Laughing Gas For Childbirth, Peter King And Rand Paul, And The Word Of The Year: In Other News

Childbirth just got a little better, or at least more hilarious. While Canada, Australia, and the U.K. were already able to use laughing gas to giggle their way through childbirth (well, sort of), America didn't make it available for women in labor. But now, pregnant women are in luck! Two companies are now making laughing gas widely available throughout the States for use in childbirth. Since nitrous oxide provides pain relief whilst allowing women full control of their bodies, the news has been greeted with joy.

If you can use "labor" and "joy" in the same breath, that is.

In other good news for women today, Janet Yellen looks poised to lead the Federal Reserve Monday evening. Her nomination as chair is expected to be supported by the Senate, and if confirmed, she'll start Feb. 2. She'll be the first woman to hold the role.

Now that it's 2014, the American Dialect Society has chosen their word of the year — and it's a little anti-climactic: the word is "because." Noted chair Ben Zimmer: "Now one often sees tersely worded rationales like ‘because science’ or ‘because reasons.’ You might not go to a party ‘because tired.’ As one supporter put it, ‘because’ should be word of the year ‘because useful!’"

Rep. Peter King (R-NY) has bad news about Rand Paul (R-KY): "Americans will die" if we listen to him.

There's a new smartwatch in town, and it's awfully pretty.

Oh, and this is happening in London.

A woman deliberately created an online dating profile for the worst (completely made-up) human ever, and got hundreds and hundreds of replies. Your bad, humanity.

And finally...