This is a strange and sad story. A ten-year-old girl in England has Turner syndrome, a condition that generally causes infertility because an X chromosome is missing. When the girl was 7, her mother had some eggs harvested so that if her daughter wanted, she could have a child that would be related to her (it would actually be her half-sister or half-brother) and not have to wait for ages to receive a donor egg. The problem is that egg-freezing laws only allow the storage of an egg for 10 years, so before the girl turns 18, she has to decide whether or not she wants to conceive a baby made from her mother’s egg right then. She would have to get pregnant before she can vote, and she probably wouldn’t have a guy in her life who would want to be the father of her children! Members of Parliament and doctors are urging ministers to change the law because IVF legislation hasn’t been updated in 18 years. Her best option would be to have the eggs fertilized by donor sperm and then frozen, which would buy her at least another 10 years before she’d have to get implanted with an embryo. [The Times, U.K.] Keep reading »
Just an FYI, Ali Lohan is not 35 years old, she’s 14. She’s the sister of Lindsay Lohan, and stars in Living Lohan alongside her “momager” Dina and younger brother Cody. Ali wants to be a pop star just like Linz! We wonder if she wanted to be a chain smoker too. That would explain the raspy barely pubescent voice. Keep reading »
There’s been a theft of $40,000 worth of jewelry from a fancy home in the Tampa Bay area, and the prime suspect is a nude maid. The home’s resident found the maid on Craigslist and hired her when his wife was away. The wife returned to a clean home, but her jewelry was missing. Her husband obviously can’t give police a description of what the nude maid was wearing to aid police investigation. [ABCActionNews.com] Keep reading »
A 35-year-old man in New York died after ingesting a small piece of an aphrodisiac made from toad venom. The man went to the hospital complaining of chest and abdominal pains, but doctors were unable to treat him. The aphrodisiac, a hardened resin that contains chemicals known to disrupt heart rhythms, is supposed to be applied topically rather than ingested, but authorities say even that can be harmful. If you’re feeling the need to spice things up in bed, don’t buy anything sold under these names: Piedra, Love Stone, Jamaican Stone, Black Stone, or Chinese Rock. [Gothamist] Keep reading »
The perfect Sunday, in my opinion, would involve eating a delicious breakfast of freshly made waffles, exchanging a few kisses, and reading the newspaper (all without leaving bed, of course). The soundtrack to this perfect Sunday morning would be the Toronto band Ohbijou. The seven-piece group plays delightful music that’s quiet but not too quiet and generally puts listeners in a pleasant mood. I think this has something to do with the plucking of string instruments. Check out their playlist for gettin’ frisky on land and water after the jump.
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Some people are wondering whether the Sex and the City movie will be a blockbuster since most summer movies appeal to guys, and there really haven’t been any female-focused rated R movies of this scale. But I have reason to believe that the movie is going to be a success. Two weeks ago, I told all of my friends I was going to buy tickets to Sex and the City for opening night. I was very concerned it was going to sell out and didn’t want to miss the hysteria that will certainly take over theaters on Friday. Then I got busy and forgot to actually purchase them, and now, from what I can tell, the freaking movie is sold out in every theater in New York. I have no idea how this is possible, but now my friends hate me (if you have extra tickets, let me know!), however, I don’t think I’m alone in my predicament. “We can’t remember the last time a movie has created so much anticipation among female moviegoers from their 20s through their 40s,” said Harry Medved, a spokesman for Fandango. Harry said they’re getting a lot of group ticket sales, and 67 percent of those surveyed by the site said they were planning to go in a group of women. Only 6 percent said they were going with a man. I think that all the men who are being dragged along should give their tickets to people who actually want to go, and then everyone will be happy. [AP] Keep reading »