Good News Friday: A cure for baldness may be in the McDonald’s fryer. A police officer rocks out during the Eagles parade. And the Marvin Gaye national anthem is still an amazing thing


I would like to start this by saying “Happy Friday” to you all but there are 17 families in Parkland, Fla. grieving the senseless loss of their loved ones, because a 19-year-old legally bought an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and shot up his old high school.

The level of rage and disgust and bile so many of us feel is not felt by anyone in Congress, apparently. So, so disgusting.

OK, it’s Friday, time to get on with some good news..

So there’s lots of things that could happen in the world that would make me very happy: A New York Jets Super Bowl win (never gonna happen in my lifetime). There being no more traffic in the lead-up to the 59th Street Bridge on the Queens side (a Jets SB win might be more likely).

But what would make me really, really, REALLY happy? A cure for male pattern baldness. Your humble correspondent has had a receding hairline since just post-college, and 20 years later it’s not getting any better.

But wait, there is a cure in sight! And it’s found in McDonald’s french fries!

No seriously, check this out.

From a Newsweek story: A stem cell research team from Yokahama National University used a “simple” method to regrow hair on mice by using dimethylpolysiloxane, the silicone added to McDonald’s fries to stop cooking oil from frothing.

Preliminary tests indicated that the groundbreaking method was likely to be just as successful when transferred to human skin cells.

According to the study, released in the Biomaterials journal last Thursday, the breakthrough came after the scientists successfully mass-produced “hair follicle germs” (HFG) which were created for the first time ever in this way.

See? I KNEW there was something redeeming at McDonald’s, we just had to look hard enough.

Sign me up for the clinical trials, folks. I’ll even step foot in a McDonald’s to do them if you want me to. Get me some hair back!

**And now, something you don’t see every day. A still-unidentified Philadelphia police officer, bustin’ out his best moves to lip-sync Cypress Hill’s classic “Insane in the Membrane”  DJ Kool’s “Let Me Clear My Throat” (I screwed up on this one, but my smart friend David L. set me straight) during the Eagles’ Super Bowl victory parade last week.

Nothing better than a man having some fun on the job, when everyone at the parade was in such a good mood.

**Finally today, I was very happy to discover on the Web this week that someone was celebrating a pretty awesome music anniversary. This week in 1983 (Feb. 13, 1983 to be exact), the late, great Marvin Gaye sang perhaps the best rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner I’ve ever heard in my life (Whitney Houston at the Super Bowl is the only other one that comes close).

To hear it is pure joy, pure magic, and you can tell the players are totally into it, too, swaying along and enjoying it like few others.

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