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Why Are Guy Friends So Trendy?

Girlfriends are getting a lot of flack these days. Despite the popularity of “Sex and the City,” “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,” and “Lipstick Jungle” (well, maybe that one wasn’t so popular), female friendship is under attack. In the past few years it has become trendy to poo-poo girlfriends and hang with a posse of guys. Considering the legacy of girlfriendship in history and literature, I am surprised to find contemporary women viewing them with such disdain. I grew up reading about the bonds between sisters in “Little Women” and “Pride and Prejudice” and the unbreakable ties of friendship in “The Babysitters Club.” During grade school the notion of even being polite to a guy was incomprehensible; boys did have cooties, after all. As I grew, so did the possibility that a guy might make a decent friend. I think it must have been some time during high school, but suddenly every girl was touting that she didn’t hang out with girls, she preferred to have guy friends instead. Keep reading »

Girl Scouts Host First Ever Duct Tape Fashion Show

As a born and bred New Yorker, I never had the inclination to join the Girl Scouts and learn the necessary wilderness skills to survive the jungle otherwise known as Central Park. Just because I can’t figure out how to start a fire by rubbing rocks together and lack the super cute uniform does not mean I can’t appreciate Girl Scout Cookies. My addiction to thin mints is a real problem. If the cookies didn’t already earn my undying devotion for the Girl Scouts, then their first ever duct tape fashion show did. More info, after the jump… Keep reading »

A Ringtone That Enhances Your… Breasts?

A Japanese “scientist” claims he has composed a breast enhancing ringtone. According to Hideto Tomabechi, a woman can increase the size of her breasts in only 10 days if she listens to the ringtone 20 times every 24 hours. Sounds easy, but don’t get too excited just yet. The ring tone apparently has many layers of sound to stimulate breast tissue growth, but the predominate clamor is a baby shrieking. Actually, don’t get too excited period, as this seems to be one of the biggest/funniest cons in YouTube history. Watch this video to learn more about the “grow-your-boobs” ringtone, “convince-the-fat-from-your-butt-to-leave” ringtone, and something involving the Japanese police and cults. Keep reading »

It’s The Pits: Celebs Get Sweaty Too!

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Blood Suckers & Flesh Eaters: Medieval Medical Practices Are Back With A Vengance

I am completely traumatized. This morning I went to see an ear, nose and throat specialist, expecting to just have the big shot doc shine a light up my nose and then merrily skip off to work. Oh, how wrong I was. After sticking something scary looking up my nose, my doctor declared, “Yep, we need to cauterize your nose.” WTF? I avoided science in college, so maybe I was mistaking cauterization for something else. He couldn’t mean that Medieval procedure where “doctors” burn your skin with a fire hot poker to stop excessive bleeding…could he? Well, that’s exactly what he meant. I tried reasoning with him. Surely a procedure I am sure I saw done in “Lord of the Rings,” was not the most modern or medically effective. My squeals for help went unregistered and the next thing I knew… Keep reading »

When Did Bravo Go From Fantastic To Trash-tastic?

Oh Bravo, why did you do this to me? I lost my faith in TV after the second season of “Survivor,” but found hope again in the wonder that was “Queer Eye For The Straight Guy.” Upon viewing the first promotional commercial I remember thinking: Could it be? Is it true? Is there really going to be a channel that will produce high quality television with unique and innovative programming? I gripped the armchairs of the sofa in anticipation. Bravo was soooooo good, and it only got better. While still basking in the warm glow of “Queer Eye” I was knocked out by the awesomeness that was “Project Runway.” I was a little dubious about “The Real House Wives of Orange Country,” but soon realized that though this was a reality show, it was not a trashy one. Bravo did not so much exploit the Housewives as they exploited themselves. I am sure the peeps in the editing room had some fun with sound bites, but the humor was still sophisticated and smart. Bravo popped out reality show after reality show. Rather than losing interest in the formulaic reality-mold, I became alternately obsessed with cooking, modeling, decorating, designing, etcetera. Bravo was fantastic. Now with the premiere of “NYC Prep” tonight, I fear Bravo has stooped to the level of trashy. Keep reading »

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