were at an all-time high due to high demand and reduced harvests in other major avocado production markets.

In fact, the average price of an avocado in the U.S. had increased from 98 cents each in April 2016 to $1.26 in April 2017. In 2018, however, the average price of an avocado is approximately $1.03, according to Hass Avocado.

Popular downtown store’s new owner hopes to combine wine with shopping

If things go as planned, you may be able to pick up wacky greeting cards and delicious wine at a downtown store. 

Sandy Van Fleet, the new owner of Agnes & Orson Gifts and Goods, applied for two Ohio Division of Liquor Control licenses on May 2. 

One license would allow her to hold wine and beer-tastings at the store located at 514 E. Third St. 

>> Beloved downtown shop’s new owner is keeping the ‘sass’

The other would allow her to sell wine and mixed beverages in sealed containers for carryout.

“I still want it to be a gift shop that has wine rather than a wine shop that has gifts,” Van Fleet said. 

Her plan is still being formulated, but she said she doesn’t intend for the store to hold wine tastings in the traditional sense. 

>> 16 places to find wine in Dayton (April 20, 2017) 

“It is really going to be about ‘I’d like to taste this particular wine before I buy it.’ It not going to be a sit around and drink place,” she said. 

>> Agnes & Orson relocating downtown  (Jan 4, 2017)

Van Fleet said wines will be available for carry out to give customers more options and to open the business up to more shoppers. 

“It will increase sales,” she said. “It will bring in people more often.”

She expects the licensing process to take six months to a year. 

Van Fleet bought Agnes & Orson in February after starting working their last December. 

The store sells sassy cards, candles and a list of locally produced items that includes  jewelry, artwork, Lindy’s Bakery dog treats and well as items that promote inclusion of people from the LGBT community such as whimsical T-shirts, glasses and mugs. 

>> Where to buy gifts in downtown Dayton 

A Centerville grad is SICK of the internet and more than 1 million people have watched his rant  

A Centerville graduate was so sick and tired of the Internet that the wrote a song thanking it. 

Ever since, Chris Jobe has been rolling around in digital gold thanks to the Internet. 

The Nashville-based singer-songwriter’s quirky vertical video for the catchy song  “Thank You Internet” is quickly closing in on 1.2 million views on Facebook. 

The project started off as a joke. 

“We didn’t take it serious at all,” Jobe explained. 

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Soon though he realized there was something there. 

He jettisoned the mention of Kim Kardashian in the original bridge and got down to business. 

As the chorus goes: 

“Thank you internet for the things that you do 

Thank you internet reminding me I'm screwed 

Thank you internet here's a big f**k you 

Living in a world where we all try to prove 

I got a good life 

I'm doing just fine”

The 24-year-old said the song expresses how he and others — artists in particular — sometimes feel about social media being so, so much so, so often.  “It could be a little bit distracting and daunting,” the Belmont College graduate said about the web.  

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The song took about two weeks to write and about a month and half to produce. 

It was filmed at 16 locations in 16 hours for a few thousand dollars with a group of extras that included his friend’s grandma.

He connected to her thanks to a post to the Internet.  

“She was so comfortable and so cool,” he said. 

The music video ironically enough is best viewed on smart phones due to their vertical screens. 

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That was by design. 

“I wanted it to look like their cell phone is taking over how we are  mesmerized by social media,” Jobe said. 

Frames look like moving social posts on Facebook, Instagram and Tinder.  

There are event floating hearts, wows and thumbs ups during a Facebook-like scene featuring Jobe’s 21-year-old sister Kara Jobe, a student at Otterbein University, as a That 70s Show-style stoner.  

“We are best friends,” he said of his sister. “She is going  to be a star.” 

The son of Joe Jobe and Valerie Jobe, Chris Jobe is a former member of Centerville High School’s contemporary a cappella group Forte. 

>> This Centerville grad worked in Black Panther

He said he loves music and has found a musical home in Nashville despite thinking as a kid in Dayton that New York or LA were the places to be. 

The city is not only about country and has a vibrant pop music scene, he said. 

“Nashville is getting way more diverse,” Jobe said. 

His  music has come along way since his days at Belmont where his first band was Chris Jobe and The Easy McGees, a psychedelic art rock group. 

The back of their business cards had the words “Thanks for making out with me” because that’s what an intoxicated member of the band (the McGee in the band’s name) once told a girl at a party. 

 Nowadays his sound is influenced by R&B.

“Thank You Internet” is quirkier than his other work including his newest release called “Love In The Morning.”

More work will be released this summer. 

Jobe says the success of “Thank you Internet” is opening doors for him and has helped him pack shows. 

He said it hopes that it shows he is serious about his career and knows his brand. 

His music can be found on the streaming service Spotify  where supporters are asked to save it. 

JUST IN: ‘World’s strongest coffee’ to jolt Dayton next month — and you might be surprised where

Death Wish Coffee” says it produces the strongest coffee in the world  — and the brew is coming to the Dayton area in early June at a venue you might not expect.

“For coffee fans looking for a new caffeine fix, Death Wish Coffee — the World’s Strongest Coffee — will be available in Dayton for the first time starting June 9, hitting the shelves at local Walmarts,” Death Wish Coffee said in a release.

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The rollout is part of Walmart’s “Investing In American Jobs” initiative, which aims to source U.S.-made goods that are new to the Walmart chain. Death Wish’s 18-count coffee K-Cups ( the company says they’re also known as “death cups) will be stocked in more than 1,600 Walmarts in 50 states, at a price of $17.97  per box. If our math is right, that’s reeeaaalllly close to $1 per K-cup.

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The independent web site caffeineinformer.com rates Death Wish Coffee as “dangerously high” in caffeine at 728 milligrams per 12-ounce cup, concluding that, “This coffee is only for those who have a tolerance for caffeine and who can handle high amounts of caffeine. This just may be the strongest coffee in the world.”

But it deserves noting that Death Wish isn’t the only coffee maker to claim to make the strongest coffee in the world.

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Here’s what Death Wish had to say for itself:

“Founded in 2012 by owner Mike Brown, Death Wish has grown from a small e-commerce-centric business into a cult brand with nationwide retail distribution. Helping drive the brand’s growth since its inception was the fierce Death Wish commercial that aired during Super Bowl 50—the first prize for winning a contest sponsored by Intuit’s QuickBooks.”

>> RELATED: Dayton coffee shop named ‘Best in Ohio’ by Food & Wine magazine

“Death Wish uses a combination of Robusta and Arabica beans sourced primarily from India and Peru as well as a tailor-made process to ensure perfect roasting. The result is a bold brew with unparalleled flavors and 200 percent more caffeine than standard coffee.”

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Last fall, Death Wish Coffee made headlines for a different reason: it recalled one of its pre-packaged nitro coffee products because of fears that it could be contaminated with the potentially deadly toxin botulin. The recall was the result of a shortcoming in the production process of the nitro coffee product, and no illnesses were associated with the recall.

>> Death Wish Coffee Co. recalls product possibly contaminated with deadly toxin

 

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Sip some of the finest local wines in one spot at new wine festival

Local wineries begrudgingly accustomed to being overshadowed by their brethren in the northern half of the state are eagerly anticipating their chance to shine at the first-ever Vintage Ohio South wine festival. 

The festival —scheduled for 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 12 inside a facility at the Clark County Fairgrounds in  Springfield — will include wineries and wines from all over the state. But it’s designed to showcase those wineries in the southern Ohio, according to organizers with the Ohio Wine Producers Association (OWPA), which is sponsoring the festival.

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Northern Ohio wineries, and especially those in the region northeast of Cleveland, capture most of the attention inside and outside Ohio, and understandably so, since they grow more wine grapes and pack in more wineries into a tourist-friendly region. But southern Ohio has a long winemaking tradition, a solid core of wineries, and a promising future, which might just start May 12. Several have signed up to pour their wines at the event.

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“We’ve never had a festival this close to us,” said Kelly Brandeberry, whose family operates Brandeberry Winery in southern Clark County between Enon and Yellow Springs. “A lot of people in this area just don’t go to Ohio wine festivals, so we’re looking forward to this one.”

>> RELATED: Clark County Fairgrounds to make $170K improvements to buildings

Donniella Winchell, executive director of the Ohio Wine Producers Association, says she’d like to turn Vintage Ohio South into an annual event.

Wines, vines and fine times are only a short drive away (March 2015)

In northeast Ohio, the OWPA has offered the Vintage Ohio Wine Festival for 23 years. The wine producers association has sponsored a wine festival in the Dayton-Springfield region before, but it’s been a few years.

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From 2003-09, the wine producers association brought an annual Ohio wine festival to what was then the National City 2nd Street Market (now the Five Rivers MetroParks 2nd Street Market) in downtown Dayton. After a one-year hiatus, the OWPA brought an outdoor wine festival to the Boonshoft Museum that lasted a couple of years. Bad weather thwarted any chance for success at the outdoor events, but the Clark County Fairgrounds festival will be held indoors, rain or shine, for at least the first year, organizers said.

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Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. The deadline for purchasing tickets online is 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 4. The last chance to purchase tickets in advance (and save $5) is prior to 4:30 p.m. May 9. Phone orders will be accepted at (440) 466-4417. More information (and ticket links) can be found at this ohiowines.org web site

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The entrance fee includes a wine glass to take home, 12 wine sampling tickets, and a six-bottle carrier tote for taking bottles of wines home. Additional wine sampling tickets may be purchased for $5 for three tickets. Designated Driver tickets are available for $10 and includes four  complimentary sodas or waters.

RELATED: Clark County plan calls for modern fairgrounds (July 2017)

The event will include local craft artisans, restaurant vendors and food trucks, as well as live music, cooking demonstrations and wine-education events. Parking is free. For more information, call (440) 466-4417.

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Participating wineries include:

AR Winery, Arcanum 

Brandeberry Winery, Enon 

Caesar Creek Vineyard, Xenia 

Debonne Vineyards, Madison 

Hanover Winery, Hamilton 

Heineman's Winery, Put-in-Bay 

It's Your Winery, Medina 

Maize Valley Winery & Craft Brewery, Hartville 

Meier's Wine Cellars, Silverton 

Meranda-Nixon Winery, Ripley 

O'Bannon Creek Vineyard, Pleasant Plain 

Old Mason Winery & Vineyards, West Milton 

Olde Schoolhouse Vineyards, Eaton 

Plum Run Winery, Grove City 

The Winery at Versailles, Versailles 

Valley Vineyards, Morrow 

 

 

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