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Women Crash Into An IHOP After Dining And Dashing

Sometimes people do smart things. Like, really really smart. Take for example, this group of four women in Detroit. After a meal at the International House of Pancakes (please tell me they got the Butterscotch Rocks ‘cakes), these gals decided to skip out on their bill. They took off, a waitress chasing them out the door to get their license plate number as they piled into a Mercury Cougar. Then, the driver lost control of the car, and it went careening into…the side of the restaurant. Everyone ran. But then the driver had to come back to get her car and apologize for the incident. Turns out, she had $200 in cash in her wallet, and totally let her friends talk her into bailing.

The only time I’ve ever skipped out on a bill was when I kept (kept) asking the waitress for a check, and an hour later, she still hadn’t brought it. So I left without paying, conscience clear. Have you ever dined and dashed? Keep reading »

Bethenny Frankel Is Crazy In Love

Normally, when reality TV stars talk about how in love they are, I involuntarily roll my eyes. (See: Paris Hilton talking about how she wants to marry boyfriend Doug Reinhardt, only to dump him, like, a week later.) But when I read that Bethenny Frankel from “The Real Housewives of New York City” has a new guy, I felt kind of giddy. “I’m in love,” she told People over the weekend. “I was getting my picture taken [at a restaurant in New York City] and I had a scowl on my face. He came up and said, ‘Are you going to get that stick out of your a–?’ I’m pretty much certain I’m going to spend the rest of my life with him…I’m really happy.” Her dude’s name is Jason Hoppy and they’ve been together for eight months. He’s a pharmaceutical rep who also does real estate. And look at his dreamy blue eyes! [People] Keep reading »

America’s Next Top Texter

I’m the world’s slowest text messager. So I’m pretty darn impressed by the contestants who took part in LG’s third annual U.S. National Texting Championship on Tuesday. More than 250,000 applied, but only a very lucky 20 earned spots in the competition and got to show off their skills at texting blindfolded, texting while running an obstacle course, and (GASP!) texting without grammar and capitalization errors.

So who won? Kate Moore, a 15-year-old from Des Moines, Iowa, who sends about 14,000 texts per month—between 400 and 470 a day. (Geez, I hope her parents sprung for the unlimited texting package.) “Let your kid text during dinner! Let your kid text during school! It pays off,” she said, while cradling her trophy. She took home a ginormous $50,000 prize check. Let’s hope she doesn’t also take home texting thumb. [Yahoo News] Keep reading »

Father’s Day Gift Guide: The Sophisticated Dad

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Sometimes I worry that my parents are cooler than I am. Their apartment in New York’s Greenwich Village is straight out of a design magazine. They’ve checked out nearly every new restaurant in town. They’ve already listened to the new Grizzly Bear album. The problem with having hip parents is that the stuff they like tends to skew out of my price range. Luckily, I’ve found a few things for Father’s Day that are just my dad’s style, yet won’t make me cry as I hand over my credit card.

Your Favorite Actor Makes Way, Way More Than Your Favorite Actress

Earlier this year, things were looking up on the gender pay-gap front. First came the news that women were up to making $TK for every $1 a man makes doing the same work. Next, Barack Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter bill ensuring that women can sue when they realize they aren’t making the same amount they’d make if they had something dangling between their legs. Then came the news that, in the horrific economy, men were being laid off in much bigger numbers then women. Together, all these things made the playing field sorta seem like it was being leveled. But alas, there is still one industry where women make a measly 50 cents to every $1 a dude makes. Yep, Hollywood.

Forbes Magazine has released it’s yearly round-up of the highest paid actors and actresses. Will Smith took top honors—he banked about $80 million last year. Johnny Depp came in second, earning $72 million. Evidently studios didn’t get the memo that Eddie Murphy is a has-been, because he rolled in $55 million. The list goes on just like this—sadly, not a single lady made the top 10. Overall, the top ten guys made $487 million, while the women made $244.5 million collectively. Still a ginormous amount, yes. But a gross discrepancy. [ Keep reading »

Your Favorite Actor Makes Way, Way More Than Your Favorite Actress

Earlier this year, things were looking up on the gender pay-gap front. First came the news that women were up to making 80¢ for every $1 a man makes doing the same work—not great, but a big improvement from just a few decades ago. Next, Barack Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter bill ensuring that women can sue when they realize they aren’t making the same amount they’d make if they had something dangling between their legs. Then came the news that, in the horrific economy, men were being laid off in much bigger numbers then women. Together, all these things made the playing field sorta seem like it was being leveled. But alas, there is still one industry where women make a measly 50 cents to every $1 a dude makes. Yep, Hollywood.

Forbes Magazine has released it’s yearly round-up of the highest paid actors and actresses. Will Smith took top honors—he banked about $80 million last year. Johnny Depp came in second, earning $72 million. Evidently studios didn’t get the memo that Eddie Murphy is a has-been, because he rolled in $55 million. The list goes on just like this—sadly, not a single lady made the top 10. Overall, the top ten guys made $487 million, while the women made $244.5 million collectively. Still a ginormous amount, yes. But a gross discrepancy. [ Keep reading »

Your Favorite Actor Makes Way, Way More Than Your Favorite Actress

Earlier this year, things were looking up on the gender pay-gap front. First came the news that women were up to making 80¢ for every $1 a man makes doing the same work—not great, but a big improvement from just a few decades ago. Next, Barack Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter bill ensuring that women can sue when they realize they aren’t making the same amount they’d make if they had something dangling between their legs. Then came the news that, in the horrific economy, men were being laid off in much bigger numbers then women. Together, all these things made the playing field sorta seem like it was being leveled. But alas, there is still one industry where women make a measly 50 cents to every $1 a dude makes. Yep, Hollywood.

Forbes Magazine has released it’s yearly round-up of the highest paid actors and actresses. Will Smith took top honors—he banked about $80 million last year. Johnny Depp came in second, earning $72 million. Evidently studios didn’t get the memo that Eddie Murphy is a has-been, because he rolled in $55 million. The list goes on just like this—sadly, not a single lady made the top 10. Overall, the top ten guys made $487 million, while the women made $244.5 million collectively. Still a ginormous amount, yes. But a gross discrepancy. [ Keep reading »

Ashley Tisdale Gives An Obama Impersonator A Lap Dance

On Friday, Ashley Tisdale (“High School Musical”) appeared on the Spanish talk show “El Hormiguero” and was gushing about Barack Obama. Next thing you know, an Obama impersonator was wheeled out for her to give a lap dance to. She doesn’t actually go anywhere near his lap, but still, it’s pretty funny. Keep reading »

Let’s Set A Frisky World Record

When I was kid, my dad (a stock broker at the time) had a client who either A) set a world record for pogo-sticking up the stairs of the Statue of Liberty, B) wanted to set a world record for pogo-sticking up the stairs of the Statue of Liberty, or C) mentioned something about pogo-sticks and the Statue of Liberty, and I melded these two things together into one idea. Regardless of which option it was (Dad, do you remember?), I was very impressed. Ever since, I’ve really wanted to set a world record. I thought about things I could do—build the world’s largest rubber band ball, turn the most somersaults in a row, hum the most songs backwards. For years, my theory was that if I could just find something obscure enough that I’d have no competition, I could do it. But you’d be surprised at what counts as “obscure.” Everything I’ve thought of has already been done, and by someone who could do it better/longer then me.

That is, until yesterday, when I saw this story about a group of students in Wales who set the world record for having the most people dressed as Smurfs in one place—2,510 of them to be exact. Seriously, each person did nothing but paint themselves blue, put on a silly hat, and show up to some night club. [Telegraph] Keep reading »

Yet ANOTHER Model Show? Make It Stop.

TV Land is normally my haven for “The Cosby Show” and “Roseanne” reruns. But lately, the network’s branched out into original shows, like “The Cougar,” basically a “Bachelorette” rip-off where the lady doing the picking is 40 and the guys are all in their 20s. Tonight at 9pm is the season premiere of “She’s Got The Look,” the show that looks to “discover the next supermodel over the age of 35.” And I’ve got some pretty mixed feelings about it.

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