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“Hot” Is No Longer Hot

Christian Siriano must be pissed. In Sunday’s New York Times Magazine, grammar/language columnist William Safire wrote about the adjective “hot” and how it is falling out of fashion as an indicator of cool. Apparently “Fierce is where it’s at.” Professor Connie Eble at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill took a survey of students and found that fierce no longer means “ferocious,” and has replaced “hot” as the word to use when describing something extremely attractive. Throughout his whole discussion, Safire neglected to share why “fierce” has risen in popularity — through Christian’s use of the word on Project Runway, of course! In our opinion, “fierce” won’t replace “hot” until people of both sexes and all sexual orientations use it. Have you ever heard a straight men say “fierce” in a non-joking manner? [NY Times] Keep reading »

Victims Charged For Rape Kits In Wasilla, Alaska

While Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was mayor of her hometown of Wasilla, the city charged rape victims for their own rape examinations and her police chief fought to continue the practice as late as 2000. Wasilla was the only city to continuously resist a state law requiring cities to foot the bill for the exams, while Palin was in office from 1996 to 2000, said former State Representative Eric Croft, a Democrat who sponsored the legislation. A state law did however ban the practice in 2000. As the Republican Vice Presidential nominee, Palin often discusses her record as mayor of Wasilla, population approximately 7,000, which has led to close scrutiny of that record. Wasilla’s practice of billing rape victims for their rape exams while Palin was in office has gotten a great deal of coverage on the web and in the mainstream media. However, the question that keeps coming up is whether Palin knew of the practice and the police chief’s determination to continue it. Keep reading »

The Daily Squeeze: Porn On TV, Pregnancy, And Dr. Drew

  • One of Sweden’s state-run TV channels will be airing a trio of porn-tastic documentaries next week: “Inside Deep Throat,” “Ron Jeremy, Porn Star,” and “PopWhore.” A very educational evening, indeed. [Variety]
  • Women who are obese tend to miscarry more than normal weight women. [Medical News Today]
  • Speaking of pregnancy, 20 percent of first time mothers took six months after giving birth to feel physically comfortable having sex. [Times of India]
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    Quickies!: Whitney Port Scores Her Own Show, Vows To End Every Word With A “G” Sound

  • OMFG, Whitney Port will have her own series on MTV starting in early 2009. She’s always been our favorite, and we’re scared that having her own show is going to ruin her! [E Online]
  • Despite Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin’s views on homosexuality, John McCain’s chief of staff, Mark Buse, is openly gay. [The Gist and BlogActive via Perez Hilton]
  • These relationship red flags could save you heartbreak and embarrassment down the road. [Shine]
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    Worst Moments Of The Boring Emmy Awards

    The 60th Primetime Emmy Awards honored and celebrated the best of TV entertainment yesterday, but unfortunately the award ceremony itself was not entertaining. The award winners were either obvious and dull or unexpected and disappointing. And since most of the winners are from niche cable shows, the jokes didn’t tie the ceremony together. In case you missed the show last night or if you want to relive the horror, we’ve compiled a list of the worst moments after the jump. Keep reading »

    Serious Bling: 500 Carat Diamond Discovered

    Miners in Lesotho, a kingdom in southern Africa, found one of the world’s largest diamonds, a near-perfect gem weighing nearly 500 carats, said mining group Gem Diamonds on Sunday. The diamond, which has not been named yet, was discovered on September 8 and was then analyzed by experts in Antwerp, who found it to weigh 478 carats, with very few inclusions and of outstanding color and clarity.”It has the potential to yield one of the largest flawless D color round polished diamonds in history,” the company said in a statement. The Letseng Mine, where this stone was extracted from the earth, has also yielded four of the world’s 20 largest rough diamonds, including three that have been found in this century. The value of this diamond is hard to estimate because it hasn’t been cut into smaller gems. But a similar weight stone with lesser-quality color and clarity had recently sold for $12 million, said a Gem Diamonds spokesperson. I wonder how much of those millions will actually benefit the economy and people of Lesotho.

    As stated above, this diamond, weighing in at nearly 500 carats, is not the most impressive diamond to be mined. After the jump check out ten of the world’s most famous diamonds. [AOL News] Keep reading »

    We See Chick Flicks: My Best Friend’s Girl

    Starring Kate Hudson, Dane Cook, Jason Biggs, Alec Baldwin
    While the film “My Best Friend’s Girl” could be easily classified as a typical rom-com judging by the misleading commercials and cheesy poster, its filth factor actually pushes it into the “gross humor” category. And that is what made me love it even more. I cracked up the whole time, but I will forewarn you — Dane Cook haters should not pay the $11 bucks to see this film.

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    The Daily Squeeze: Sexism And Money, Discrimination, And The New James Bond

  • Men who have sexist attitudes earn more money than men who don’t. [MarieClaire.co.uk]
  • A former Army Special Forces commander won a discrimination lawsuit on Friday — he was skipped over for a job while he was in the process of becoming a woman in 2005. [AP]
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    The Boob Tube: Hot Weekend TV For September 20th-21st 2008

    TV this weekend is really kind of wack because there’s hardly anything of note to watch. That is unless you’re a fan of the cult classic Spaceballs. G4 TV will premiere “Mel Brooks’ Spaceballs: The Animated Series” on Saturday (clip, after the jump). And if you need a refresher on the film that inspired this new series, the folks at G4 will air the film before the premiere. You can also watch some really entertaining movies, like the Legally Blonde franchise. Sunday is the better day for TV watching, especially in the evening, when “Gossip Girl” and “ANTM” repeat and the “60th Primetime Emmy Awards” air. [TV Guide]
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    Quickies!: Sarah Jessica Parker Won’t Do Sex And The City Sequel, Timberlake Hearts Ellen and Portia

  • Sarah Jessica Parker has put Carrie Bradshaw to bed forever. [OneIndia]
  • Justin Timberlake is writing a song to celebrate the marriage between Ellen DeGeneres and Portia De Rossi. [Earthlink]
  • I know you’ve had one, but how well do you know yeast infections? [Dear Sugar]
  • Football locker rooms are not as private as you think. I promise you this is one helluva WTF. [Kissing Suzy Kolber]
  • Here’s how to dress like the girls from “The Hills.” Admit it. You like their style. [Shine.Yahoo]
  • Women love pornography even when it doesn’t have a plot. [Asylum]
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