Knitting used to be the realm of grannies in rocking chairs, then it was adopted by hip young people looking for a creative outlet, and now it’s about to make an appearance on the feet of world-class athletes looking for a faster marathon time. Nike engineers employed a variety of complex knitting stitches to construct the upper part of a shoe in one seamless piece that is then attached to a super lightweight sole. The result? The Flyknit–a high performance sneaker that weighs a mere 5.6 ounces and hugs the foot so naturally that no socks are needed. The Flyknit design process took four years, but that dedication is already paying off: according to Nike, the Flyknit Racer will be worn by all the top athletes for this spring’s marathon season and the London Olympics later this year. A version for nonprofessional runners, the Flyknit Trainer+, will hit stores in July. [Knitting Industry News]
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There are six men and five women on the Sacramento State cheerleading team, and apparently this ratio is not unusual — at the collegiate level, 50 percent of cheerleaders are now male, although cheerleaders of both sexes are still fighting the misconception that their sport is all about waving pom-poms.
“We put our bodies through awkward positions with tumbling and flipping and tossing a human being while they flip and land on one hand six feet in the air,” says Sacramento State cheerleader Sean Henderson. “We have a person’s life in our hands and one false movement can cause serious injury.” Keep reading »
ASOS has one of the most extensive selections of any online retailer, which is great, but it can also a bit daunting. To help you sort through the infinite options, we picked 10 of our favorite bright, springy pieces for 50 bucks or less. Click through to check ‘em out!
If this story was a fairytale, it would go something like this: once upon a time, there was a duchess and a fake fur coat, and two fur organizations who will never live happily ever after. The actual story goes something like this: apparently Kate Middleton recently wore a coat lined with fake fur. The International Fur Trade Federation, which promotes and celebrates fur, posted a photo of her on their website, describing her chosen attire as “a classy fur-lined coat.” This pissed off PETA, the anti-fur organization, which got in touch with Middleton’s representatives, who issued the following response: “To state that the Duchess is wearing fur is not only false but offensive … to portray the new Duchess wearing something so blatantly cruel and contrary to her country’s values is insulting.” Now PETA and the Duchess’ office are demanding IFTF remove the photo and issue a retraction. The IFTF has yet to respond. We’re not sure how this will play out, but we do give the Duchess props for using this random scandal to make a pretty strong anti-fur statement. [The Hollywood Reporter]
On February 6th, Dana Jackson turned 100 years old, and she celebrated by marrying her boyfriend Bill Strauss, 87, at the Rosewood Health Care Center in Kentucky. This sweet 2-minute video gives us a glimpse into the details of a centennial wedding, from Dana’s bachelorette party (sparkling grape juice was served) to a sweet interview with Bill, who is legally blind. “When she comes down the aisle, all I can do is imagine it,” he says, “because I won’t be able to see her til she’s just a couple of feet away.” [via Youtube]
This story sounds like the stuff of hardcore science fiction, but it’s really a heartwarming squirrel success story. Over 30,000 years ago, some industrious Siberian squirrels collected nuts and seeds and stored them in their hibernation burrows. When scientists discovered these burrows in modern day Russia, they were buried more than 60 feet below the surface, and they contained thousands of seed samples that had been effectively flash-frozen, preserved perfectly under the permafrost. Here’s where things get really crazy: scientists were able to use fruit tissues recovered from these ice age squirrel burrows to resurrect the Silene stenophylla plant, and the new specimen is fertile, complete with white flowers and viable seeds. Is this one more step toward making the plot of “Encino Man” a reality? We can only wait, and hope. [ABC News]
Nordstrom is selling this as an oversized feather fascinator, but it looks more like the horrifying aftermath of a tropical bird/human collision to me. In fact, if I saw someone wearing this on the street or at a party, I would instruct them to lie down immediately, check for signs of a concussion, and put in a call to exotic animal control. [Feather fascinator, $58, Nordstrom]
Don’t get us wrong, we love the rich chocolatey desserts of winter, but we’re right now we’re pretty excited about the lighter flavors of spring. Why not celebrate the upcoming season with one of these mouthwatering cupcake recipes, featuring fruity flavors and sunny colors? Bon appetit!
Having recently discovered the joys of cute belts, I’ve been belting everything in sight and steadily building my belt collection. I love this supple leather skinny belt for its classic style and totally of-the-moment fuschia color. It would look awesome with everything from frayed denim cutoffs to a little black dress — so pretty and versatile!