It’s too cute, I can’t handle it: the Animal Rescue League of Berks County, Pennsylvania, invites children in from first through eighth grade to visit the shelter and read to the rescue cats who live there. The kids get to practice their reading skills, while the cats feel a sense of comfort from the rhythmic sound of a human voice. The program was started by an employee of the rescue league whose 10-year-old son was struggling to read. Once she saw easily he read surrounded by kitties in the shelter adoption room, she implemented the program with other classes. These days, everyone from homeschooled kids to parents of autistic children to Girl Scout troops participate. Everybody wins, and as the series on snapshots (like the one above) on Love Meow shows, nothing makes for a cuter set of pictures. How many little ones do you think go home begging Mom to adopt a stray? [22 Words, Love Meow]
A new series of studies has found that matchmaking brings a whole lot of happiness — but not necessarily to the couple. Rather, the matchmaker herself enjoys the greatest benefits of bringing others together.
We knew there was a method to the “Millionaire Matchmaker”‘s madness. Keep reading »
Justin Bieber is melting. The figure of the pop star at Madame Tussauds wax museum in New York City has been groped and otherwise manhandled by so many fans that it’s starting to deteriorate. The figure has no barricades or ropes blocking it off, leaving fans free to hug, photograph, and questionably caress a waxy Bieber all day long. That much attention from so many grimy hands has withered the faux-Biebs and forced the museum remove it from public display. Much like the real-life Bieber, the model’s damage “no longer does justice either to the star or to the attraction.” Bret Pidgeon, the museum’s general manager, hopes that “we can welcome a new ‘grown-up’ Justin back to the attraction in the near future.” No rush, guys. [New York Post] [Image via WENN]
Maybe you saw this 1981 gender-neutral LEGO ad (left) the first time around. Or maybe you saw it more recently, going viral on the Internet to underscore how advertising for kids could be: the little girl in the picture isn’t wearing any pink, and the ad copy is about the pride a child takes in building something on their own.
The ad’s young model, Rachel Giordano, recently posed for an updated version of the ad that shows just how much toys have changed in the past few decades. Rachel, who is now a 37-year-old naturopathic doctor, posed holding a toy from the LEGO “Friends” line, which is marketed to girls. The “Heartlake City News Van” in her hands is advertised like this:
“Break the big story of the world’s best cake with the Heartlake News Van! Find the cake and film it with the camera and then climb into the editing suite and get it ready for broadcast. Get Emma ready at the makeup table so she looks her best for the camera. Sit her at the news desk as Andrew films her talking about the cake story and then present the weather to the viewers.” Keep reading »
Atlantic City, New Jersey, has always been known as the place where your most impossible dreams can come true (or is that just me?), but this week’s Bacon Week Festival is taking the adventures to new heights. The festival is taking over the Tropicana Casino and Resort with goodies like bacon milkshakes, bacon toothpaste and and bacon-infused vodka.
For your Valentine’s Day needs, the festival includes bacon covered in chocolate and shaped like roses as well as — wait for it — bacon cupcakes. Let’s be real, that cupcake sounds like the highlight of the whole week. Attendee James Sanders did us the favor of explaining the layers of a satisfying bacon-chomping experience: Keep reading »
Caroline Heres, Julie Gelb and Jackie Reilly are on a mission to decrease sexual assault on college campuses. Last fall, Caroline and Jackie, who are students at Syracuse University, discussed the fact that they’d both been assaulted. What started as a chat between two friends evolved into a need to take action. Together, they decided to spread the word by contacting Syracuse sororities and holding a meeting about helping one another prevent assault
The pair received an encouraging response, and it quickly became clear that they had major potential on their hands. They teamed up with their sorority sister Julie Gelb, a PR major, to create Girl Code Movement. The organization aims to bring college women together across the country and encourage them to be active, empowered bystanders to help prevent rape through identifying possible victims and keeping them out of harm’s way. Keep reading »
A study by Rice University and the University of North Texas has found that for lots of us, height does matter when it comes to choosing a partner.
Researchers set out to learn more about height preferences in the heterosexual dating world by conducting a study split into two parts. The first part compiled data from Yahoo! personal dating ads and consulted the opinions of 455 heterosexual men (with an average height of 5’8″ and average age of 36) and 470 heterosexual women (with an average height of 5’4″ and an average age of 35). Only 13.5 percent of guys said they prefer to date women who are shorter than they are. The women in the study, on the other hand, were a bit pickier: 48.9 percent of women would only date men who are taller than they are.
The study’s second part enlisted volunteers from a U.S. university to take an online survey with open-ended questions. The survey included 54 men (who averaged 5’9″ tall) and 131 women (with an average height of 5’4″). Researchers found that 37 percent of men would only date women who are shorter than them, and 55 percent of women would only date men who are taller than them – very similar to the study’s previous findings. Keep reading »
“What’s great about 60 is you are through with the bullshit — it means you are really and truly through. Now, Camille Cosby had told me at 40 that happens, but 40 you’re still … in the race, you’re still competitive. And at 50, you’re still like, ‘Do I need to?’ 60? You are chilled. You are chilled, and you have nothing to prove, and you can sit above that perch with a sense of knowing that you are who you want to be, inside and out, and it’s good. Life is good. 60 and a week, baby!”
I’ve long been a believer in Oprah’s awesomeness, but she said it even better herself at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival when she was asked about her recent 60th birthday. Good news! Some day you will no longer give a fuck. That sounds pretty damn glorious to me. Somebody sign me up for this “aging” stuff. Oprah also mentioned how lucky she felt to even reach 60 at all when so many people’s lives are cut short far too soon. She is one classy lady. [People]
Mary Barra, GM’s first female CEO, is set to be paid half of what Dan Akerson, her male predecessor, made. Yes, half.
Barra will earn $4.4 million as opposed to Akerson’s 2012 earnings of $9.1 million (which comprised $1.7 million in salary and $7.3 million in stock awards). As a senior advisor, Akerson is now entitled to $4.68 million, which is still more than Barra is earning as CEO. With numbers this big being thrown around, the glaring question is whether anyone needs to be making millions of dollars each year. Of course not. I don’t think CEOs ever need to be making seven figures, but when the only reason one millionaire is making less than another millionaire is their gender, we have a different issue on our hands than the rich getting richer. [Jezebel, The Atlantic] [Image of money in wallet via Shutterstock]
“Once my daughter saw me on a cover where I had no freckles and said, ‘That doesn’t look like you at all!’ And then — just like a kid — ‘I like you better without them.’ Thanks!”
According to Julianne Moore, magazines pick and choose whether to keep her freckles in their photos. Some leave her skin as it is, and others airbrush those freckles right off. Moore didn’t mind so much either way, until her daughter saw a picture of her Photoshopped face and liked it better! It’s kind of funny, but I think that’s also pretty damn depressing. When someone’s own kid can tell right away that they’ve been retouched that much, we’re basically doomed as a society. Or something like that. [People]