Most kids know more about the internet than their parents and grandparents, which is why it scares us that there are sites like Miss Bimbo out there targeting our little girls. The interactive game lets you “become the hottest, coolest most famous bimbo ever!” Because Paris Hilton doesn’t already have that job covered? Okay. Users work to “become a socialite and skyrocket to the top of fame and popularity”, flirt with “that famous hottie you’ve had your eye on”, and can even “resort to meds or plastic surgery. Stop at nothing to become the reigning bimbo!” One of the site editors says that the game, which is marketed to tweens and teens, has some very valuable messages to send. “If they eat too much chocolate in the game it is bad for their bimbos’ bodies and their happiness levels compared to if they eat fruit and vegetables, which reinforces positive healthy eating messages.”
Okay, so we’re not entirely sure that this isn’t some hugely ironic parody site, but in a world filled with Bratz dolls and tween thongs, there’s a solid chance it’s for real. Besides, we doubt the little 10-year old we babysit would be able to tell the difference. [Guardian U.K via Feministing] Keep reading »
A new study from Lehigh University found that it doesn’t matter how often mothers argue with their toddlers — like so much in life, quality is more important than quantity. So, what makes a “quality” argument? Both people justifying their opinions and then reaching a compromise without anyone insisting on their particular point of view without explaining it, teasing, or engaging in other negative behavior. This is good to remember when fighting with people who may no longer be toddlers but still act like them. [NLM] Keep reading »
Graphic designer Craig Oldham created this nudist typeface after overhearing someone say, “â€¦that type is indecent!” [CraigOldham.co.uk via Shape + Colour] Keep reading »
Everyone is pissing themselves this morning over David Cook’s rendition of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” on last night’s American Idol. Maybe it’s because I am still pissed they kicked Josiah off (but whatever, homeboy has a record contract with Warner Bros. now!), maybe it’s because “Billie Jean” was my favorite song when I was 5, or maybe it’s because I thought the judges had cotton in their ears when Ryan Seacrest said before the performance that David was doing Chris Cornell’s version of the song, but I couldn’t understand why they thought the dork was so “original”, “brave”, and “smart”. Also, I hate his hair. Not to mention Paula’s gloves. Ugh. [You Tube] Keep reading »
Today, my friend Jon and I got a little girly and watched/listened to Leona Lewis’s “Bleeding Love.” A little-known fact about “Bleeding Love” is that it was written by Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic and Jesse McCarthney of BOP magazine. The song is currently the number one song at the iTunes Store, and it was the top single of 2007 in the U.K. There are two videos for the song, a U.K. video, and a U.S. one. We accidentally watched the U.K. version, but it is much more dramatic than the one meant for us, which features Leona riding around Times Square in a taxi. I guess they thought the domestic violence might not be as big of a hit here?
Catherine: Are you in the mood for a little Leona Lewis in the afternoon?
Jon: I think so.
C: You think so? You know so! Keep reading »
Did you have a baby last year? We didn’t — good thing, too, because babies are expensive and we really can’t afford one at the moment. Yesterday, the USDA released its estimate for what it will cost to raise a child born in 2007 until he or she turns 18. Factoring for inflation, middle-income families will spend $269,040, and this doesn’t include college, SAT prep classes, Brett Favre jerseys, iPhones, or whatever happens to be popular by the time these children hit middle school. For about the same amount of money, you could buy this house in Clermont, FL, but why you would is beyond me. [Reuters] Keep reading »
“I like blackjack, but I think what I’m really going to be gambling with today is my heart.” That’s a quote from one of our brilliantly poetic Bachelorettes, who got to head to the casino in hopes of winning some money, not to mention The Bach’s attention. But first, half the crew went on a date where they were surprised that they were going to be walking in a fashion show! Of course, The Bach is totally not only interested in looks alone, so he vows to give the special rose to the girl who “really went for it” during the show. Marshana (the Token Black Woman) thinks she has an edge because she’s won beauty pageants, while Noelle modeled in high school — I instantly kind of like Noelle because she indicates she didn’t really like modeling and that scores you points in my book. The rest of the girls are not to be dissuaded! Holly moonwalks! Kristine pulls her top off to reveal a gold bikini! Amanda juggles! Just kidding. After the whole runway fiasco, Matt takes the ladies to a penthouse for some champagne and various one-on-one time. A couple of the chicks sing. It’s painful. Marshana asks The Bach for his feelings on interracial dating and he assures her that it isn’t an issue (we’ll see if she makes it past the next elimination!). In the end he gives Ashlee, the “singer-songwriter” that squeezed a smooch of him, the single rose and she brags her face off about it, much to the other green-eyed ladies chagrin.
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