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Into The Archives: 1957′s The Scientific & Easy Way To Gain Weight Is The Weirdest Diet Book Of All Time

Into The Archives: 1957's The Scientific & Easy Way To Gain Weight Is The Most Shocking Diet Book Of All Time

My mom gave me treasure: a small pile of small paperback books produced by someone named Jose Bonomo who may or may not be a real person, from the 1950s-1960’s on various womanly things, like how to have flawless hair, makeup, figures, diets, and even parties. I feel like I am a 1960’s housewife in the modern world, despite not being married. I want to write the feminists’ guide to being a single 1960’s housewife, which I realize makes no sense and is contradictory, but I’m just so curious about how women lived in the ‘50s and ‘60s (thanks, “Mad Men”). I want to know how they did their hair, makeup, and maintained their figures.

So when I saw this one diet book in particular, I thought I misread the title. But no, I hadn’t, it’s actually a book titled The Scientific & Easy Way to Gain Wight. The cover shows an illustration of a thin woman measuring her thighs. “SHOWS YOU HOW TO ADD POUNDS AND INCHES” the book assures, while proclaiming, “SENSIBLE! SURE!” Keep reading »

Weekend Shut-In Worksheet: Read The Wicked Girls, Listen To Saint Heron & Make Apple Pie Cookies

Weekend Shut-In Worksheet: Read The Wicked Girls, Listen To Saint Heron & Make Apple Pie Cookies

Activities are wonderful, but sometimes, it’s fine to want to shut the world out for a couple of days, and make some serious time for you. Don’t be afraid of FOMO, either. There will always be another party, another pub crawl, another picnic. The time you’ll spend indulging in the things you want to do, alone, are well worth it. Here’s a handy list of awesome things to do this weekend!
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Professors Tested Fifty Shades Of Grey Library Book & Discovered It Has Herpes

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Everyone makes fun of me at the office for being a germophobe. But read this story and tell me I’m wrong: professors in Belgium ran toxicology and bacteriology tests on library books and found that Fifty Shades Of Grey had the herpes virus. Oh, yes. The two profs checked out the 10 most borrowed books in the Antwerp library to test them for germs and drugs. Not only did the E..L. James BDSM erotica have traces of herpes, but they also found traces of cocaine on every single other book. Relax, though: you won’t get a contact high or a persistent vaginal itch from any of these books because the concentrations of both were so minimal. (Just to be safe, Belgians, you could always wear condoms on your hands while reading!) Let’s talk about the appropriate way to use library books, people. Tip #1: DON’T GIVE YOUR LIBRARY BOOKS STDS.  [TIME]

“300 Sandwiches” Blogger Lands Book Deal, Of Course

Well, I think we all saw this coming from a mile away, but it doesn’t make it any less annoying: Stephanie Smith, the New York Post reporter who went on a quest to make her boyfriend 300 sandwiches in exchange for an engagement ring, has gotten a book deal. The book will be published by Zink Inc, a new Random House imprint run by Men’s Health editor in chief David Zinczenko, who said, “ When [Stephanie] told us about her romantic, passionate, and very funny quest to make her boyfriend 300 sandwiches, our first reaction was, ‘That’s a book.’” No shit, Dave. Why do you think Stephanie came up with the idea in the first place? For a ring, sure, and the internet was quick to roll its eyes in response, but we live in an age where the quickest route to a book deal is to have some sort of ridiculous gimmick. Smith’s “300 Sandwiches” blog is actually just low-hanging fruit … coming to bookstores near you on Valentine’s Day 2015, natch. [NY Post]

Contain Your Excitement: “What Does The Fox Say” Is Going To Be A Book!

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Contain Your Excitement: "What Does The Fox Say" Is Going To Be A Book!
What Does The Fox Say?

If you haven’t seen Ylvis’s “The Fox (What Does The Fox Say)” music video yet, stop what you’re doing right now and watch it. I’ll wait. You could call it weird or overplayed, but I still happen to think it’s hilarious. Apparently, so do the folks at Simon & Schuster’s Children’s Publishing because the song is coming to book form! On December 10, a picture book based on the song will be released for curious kids everywhere who are still wondering what in fact the fox actually says. (The verdict is still out on that one). Brothers Vegard and Bard Ylvisaker are behind Ylvis, the Norwegian comedy duo with a whole repertoire of laugh-worthy performances under their belts. This latest quirky creation has been viewed over 200 million times and counting on YouTube. Maybe with the money they’re getting from this book deal, they can put some towards researching what the fox actually does say. [ABC News]

Potterheads, Rejoice! You Can Order Butterbeer At Starbucks

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OK, it’s actually not quiiiiite that simple. Like, you can’t just go up to the counter and say, “Venti butterbeer, please!”, but thanks to the seasonal appearance of toffee nut syrup, you CAN order a Starbucks drink that tastes exactly like the butterbeer described in the Harry Potter books. Here’s the off-menu recipe for Muggles with a sweet tooth: Keep reading »

Weekend Shut-In Worksheet: Read The Goldfinch, Watch “Frances Ha” & Slow Cook Pumpkin Pie Pudding

Weekend Shut-In Worksheet: Read The Goldfinch, Watch "Frances Ha" & Slow Cook Pumpkin Pie Pudding

Activities are wonderful, but sometimes, it’s fine to want to shut the world out for a couple of days, and make some serious time for you. Don’t be afraid of FOMO, either. There will always be another party, another pub crawl, another picnic. The time you’ll spend indulging in the things you want to do, alone, are well worth it. Here’s a handy list of awesome things to do this weekend!
Keep reading »

If “Game Of Thrones” Were A Children’s Book Series

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Mr. Men and Little Miss are beloved books for children, so what’s the Internet to do but cross them with the bloody world of A Song of Ice and Fire? Behold: Mr. Men and Little Miss Game of Thrones, a series which includes Mr. Pimp and Little Miss Vengeance.  Aww. See all seven on The Mary Sue…

Lit Medicine: 11 Books To Save Your Ass (Or Just Your Weary Soul)

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“There’s more to life than books, you know, but not much more.” Ah, the immortal words of my beloved Morrissey – they served as a kind of mantra for me as I stumbled and bumbled through adolescence and early adulthood. Books have been a vital part of my everyday existence for far longer than Moz, though (WHAT?! I KNOW!), serving as my nearest, dearest cultural companion for as long as I can remember.

Books especially saved my ass when I was young (as a super-shy, introspective only child, I got accustomed to spending a lot of time alone). Books swooped me away from my loneliness. They became one of my first Easy Escape Routes of Choice — later I’d add alcohol and men to the mix. (Fortunately, books are socially sanctioned escape routes that I never had to feel lame or ashamed about engaging in night after night — no hangovers! No awkward “Will he or won’t he call?” bullshit!)

Do you have books you turn to again and again, ones you rely on in times of fear, or anxiety, or depression?  I do. So I thought I’d lay ‘em out for you here — some of the books I turn to as “medicine” for various precarious emotional states. Enjoy, and add your own picks in the comments. Keep reading »

Hear Ye, Hear Ye, A Jane Austen Victorian Airbrushing Scandal!

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Jane Austen is the newest face on Britain’s 10 pound note.  Yay feminism, right?  Well, hold your horses, sister suffragette, because now Austen’s biographer is howling about an airbrushing scandal. Keep reading »

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