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The Boob Tube: Hot Weekend TV For October 11-12th 2008

The weekend is the perfect time to catch up on all the TV you’ve missed. Bravo will air marathons of “Project Runway” and “Rachel Zoe Project” just in time for the season finales next week. I’ll watch “Clean House: The Messiest Home in the Country” on Saturday to make myself feel less guilty about cleaning my own home. (I’m not really messy anyway.) Sunday continues to be the best for primetime viewing, especially the 10 o’clock hour. Keep reading »

Quickies!: 25 Rules For The Modern Booty Caller

***Sorry the site was MIA for a while there…our servers were positively overwhelmed by your powerful love.

  • Don’t get it twisted! Maintain your booty call friendship with these rules. [Daily Bedpost]
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    Yaz Is Not A Miracle Drug

    You won’t be seeing Yaz birth control ads on TV anymore — or at least not the ones that the pharmaceutical company Bayer has been using. On October 3, the FDA issued a warning letter to the company, telling Bayer its ads overstate the benefits of Yaz. While the drug is approved for symptoms related to treatment of premenstrual dysphoric disorder, or PMDD, it is not approved for the treatment of the less serious premenstrual syndrome, or PMS. Similarly, Yaz is approved for the treatment of moderate acne, but the FDA said the ad suggests it is approved for acne of all severities. Just another reason not believe everything you hear on TV. [Medical News Today]
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    Connecticut Supreme Court Rules Same-Sex Marriage Is Legal

    Same-sex marriage was legalized in Connecticut today when the state Supreme Court issued a 4-3 decision at 11:30 this morning saying that same-sex couples cannot be denied the freedom to marry according to the state’s constitution. Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell said she will abide by the decision even though she believes a marriage should only be between a man and a woman. “The Supreme Court has spoken,” Rell said. “I do not believe their voice reflects the majority of the people of Connecticut. However, I am also firmly convinced that attempts to reverse this decision — either legislatively or by amending the state Constitution – will not meet with success.” [Boston Globe] Keep reading »

    Some People Find Sarah Palin’s Pores Offensive

    Fox News had two women on “America’s Newsroom” to discuss the extreme close-up photograph of Sarah Palin on this week’s cover of Newsweek. Andrea Tantaros, a Republican media consultant, said it is “a clear slap in the face in the face at Sarah Palin. Why? Because it’s unretouched. It highlights every imperfection that every human being has. We’re talking unwanted facial hair, pores, wrinkles.” Julia Piscitelli of the Women and Politics Institute at American University disagreed, saying that it’s nice to see a beautiful woman in her natural state for once. Watching the video segment is painful. At once point, Tantaros starts speaking over Piscitelli: “This is mortifying, Julia! This is mortifying!” What the program didn’t discuss is that the article’s headline is “The Palin Problem,” and magazines actually use photos to convey the message of the accompanying article. The cover photo is reminiscent of a microscope’s close inspection, and the article attempts to investigate Palin in a similar way. Another factor not discussed: News magazines try to stay away from the Frankenstein photo retouching that fashion magazines do on models.

    Honestly, Tantaros’ rant only makes me want to go out and buy the issue so I can see what a pretty face like Palin’s looks like with all its imperfections. Keep reading »

    The Daily Squeeze: Paris Hilton’s Still Running For President And Tyra’s Making Over Real People

  • Paris Hilton is getting advice from Martin Sheen about being president. [Funny or Die]
  • A virgin in London celebrated her 105th birthday this week. “People have asked me whether I am a homosexual and the answer is no,” said Clara Meadmore. “I have just never been interested in sex. [AFP]
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    New “Twilight” Trailer: This Movie Is Going To Suck (Blood)

    Forget it. I am so excited to see this movie. The new trailer for “Twilight” is out and dang, it looks pretty awesome and I’m not just saying that because Robert Pattinson makes my loins burn in the pleasurable way (as opposed to the bladder infection way). So tell me, “Twilight” fans, which of the books should I read in anticipation of the film? I want to walk into the theater with an understanding of the “Twilight” universe. Keep reading »

    Quickies!: Send A Cryptic & Snarky Message With A Custom E-Card

  • It’s fun! [someecards.com]
  • Deciphering an abusive relationship can be difficult, especially if you’re on the outside looking in, so here are a few tips on how you can help. After all, October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. [Dear Sugar]
  • Did Angelina Jolie get a tummy tuck? [Popbytes]
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    Man Who Let Girlfriend Stay In Bathroom For Two Years Wins Lottery, Twice

    Back in March, we told you about a guy whose girlfriend wouldn’t come out of his bathroom for two years. Her skin eventually grew over the toilet seat, and she was attached to it when police found her. Well, in July, Kory McFarren received six months of probation after pleading no contest to misdemeanor mistreatment of a dependent adult. But McFarren’s year hasn’t been all bad. The San Francisco Gate reports that the Kansas man won $20,000 in the state lottery…for the second time this year. Maybe he’ll use a little bit of the money to redecorate his bathroom — or at least buy a new toilet seat. [SF Gate] Keep reading »

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