Today, Friday, Jan. 19, marks a hallowed day for American snackers. It's National Popcorn Day, a day set aside specially to honor one of our favorite national snack foods. It's a perfect time to celebrate popcorn because a) It's winter, and how great is it to snuggle up with a snack and a movie, and b) Some football team from Minnesota is apparently doing pretty well, and it's been clinically proven that when fans eat popcorn, their teams do even better, especially when they throw it at the screen.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn.—A pair of central Minnesota sports medicine researchers aren't afraid of controversy in tackling popular energy drinks. They say their research shows college athletes who consume drinks such as Red Bull and Monster have lower grade-point averages and know less about nutrition than college athletes who don't use energy drinks. "It's a little bit of a provocative message," said Jeff Brand, an orthopedic surgeon with Heartland Orthopedics, an affiliate of Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria.