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Blue Ivy Goes To The Beach And Jay-Z Wants More Kids

As made clear by this photo of Blue Ivy and Beyoncé at the beach, Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s first crack at procreation turned out really adorable. Now 18 months old, Blue Ivy has been making more and more appearances, the best of which are showing up on Beyoncé’s official Tumblr. In a recent interview on Hot

By: Mary Odell / July 18, 2013

Is Barbie On The Decline?

Mattel’s Barbie doll has long embodied all that is wrong with society’s expectations of women and the female body. But there's good news, sort of: the impossibly shaped, blonde doll's popularity appears to finally be waning. Mattel has reported a 23 percent drop in sales and sales have declined for the fourth quarter in a row. To…

By: Mary Odell / July 17, 2013

11 Reasons Why Camping Is The Best

Camping is, admittedly, not for everyone, but it’s also not as tough as many people think. You probably are not going to get eaten by a bear or start a forest fire.  Here are just a few of the many reasons why camping is totally awesome. It is time to face your fears and get…

By: Mary Odell / July 17, 2013

Pip Pip Cheerio! Gay Marriage Now Legal In England And Wales

The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill received royal assent this morning, thus legalizing gay marriage in both England and Wales. Royal assent in the United Kingdom takes place after both the House of Lords and the House of Commons have passed a bill. The Queen then agrees to make the bill an Act of Parliament,…

By: Mary Odell / July 17, 2013

Man Accused Of Throwing Semen At Woman Because She Was “Hot”

In what was potentially an all time low for Walmart shoppers, one man decided that the best way to tell a woman that she was attractive was to throw bodily fluids at her. A Delaware police report obtained by The Smoking Gun states that Frank J. Short first walked past the victim and said, “Excuse…

By: Mary Odell / July 16, 2013

Lube Leakage Causes Post Office Evacuation

A post office in Alabama was evacuated last week after a suspicious substance began leaking out of a package onto 12 to 15 other packages. After coming into contact with the liquid, two people were hospitalized as a precaution, CBS Atlanta reported. It caused a burning sensation on the skin and people were worried that…

By: Mary Odell / July 16, 2013

That Store Knows Where You Shopped Last Summer

I, like many people do, figure that while online shopping, companies track the things I look at, how long I look at them, and whether or not I buy them. This is, of course, then reflected in the advertisements that I will later see on other websites. Although slightly unnerving, tech-savvy consumers have come to…

By: Mary Odell / July 15, 2013

Man’s Penis Bitten By A Snake Residing In His Toilet

It’s snake season in Israel, apparently, and those slithering menaces are everywhere. And yes, everywhere does include toilets. A 35-year-old man in Northern Israel was just going to the bathroom, minding his own business, when a small snake popped out of the toilet he was sitting on and bit him square on the penis. Although…

By: Mary Odell / July 15, 2013

New Brooklyn Net Is Allowed To Cheat On His Wife Once Per Year

Andrei Kirilenko is the newest addition to the Brooklyn Nets, a team that has spent the off-season stacking itself with new and promising players. Kirilenko left the Minnesota Timberwolves for the Nets, but will experience a steep pay cut from $10 million last year to $3.18 million a year, New York magazine reported. Unfortunately, Kirilenko left…

By: Mary Odell / July 15, 2013

The Issue With Boobs And Sports

Boobs are great for a lot of things. But as anyone who has at least average-sized breasts has probably noticed, sports are not one of those things. Breasts pose a problem for athletes for several reasons. First, they are extra weight to slow down competitors. Boobs can get in the way of a golf, tennis,…

By: Mary Odell / July 13, 2013

“Mad Men” Costume Designer, Janie Bryant, Lands Reality Show

In a time when there is a TV show about pretty much everything, Janie Bryant, costume designer for “Mad Men,” has landed her own reality show called “Janie Bryant’s Hollywood.” The show is now being pitched to cable channels like Bravo, E!, and Lifetime. Hopefully this just means seeing even more rad ‘60s fashion from…

By: Mary Odell / July 12, 2013

Zimbabwean Women Fined $5 For Each Scream During Childbirth

In Zimbabwe, a country where the average yearly income is $150, giving birth in a hospital can be prohibitively expensive at $50. But at one corrupt hospital, this price can increase depending on how much the woman giving birth screams. Yes, a local hospital in Zimbabwe apparently considers screams during childbirth to be “raising false…

By: Mary Odell / July 12, 2013

Kickass Woman Of The Day: Prospective NFL Ref Sarah Thomas

Sarah Thomas is currently on track to be the National Football League’s first permanent female referee. She is a finalist in their training program and there is a possibility she will be hired and on the field by 2014. Although Shannon Eastin was the first woman to officiate an NFL game, this is the first…

By: Mary Odell / July 11, 2013

8 Pressing Questions I Have About Michigan’s Annual Mud Day

Yesterday, the 26th annual Mud Day took place in Westland, Michigan. In case you missed it, Mud Day consists of children ages 12 and under getting down in a 75-by-100-foot mud pit. At the end of the day, the Mud King and Mud Queen for "most creative uses for mud" are crowned. The Western Wayne Hazmat…

By: Mary Odell / July 10, 2013

This 1962 Letter From NASA Says That No Girls Are Allowed In Space

Apparently in 1962, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (that's NASA) had no interest in sending women into space. They were also pretty sure that they would never need such a ridiculous program. Ladies! In space! LOL!  Check out this letter, which says, “We have no existing program concerning woman astronauts nor do we contemplate…

By: Mary Odell / July 10, 2013

Doctor To Perform Vasectomies For A Live Audience To Make The World A Better Place

In honor of the inaugural World Vasectomy Day on October 18, Dr. Doug Stein of Florida wants to perform vasectomies at Adelaide’s Royal Institution of Australia. For a live audience. Fielding questions about the procedure. And streaming it online.

By: Mary Odell / July 10, 2013

Not This Crap Again: London Mayor Boris Johnson Thinks Educated Women Need Still To Find Husbands

During the launch of the World Islamic Economic Forum, the mayor of London, Boris Johnson, spoke with Malaysian Prime Minister about the role of women in education. After the the PM  noted that 68 percent of college graduates in Malaysia are now women, Johnson just had to add that “they’ve got to find men to…

By: Mary Odell / July 9, 2013

Even Crucifix Necklaces Are Offensive These Days

While working at an orientation event at Sonoma State University of California, student Audrey Jarvis was asked by her supervisor — twice — to remove or hide her crucifix necklace because she was told it might offend someone or make new students feel unwelcome. What?!?

By: Mary Odell / July 9, 2013

Retaliation Complaint By UNC Sexual Assault Survivor Sparks Federal Investigation

The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill is currently facing three investigations by the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights over the school's handling of sexual assault reports. The issues at UNC first became apparent when rape victim Landen Gambill (pictured here) was found in violation of the school’s honor code and faced the…

By: Mary Odell / July 8, 2013

More Brides Are Choosing To Keep Their Maiden Names, According To Facebook Study

A wife taking her husband’s name is pretty much the essence of traditional marriage. But an increasing number of women, especially young women, are choosing to keep their own last names when they are married, according to a study by Facebook. The social networking site took the names of women whose relationship statuses were set…

By: Mary Odell / July 8, 2013