When 5-year-old Aidan was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia this past September he didn’t freak out. Instead, he found solace in one of his favorite activities: drawing monsters. And now those monster pictures are being put to good use; they’re for sale on a special Etsy shop. And money from the sale of his monsters will go to help fund his treatment. The funds are especially necessary since Aidan regularly endures painful rounds of chemotherapy and antibiotics to fight the disease, and hospital costs are unbelievably expensive. Aidan’s plight has inspired others to get in on the giving act: Regretsy has chipped in by auctioning off a selection of handmade scary knitted hats. You can check up on Aidan’s treatment and progress on his family’s website and see just where your monster money is going. [Aid For Aidan] Keep reading »
Teens lie. That’s nothing new. But a new study found that teens lie rather profusely when it comes to their drug use. According to researchers from Wayne State University and the National Institute on Drug Abuse, teens lied about their drug use, even when hair samples proved otherwise. Apparently, it was more important for these teens to report drug use that they believed was consistent with their peers than to be truthful. Of course, it’s unlikely that a heroin addict is going to want to be forthcoming about their drug use if everyone else in the room has only smoked marijuana. And that got us thinking: do adults lie about drug use in the same way kids do? Depending on whom you’re friends with, illicit drug use can be either a badge of honor or a definite taboo. Have you ever felt the need to tone down or talk up your drug use to fit in? Keep reading »
Four women, who were between the ages of 13 and 17 when they were filmed flashing their breasts by “Girls Gone Wild” goons, have asked to pursue their lawsuit without being named. The women, who are now in their 20s, said when they appeared in the “Girls Gone Wild” videos as teens in Panama City, Florida, they were ridiculed and forced to leave their schools. Their lawyers battled in court recently, arguing that as the women sue Joe Francis for exploitation, there is no need for their identities to be revealed. “Their names” — in addition to their breasts — “are going to be everywhere,” attorney Rachael Pontikes argued. Alas, an unsympathetic FL judge rejected their request and now the women have filed an appeal.
But this debate isn’t just about boobs, exploitation and poor judgment. It’s also about journalism! Keep reading »
I’ll have to file this story under “I Thought I Had Heard Everything, but I Hadn’t Heard This One.” Dave Cat, 37, hasn’t dated a real woman in a decade. Who’s the Michigan telemarketer been boning? His $6,500 RealDoll sex doll, Sidore. Tragically, after years of pressing synthetic skin to human skin, Sidore started to fall apart. So what did Dave, who calls himself a “doll husband,” do? Take her out with the garbage? No. He had her “reincarnated.” He returned Sidore to her original makers and had them make an exact duplicate of her. Now, the two are back to canoodling on the sofa and having sex on a regular basis. (Want to know how they do it? With lube and electric blanket.) If you want to find out more about these two crazy lovebirds, read the rest of their story at Asylum. Keep reading »
New Yorker Garrett Hoelscher spent three years in investment banking before he decided he really couldn’t take it anymore. That’s when he traded in his business suits for a waffle iron and hatched a plan to sell waffles on the tops of ski mountains. His business, Waffle Shrine, has yet to sell a single waffle, but Hoelscher is hoping he can create a mountaintop waffle empire in the next few years. Keep reading »