Awesome Sportsmanship: Girl Helps Her Competitor Finish Race

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High school athlete Meghan Vogel had already had a pretty good day — she won the 1600 meter race at the Ohio state track meet. But what made her day truly extraordinary was an act of kindness she performed, helping injured competitor Arden McMath finish the 3200 meter race. Meghan was coming up the home stretch when she saw Arden fall down in front of her. But rather than simply continue to run past her, Meghan stopped and helped Arden up, and the two walked across the finish line together. It’s yet another example of why winning really isn’t everything — it really, really is how you play the game.

Enjoy This Shar Pei Nursing A Couple Of Tiger Cubs

Animals are great in that sometimes they help each other out, despite the fact that in different circumstances, they would be at each other’s throats. Take for example this Shar Pei dog named Cleopatra, who was enlisted to help nurse a couple of orphaned tiger cubs at a zoo in Sochi, Russia. 

“[Cleo] accepted them right away,” said zoo handlers. “She’s cleaning them and breastfeeding them as if they were her own. And they also sleep together.” The cubs are named Clyopa and Plyusha, and have thus far been non-aggressive to Cleo, probably because they rely on her for feeding. 

The cubs are two of fewer than 400 known Siberian tigers left in Russia’s wild. [MSNBC]

Would You Wait In Line For A Pair Of Shoes?

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The other morning, as I was walking to work, I passed a long line of guys passed out in camping chairs on the sidewalk. They’d been there all night, presumably, waiting for the much-anticipated new Air Yeezy 2 shoe — the second collaboration between Kanye West (that’s Yeezy) and Nike. The crowd began dispersing as I walked by, after the 34th St. Foot Locker put up a sign saying that they wouldn’t be getting any of the shoes in, and the sneakerheads would have to look elsewhere to cop a pair.

And they did. According to The New York Daily News, pairs of the shoes, which retail for $245, are going for as much as $80,000 on eBay (thoug most pre-orders are around $3,000 to $5,000). The shoes will officially be released on Saturday.

The culture of shoe collectors and sneakerheads dictates that the waiting in line and camping out is part of the process. You get to say that you were the first in line, or the first at the counter. But is there anything comparable in women’s fashion? Have you ever waited in line, or camped out for a special bag, or limited edition piece of jewelry? Tell us in the comments!

Women Have Bangs & Other Things The New York Times Can Tell Us

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Not sure if you saw this, but according to The New York Times, the totally on-top-of-it purveyors of the latest and coolest fashion and style trends, there’s a new hairstyle that’s been making waves. It’s called bangs. Have you heard of them? They sweep across your forehead and can cover between a third and one-half of your ugly face! They’re so handy and versatile, but also so fraught!

As darling Stephanie Rosenbloom cautions in her 1,000 word missive on the subject:

“Superthick bangs look great, and everyone wants them right now,” said the stylist Alan Tosler, a founder of the Tosler Davis salon in New York. “But if you have a cowlick in your hairline, they will not work. Or if you’ve got a superlow hairline.”

Or, if you are a monkey or some other kind of simian, and your entire body is covered in hair. Then bangs will absolutely not work. Continue reading

The Good, The Bad & The WTF: The 2012 CMT Awards

The CMT Awards come but once a year — a celebration of all things country music. We’re not particularly huge country music fans, but we can appreciate the way country music has veritably dominated pop music these days — that stuff is everywhere. And so it seems not that surprising to see mainstream stars like Jordin Sparks attending and Kristen Bell co-hosting the event. Carrie Underwood took home the award for Video of the Year — and also won kudos for her sparkly outfit. There seemed to be lots of champagne-colored frocks on the red carpet, which worked for some, and not so much for others. Take a look and let us know what you think in the comments.