CHICAGO (AP) — Four decades after John Wayne Gacy lured more than 30 young men and boys to his Chicago-area home and strangled them, his case has helped authorities solve another killing — one he didn’t commit.
Investigators have identified the remains of a man who in 1978 never returned to his home just a few miles from Gacy’s house. They also say they know the identity of his now-deceased killer. The Cook County Sheriff’s Office is scheduled to announce the findings Wednesday — the result of an ongoing effort to name several unidentified victims of Gacy, who was executed in 1994.
A little laughter can go a long way, a new study reveals.
We all know the mood-boosting benefits of a good laugh, but researchers at California’s Loma Linda University set out to find out if humor can deliver more than just comic relief. The study looked at 20 healthy older adults in their 60s and 70s, measuring their stress levels and short-term memory. One group was asked to sit silently, not talking, reading, or using their cellphones, while the other group watched funny videos.
After 20 minutes, the participants gave saliva samples and took a short memory test. While both groups performed better after the break than before, the “humor group” performed significantly better when it came to memory recall. Participants who viewed the funny videos had much higher improvement in recall abilities, 43.6 percent, compared with 20.3 percent in the non-humor group.
Even before color photography was publicly available, one enterprising firm found a way to provide the world with the earliest glimpse of North America’s extraordinary landscapes in color.
These intricately-colored images, shared by private collector Marc Walter in the upcoming book “An American Odyssey,” were originally published by the Detroit Publishing Company in a collection that spans from 1888 to 1924. The firm took black and white negatives and imbued them with color via a newly-invented printing process called photocrom, to which it obtained exclusive rights in America. The 1901 catalog boasts that the photocrom prints “combine the truthfulness of a photograph with the color and richness of an oil painting or the delicate tinting of the most exquisite water color.”
More than three years after an injury suffered during a college football game left him partially paralyzed, former Rutgers defensive tackle Eric LeGrand has become a beacon of positivity for others dealing with spinal chord injuries. LeGrand credited the “positive energy” surrounding him in the hospital with helping him cope after the the October 16, 2010 collision. The 23-year-old reflected on the fateful play that altered the course of his life during a visit to HuffPost Live on Monday.
“I got to give credit to the trainers, they got me off the field in seven minutes. I remember being on the field. I felt like I got the wind knocked out of me. I couldn’t breathe,” LeGrant told HuffPost Live host Marc Lamont Hill. “I thought I was going to die. Can’t move. Can’t breathe. I’m like, ‘it’s over for me.’”
Watch the clip above and check out the full segment below:
Coachella might be finished, but there are still lots of music festivals ahead in the U.S. to choose from. But how to choose? You want the most ideal lineup of your favorite artists at a location that interests you — read: fits in your budget/doesn’t sound like an awful place to spend a few days. Thanks to Hopper’s interactive festival planning map, comparing lineups and figuring out your travel arrangements is now that much easier.
Plug in all of the artists you would love to see this summer in the search field below to figure out which festival has the greatest concentration of your favorites. Then add in your nearest airport and the map will show you the cheapest way for you to travel, taking into account flights and festival ticket prices. Give the map a try below.
After he came out of the closet last year, Olympic diver Tom Daley fell victim to a massive amount of homophobic backlash, particularly from users on Twitter.
In response, UK artist Conor Collins has created a stunning portrait of Daley made entirely out of the anti-gay tweets directed at the athlete.
— Conor Collins (@conartworks) April 17, 2014
The Los Angeles Angels managed to commit three errors in one play on Sunday, allowing Detroit’s Ian Kinsler to score all the way from first base. Perhaps even worse, the errors happened after a walk.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Mexican singer Juan Gabriel plans to resume his tour concerts May 1 after being released from a Las Vegas hospital.
A tour publicist said in a statement Friday night that the 64-year-old singer’s health has improved considerably since he was admitted Monday with pneumonia. He was discharged from the hospital Friday afternoon.
SANTA PAULA, Calif. (AP) — What was supposed to be a cheap bite at Del Taco turned out to be small fortune for some Southern California customers.
About 150 people who ordered this week at the Mexican-style fast food chain in Santa Paula, 65 miles northwest of Los Angeles, were mistakenly charged thousands of dollars for burritos, tacos and soft drinks.
Sunderland dealt a blow to Chelsea’s Premier League title hopes as a late Fabio Borini penalty secured an unlikely 2-1 win for the Black Cats at Stamford Bridge.
Borini, who was once on the books at Stamford Bridge, converted an 82nd-minute penalty after Cesar Azpilicueta had fouled substitute Jozy Altidore. The loss ended Jose Mourinho’s 77-match unbeaten run in home league encounters as Chelsea boss.