There are a handful of songs in the running for the title of “Song of the Summer,” and London-born Estelle’s song “American Boy”, featuring Kanye West, is one of them. Jon and I tend to be a bit skeptical of hype, so we watched the video, and then talked about label whores and dating short people.
Jon: Fast Fact: I know that Estelle is performing at a Hamptons club this coming weekend. That’s all I know about her.
Catherine: I don’t know anything about her. Except that she has a bob and dances funny. And has a British accent. Keep reading »
I was never good at sports, but the one thing I could rock out at during recess was double-dutch. Bust profiled awesome Bay Area-based double-dutch crew, Double Dutchess, a few years ago and just posted this sweet video on their blog. The fact that they jump rope to hip-hop instead of “Miss Mary Mack” is a nice modern update. [Bust] Keep reading »
Yesterday, on a remote island, Greece’s first same-sex wedding took place. There were actually two: one between two men, and another between two women. The civil ceremonies were performed on the tiny island Tilos. “I know they’re people too, but couldn’t they have gone on doing what they were doing without getting our community involved?” one of the island’s residents said. While there are people, including Greece’s top prosecutor, who say any same-sex marriages will be nullified and considered illegal, Greek gay rights groups found a loophole in a 1982 law that seems to allow same-sex marriages. [NY Times] Keep reading »
Apparently sex gets better as you get older. Forty-six percent of the 1,000 adults born between 1946 and 1964 who were surveyed by Lavalife said they enjoyed sex more now than they did in their 20s and 30s. It’s nice to hear that these older people (i.e., our parents) are enjoying themselves, because of the 85 million baby boomers in North America, about 30 percent are single. But these boomers are also a little more promiscuous than the generation below them. Thirty-four percent of those polled by Lavalife said they’d have sex on a first date, compared with 17 percent of singles born between 1965 and 1982. Oh, and a quarter of sexually active boomers were open to threesomes. [Reuters] Keep reading »
Life lesson from The Golden Girls: Socializing with friends and family can improve cognition and might prevent dementia in older women, according to a study in The American Journal of Public Health. [Medical News Today]
Goddamn you half-emo guys, you do it to me every time. To follow up the poptastic single that makes even my vegetarian roommate want a spoonful of Pork and Beans, Weezer has a new classic, cheap, and colorful record- The Red Album. Sigh, Rivers Cuomo may not beThe Greatest Man Whoever Lived, but he’s still lovable like his pale gansta rap track.
Earlier today we learned that men used to fight over women because the gals were so few. Well, in the future, women may get into girl-fights over men. In various countries around the world, the number of baby boys versus girls is declining. Now, there are still more guys than girls being born in most places, but in the U.S. alone, an estimated 135,000 fewer boys were born between 1970 and 2002. Scientists aren’t really sure what’s causing this, though there are many hypotheses — pollution, diet, alcohol consumption, stress, etc. One thing that’s quite fascinating about raising kids is that male babies require more energy to raise and also are less hardy than girls and tend to die more easily. Another researcher found that the number of boys born in NYC relative to the number of girls fell significantly after September 11. [Sydney Morning Herald] Keep reading »
Poor oranges. They’re delicious, but they can be a little messy, and for the third year in a row, orange consumption has fallen, according to a Reuters article. A survey in England showed that people are simply “too busy” to spend their time peeling the juicy fruit, preferring fruits like satsumas and tangerines, which both had increased consumption and are, apparently, quicker to consume. This seemed ridiculous, so we poked around the internet to see what else people are “too busy” to do in these hurried times. Read our top five after the jump. [Reuters] Keep reading »
Back in prehistoric times, women were scarce, so men used to fight their rivals and capture the ladies. Researchers studied 34 skeletons found in a mass grave in southwest Germany, and among all of the skeletons in the grave, none of them were local women. How can they tell where people are from if they can’t hear their accents or see their clothes, and only have bones to go on, you may ask? They study skeletons’ teeth and analyze the strontium, carbon, and oxygen isotopes, which can suggest geological origin and diet. According to the scientists, this is the first evidence suggesting men fought over mates in prehistoric times. [EurekAlert!] Keep reading »