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Hatshepsut, The Cross-Dressing Pharaoh

If you haven’t noticed, we’re a bit obsessed with women throughout history. National Women’s History Month may be over, but we can’t help but to keep highlighting interesting women from the past. My sister got me a subscription to National Geographic for Christmas, and the April issue introduced me to Hatshepsut, a female pharaoh who ruled Egypt form 1479 to 1458 B.C. Since it’s now 2009 A.D. and the U.S. still hasn’t had a female president, you can imagine that it was a pretty big deal for Hatshepsut to rule back then.

The pharaoh’s body was discovered two years ago, and we still don’t know much about her life, but what we do know is rather scandalous. Hatshepsut was the eldest daughter of Thutmose and Queen Ahmose. Because they believed so much in strengthening royal bloodlines, incest wasn’t a bad thing and Hatshepsut married her half-brother Thutmose II, producing one daughter with him. Thutmose II’s heir, however, was a son by another woman. Thutmose III was super young when his father died, so Hatshepsut stepped in to help him out. Keep reading »

Starbucks Wants You To Buy Their Coffee And Enjoy A Same Sex Kiss

Ah, April — the month of fools, taxes and same sex kisses? Well, yes. Apparently, Starbucks, because it’s one of the most “gay-friendly, corporate spots in the world,” will be hosting Same Sex Kiss Day on April 15th this year. Exploiting the LGBT community, Starbucks is encouraging everyone to come out and buy a cup of coffee from them and uh, kiss someone of the same sex, because, like, LGBT people don’t yet have the same rights to file their federal taxes jointly and everyone knows a coffee and a kiss will solve that! Don’t have someone of the same sex to make-out with? No Problem! There’s a Facebook page, of course, where you can “find someone cute in your town.” And no, you don’t get a free cup of coffee is your participate. How would that help Starbucks, I mean, the LGBT community?! Keep reading »

The Real Housewives Of NYC: Kelly Bensimon Brings The Crazy

On last night’s episode of “The Real Housewives Of New York City,” Kelly Bensimon attempted to tear Bethenny a new you-know-what for daring to call her “Madonna” at the arthritis charity meeting. Bethenny, as you may recall, was appalled that Kelly wouldn’t put her name on the invitation (Kelly doesn’t lend her name to anything), which just added to her general dislike of the latest housewife.

[Note: Personally, I think the [soon-to-be-former] C(o)untess LuAnn had Kelly added to the show so she would seem less evil in comparison. Totally worked, FYI, as LuAnn seems like Mother Theresa to me now.] Keep reading »

Quickies!: Kendra Just Can’t Quit The Pole

  • Kendra Wilkinson is launching her own line of stripper poles, which she promises will be better than Carmen Electra’s. But will they be classier? [Huffington Post]
  • Madonna goes on the record regarding her new adoption. [Pink is the New Blog]
  • How loud is too loud in bed? TOO EFFING LOUD!!! [Lemondrop]
  • Ed Westwick dons a kilt, teenage girls suddenly don’t mind their school uniforms. [Just Jared]
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    Japanese Astronaut Tries Out Stink-Free Underwear

    The next time you hear, “Houston, we have a problem,” you know it’s not day-old boxer stink.

    Koichi Wakata, a Japanese astronaut living aboard the International Space Station for the next three months, is testing J-ware undies made by the Japan Women’s University in Tokyo. J-ware’s magic undies kill bacteria, absorb water, and dry quickly — which means astronaut’s private parts are way less sweaty than your Earthling dude!

    But the best part is the sweat-less skivvies are long-lasting in a way underwear just … shouldn’t be. “He can wear his trunks (underwear) more than a week,” an official at the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency proudly said of the cosmonaut. Ummm … ew.

    There are no laundry facilities in zero gravity, obviously, so astronauts need duds they can wear to infinity and beyond. Man, being an astronaut is cooler than I thought: no need to moonwalk your dirty panties to the hamper. [Reuters] Keep reading »

    Six Lessons Learned From Celebrity Twitter Scandals

    Twitter has been on the minds, lips, and fingers of everyone lately. And this week we’ve witnessed a couple of Twitter firsts. Courtney Love has the wonderful distinction of being the first person sued for defamation as a result of a tweet. And over the weekend, Mark Cuban was fined $25,000 by the NBA for his criticisms of referees officiating a game between the Dallas Mavericks and the Denver Nuggets. These two scandals most likely caused bad days for Mark and Courtney, but you really can learn something from their and others mishaps. Keep reading »

    Women Who Rock: Marvelyn Brown

    March is National Women’s History Month, and we’re celebrating by sharing a lady we admire each weekday. Since today is the last day of this awesome month, we’ll be going out with a bank, spotlight FIVE women who rock.

    MARVELYN BROWN (1984- )

    Marvelyn Brown probably never expected to make it to “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “The Tavis Smiley Show” and “The Tyra Banks Show.” Early in life, she may not have thought she was going to be featured in Newsweek, Ebony, and Fortune. No doubt she wishes she was featured worldwide for a different reason other than having HIV, but her strength to speak out is admirable.

    What makes Brown an amazing woman is not all of the media attention. It’s not about having a book out called The Naked Truth: Young, Beautiful, and (HIV) Positive. What makes her amazing is that on July 17, 2003, when she found out she was HIV positive at the age of 19, she immediately reached for her cell phone to notify all of her sexual partners. It’s difficult enough to digest that kind of news, but from her hospital bed she took responsibility for it. Keep reading »

    Sex And The City Movie Sequel Spoilers

    If you’re a die hard “Sex and the City” fan and would watch Carrie and company no matter how much the plot sucks, then don’t click through. But in case your trying to decide whether to relinquish $10 or more to watch them beat this dead horse, we’ve gathered all of the rumors about the sequel that we can get our hands on. POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT! Keep reading »

    Women Who Rock: Lydia Thompson

    March is National Women’s History Month, and we’re celebrating by sharing a lady we admire each weekday. Since today is the last day of this awesome month, we’ll be going out with a bank, spotlight FIVE women who rock.

    LYDIA THOMPSON (1838-1908)

    Born in 1838, Eliza Hodges Thompson was a London dancer, actress and theater producer. As a teenager, she toured as a dancer throughout Europe, starring in many successful burlesque shows around London. She won notoriety for introducing burlesque to America in 1868. Thompson traveled the states with her troupe, the British Blondes, from 1868-1874. Their first hit show, “Ixion,” was a comedy that featured cross-dressing women playing men’s roles.

    Thompson’s shows included a mix of pantomime, burlesque, improvisation, singing, dancing and racy costumes. The scantily clad dancers wore skirts that were above the knee and flesh-colored tights. While they never appeared in the nude, the shows were popular because they were sexually suggestive and drew attention to the female body.
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    9 Things To Know About Chelsea Clinton And Marc Mezvinsky’s Relationship

    Chelsea Clinton is supposedly planning a lavish $1 million dollar wedding to Marc Mezvinsky for this summer, which would be the perfect time because Hillary Clinton should have settled into her Secretary of State position by then. Chelsea is considering a sunset wedding on a hill overlooking the ocean, so friends say they could tie the knot at Martha’s Vineyard or Hilton Head Island. Unlike her past relationship with Ian Klaus, Chelsea has been careful with Marc to keep their relationship private and out of view of the paparazzi and gossip tabloids. But we dug up a few interesting things about him and their relationship. Keep reading »

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