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Is It OK For An Elementary School Teacher To Have A Sordid Past?

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How would you feel if you knew your young child’s art teacher used to be a prostitute? This is the question at the heart of a news story making waves this week in New York City. Melissa Petro, a “well-liked” elementary school art teacher in the Bronx for the past three years, was recently reassigned to administrative duty after the school system caught wind of her history as a prostitute. Petro was never arrested and has no criminal record. So, how did the school find out about her past? Oh, because she blogged about it for the Huffington Post a couple of weeks ago.

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Study Finds Sexist Comments Hurt Female Candidates In The Polls

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Sexist slurs hurt a female candidate’s campaign more than her policy stances, according to a study on voter attitudes. That’s bad news for the likes of Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin, and Senator Kristen Gillibrand, who have been called “she-goat,” “mean girl,” and ” “the hottest member of the Senate,” respectively. A small survey, sponsored by the Women’s Media Center, the Women’s Campaign Forum Foundation, and Political Parity, as part of their “Name It, Change It” campaign to fight campaign sexism, also found that the typical advice to women to “ignore the attacks” was misguided. Instead of ignoring sexist characterizations, Ms. Candidate X most benefited by bashing down the remarks early on. Keep reading »

A Real-Life Kitchen Nightmare

Joseph Cerniglia, a 39-year-old chef and restaurant owner, was found floating in the Hudson River on Friday after he took his life by jumping off the George Washington Bridge. His New Jersey restaurant, Campagnia, was featured on an episode of Gordon Ramsay’s “Kitchen Nightmares” back in 2007. Keep reading »

Chanel Model Heidi Mount’s Husband Accused Of Rape During London Fashion Week

Fashion Week drama! Shawn Mount, the husband of Chanel model Heidi Mount, was arrested last week after an alleged sexual assault on a 24-year-old at London Fashion Week. Police say Shawn Mount, a hairstylist who has worked for Vogue and Ralph Lauren, is accused of raping the woman in a five-star hotel in central London in the middle of the night on September 20. Keep reading »

Japanese Inflatable Bosoms: Completely Bizarre, And Yet We Must Have Them


The following video is a bit hard to explain, but trust us, you will at first be perplexed, then mesmerized, and then in fits of laughter. It’s a demonstration of how to use Japanese inflatable, uh, boobies. Stick them on your shirt, and when you burst the inner packet, some chemical reaction occurs to make the balloons inflate. This is a gag gift, we assume. Unless you’re particularly prone to bumping into things and need airbags for your chesticle area. Either way, we’re kind of dying to try them. After the jump, check out some images and a similar (even creepier) product for guys—an inflatable swan-shaped boner to wear out of the fly of your pants. (We can’t think of any logical excuse for that one.) [Notcot] Keep reading »

The Last Place You Should Pick Your Nose Is During A Live Broadcast


Let this clip be a lesson to us all. Do not pick your boogers and eat them at work. Especially if you work in a newsroom and your desk is positioned directly behind the newscaster’s station because everyone will see you, including the viewers at home. Sure, you could try nonchalantly picking up the phone once you’ve realized what you’ve done, like the world did not just see you eat your boogers, but we won’t buy it. We saw. And we were grossed out. [via Dlisted] Keep reading »

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