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Paternity Test Reunites Couple After 23 Years Apart

A couple in England was reunited recently after over 23 years apart when the woman tracked down the man to give a DNA sample for a paternity test. Sarah Daniels, 42, showed up at Roy Cook’s door after ending their brief eight-month romance 23 years earlier. She was 17 the last time she saw him and pregnant with his baby, although she didn’t know that at the time. She moved quickly to a new relationship and when a pregnancy test came up positive, she assumed her new dude was the daddy. That guy split after baby Danny was born and a few years ago when he reappeared in their lives, Sarah realized there were no physical similarities between the two men. That’s when she remembered Roy and decided to track him down. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Shiloh Jolie-Pitt Is Just Trendy, OK?

  • Thank God, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt wearing boys’ clothes is just a hot “trend” now. Whew! [USA Today]
  • Manicures and raw food with Liz Phair? Yes, please! [NYMag.com]
  • What will make women buy more liquor? Making the bottles “fashionable,” duh. [New York Times]

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The Most Creative Way Ever To Fund A Shopping Spree

Money is tight this year and I have been left with the task of dreaming up ways to fund my post-Christmas shopping spree. The sales are calling my name! Luckily, I’ve got an idea. What if I faked my own kidnapping and tried to extort $25,000 from my husband for ransom? Oh wait, I don’t have a husband and some other lady already thought of it first? Bummer. Keep reading »

Soldier Sends Family A Heartwarming Icy Reminder

Lieutenant Neil Bucken was stationed in Afghanistan and couldn’t make it home for Christmas or his sister’s birthday, so he did what any normal guy might do — he sent his family in Staten Island, NY, a life-sized ice sculpture of himself holding a bouquet of red roses. Sure. The seven-foot-tall statue includes a photo of himself with sister Sullivan encased in the ice. Bucken has been in the military for the past two years, and stationed in Afghanistan for the past nine months. His mother Donna said, “Half the family was bawling their eyes out. It was just amazing. It was very touching.” [Splash News] Keep reading »

What’s Your Theme For 2011?

I’m not sure if I’m going to make resolutions this year. I mean, I’m not anti-resolutions. I make them every year, and sometimes I even keep them. There were a few this year I did OK on. I didn’t really get going on maintaining an exercise regimen until the second half of the year, but since about August (OK, fine, so maybe that isn’t exactly half the year, but it’s close!), I’ve been working out at least four times a week. And I kept my resolution to call my long-distance friends and family more (usually, that’s meant two or three calls a week, which is pretty good for someone who hates the phone). I’ve read more books — especially in the last couple of months. And I definitely did a lot more cooking this year. So, overall, I feel pretty good about things. Still, this year instead of resolutions, I’m thinking of making a theme for the new year. Keep reading »

What A 30,000 Calorie Holiday Meal Looks Like

No matter how much you ate over the holiday weekend, we’re betting it was not even close to the amount of food that Donna Simpson devoured. The New Jersey woman is angling to be the fattest woman in the world, and is on a quest to weigh a thousand pounds, so she had a lot of holiday eating to do. Donna’s Christmas dinner? How about two turkeys, two hams, a roast, five pounds of mashed potatoes, and 20 pounds of vegetables? And, of course, there’s always room for dessert! For a sweet after-dinner treat, she had a “salad” of marshmallows, cream cheese, whipped cream and cookies. The whole meal took her two hours to eat (that’s it?!) and was around 30,000 calories — that’s, oh, about 15 times the recommended daily caloric allowance for a single day. Still, Simpson has a long way to go to reach her goal. She’s currently at 650 pounds. [NY Mag] Keep reading »

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