Archive: Dec 2012

Matchmaker, Matchmaker: 8 Tips For Setting Up Your Friends

I love bringing people together, and am what Malcolm Gladwell would call a “connector.” If you’re telling me about how you really love comic books, I’m going to hook you up with my friend who’s selling a bunch you might want. You want a new assistant at your office? My friend’s younger brother is the…

Julie Gerstein / December 27, 2012

What We Learned From Studies In 2012

Reproductive health, online dating, Republican sex — this year, studies brought us new information on everything from the onset of puberty to how “Sex and the City “affects our real-life relationships. With insights on birth control, Generation Z, STDs, and more, here are our favorite informative and entertaining studies of 2012!
Access to Birth Control Lowers

Tres Sugar / December 27, 2012

Miley Cyrus Sings Dolly Parton’s “Jolene”

Incase you forgot, Miley Cyrus is a singer. A singer with country roots, y’all. Her daddy is Billy Ray Cyrus, ya know? And her godmother is Dolly Parton herself, so I’m sure she had special permission to sing Dolly’s hit song “Jolene” for her “Garden Sessions,” a collection of videos of Miley singing classic cover…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / December 27, 2012

5 Completely Basic Things I’m Resolving To Do In 2013

The end of 2012 is here and 2013 is just around the corner, so you know what that means! It’s time to make New Year’s resolutions! For the last few years, my New Year’s resolutions have basically been the same and I’ve accomplished very few of them. I still can’t do a headstand in yoga…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / December 27, 2012

Julie And Amelia Write Kate Winslet/Leo DiCaprio Fan Fiction

Oh come on, like you haven’t ever imagined your favorite celebrities secretly getting together and living happily ever after. It’s totally not weird that Amelia and I imagined an alternate reality where Kate Winslet and her “Titanic” costar Leo DiCaprio finally get together. Is it? Okay, maybe it is. But when we found out that…

Julie Gerstein / December 27, 2012

That “Downton Abbey”/”Parks And Rec” Mash-Up You’ve Been Waiting For

Guys, I know I push “Parks and Rec” on you all the time, but it’s really because I feel like it’s one of the few awesomely quirky weirdo shows out there. Plus, Ron Swanson’s mustache! Plus, Amy Poehler’s character Leslie Knope is actually rather headstrong and confident and a good role model. So many popular…

Julie Gerstein / December 27, 2012

The Soapbox: Stop Humiliating People For Their Sex Practices Online

For as long as we’re aware of other people’s dirty bits and sexual desires, we’re aware of how funny it can be to talk about them. My niece, for instance, thinks that “butt” is the funniest word in the English language. But she’s six. The grown-up version of “Ha ha, butt!” are those conversations —…

Jessica Wakeman / December 27, 2012

Be My Boyfriend: Man Issued Formal Warning For Farting Too Much At Work

Dear 38-Year-Old Anonymous Man,

You must be dying of embarrassment right now after receiving a five-page, formal letter of reprimand from your employer accusing you of “uncontrollable flatulence” that is creating an “intolerable” and “hostile” environment for coworkers. OUCH.

Apparently, you told your supervisor that you suffered from “some medical conditions,”…

Ami Angelowicz / December 27, 2012

End The War Over The Right Way To Load The Dishwasher

One of the things I had time to do over the Christmas break was read all the magazines sitting in a pile on my coffee table. The most life-changing tidbit was in Real Simple. It was about dishwashers.

I don’t have one right now, but when I lived with my boyfriend I did.

Ami Angelowicz / December 27, 2012

5 Celeb Style Trends To Steal This New Year’s Eve

Not sure what to wear this New Year’s Eve? Why not take a cue from what a few of our favorite stars wore on the red carpet recently? You don’t need to steal their whole look, but even just one of these elements — be it Anne Hathaway’s blush-colored sequins or Kristen Stewart’s sexy peekaboo…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / December 27, 2012

Watch A Shark Tank Burst Inside A Chinese Shopping Mall

New Thing To Be Afraid Of: an aquarium filled with sharks burst inside a shopping mall in Shanghai, China, injuring 16 people and God knows how many sharks, fish and turtles. This is so scary. [HyperVocal]
“Glee” creator Ryan Murphy and his husband David Miller welcomed a son named Logan on Christmas Eve.

Jessica Wakeman / December 27, 2012

Jessica Simpson & Giant Fiance Take A Beach Walk, Plus Other Simpson Family Vacation Photos

And here we have Gulliver and one of his Lilliputians taking a stroll down the beach! Just kidding, that’s actually Jessica Simpson and her much, much, much taller fiance Eric Johnson. The pair — who just announced they’re expecting their second baby — are on vacation in Hawaii with most of Simpson’s family. Sadly, Papa Joe wasn’t invited.

Amelia McDonell-Parry / December 27, 2012

Travel Porn: 11 Awesome Places To Stop And Smell The Flowers

A couple weeks ago Amelia sent me this gorgeous picture of a tunnel of Wisteria vines in Japan, and it immediately filled me with a sense of wonder and tranquility. I keep going back to look at it whenever I’m feeling stressed or overwhelmed (which has been pretty often lately), and it got me thinking…

Winona Dimeo-Ediger / December 27, 2012

Cuba’s Plus-Size Dance Troupe Is Breaking Stereotypes, Opening Minds

Cuban dancer and choreographer Juan Miguel Mas used to belong to a traditional dance troupe, but he rarely made it on stage because of his weight. “I created a character for myself to play, Giant Baby, and that was the first and only time I was allowed on stage,” he says. “I needed more opportunitie…

Winona Dimeo-Ediger / December 27, 2012

There’s A Charity For That: 9 Organizations To Support To Atone For A Multitude Of Sins

We’ve all done a few things we’re probably not too proud of. But there’s still time! You can make up for some of your bad choices this past year by donating to one of several charities we’ve found that address a variety of shameful transgressions. And don’t worry: All the charities we’ve picked have four…

Julie Gerstein / December 27, 2012

Ned Rocknroll: Who Is Kate Winslet’s New Husband?

Kate Winslet is officially off the market! Last night, her publicist confirmed that Kate had married her boyfriend of just over a year, Ned Rocknroll (more on that name in a second), in a quiet ceremony in New York in early December. Quiet, yes, but secret is more like it — even the couple’s parent…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / December 27, 2012

Style 911: Where Do I Get Katie Holmes’ Military-Inspired Coat?

Last week, I raved about this amaaazing hot pink/olive green combo that Katie Holmes wore to the studio to film an appearance on Late Night with David Letterman. Commenter nomnombacon fell in love with Katie’s gorgeous military-inspired jacket, and can you blame her? It’s such a gorgeous piece. Julie and I did some digging and discovered…

Winona Dimeo-Ediger / December 27, 2012

Some Guy Claims He Can Prove Whitney Houston Was Murdered By Drug Dealers

A private investigator told The National Enquirer that he has “evidence” that Whitney Houston was murdered by drug dealers to whom she owed a lot of money. However, that article was probably next to one about how Elvis is still alive. [RadarOnline]
Brandy is engaged to music producer Ryan Press. Mazel tov! [US

Jessica Wakeman / December 26, 2012

Why MSNBC’s David Gregory Could Face Jail Time

On Sunday’s “Meet The Press,” host David Gregory interview NRA head Wayne LaPierre, a guy who should totally be arrested for being a heartless asshole. But the one who might be in trouble in the law is Gregory, who may have broken the law by displaying a high-capacity magazine against the orders of the…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / December 26, 2012

Georgia Judge Temporarily Blocks Abortion Law

A Georgia judge has granted a temporary injunction against an anti-abortion law that would go into effect on January 1, at the behest of three doctors in the state. [Bloomberg]
A trolley service in Annapolis, Maryland, is shutting down its business to all weddings rather than accomodate couples from same-sex marriages who want…

Jessica Wakeman / December 26, 2012
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