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Soda And Chicken Nuggets All In One Handy Device

Sure, on the one hand, it might seem gross to keep your chicken nuggets where you keep your soda. But on the other hand: THINK OF THE CONVENIENCE! You can drink soda and shovel nuggets down your gullet with one hand, while you fondle your TV’s remote control with the other! This new invention, called the Col-Pop, is the latest in awesome snackology, and it was designed by a South Korean fast-food joint called BBQ Chicken. Hopefully it’s coming our way soon. [Serious Eats] Keep reading »

Please Watch Justin Timberlake And Jimmy Fallon Give A Hip-Hop History Lesson

There’s nothing better than watching two straight-up nerds geek out about the thing they love. In this clip from last night’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” Jimmy, The Roots and guest Justin Timberlake rattle through 20 of the greatest hip-hop tracks of all time. It has both me and Amelia practically in happy tears—that’s how good it is. [Fancast] Keep reading »

Old-School Wednesdays: Aerosmith’s “Cryin’”

In this classic video for Aerosmith’s 1994 hit “Cryin’,” Alicia Silverstone is having a bad day. Her boyfriend, baby Stephen Dorff, cheats on her, her car breaks down, and a hot dude tries to steal all her stuff. So she does what any fed-up lady would — and goes “over the edge” to piss her ex-boyfriend off. Watch for the pre-”Clueless” Silverstone, and for the miles and miles of plaid flannel sported in this video. So good. [YouTube] Keep reading »

America’s Grandparents, Anne Meara And Jerry Stiller, Talk About The Facebook

Anne Meara and Jerry Stiller are the funny parents of the also very funny Ben Stiller — and they want to talk to you about Spacebook. I mean, Facebook. Watch Meara tell Jerry, “My name is Melissa and I just got my period.” I could watch these two talk about fabric swatches and still laugh. And check out their second episode, where Meara calls “Jersey Shore”‘s Snooki “a little troll.” [Yahoo] Keep reading »

Meet Denny Blaze, The Whitest White Boy Rapper Ever

All Denny “Blazin’ Hazen” Blaze wanted to be was a successful rapper — and he made this stellar video, featuring his atonal voice, off-beat rapping, killer mullet and love of neon tracksuits — in order to try and get a record deal. Stick around for the post-video pitch to MTV, where he explains with a slight sociopathic glint, “I’m just a middle class guy who’s trying to express myself through my rap music.” [YouTube] Keep reading »

What’s One Question You’ve Always Wanted To Ask Your Mom?

Moms are often the keepers’ of family wisdom, the family archivists and key family storytellers. Moms are also often chock-full of secrets. That’s why you should try and take advantage of your mother’s sage words and ask her everything you can.

The folks over at Real Simple came up with a handy list of must-ask questions Keep reading »

E. Jean, Elle’s Advice Columnist, Needs To Stop

Usually we read Elle magazine’s advice column “Ask E. Jean” with a sense of bemused horror. We imagine E. Jean sitting poolside sipping a Mai Tai, systematically rattling off terrible, cliche, and gender-stereotyped advice to a beleaguered assistant who’s forced to type up every word. You see, the women who write into E. Jean often have similar problems — the spark in their relationship has died, their husbands or boyfriends are now distant or disinterested. And without fail, E. Jean always recommends the same thing — “Oh honey, just whip up a steak dinner, put on some sexy lingerie and seduce your man back into the relationship.” In E. Jean’s world, we’re all just a sexy negligee away from solving all our relationship woes.

And then we read E. Jean’s advice to a woman who’s been married for four months and is still a virgin … Keep reading »

Meet A Group Of Feminists Who Aren’t Afraid To Go Topless

Well, that’s one way to get the job done: A feminist group in the Ukraine has gone to extreme measures to get out their message. Members of FEMEN, a Ukrainian feminist group, have taken to topless protesting to get their point across. The group supports everything from equal pay and anti-sex trafficking bills to fighting for increased voting rights and against unfair utility taxes.

Founded in 2008 by a group of fed-up Ukrainian college students, FEMEN aims to rally young women to feminist causes. “I set up FEMEN because I realized that there was a lack of women activists in our society; Ukraine is male-oriented and women take a passive role,” explains founder Anna Hutsol. Keep reading »

Banned Books Week: In Which We Enter The Land Of Forbidden Literature

This week is Banned Books Week — a time to celebrate and acknowledge all the great and not-so-great works of literature that at one point or another have been considered too hot or too controversial for libraries. Among the most famous banned books? J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms, and J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. Banned Book Week is a great time to celebrate our freedom to read, and to think about how important access to information really is.

It’s also a time to reflect on the books we were banned from reading growing up … Keep reading »

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