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The Bathroom Situation At The 2008 Democratic National Convention

The city of Denver’s official website says there are about 50,000 people attending the 2008 Democratic National Convention, including delegates, visitors, politicians and media. That’s a whole lot of people. And what do these people do, besides wave signs that read, “Unity” and shout “Yes, we can!”? They consume food and beverages and, therefore, have to relieve themselves a lot. The New York Post reports that despite efforts for equal restroom rights at the Pepsi Center, men have fewer toilets and urinals than women, but they take half as much time to go, so women will still have longer to wait. My recommendation for delegates sandwiched in the convention hall who don’t want to miss any of Bill Clinton’s speech tonight? Depends.

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Quickies!: Jennifer Hudson To Sing Anthem At DNC

  • Jennifer Hudson will sing the “Star Spangled Banner” at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday. [Pop Eater]
  • Rumor has it, Cher is in talks to play Catwoman. Check out our list of who should don the leather and claws. [Popbytes]
  • A British hemophiliac, who contracted HIV in the 1980s, was not told by doctors of his disease, even though those doctors published his medical data in journals. [AOL News]
  • Three patients have died and a 14-year-old was raped in recent months at the California psychiatric center associated with Dr. Drew Pinsky. [AOL News]
  • There are signs support for the ban on women drivers in Saudi Arabia is eroding. [AP via AOL Autos]
  • Fred Crane, the actor that delivered the opening line in “Gone With the Wind,” died of diabetes complications last Thursday. [Pop Eater]
  • Playboy Bunnies DO go to college, actually. [Boinkology]
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    “The Hills” Reveals Lo’s Wicked Side & Allows Spencer To Make Another Stupid Analogy

    Lo Bosworth has managed to go from funny, affable dumb-but-in-a-cute-way best friend to totally bitchy and evil in a matter of episodes. Lo reminds me of the girls in high school who, even while they’re chatting with you, were totally judging your outfit and your hair and what you were eating. On last night’s episode of The Hills, it’s the aftermath of the Lo/Audrina talk/fight, where Audrina basically told Lo she didn’t give a hoot about being friends with her and Lo passive aggressively laid the blame for their mutual awkwardness on Audrina. I sort of thought Audrina was harsh, until last night, when it because clear that Lo is just not as adorable and funny as we thought — girlfriend undresses you with her eyes, to the point where all you want to do is leave — and that’s what Audrina did. Keep reading »

    Nun Pageant Canceled

    So, that priest who organized the Miss Sister Italy contest? Well, his superiors, including the local bishop, weren’t happy with his innovative way of calling attention and praise to nuns and he had to suspend his project. “It was interpreted as more of a physical thing,” Father Antonio Rungi said. “Now, no one is saying that nuns can’t be beautiful, but I was thinking about something more complete.” [Reuters] Keep reading »

    No More Playground Fun: Australian School Bans Cartwheels

    If I could still do a cartwheel without hurting myself, I would. Just watching Shawn Johnson do those amazing gymnastic-tastic moves at the Olympics made me hearken back to a time when I would spend recess walking on my hands without worrying that my shirt was covering my face instead of my mosquito bites. Sigh, those were the days. But sadly, a grade school in Australia has banned “dangerous” cartwheels and handstands in an attempt to avoid injuries. Needless to say, parents are baffled and kids are bummed. What’s next: banning writing because it could cause carpal tunnel? Outlawing hopscotch because you could sprain your ankle?

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    Sweet Release: What’s In And Out The Week Of August 26th 2008

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    • Solange Sol-AngeL and the Hadley St. Dreams
      Beyonce’s baby sister, Solange has finally stepped out of her sister’s shadow and made a record of her own. A jazzy, poppy collection of laments, it just doesn’t have the bitch slap of her sister’s dance tracks. From the sounds of songs like “Tony”, Solange has been whining behind the scenes for a while, broken-hearted, waiting to breakout. But just like most moaning for attention, who wants to listen?
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    Fall’s Must-Watch TV Shows

    The fall television season is rapidly approaching–premieres kick-off next Tuesday, just in time to recover from the holiday weekend. Yesterday, we reminded you of last season’s cliffhangers, so today we’ve compiled a list of new shows that will tickle your fancy and some you should just skip all together. Keep reading »

    MTV’s Model Makers: Because Eating Disorders Make For Great TV!

    Really MTV? Now, I know I can hardly knock ya too much — after all, The Hills is my vice — but when I read about an upcoming show called Model Makers, I knew maybe my favorite craptastic network had gone too far. Billed as a “Transformation Make-Over” reality show, Model Makers advertised for contestants with the following ad:

    Have you always wanted to model but don’t know where to start? Maybe you don’t know the right people. Maybe you are not thin enough. Maybe you are not photogenic. MODEL MAKERS will give you the ultimate make-over and transform you into the model of your dreams. Women come in all shapes and sizes, but models don’t. The term model conjures an image of stick-thin, towering beauties oozing confidence, glamour, poise and sexuality from every pore. ‘Skinny,’ ‘no body fat,’ and ‘size zero’ are the words and phrases associated with models. ‘Chubby,’ ‘well-fed,’ and ‘big-boned’ are not…

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    The Daily Squeeze: Idol On Broadway, Hallmark Stores, And Money For Abortions

  • American Idol alum Ace Young will join the Broadway cast of Grease September 9 playing the part of Kenickie. [AP]
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    The Raunch Report: Tucker Max Versus Chelsea Handler

    Often compared and sometimes even considered to be the male and female versions of each other, Tucker Max and Chelsea Handler are ruling the world of crude comedy. Both of their books are laugh-out-loud hilarious, but majorly offensive to the faint of heart. I would know — my friends and I used to do a Tucker Max readings in college until we were laughing so hard we couldn’t breathe and I’ve sat in bed reading Chelsea and just cracked up to myself. So what exactly do these two have in common besides their vulgar humor and exceptional gift for storytelling (and a shared publisher, Simon and Schuster)? Check it out after the jump… Keep reading »

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