How we wish we could be Edward Pimentel. He’s a lucky winner of the World Karaoke Championships, and the proud recipient of its one million dumpling prize. Yes, dumplings. It seems Pimentel wasn’t the overall winner, but the audience fave — and that entitles him to one million delicious steamed or fried dumplings. They aren’t just being dropped on his doorstep; he’s received a voucher for the million tiny parcels of goodness. That means that even if he were somehow able to choke down 100 dumplings a day, he’d have enough dumplings to last him 27 years
May we suggest some alternative uses for those dumplings? Use them to insulate your house. Use them for skeet practice. Fashion a farm’s worth of inanimate dumpling animals. Or you know, feed an entire city’s worth of people. Your call! [BBC News] Keep reading »
Erica Anderson is your average 37-year-old mom of two in Grants Pass, Oregon. Which is why it’s so surprising that last Monday she walked into a local bank and slipped the teller a note telling her to fill a bag with money. The note also told the teller to wait 15 minutes before calling the police, “or else two kids wouldn’t make it home from school.” Keep reading »
Nothing could make me want to read a memoir by 16-year-old Justin Bieber. Nor am I interested in Demi Moore’s life story. Or Anne Heche’s, or Laura Bush’s, or basically 90 percent of the famous folks who have released autobiographies in recent years. But Jaycee Lee Dugard? Yep, that is a memoir I would like to read. Keep reading »
Today is Ancestor Appreciation Day! (What, you mean you didn’t have this one highlighted in your calendar?) We thought this slightly random holiday would make for a cool opportunity to break from all the pressing news of the present, and instead reflect on our pasts. Here, some Frisky staffers share interesting stories and facts about their own family members and ancestry. What about you? Are you distant Liechtenstein royalty? Did your great-great-great grandfather invent the modern stapler? Read on to hear our anecdotes, and then share your own in the comments below! Keep reading »
At age 37, while working as an incest writer and researcher, Meredith Maran accused her father of molesting her. Based on a combination of “symptoms” like depression and guilt and disturbing incest dreams, the accusation would ignite an estrangement that kept her children from spending time with their grandfather for the next eight years.
Ten years later, she retracted those claims, confessing that she’d been caught up in the whirlwind of repressed memory fever that overtook the nation in the ’80s and ’90s. These experiences are outlined in her new memoir, My Lie: A True Story of False Memory, released this month. When I received a review copy of the book, which was being called “fearless” and “brave” in the back cover blurbs, I cracked its cover with some trepidation, because I had also recovered a memory of childhood abuse.
The difference is that my memory is true. Keep reading »
We’re so glad this guy’s not our dad: A California police officer staged a fake arrest of his 14-year-old daughter’s 15-year-old boyfriend after finding out the couple had sex.
The father went to the boy’s house in uniform and told him and his parents that he was being arrested on sexual assault charges. The officer is heard on a cell phone video of the incident telling the young boy, “It does not bode well for you. Do you know what that means? No? Not a good thing that the person you had sex with is a cop’s daughter. The district attorney will probably file charges.” He then handcuffed the boy. Keep reading »