IKEA is one of my favorite places in this world. Everything is colorful and beautiful, the prices are good, and HELLO, Swedish meatballs. However, if you don’t feel quite so strongly about IKEA and would rather avoid a few extra trips to their labyrinthine stores, this new app may be just what you have been waiting for. It’s an augmented reality app that allows you to use your phone to picture IKEA’s furniture in your home. Instead of focusing on the width and length of your purchases, you can get a visual representation of how it will actually look. The furniture appears in 3D over your room so that you can see if the couch is too big or even if the color isn’t quite right. The future is here, people! Or, as IKEA would say, schmergenflergenblerg. [CNBC] [Image via IKEA]
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We all though about it at one point or another. Okay, I did. Surely, Beanie Babies will be worth millions someday! Don’t you dare cut off that heart-shaped Ty tag! You could sell Patti the Platypus on eBay for probably thousands of dollars by 2010.
Unfortunately, such days have yet to come. Despite this disappointment, Chris Robinson’s family is instead seeking comfort in the knowledge that when the day comes when Beanie Babies make their comeback — and that day will come, dammit! — they’ll be prepared to cash in. Over the years, the Robinson family, primarily driven by Chris’s father, has collected between 15,000 and 20,000 Beanie Babies in the hopes that these toys would make nice college tuition funds for their five kids. This short documentary, by Chris Robinson himself, called “Bankrupt By Beanies,” is kind of cute but also sort of sad. Collecting Beanie Babies turned into an obsession for this man, but also proved to be a source of bonding for the family. And who knows, maybe some day Beanie Babies will get their second coming and the Robinsons will emerge victorious. [Boing Boing]
The Cronut, the über popular lovechild of the croissant and donut, is possibly the world’s most revered dessert right now. But despite its superiority, the Cronut is still the snack of equality. If you want a Cronut, you will wait in line for a Cronut. We’re looking at you, Emma Roberts.
In true diva style, Emma allegedly decided that the line in front of Dominique Ansel Bakery in NYC was not for her. She and her publicist marched right on up to the front of the line to try and get some star treatment. She was, however, treated like any other line jumper and was sent to the back of the lengthy queue. Emma reportedly quickly decided that waiting like a normal person was beneath her and she left the bakery in shame.
Luckily for Roberts, she is in fact a famous person and was treated to a Cronut that very night when she appeared on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.” On the show, she explained that she didn’t see the large group of people waiting to get into the store, which is why she went right to the door. I can’t really tell if it’s worse to be completely oblivious or just impatient and entitled. Either way, she got her damn Cronut. [Gawker; Daily Mail] [Photo: Getty Images]
Lucy Eades was at the Burleson Recreation Center in Texas with her husband and 16-day-old infant waiting for their older daughter to finish her dance class when the baby became hungry. Eades breastfeeds and damn well knows that it is her legal right in Texas to breastfeed in a public place. An employee, however, did not feel as comfortable about Eades nursing her baby and decided to take the law into her own hands. Watch Eades tell this lady what’s up. DAMN STRAIGHT. [Jezebel; Huffington Post]
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On the night of July 31, police arrived at the San Bernardino County Sexual Assault Services office to respond to an alarm. According to CBS Los Angeles, the building had been broken into through the ceiling, but by the time police arrived the thieves had already fled the area. Cindy Stalling, the executive director was notified, but the investigation had to wait until morning. Two hours later, however, Stalling received a call about more suspicious activity at the office. When she arrived, she found something absolutely shocking.
Sophie Fontanel is a novelist and the senior editor at French Elle. She also chose to be celibate from age 27 to age 39. The English translation of her book about these 12 years, The Art of Sleeping Alone, is due to be published in America on August 13. Fontanel spoke with New York mag’s The Cut about why she chose celibacy and how it affected her life. Keep reading »
Hey. Get your head out of the gutter! PETA means “go all the way vegan” instead of just vegetarian, obviously. Obviously. Is it really that obvious, though, when PETA’s new “Vegans Go All The Way” ad features Samia Najimy-Finnerty, who is just 16 years old? Keep reading »
With Mattel’s Barbie sales sinking these days, Mattel decided to team up with Coach in what seems like an appeal to both classic Coach collections and the tradition of the Barbie doll. This tiny tribute to Coach fashion can be yours for just $95, which is way less than an actual Coach bag. Sounds like a deal to me. Although I have my problems with Barbie, I can’t help but be drawn to her tiny Coach purse. It isn’t even that I particularly like Coach purses, but I do love miniatures that looks exactly like their larger counterparts. Examples include baby Converse and mini bottles of Tabasco sauce. [Huffington Post]
The GOP is worried about the lack of Republican women in Congress. This issue became a priority when the Republicans realized that they needed a friendly female face to put on their late-term abortion bans and ladies-can’t-be-trusted-with-their-own-bodies legislation. It doesn’t exactly look great when you can only find dudes that will vouch for the pro-life agenda. Thus, as the National Journal reported, Project GROW (Growing Republican Opportunities for Women) was born. Keep reading »
I know we were all just thinking that girls and young women needed another reason to avoid pursuing math and science, so The Children’s Place has graciously started selling shirts for young girls that clearly tell them math isn’t for them. Especially when there’s shopping to do, amiright?! Thank goodness you’re here, The Children’s Place. Keep reading »