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You Know You’re Jealous! Otters With A Lifelong Love Die Within An Hour Of Each Other

This is a story about otters. Gay otters. Gay otters in love. OK, OK, I don’t know for a fact that Daz, 19, and Chip, 16, were in love, but the Daily Mail says they were “best friends” who “lived side-by-side for 15 years” and those sure sound like euphemisms for gay otter love to me. Anyway. Tragically, but adorably, Chip and Daz died of heart attacks within one hour of each other. Sob! Zookeepers at the Naturelands Zoo in New Zealand say it seems the second otter passed away from the stress of watching his mate die. “The only consolation from this is that they both went together,” zookeeper Gail Sutton told the Daily Mail. “Because if one had gone without the other, the remaining one would have been really lost.” Awwww. It’s just like that Ben Folds song. [Daily Mail UK] Keep reading »

Frisky Books: What Are We Reading This Week?

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Scott Roeder Sentenced For Murdering Abortion Provider Dr. George Tiller

Yesterday Kansas District Judge Warren Wilbert sentenced Scott Roeder, the anti-abortion extremist who killed abortion provider Dr. George Tiller at his church in May, to the harshest possible sentence. Roeder received a “Hard 50,” which means he must serve 50 years in prison before he will be up for parole.
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Today’s Lady News: Mississippi Will Vote On Abortion Ban In 2011

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  • Mississippi voters will mull a proposed ban on abortions in their 2011 election, since abortion opponents collected enough signatures to put the proposal on the ballot. [AP]
  • Scott Roeder, an anti-abortion extremist and the murderer of Kansas abortion provider Dr. George Tiller, is to be sentenced today. Dr. Tiller was one of the few late-term abortion providers in the nation. [Reuters]
  • American University’s student newspaper, the Eagle, has said it will apologize for running a column by 20-year-old student Alex Knepper, who took issue with women who say they are date raped. Activists have called Knepper and the student paper “date rape apologists” after he wrote that a woman who goes to a frat party, has five drinks, and goes back to a man’s room “is indicating that she wants sex” and should not “cry ‘date rape’” the next day. [Washington Post]
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I Want A Gummi Bear Chandelier!

There’s crap you don’t need and there’s crap you don’t need that you need. And the crap I need is this gummi bear chandelier, handmade by a quirky furniture design company called Jellio. It apparently takes two months to hand-string 5,000 acrylic gummi bears together to make this! Not surprisingly, this gummi bear chandelier is one of those “price upon request” kind of things. Drat! But make sure to check out their $900 cupcake chairs and $950 ice cream sandwich bench, as well. Too cute! [Jellio.com] Keep reading »

Girl Talk: I’m A Loner

I probably won’t go to your birthday party. Or your housewarming party. Or your Halloween party, your Christmas party, or your July 4th barbecue. It’s nothing personal. I like you. I really do! And I’m super-nice and friendly. I really am! If you’re in need of a professional introduction, or want to borrow a book, or just desire someone to listen while you talk, I’m your girl. But you shouldn’t expect I’ll show up in a social setting, charm your friends, and be the life of the party. I’m a loner and I won’t be at the party. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Former Goldman Sachs VP Sues Over Getting “Mommy Tracked”

This originally posted yesterday at 6:30 pm, but then there was some sort of snafu and a bunch of text deleted. Anyway, here’s yesterday’s Lady News, uh, today. — Editor Amelia

  • Charlotte Hanna, a former vice president at Goldman Sachs, is suing the company for setting her on a “mommy track,” which she says led to her getting fired while on maternity leave. Hanna was hired at Goldman Sachs in 1998 and promoted to vice president two years later. Her lawsuit claims, however, that she was demoted in 2005 after she returned from her first maternity leave and was fired while on her second maternity leave in 2009. “When Ms. Hanna decided to take the ‘off-ramp’ provided by the firm to devote time to her children, there was no ‘on-ramp’ that enabled her to return to full-time employment,” her lawsuit states. “Essentially, the ‘off-ramp’ was a direct path to a mommy-track that ultimately derailed Ms. Hanna’s career.” [Reuters]
  • Today’s featured entry on Wikipedia.org is about “wife selling.” Interesting. [Wikipedia.org]

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Arizona Teacher Makes Chivalry A Classroom Rule

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Teacher Cord Ivanyi, a Latin instructor at Gilbert Classical Academy, was tired of seeing boys physically push aside girls as they rushed through the classroom door. So at the beginning of this school year, Ivanyi told his students the new classroom rules about chivalry: boys would hold doors for girls; boys would ask girls if they would like to be seated; boys would offer to take girls’ backpacks before they sit down; boys would stand if a girl leaves the room; and girls would be served first if food is in the classroom.

“All boys will understand chivalry,” Ivanyi told The Arizona Republic. “It’s teaching them social grace. It’s things they should know when they do go out on dates.” All the students, boys and girls, were reportedly awkward about the mandated chivalry at first. But Ivanyi, as well as girls quoted by various media outlets, say girls seem to be enjoying the chivalry and some chivalrous behavior is even extending beyond the classroom.

Mandated chivalry may be a well-intentioned idea. And it may well have taught some kids to be conscious of the basic concept of good manners, which is to be considerate of others’ well-being. But mandating chivalry in the classroom could not be a more misguided set of rules. Keep reading »

Will Hooters Host A Bikini Contest During Tiger Woods’ Masters Game?

TMZ.com reports that Hooters in Augusta, Georgia, will hold a bikini contest with golf-themed events during Tiger Woods‘ return to golf at the Masters Tournament next week. The boobs-and-hot-wings chain will allegedly host games like a putting competition and a long-drive contest to, uh, celebrate golf alongside their, um, celebration of the female form. Klassy, Hooters, very klassy.

However! In all fairness to Hooters, whether Tiger is in town or not, doesn’t a bikini contest seem like something they’d be doing anyway? [TMZ.com] Keep reading »

What’s A “Kitchenista”?

Don’t have enough closet space? Join the damn club. Who amongst us does not trip over, like, three pairs of shoes each morning because we’ve got nowhere to store them?

But now The New York Post introduces us to the ladies and gentlemen who put our closet space woes to shame: “kitchenistas,” who use their stove, fridge and other kitchen stuff as extra storage for their wardrobe. Keep reading »

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