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29 Things You’re Too Old For As Of Your 29th Birthday

One of the biggest time sucks on the internet for me, besides reading “Lost” theories and playing online Scrabble, is reading dating columnist and “lifecaster” Julia Allison’s blog, as well as the blog that mocks her mercilessly, Reblogging NonSociety. I have no excuse; I just find the whole thing entertaining and hilarious, and it’s not like I’ve managed to quit reality TV or my bronzer addiction either. Anyway, this past weekend Julia celebrated her 29th year on Earth by having her second annual Bicoastal Birthday Bash, in which she and a friend celebrate their birthdays to the XXXTREME on both coasts. (You know who isn’t celebrating? Mother Earth! Nice carbon footprint, right?) We’re talking cupcakes, costumes, balloons, presents, brunches, dinners, and lots, and lots, and lots of photos. In short, I am pretty sure Julia celebrated her 29th birthday with more self-obsessed gusto than all my birthdays combined. Which got me thinking — aren’t there some things you are just too old to be doing at the ripe ol’ age of 29? I’m 30, so maybe my extra year of wisdom makes it possible for me to see this, but there are at least 29 things every woman is too old for as of her 29th birthday. Check ‘em out, after the jump … Keep reading »

Jake Takes Out The Trash

I actually don’t mean that. That headline wrote itself, I swear! I had no choice. [New York City, 3/1/10] Keep reading »

Quotable: Solange Isn’t Feeling The Lack Of Color In Nylon

“Just realizing ive never seen a black girl on the COVER of @NylonMag and its one of my fave mag’s EVER! Can we fix that please?”

– Solange Knowles on Nylon, which hasn’t put a woman of color on the cover since 2003 cover girl, Lil’ Kim. That’s worse than Vogue, y’all. [Jezebel] Keep reading »

Roger Ebert Gets His Voice Back


In 2001, film critic Roger Ebert was diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer and over the years has gone through multiple surgeries and rounds of chemotherapy to battle the illness, including having a significant portion of his jaw removed. As a result, he can no longer eat or drink (he’s fed through a feeding tube) and cannot speak. A few weeks ago, Ebert was photographed and interviewed by Esquire, his familiar face having changed so much that many considered the image to be shocking. Ebert appeared on “Oprah” today with his wife of 18 years, Chaz, and the interview was both heartbreaking and heartwarming. Oprah asked the legend whether he remembers what the last words he spoke were, to which Ebert replied that he didn’t because he didn’t know at the time that they would be his last words. He said he hoped, however, that his last words were “I love you” to his wife, who Oprah credited with inspiring Ebert to go on living despite his very difficult circumstances. In the clip above, Ebert and Chaz hear, for the first time, a computerized voice (Ebert “speaks” by typing into a computer which says his words out loud) that has been created to match Ebert’s own voice, before his illness resulted in his loss of speech. Keep reading »

The Villainous Reality TV Show Winners We Loved To Hate

You’ve definitely already heard by now that Jake Pavelka proposed to Vienna Girardi on “The Bachelor” last night. Which wasn’t really surprising, but was certainly disappointing for those under the illusion that reality TV shows promising true love have any intention of delivering such. I suspect this will be drawn out for at least another three specials, leading to Jake ending up with Ali Fedotowsky, who’ll inevitably pick the wrong guy on “The Bachelorette.” [Reality TV World]

Vienna can now join a relatively long line of reality-show-winning villains who managed to mean their way to the top, much to viewers’ dismay. Keep reading »

The 25 Most Unsexy Sounds Ever

I’ve always been really sensitive to sound. When my brother was little, he was prone to having the sniffles, uh, constantly, and the sound of his blowing his nose constantly drove me insane. There are ever so many sounds that not only bug the crap out of me, but are generally considered wholly unsexy the entire world over. Check out 25, after the jump … Keep reading »

Hey Girls! Use A Condom, Because Men Are Total Jerks!


Hey, you know how parents and teachers and other, you know, boring adults can get teenagers — particularly teenage girls — to use condoms and other forms of protection if they’re going to have sex? By talking to them in language they understand, of course! For the folks of SexReally.com, that means using crude words like “titties,” swearing a lot, and stereotyping eww-gross-boys as total jerks. No, seriously, “jerks” is the term this safe sex PSA — which debuted at the Sex:Tech conference this weekend — uses to describe men/boys, as a way of encouraging teenage girls to wrap it up. After all, the 16-year-old boy you’re boning probably is a total a-hole, and who wants to have an a-hole’s baby? Sure, it’s nice to not be stereotyping women and girls for once, but how is portraying men in general as skeezy, perverted douchebags the best way to send a safe sex message? If all men were as revolting as the guys in the PSA above, I would think we would be encouraging women to go lesbian, amiright? [Broadsheet] Keep reading »

Quotable: Jessica Simpson Didn’t Want Us To Know That

“I don’t want people to know how I am in bed!”

– Jessica Simpson to Oprah on this Friday’s episode, about John Mayer’s claim that she was “sexual napalm.” Don’t worry, Jess, I didn’t believe it anyway. [Us Weekly] Keep reading »

Talk About Bad Aim

One of the best things about having mouthy friends who are in long-term relationships is that they tend to spill the beans about super-secret man tendencies that we single chicks miss out on. Like this fun tidbit I learned this weekend from a married friend of mine. She says that when her husband comes home drunk, she has to badger and force him into peeing before going to bed — otherwise, he’s been known to get up in the middle of the night, walk down the hall, and pee in the closet. Keep reading »

9 Off-Screen Couples Who Played Lovahs On Screen

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In huge Johnny Depp news, he and his common-law wife of 12 years, Vanessa Paradis, will finally star together in the new movie “My American Lover.” Depp says of their first project together, “Vanessa plays the French feminist Simone de Beauvoir and I play her lover Nelson Algren who is real macho.” Simone de Beauvoir was famous for her treatise The Second Sex about 20th century feminism and women’s oppression. She was also famous for having an open relationship with Jean-Paul Sartre. Nelson Algren and Simone traveled through Latin America together in 1949. [Zimbio]

I can hardly control my excitement. I’m kvelling. It’s tantalizing to watch movies where the actors are in the process of falling in love on screen, but it’s more interesting to see long-time lovers act like they’re falling again! Here are a few of our favorite examples from movies past.

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