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Whispering hurts voice, doctor proves

Whispering hurts pipes, doc proves

Ever have a bad case of laryngitis? To protect your voice, you may have felt the urge to whisper. But many otolaryngologists advise against this. Dr. Robert T. Sataloff, chairman of the otolaryngology department at Drexel University College of Medicine, who is also a professional opera baritone, launched a large study — "Laryngeal Hyperfunction During Whispering: Reality or Myth?" — to see if this is good advice, In 69 of 100 subjects, whispering put more strain on the vocal cords.

The 110-year-old lightbulb burns on

Some mysteries never dim with time. One of them is hanging from an electrical wire in Livermore, Calif. At Fire Station No. 6 is a lightbulb that has not burned out in 110 years. Nobody knows why. And no one wants to unscrew the bulb to find out. "It still gives that warm, comfy glow," said retired Livermore fire Division Chief Lynn Owens. The lightbulb is about 3 inches long and slightly rounder than a modern bulb. Inside the hand-blown glass is a jumble of carbon filament that radiates about 4 watts — about the strength of a night-light. It's featured in the Guinness World Records as well as a documentary, The Lightbulb Conspiracy. Fans watch it on a 24-hour webcam at

13  Shark attacks in Florida, the most in the United States in 2010 and Florida's fourth straight year of decline. One was fatal.

79   Worldwide shark attacks in 2010. Six were fatal.

Sources: University of Florida's International Shark Attack File annual report, Associated Press

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