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Arranged Marriages: The Solution For Busy People?

According to an AP article, some busy singles are asking their parents to find their spouse for them. Why spend time going on endless bad dates when you can have your parents select your soulmate? Proponents of arranged marriages say the process takes the guesswork out of picking a partner, relieves the stress of having too many choices, and puts your future in the hands of those whose experience you may trust more than your own. While this way of matching people is popular among certain cultures, I can’t imagine asking my mother to find me a husband. I’d rather mess up on my own than blame my mother for picking someone I may or may not like, even if that means six months of bad dates. [AP via AM New York] Keep reading »

Sports Bra To The Rescue!

An American hiker stranded in the Bavarian Alps used her sports bra as a signal, and she attracted the attention of lumberjacks. She had attached it to a cable and when the cable car started moving up the mountain, the bra reached a worker at the base. “She’s a very smart girl, and she acted very resourcefully,” said Berchtesgaden police officer Lorenz Rasp. “She kept her shirt and jacket for warmth, but thought the sports bra could work as a signal.” This Lily of France bra could save your life one day. [AP] Keep reading »

Get Your Rocks Off: a’tris’ Love Is An Emotional Rollercoaster Playlist

Boston-based band a’tris got their early musical inspiration from an unusual source — Sesame Street. Lead singer and pianist Mason Taylor started his musical career pounding away at one key on his Sesame Street keyboard, that of Oscar the Grouch, conveniently our favorite Muppet as well. Since then, the collaboration between music and what’s on screen has developed into songs that are really a soundtrack to life in general. That’s why it’s so fitting that a’tris’ playlist hits all the notes of love’s emotional rollercoaster. Check out their 10 picks, after the jump, and look out for their latest record, Lensing Keep reading »

Pregnant Teen Says There Was No Pact

The possible pregnancy pact story continues! One of the pregnant teens, 17-year-old Lindsey Oliver, told Good Morning America there was, in fact, no pact, just as reader Go-To-Girl suspected. “No. There was definitely no pact. There was a group of girls who decided that they were gonna … they were already pregnant before they decided this. That they were gonna help each other with their kids so they could finish school and raise their kids together, to do the right thing was their decision. Not, let’s get pregnant, like, as a group,” she said. Her boyfriend said she was on birth control, and they weren’t planning on getting pregnant. It’s interesting to hear his perspective. Andrew Psalidas is 20 and goes to community college. “It was definitely hard to begin with,” Andrew said. “Now, we have to deal with everybody knowing that she is having a baby … now it’s like, she’s ‘one of those Gloucester girls having a baby,’ so it’s like we’re doing something wrong when we’re trying to do everything we can to make it right for the mistake that we made.” He actually sounds really mature and makes a good point. [TheBostonChannel.com] Keep reading »

The Daily Squeeze: Same-Sex Marriage, Cynthia Nixon, And A Drunk Groom

  • California Chief Justice Ronald George says young people are much more tolerant of gay marriage than older generations. [Spiegel]
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    The Top 50 Dirtiest Album Covers Bring Back Memories

    I totally love Gigwise’s list of the Top 50 Dirtiest Album Covers. There was the stuff that automatically to mind, like The Rolling Stones’ Sticky Fingers, 2 Live Crew’s As Nasty As They Wanna Be, and The Black Crowes’ Amorica but then the list also had some we totally forgot about. RATT’s Invasion Of Your Privacy! Prince’s Lovesexy! Bob Geldof’s Sex, Age & Death! But my personal favorite has to be Lords Of Acid’s Crab Louse, an album seemingly named after pubic lice. Keep reading »

    Monday Quickies!

  • Mike Myers is gay? Also, who will go see The Love Guru with Amelia? [Gawker]
  • If you haven’t seen it already, check out the documentary Girls Rock. [Cool Hunting]
  • Are lesbians more likely to commit? [Boinkology]
  • Lily Allen put up a snippet of a new song called “Guess Who Batman” on her MySpace page. It’s about haters. [Lily Allen on MySpace]
  • Speaking of songs, Heidi Montag’s new one, “Fashion”, will rape your eardrums. [Us Weekly]
  • Bajillions of penis euphemisms. [Starma.com via Daily Bedpost]
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    Raise Your Hand If You Think Wedding Traditions Are Stupid

    Traditions can be a great way to make occasions special, but don’t you kind of wonder who came up with these crazy things? Mental Floss has a great post about the origin of wedding traditions, and after reading them, I am way less into keeping them. Why should I wear white just because Queen Victoria did? [MentalFloss.com]

  • Women used to wear whatever dress was the nicest in their closet until Queen Victoria wore a white dress trimmed with orange blossoms for her wedding to her first cousin, Prince Albert (gross). Tradition worth upholding? Nah, we don’t all look good in white anyway.
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    Hillary Clinton & Sexism In The Media

    Now that the Presidential primary race is over and the general election is underway, members of the media are looking back on their coverage of Hillary Clinton and trying to decide if they were sexist or not. Clark Hoyt, a writer for The New York Times takes his own employer to task and places a large amount of blame on Maureen Dowd, a columnist for the paper. Dowd was also named on the National Organization for Women’s Hall Of Shame list for her coverage of Clinton, which Hoyt describing as “loaded with language painting [Clinton] as a 50-foot woman with a suffocating embrace, a conniving film noir dame and a victim dependent on her husband.” Keep reading »

    10 Classic Books To Put On Your Reading List

    Chances are, if you ever survived a high school English class you may have read a few if not all of these classic book. But chances are you hated them because your teacher was evil and made you write a 10-page paper on the mean of every paragraph rather than letting you simply enjoy them. That’s why even if you have read the 10 classic novels after the jump, you should give them a re-read this summer. And if you haven’t read them…well, now is the time. Keep reading »

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