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“Ugly Betty” Actor Michael Brea Killed Mom With Samurai Sword

Sad, disturbing news in New York City last night: actor Michael Brea, 31, who had small roles on “Ugly Betty” and in “Step Up 3D,” was arrested after killing his mother with a samurai sword. Police said Brea hacked up and decapitated his 55-year-old mom, Yannick Brea, in the middle of the night while screaming Bible passages. Police had been called earlier in the evening to the apartment for a domestic disturbance, but they left soon after, according to The New York Post. Keep reading »

Barbara Bush Didn’t Show Dubya A Fetus In A Jar — The Maid Did, Silly


Fresh off of telling Sarah Palin to stay up in Alaska, former First Lady Barbara Bush set the record straight with Larry King about her son’s bizarro “fetus in a jar” story in his new memoir, Decisions Points. Keep reading »

Research Says Tilt Your Head To Attract A Mate

In our relationship study of the day, researchers from University of Newcastle, Australia have discovered that attractiveness is all in the tilt of a head. OK, maybe it’s not all in the tilt of a head, but research indicates that women and men can make themselves more attractive to the opposite sex by angling their face a certain way. In the study, participants were shown “computer-generated, three-dimensional models of male and female faces” and were asked to rate each for attractiveness, masculinity and femininity as they were “tilted up and down in five different positions.” Keep reading »

Chicago Wedding Dress Crisis Averted Thanks To Twitter

The best part about being a bride is getting to strut around in the prettiest, priciest, most ridonkulously drop-dead gorgeous white dress in the universe! Oh yeah, and that whole life partner thing is cool, too. But seriously, the wedding dress is probs the one thing making me want to get married. After watching “Say Yes To The Dress” with my brother (yeah, he’s sensitive like that) and my sister-in-law, it’s clear that finding a man to commit is probably easier than finding that perfect dress to spend your special day in.

That’s why my heart broke when I heard that Eva’s Bridal Shop in Chicago burned to the ground, leaving so many brides dress-less for their weddings. (Bridesmaid dresses were lost too, but that might actually be a blessing from what I’ve seen.) Keep reading »

Spanish Youth To Be Sorely Disappointed By Actual, Not-So-Orgasmic Voting

Democracy: important, but not very sexy. Enter this commercial for voting by the Spanish political party Young Socialists of Catalunya which assures citizens, “Voting is a pleasure!”

Does this mean if you refuse to cast your ballot for the lesser of two evils, that you’re frigid? [Guanabee] Keep reading »

What Would You Do If You Found Out Your Grams Was A Call Girl?

Katie Waissel, a contestant on the British TV hit “X Factor,” just found out that her 81-year-old grandmother, Sheila Vogel, works as a paid escort for a mature courtesan agency called Vintage Vamps. Check out this pin-up shot of her from the website, and let me tell you, it is tame by comparison to the other granny call girls advertised! Katie’s grandma makes a jaw-dropping $400 an hour. (Dang, I need to change careers once I’m over 50!) Clearly, this grams isn’t some ho on the corner or your average octagenarian either. The site says of Sheila: “Classic vamps are like fine wine and we are delighted to introduce one of our agency’s great vintages, the grand dame Cecilia Bird.” She added to her profile that, “Beneath my conservative exterior lurks the secret passion to meet up with like-minded gentlemen to share the taste of forbidden fruits.” Spicy, go get ‘em, Grams! How do you think your family would handle news if your Nana decided to do sex work? [The Daily Mail] Keep reading »

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