There are a lot of places women don’t get taken seriously as seriously as men — workplaces, sci-fi conventions, the military, politics — but a new study just proved that our culture’s tendency to think of women as weak and inconsequential actually has a measurable death toll, in a surprising form: hurricanes. Weather researchers noticed that hurricanes with female names usually result in more deaths. When they charted the numbers, they saw how dramatic the difference really is: in the past 50 years, the most damaging female-named hurricanes averaged 45 deaths each, while the most damaging male-named hurricanes averaged 23. That’s nearly double the loss of life. And the results were even more jarring when they compared storms with strong masculine names to storms with strong feminine names. According to the study, “The model suggests that changing a severe hurricane’s name from Charley … to Eloise … could nearly triple its death toll.” Keep reading »
Most Brad Paisley songs include at least one shoutout to the joys of a cold beer. This is ostensibly why the Westboro Baptist Church (AKA the “God Hates Everyone” people) showed up to picket his concert in Kansas this weekend. Because God hates drunks, didn’t you know? Brad decided to make the most of the zany zealots’ presence by posing for a bemused selfie with them and posting it on Twitter. “Hopefully they can hear the show out here,” he wrote. “We’ll play loud.” Oh Brad, never change.
If you’re considering having your wedding on the beach, keep in mind that you run the risk of a celebrity crashing your nuptials in a leopard print swimsuit and posting it on Instagram. That’s exactly what happened to this couple, who happened to be tying the knot on the same Miami beach where Serena Williams was hanging out. Wedding crashing occurred. Photos were shared. The couple seemed slightly confused but pleasantly surprised. The award for Best Reaction To Serena Williams Crashing A Wedding In A Swimsuit goes to that kid being held on the left. He knows what’s up. After the jump, check out his facial expression in its full, scroll-down glory… Keep reading »
Over the weekend, a friend of mine was telling me that she was headed out to run some errands recently when her husband chimed in, “Hey, I think I’ll come with you.” Normally very open to any help she can get while grocery shopping, my friend was shocked when instead of replying, “Sure!”, she found herself giving her husband a long list of logical reasons why he should stay home. “And then it hit me,” she said, “I was really looking forward to being by myself that day — listening to my music in the car, zoning out at the store, taking my time. I just didn’t know how to say, ‘I really want to be alone right now’ so I made up all these excuses instead.”
As weird as it might sound, I knew exactly how she felt. When you’re in a serious relationship, spending time together and getting enough quality alone time is a constant balancing act. It can be tough to ask for alone time when you need it, but sometimes it’s even tougher to figure out when you need alone time, period. Here are a few signs that you might need to schedule a solo day, ASAP… Keep reading »
There are so many reasons to get in the habit of throwing on a big sun hat on bright summer days. It protects your skin from sun damage. It hides the epic frizz that is a fact of life for many of us this time of year. It adds a major dose of glamour to your outfit. Not convinced? Check out how gorgeous this vintage, ’70s sun hat looks with red lipstick. I want to wear it while lounging on an outdoor chaise lounge and sipping a mint julep. Must. Make. This. Happen. [$22, Roselein Rarities]