Woman's Love of Vino Inspires a Fun 'Wine Workout' Series: 'I'm Glad it Makes People Laugh'

Megan Vaughan loves a few key things in life: her husband, working out and wine.

One night, the radio personality from Clarksville, Tennessee, decided to combine her loves into a “wine workout.”

“I came home from the gym and I had a glass of wine, and I was like, I’m in my workout clothes still, I bet if I put a straw in my wine I could do pushups,” Vaughan tells PEOPLE. Her husband thought it was “so dumb,” but she convinced him to film it.

“I posted it to my radio station’s Facebook page, and it got like, 27 million views. So I just kept making more!” she says.

Vaughan has since worked out with dumbbells rigged with wine glasses, gone for walks with a Black Box Camelbak, rolled out her abs with sips of wine and more. She doesn’t plan out the videos ahead of time — “inspiration just randomly hits,” she says, like the one of her lifting a barbell with a wine bottle duct taped on.

“We had just moved to Tennessee and I had unpacked our weight bar. And I thought, ooh, if I stuck a bottle of wine on that I could make a video. And my husband was like, here we go again,” she says, laughing. “But he’s in the Army and he knows all these MacGyver moves, so he got it on there and we filmed it, and I’m sure our new neighbors thought we were nuts.”

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Vaughan emphasizes that her “wine workouts” are “just a joke.”

“It’s not like I really work out like that in real life,” she says. “Some people talk trash about it, saying that I’m promoting alcoholism, but it’s not. I’m very fit, I work out six days a week and I like a glass of wine at night. That’s it.”

Her only goal is to have fun.

“I’m glad that it makes people laugh,” Vaughan says. “That’s all I care about.”

(And for the record, she prefers red.)

Quirky: What the Rest of Us Can Learn From Really Smart People (Book Review)

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Innovative Genius: The Underlying Theme of Quirky Albert Einstein Steve Jobs Marie Curie Thomas Edison These people amaze us with their ability to come up with world-changing products and ideas throughout their lives. As business owners, we might even envy the ability of these individuals to create. In trying to understand how thee creative geniuses […]

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'Black Panther' touches on black identity and the fantasy of a people unburdened

There is an interesting argument with Blaxploitation films.  The movies, predominantly made during the 1970’s, are usually characterized by having a predominantly African-American cast, with the lead character having to deal with some endemic problem affecting their community, while also having to fight “The Man,” who’s in the form of corrupt cops, corrupt city officials, corrupt business officials, or any other aspect of society associated with white assholes.

Did these movies perpetuate stereotypes about African-Americans and black communities (i.e., ghettos, pimps, drug dealers, etc.), or were they some of the first films to show strong, intelligent African-American characters who weren’t the sidekick, or in need of “assistance” from white people? Or maybe they were both things at the same time? Shaft and Melvin Van Peebles’s Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song are considered some of the earliest examples of the genre. According to Van Peebles, he wanted to “show all the faces that Norman Rockwell never painted.”

It’s interesting to analyze how diversity, or the lack thereof, is covered in the media and how, in itself, it can be symbolically indicative of how we see ourselves as a culture. Because whether or not something is multi-ethnic or egalitarian is more than just counting up the numbers to see if there’s parity across demographics. The true problem is the inherent bias which values white and male as being the “default,” and any deviation from that default is considered special and noteworthy to the point of reclassifying it if someone has a high enough melanin count or lacking a penis. It’s no longer just a “good movie,” it’s a “good black movie,” or a “good feminist movie” with all of the stigmas and marketing biases that exist within those stereotypes.

Black Panther, the eighteenth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe directed by Ryan Coogler (Creed), is opening this week to resounding critical approval, some whining and trolling from alt-right assholes, and much commentary about what the film might mean as far as black identity in popular culture. Centered around T’challa (Chadwick Boseman), who serves as King, head of state, and superhero protector Black Panther of the fictional African nation of Wakanda, the film sees him going up against the international arms dealer Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis) and his partner Erik “Killmonger” Stevens (Michael B. Jordan), who are attempting to undermine his Kingdom. As depicted in both Marvel Comics and this film, Wakanda is the source of vibranium, an alien metal which is the most significant element in Captain America’s shield. Wakanda’s control of vibranium has allowed the nation to escape invasion and repel European colonialism throughout its history, with the country secretly being the most technologically advanced in the world.

Beyond just the symbolism of black heroes, or a major film where most of the actors and actresses have black faces, it’s in this representation of an African nation of independent black people leading a country which is successful and advanced, which many have latched onto as saying something about black identity and possibilities.

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Aspen pot sales exceed alcohol for the first time as people ditch booze for marijuana

Does legalizing marijuana make people drink less alcohol? New sales figures from Colorado seem to indicate that could be true.

Legal-pot purveyors hauled in $11.3 million in revenue last year compared with $10.5 million for liquor stores, marking the first time marijuana sales outpaced booze for the year in Aspen. 

Cannabis revenue last year also marked a 16 percent improvement over 2016, which produced $9.7 million in sales. Of Aspen’s 12 retail sectors, the marijuana industry also enjoyed the biggest rate of growth last year. Liquor store sales were flat between 2016 and 2017, according to the city’s’ report.

Despite Jeff Sessions’s war on weed—which he claims is “only slightly less awful” than heroin–states not only are ignoring his vow to roll back Obama’s lax policies on pot, they’re also continuing to legalize it.

Sessions has a hard battle in front of him if he seriously tries to crack down on weed: not only do a majority of Americans favor legalization, but continued research indicates pot is less dangerous than booze. Combined with stunning sales figures like those coming out of Aspen, the case FOR marijuana is multifaceted and proving much stronger than the case against it.

Back in Aspen, while there’s no clear explanation for why weed sales have begun to top alcohol sales in the Rocky Mountain resort town, locals have some theories. 

“I think it’s meaningful for a couple of reasons,” said Matt Kind, a Boulder entrepreneur . “One in particular is when people are visiting Aspen and adjusting to a high altitude, some don’t drink for that first couple of days. And I think people are looking for something different from alcohol, which is essentially poison, and marijuana is botanical. I don’t say that with judgment, but you feel some lingering effects with alcohol.”

CDC warns people to stop kissing backyard chickens as salmonella outbreaks rise

Backyard chickens are increasing in popularity but owners are loving their poultry a little too much, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. For the past few years, the CDC has warned Americans to stop kissing and cuddling their chickens due to salmonella infection risk. Atlas Obscura explains why:

Last year, 23 percent of the people who reported contracting salmonella from homegrown fowl had recently kissed their chickens (seven percent) or snuggled them (16 percent).

Those stats come from Dr. Megin Nichols, who investigates salmonella and E. coli outbreaks at the CDC. Chicken petting and snuggling, it turns out, are high-risk behaviors. While salmonella tends to be associated with industrial food systems, even backyard chicken coops have the potential to be contaminated, Nichols explains.

Nichols suspects that the increase in backyard chicken ownership is contributing to contamination rates as new, inexperienced owners may not be fully aware of the risks.

According to Nichols, people new to owning chickens might not be aware of the hazards of cuddling. Last year had the highest number of salmonella cases from poultry ownership yet, with more than a thousand people reporting getting sick across 48 states and the District of Columbia. Plus, Nichols says, the CDC estimates that only one in 30 cases of salmonella are reported, meaning the problem is much larger.

Spread the word. Friends don’t let friends hug and kiss chickens.

Abbreviated Science Round-up: Asparagus and cancer, rockets and dollars, people and plague

It was hard to miss this week’s test launch of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy. The Tuesday launch certainly received more attention than any space-related story since the Space Shuttle was retired in 2011. And to be honest, this unmanned test launch garnered a lot more eyeballs than many manned launches in the past.

So … why? What was the big deal about a rocket that is, at its most basic level, just three of the boosters Space X has already been launching for years strapped side by side?

The power

Sure, it lifts more, and that’s nice for several reasons. The previous “most powerful operating rocket” was the Launch Alliance Delta IV. Capable of taking 29 metric tons to orbit, the Delta IV has been a workhorse, especially when it comes to it’s primary mission — launching US military reconnaissance satellites. At least eleven of these eyes-in-the-sky have gone up on Delta IVs. The Delta IV has been around since 2002, and has flown 36 times, but only 9 of those flights have been of the “heavy” configuration. Most have been of the Delta IV Medium, which is capable of taking between 11 and 15 tons to orbit. 

The Medium and Medium+ configurations of the Delta IV actually have less capacity than SpaceX’s Falcon 9, which can loft 22 tons. In fact, by most measures, the Falcon 9 itself is a heavy rocket — in the same range as the biggest machines available from other sources. 

The Delta IV uses the RS-68 engine, which is important in that it was the first new rocket engine created in the United States after the design of the Space Shuttle main engine, which was designed thirty years earlier. Unfortunately, while the RS-68 was designed to be cheaper to build than the Shuttle engine, getting there meant some significant losses in efficiency. Still, the 8’ throat of the RS-68 puts out 700,000 pounds of thrust. Which is a bunch. And a Delta IV Heavy carries three of them.

But as nice as that Delta IV is, and it’s an impressive machine, it’s a whole different animal from either the Falcon 9 or the Falcon Heavy.