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Why Your Lazy Bartender Doesn’t Want To Make You A Mojito

Dwarfs Of Drinking
When you drink do you get Dopey, Sleepy or Grumpy? Read More »
I Quit Drinking
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What happens when our author quit her epic boozing. Read More »

Once upon a time, I had a Dumb Idea. I decided to make mojitos, my favorite cocktail. They look so tasty and delicious in the bar, but come to find out they are a pain in the ass to make. The rum/mint/sugar/lime juice ratio is a delicate balance. And muddling the mint — “muddling” means abrasively rubbing, to release the flavor — is the worst. My uncle, who is a professional bartender, even gave me special mojito sugars. That didn’t help. My mojitos looked, and tasted, like swamp water.

So I can almost, almost, feel sympathetic now that The New York Post is now claiming bartenders are flat-out refusing to make their customers mojitos. Keep reading »

Dancer Fleeces Old Man Out Of NYC Apartment

I Was A Sugar Baby
This woman went out with a man just for money and gifts. Read More »
Sugar-ing Explained
sugar daddy
What's the difference between a sugar baby and a prostitute? Read More »
Paid To Be Spanked
VA man accused of paying for college in exchange for spanking women. Read More »

In every life, a little rain must fall. For one 73-year-old man, this came from the cold, hard realization that it was not a good idea to buy his 27-year-old girlfriend a $775,000 apartment after knowing her for only 10 months. Keep reading »

If This Is What 40 Looks Like, I’ll Skip My 30s With Pleasure

Judd's Advice For Girls
Judd Apatow is dispensing advice for Rookie Mag. Read More »
Judd On Funny Women
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Judd Apatow informs sexist d-bags that women are, in fact, funny. Read More »
Defending "Girls"
Judd Apatow defends "Girls," his HBO show with Lena Dunham. Read More »
This Is 40
Watch The Trailer!

Oh, Shirtless Paul Rudd. You are Shirtless Paul Rudd and you’re not even the best thing in this trailer. “This Is 40″ is the sort-of sequel to “Knocked Up,” about Paul and Debbie, the sister and brother-in-law of Katharine Heigl’s character. Now they’re 40 and feeling positively ancient. But they’re still got pot brownies, a gorgeous home, two great kids, and people in their lives like Megan Fox, Chris O’Dowd, and Jason Segel. Doesn’t sound too shabby to me. By all means, Leslie Mann, take 28. I’ll hand it over for half a pot brownie and a romp in the sack with your onscreen husband.

Madonna Speaks Out For Pussy Riot At Moscow Concert

Pussy Riot Pleads
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The feminist punk band has pleaded "not guilty." Read More »
Mistreated In Jail
Today's Lady News photo
Lawyers say Pussy Riot has been mistreated in jail. Read More »
Biased Judge
Pussy Riot says the judge in their trial is biases against them. Read More »
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Madonna Speaks Out For Pussy Riot

Last night at her concert in Moscow, Madonna appealed for the release of Pussy Riot, a feminist punk band which has been jailed for five months after speaking out publicly against President Vladimir Putin. This video sent chills up and down my arms as Madonna spoke about censorship, democracy and freedom. What an incredible reminder not to take our freedom of speech for granted.

The three women were charged with hooliganism for performing a “punk prayer” at a Moscow church and praying for Putin to be removed from the presidency. During their five months of imprisonment, the women say they’ve been mistreated in jail. Their trial began on Monday and the women have said their judge is biased against them. I’ve been writing about Pussy Riot daily in Today’s Lady News, but Mother Jones has a good recap here. [YouTube]

God Help Us, “High School Moms” Is Another Reality Show About Teen Pregnancy

Glamorizing Teen Moms?
Is teen pregnancy glamorized by shows like MTV's Teen Mom. Read More »
16 And Pregnant
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Jamie Lynn Spears says she was too scared to ask for birth control. Read More »
Pregnant Teens
Teen pregnancy is statistically a Southern thing. Read More »
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High School Moms
"High School Moms"
  • Yes, yes, this is something the universe needs: “High School Moms,” a TLC reality show about pregnant teens. The teens attend Florence Crittenton High School in Denver, Colorado. And this will be different from “16 & Pregnant” … how?  [ONTD]
  • Lady Gaga has tapped Lindsay Lohan for a music video off her upcoming album. I never thought in a million years would have thought Gaga would adopt LiLo as a pet project, but you know what? She could be a good influence. [New York Post]
  • “X-Files” star Gillian Anderson and her longtime partner Mark Griffiths have broken up. She’s back on the market, ladies and gentlemen. [People]
  • Remember when I said yesterday Robert Pattinson was going on “Good Morning America”? Well, it turns out he will actually make his first public appearance since the cheating scandal on “The Daily Show.” [US Weekly]

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Black And White And Cute All Over

Cute Polka Dots
Polka dots can be both cute and sophisticated! Read More »
DIY: Glitter Flats
Learn how to make your own sparkly shoes! Read More »

I am the nation’s foremost appreciator of polka dots, so much so that when Julie once wore a polka dot dress to work I yelled at her not to gank my style. I’ll reclaim my rightful place on the throne with these adorable black-and-white flats from Old Navy! The price tag is easy on my budget and they’ll be easy to dress up or down. Now, if I can just keep from stepping in the mud in white shoes … [$24.94, Old Navy]

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