Big news, everyone: I have a new panda coin purse and I will show it to you in the next What Are We Wearing Today? as I flaunt all of my money. (Spoiler: I have no money.) Until then you’ll have to content yourself with this new Instagram video of Bao Bao, the new baby panda at the Washington, D.C. zoo. Bao Bao is doing “target training,” where she follows the ball and pokes it with her nose in order to get a treat. The zoo explained that this isn’t a trick, per se, but rather a skill that Bao Bao learns as a cub so that zookeeepers can employ it when she needs to visit a doctor. I think we can all agree that when it comes to doing cute things with her nose, Bao Bao is an expert. [Instagram.com/SmithsonianZoo]
An Annapolis woman was robbed while in labor — how’s that for a baby story? According to the AP the woman and her boyfriend were making her way to the hospital when they got held up by three men. Get this — the woman’s boyfriend fled. She is in labor, they’re getting robbed and he runs away. Let that sink in for a minute.
The robbers tried to make her let him into the apartment, but she didn’t have a key. Instead, they stole her car. Thankfully, police busted them shortly thereafter. (Had they instead noticed she was in labor and taken her in a car to the hospital, we would have the plot of a rom-com on our hands.) No word on how this poor woman is doing, but she deserves all the gold stars. And all the epidurals. It turns out that giving birth on the New York City sidewalk and a nearby local news crew catching it on tape is not the #1 Crap Terrible Horrible Way To Give Birth. [AP] [Image of pregnant belly via Shutterstock]
I am getting a Kindle Paperwhite for my upcoming birthday (!!!), so it’s time to step up my e-book game. I’ve been noodling the idea of joining Scribd or Amazon Prime, two of the biggest services for borrowing e-books. I’ve been poking through their respective offerings somewhat obsessively to figure out which plan is right for me, so I found this listicle on Parade‘s web site about the most widely read ebooks available on Scribes from each state pretty interesting. They are reading about ice cream up in Alaska, while The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption and Pee by Sarah Silverman is giving us New Yorkers an Empire State Of Mind about pee. Just Kids by Patti Smith is their most widely read book in California and I give that two enthusiastic thumbs up. Anyway, I’m leaning towards Prime, but anyone wants to weigh in on the matter, I’m all ears! [Parade]
Who knew New Jersey-ians were so touchy? Dove has apologized for a prospective billboard for their new NutritionMoisture deodorant that ruffled feathers (er, clanged gold chains?) in the Garden State. “Dear New Jersey,” it read, “when people call you the ‘Armpit Of America,’ take it as a compliment. Sincerely, Dove.” The delicate sensibilities of people who elected Chris Christie bristled and Dove now says it won’t post the billboard at all. Arguably it doesn’t even need to post it at all, now that it successfully created a stupid controversy for free publicity.
Furthermore, on the matter of New Jersey smells: I lived there for a year-and-a-half and have zero complaints about smells. In my opinion, Washington, D.C., which is built on a swamp, and the perimeter of New York City’s Central Park, which is speckled with horse poop, smells much worse. Now, fight amongst yourselves about it in the comments. [Gothamist via MyFoxNY]
After 27 seasons of almost painful heterosexuality, we were not optimistic that either “The Bachelor” or “The Bachelorette” would introduce a gay or lesbian contestant. I mean, it took them this long to finally have a Latino “Bachelor.” And in an interview this weekend with The New York Times Magazine, longtime host Chris Harrison pretty much confirmed that any diversity in the casting department is a big HELL TO THE NO. Keep reading »
“Cleanliness” is such relative concept that hardly anyone thinks of herself as a dirty person. We all believe we’re neat and clean enough, because, well, it’s our B.O., sandwich crumbs, and long strands of hair we’re living with. (At least you think it’s hair!) But an honest assessment may tell a different story. If your mom/mother-in-law/Martha Stewart were popping by for a visit, would you really just swipe the top of the stove with a Clorox Disinfecting Wipe and call it a day? Thought not. That, my dirty friends, is why we have Jolie Kerr. Keep reading »
Two generic versions of the emergency contraception Plan B “morning-after pill” will soon be available over-the-counter for women. The FDA issued a letter on Tuesday stating the purchase of the generic version of EC will not require proof of age but it will carry a label stating it is for use by young women age 17 and up. According to the Boston Globe, the generic versions — called My Way and Next Choice One Dose — will cost $20-$35 compared to $50 for the brand-name Plan B One-Step. This is another big step forward, after the FDA’s approval in June to sell Plan B One-Step for over-the-counter sale. Being sold on shelves means that a woman can purchase EC without being refused the medication by a pharmacist. If taken within 72 hours after unprotected sex, EC is almost 90 percent effective at preventing unwanted pregnancy. Well done, FDA! [Reproductive Health Technologies Project; Boston Globe] [Image of a pharmacist via Shutterstock]