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Homeless Ted Williams Meets Estranged Mom


It’s been a banner week for Ted Williams. The 53-year-old spent 20 years living on the streets in Columbus, Ohio, his life ruined by drugs and alcohol. But then a video of the silky-voiced homeless man went viral–and bam!–he’s got a job and has been reunited with his mother. On Thursday, Williams saw his 90-year-old mother for the first time in nearly two decades. “You always told me to pray, and I’ve been praying. This has been a dream, a dream and a prayer,” he told his mother Julia, who lives in New York. Williams was in New York to record a voiceover spot for Kraft Foods, make appearances on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” and “Today.” Of course, what was Ted’s mom, Julia, most concerned with? He accidentally told the world she was 92 when she’s actually 90. Keep reading »

An Astroturf House For The Mini-Golf Fanatic

Isn’t it sad when the grass on your house is greener than the grass in your yard? This “Beetlejuice”-esque house in Austria features Escher-style staircases to nowhere and an exterior covered entirely in astroturf. Whatever makes you happy. [If It's Hip It's Here] Keep reading »

While You Were Away Your Boyfriend Discovered His True Self


Nobody saw it coming, but look, your boyfriend loves being a horse. Now he won’t stop prancing–he’s even started showering with Mane & Tail. You’re probably going to leave him. [YouTube] Keep reading »

French Vogue Wants Your Little Girls

It’s not unusual for little girls to have an innocent romp in their moms’ closets every once in a while. But what happens when the closet they’re romping in happens to belong to French Vogue? French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld must have really wanted to go out with a controversial bang. In the latest issue of the fashion magazine, the outgoing editor included a fashion spread–called “Cadeaux,” which means “gift” in French–starring a bevy of way underage girls, all dolled up like come-hither Lolitas. It’s no surprise that young models sell magazines; just look at the latest crop of Eastern European model teenagers for proof. But still, it’s a little unsettling to see a band of 8-year-olds decked out in high-class couture, mimicking older, more experienced women. And what’s really shocking: the designer clothes seem to hug the bodies of these little girls, making us wonder just who these clothes were really made for, anyway. Check out a couple more images from the spread after the jump–and tell us what you think. [Gawker] Keep reading »

Old-School Wednesday: Salt-N-Pepa Make Us Wanna “Shoop”

Ah, a sexy anthem about sexy sex featuring the fine ladies of Salt-N-Pepa. “Shoop” was totally our middle school jam–even when we had no idea what “shoop” meant. [YouTube] Keep reading »

The Most Adorable Angry Mob Ever


A kitten gamely allows a roving band of furiously cute puppies tackle and re-tackle her to the ground. It’s a battle of squee-inducing adorable vs. furry cuteness. Who will win? [Buzzfeed]
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Jake And Taylor Are No More

It appears that Hollywood’s most puzzling pair has called it quits. The Jake Gyllenhaal/Taylor Swift relationship is dunzo. Gyllenswift, as we like to call them, apparently called it quits last month, even after Jake purchased Taylor an exorbitantly expensive guitar for her birthday. Maybe Gyllenhaal got sick of staring into Swift’s squinty eyes. Or sick of not being able to go to a bar with his still-underage girlfriend. Or maybe all that coffee was giving him bowel issues. Or perhaps Taylor wasn’t into dating a guy born in the, gasp, ’80s. Either way, we’re sure Swift will write a song about it. [People] Keep reading »

Why You Should Never Go Long-Distance Ice Skating Alone

Sometimes you’re like, wow, when my boyfriend and I are together it feels like we’re the only two people in the world. Yeah, that’s a great idea, but the reality? Kind of frightening. A Swedish couple was long-distance ice skating–which is apparently a thing that you do in Sweden–when a boat broke up the ice floe they were skating on. The boat wake cracked the ice into small patches and stranded the pair. Thankfully, the couple was able to use a cell phone to summon help. They were rescued after just 12 minutes–and the rescue crew took this unbelievable pic of the event. [Gawker] Keep reading »

Stephanie Seymour’s Oedipal Oops

Well, this is weird. That’s not Victoria’s Secret model (and Axl Rose ex) Stephanie Seymour frolicking with her boyfriend. That’s her son, who appears to be getting to second base with his mom. Paging Dr. Freud. [Egotastic]
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What Would Your TV Show Be About?

So everrrrrrybody’s talking about Oprah’s new Oprah Winfrey Network business–and we’re not gonna lie, we’re watching. The show we’re most psyched on? Her Machiavellian-tinged “Your OWN Show: Oprah’s Search for the Next TV Star.” The show pits 12 regular folks against each other for the chance to, yes, have their own show on the fledgling Oprah-fied network. Most of the prospectives have either cooking program or talk show plans. But not our personal frontrunner: Zach Anner, a 25-year-old guy with cerebral palsy who’s aiming to make a travel show about all the things that go wrong when you travel. He describes his cerebral palsy as “the sexy palsy,” so you know he’s got a sense of humor. Plus, it’s refreshing to see a differently-abled person on television. It also got us thinking: what would we do if we had our own television show? Most likely it would involve traveling, cute animals and random make-out session-filled cameos from Joseph Gordon-Levitt. What about you? Tell us about your television show dreams in the comments. Keep reading »

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