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Dude Proposes To His Girlfriend With 1,001 Hot Dogs

As a rule, I am not a fan of over-the-top public proposals, but I might have to let this one slide. A man in China proposed to his girlfriend with one hot dog for each day they’ve been together. All 1,001 hot dogs were supplied by a local restaurant, and he even managed to spell out LOVE with the dogs, just in case his girlfriend didn’t get the point. He popped the question in the center of the sea of dogs, and she said yes. Afterward, the couple and their family and friends chowed down. True love. [Cosmopolitan] [Image via Weibo.com]

Study Claims A Big Wedding Leads To A Happier Marriage

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According to a new report by the University of Virginia, couples who have larger, more formal weddings are more likely to have quality marriages. This is pretty hard to believe because in my mind, there are few things more stressful or challenging to a relationship than planning a big wedding. The study, which is part of UVA’s National Marriage Project, surveyed 418 people about their histories and the current quality of their marriage. Marriage quality was determined through questions about factors like happiness in the relationship, thoughts about divorce, how often the couple confides in one another. Researchers found that only 30 percent of couples who had less than 50 guests at their ceremony had a highly successful marriage. On the other hand, 47 percent of couples who had over 150 guests had highly solid marriages, which is still hardly an awesome success rate. Keep reading »

Watch Jimmy Fallon Give Jared Leto’s Beard An Ambush Shave

Jared Leto
"I'm Very Attached To My Beard"

Apparently, I’m not alone in wishing Jared Leto would ditch that beard of his, and Jimmy Fallon was all too happy to offer a surprise shave to Leto during his “Tonight Show” interview. The horror in Jared’s eyes when Jimmy pulls out a razor isn’t enough to save him from a trim, whether he wants one or not. I only wish he’d gotten rid of the entire thing! [Fashionista]

Beyonce Reportedly Asked Gwyneth Paltrow For Divorce Advice

  • Gwyneth Paltrow, who recently “consciously uncoupled” from ex-husband Chris Martin, has reportedly been giving divorce advice to Beyonce. She and Jay Z’s split will be amicable, a source told Us Weekly, and “the day after the announcement, Bey and Jay will be spotted together. The two will be all lovey-dovey.” [Us Weekly]
  • Lucky magazine’s EIC Eva Chen is expecting a baby girl with husband Tom Bannister and she announced it in her decidedly signature way… [Refinery 29]
  • Is Taylor Swift’s new “‘Shake It Off” video offensive to Black culture? [Clutch]
  • Jane Fonda says the reason she was spotted carrying around a chair with Ryan Gosling’s face on it is that is “figures amusingly in the first episode” of her new Netflix sitcom “Grace & Frankie.” [Us Weekly] Keep reading »

“Mad Men” Creator Matthew Weiner Doesn’t Believe The Pay Gap Is A Gender Issue

“I don’t know that those two things — I don’t think that’s a gender issue. I’m not saying that there’s an inequality of pay, I don’t know that to be — I have a lot of women on my staff and they’re competitively paid, I can tell you that. In terms of my career, if Jenji [Kohan] wants to go through what I went through to get that … they didn’t invite me over to the smoking room and sit down and say ‘well Matthew, how much do you think you’re worth?’ There was like a year and a half of being dragged around in the press and I don’t even like to talk about it, and I certainly don’t like to talk about pay. It’s one of these things, like you’re a baseball player, and I guess your salary is public, but I don’t own a baseball team. I’m a player! There’s no player making as much as the person owning the team and no one talks about that … Jenji’s entitled to every dollar but you have to fight for it, male or female. No one gives you anything … I’m not informed on it but I think there’s a lot more — I shouldn’t speak to it, I really shouldn’t. I can just tell you that as an employer, I’ve been on top of this and I’ve never let anybody try and squeeze people out of it. January Jones had a baby on our show. Believe me, no one wanted to pay maternity leave on a 13-episode thing, and we did.”

In an interview with Huffington Post Live, Matthew Weiner, the mastermind behind “Mad Men” and “The Sopranos,” had some choice words regarding the gender pay gap (or, in his mind, the lack thereof). His thoughts are in response to “Orange Is The New Black” creator Jenji Kohan’s comment in The Hollywood Reporter that she doesn’t feel she’s getting paid as much as male show runners do. Kohan, who is good friends with Weiner, pointed to his paycheck as an example of how sexist Hollywood can be. I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised at his response, but the fact that Weiner writes misogyny into his work doesn’t mean the plot lines of his shows necessarily reflect his beliefs about women. Keep reading »

Cheetah Cub And Puppy Play Together At The San Diego Zoo

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Cheetah
Best Friends Forever

After Ruuxa the cheetah cub was rejected by his mother, zookeepers at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park paired him up with Raina, a Rhodesian ridgeback puppy. Their friendship was set up as part of the zoo’s animal ambassador program, which creates unlikely bonds between different critters.  And it worked: the new buds are now over three months old and exploring new parts of the park together. They’re being raised alongside each other to create a special bond, with Raina helping Ruuxa feel relaxed in stressful settings. Some of their play fighting is training for Ruuxa to become part of the park’s Cheetah Run experience  — and it’s pretty darn cute.  [NBC]

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