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What Was Your “Holy Crap, I’m An Adult” Moment?

Adulthood — what is it and what does it mean to you? For some, the transition to grown-ass woman status can seem murky and ephemeral. But for others, it’s easy to locate a turning point, a shift, a change in perspective from “girl” to “woman.”

I thought about this as I perused the chef’s knives at Williams-Sonoma one day last week: buying fancy knives to replace my crappy Ikea set seemed very smart and adult. Weirdly, it represented a shift in focus — a few years ago, I’d have probably blown that $150 on drinks and take-out or an unnecessary dress, and instead I was buying crazy expensive knives! To cook with!

But adulthood is different for everyone. When did you most feel like an adult? After the jump: some of our silly and scary adult moments. Keep reading »

What Your Cat’s (Probably Not) Dreaming About


Look, we’re pretty sure kittens are too concerned with eating kibble, pooping and ruining your furniture to care about a fantastical outerspace wonderland filled with dragons and spaceships. But if that’s what you want to believe your furry moggy is dreaming of, by all means. [Oh Have You Seen This?] Keep reading »

Drew Barrymore Would Like Two Penises, Please


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Drew Barrymore was on “The Daily Show” last night and, per the usual, charmed the pants off of host Jon Stewart. She was mum on whether she and Mac Guy Justin Long were back on again, but did agree that dating a guy with “two penises” would be ideal. We’re with you all the way, Drew. [The Daily Show] Keep reading »

The Dog Toy That Just Won’t Quit


What do you do with a bunch of tape and a laser pointer? Why, strap a laser pointer to your dog’s head, of course! The enterprising couple in this video did just that and allowed their pups to roam free around the house, chasing the bright red beam of light. It’s the game that never ends! [Oh Have You Seen This?] Keep reading »

Video: We Want To Get Into Her Pants


Sometimes you’re up in the club and you see somebody wearing an outfit you just have to have. Leslie Hall, the genius behind the gem sweater phenomenon, knows what we’re talking about. She made this song “Tight Pants/Body Rolls” about coveting another’s super tight pants. Major props to her and the two awesome tiger ladies featured in this video (we really want your big tiger head costumes, please). [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »

After Edward: What Will Be The Next Big Post-Vampire Craze?

Team Edward or Team Jacob. “True Blood” and “The Vampire Diaries.” It’s clear that blood-sucking vampires are having a cultural moment. In fact, since the first “Twilight” movie was released in 2008, vampire-related products have grossed more than $7 billion worldwide. That’s a whole lot of blood at the bloodbank.

But “Twilight” and “True Blood” won’t be around forever (sad but true). So we’ve provided a list of several hot-to-trot contenders ready to replace the vampire craze with all the Burger King merchandising tie-ins your heart desires. Keep reading »

In Defense Of “Angry” Feminists

AskMen really thinks of everything. Its latest tip of the hat to womankind: a column devoted to helping men navigate the murky waters around “angry feminists.” The helpful article — written by a woman! — gives guys four simple tips for dialoguing with feminists of the pissed-off kind. Among the helpful hints: don’t claim to also be a feminist; don’t talk about sex; don’t prove her right (by being a jerk); and simply just don’t bother. Keep reading »

Quotable: Heidi Montag Needs To Run — Not Walk — Away From Spencer Pratt

“Clearly I care for her, but the divorce is a superficial title ’cause I didn’t cheat on her. And then she divorces me to clean her image. That doesn’t fly with me. As much as I was like, ‘Do it’ [with the divorce], I never thought it would work. You can’t be Speidi and then all of a sudden get a divorce. She’s still serious about it because she’s trying to divorce what is Spencer Pratt. She still loves me … There won’t be [a sex tape] if she rips up these divorce papers and wants to do this show with me. It’s a perfect example of how you can’t escape Speidi. [If I did my own show,] her name’s always going to come up. … That’s my point here. Heidi, you can’t get rid of Spencer. I’m too polarizing.”

Spencer Pratt on his maybe-divorce from Heidi Montag. Okay, we are officially frightened. Heidi, you might want to look into a restraining order. [MTV] Keep reading »

Old-School Wednesdays: The Verve’s “Bittersweet Symphony


In 1997, The Verve released their third full-length record, Urban Hymns, which included the band’s breakout hit “Bittersweet Symphony.” That song, which would later be used in a pivotal scene in the camp movie “Cruel Intentions,” was accompanied by a standout video, featuring singer Richard Ashcroft stonily walking down a busy London street. We love it, and the song, and decided this Hump Day to remind you of its awesomeness.

And true or false: The Verve’s Richard Ashcroft and his Skeletor face are totally hot? (Answer: TRUE). Keep reading »

Will No One Think Of The Cupcakes? Cupcakes Confiscated In Philly

Someone is trying to keep Philadelphia’s delicious cupcakes down. Yesterday, Philly police confiscated the Buttercream Cupcake Lady truck. And they fined the cupcake lady, Kate Carrara, $200 for violating Philadelphia’s “business compliance” laws

But Carrara, a former lawyer, said she is properly licensed to have the truck in the city. “There’s crack deals a block away and three cops are surrounding the Cupcake Lady? I mean, really?” she said. Plus, Philly is averaging a murder every other day or so. Keep reading »

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