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Italian Mayors Outlaw Miniskirts, Sandcastles, Mowing Lawn On Weekends

Being a mayor in Italy has to be fun, now that Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has upped the country’s ability to create laws to combat “anti-social behavior.” Take, for example, Mayor Luigi Bobbio of the resort town Castellammare di Stabia. He is doing away with miniskirts, low-cut jeans, sunbathing, swearing, and playing football in public spaces. Breaking any of the aforementioned rules could result in a fine of up to $696. Egads! So I guess he just guaranteed that no cast member of the “Jersey Shore” cast will ever set foot in his town?
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Dad Confronts Abortion Protesters

This video has been on the YouTubes for awhile, but it just crossed Amelia’s and my path today. If this guy who calls himself Jerry Crew on YouTube is legit, he and his wife were trying for another child, but at 16 weeks, they were told the fetus was basically dead and went in to have an abortion. (In the comments section on YouTube, he says the fetus had sirenomelia, or “mermaid syndrome,” a rare deformity in which the lower half of the body is fused together and missing several internal organs.) Naturally, the anti-abortion protesters standing outside the clinic screaming at his wife as she went inside didn’t think of that. Watch as this “angry dad” confronts two protesters on the street who seem rather sure of themselves that it’s their business to butt into other people’s medical decisions. [YouTube] Keep reading »

Cheerleader Kicked Off Squad For Refusing To Cheer For Her Attacker

A Texas high school has taken “school spirit” to the extreme and kicked a cheerleader off the squad after she refused to cheer for a football player who sexually assaulted her. According to Ms. magazine, player Rakheem Jamal Bolton, 19, of Silsbee High School in Hardin County, TX, and two other males were accused of sexually assaulting a female student (identified only as H.S.) in 2008 at a post-game party. H.S. claims the three young men forced her into a room, locked the door, held her down and sexually assaulted her. Other party-goers tried to get in the room and two of the three men, including Bolton, fled through the window … Keep reading »

Is The Pumpple Cake The World’s Most Perfect Dessert?

Stuck as to where you stand in the cake versus pie debate? Now you don’t have to choose! A Philadelphia bakery has created the pumpple cake — an apple pie and a pumpkin pie baked inside a vanilla and chocolate cake “fused together and surrounded by buttercream frosting.” The whole concoction clocks in at 15 lbs. and 1,800 calories, but the owners of the Flying Monkey bakery say that it ideally feeds four people. Just four?! More importantly, how does it taste? Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb got to taste the dessert on “The Today Show” this morning and Kathie Lee described it as “obscene — that is delicious.” Of course, she was probably drunk. [MSNBC] Keep reading »

Sex.com The Most Expensive URL On The Web

Looking for sex online? It’ll cost you. Last week the domain Sex.com was purchased for $13 million dollars — and is now the most expensive web address on the internet. The domain’s previous owner, Escom, was forced to sell after the company declared bankruptcy. The domain was first registered in 1994, by Gary Kremen, the founder of Match.com. A year later, convicted fraudster Stephen Cohen wrestled away Sex.com by claiming Kremen sold him the property. In 2004, Kremen took Cohen to court and won back the domain, which he then sold to Escom. Most recently, the domain was purchased by Clover Holdings, LLC. But apparently the price of sex has gone down in recent years: Escom purchased Sex.com for $14 million just four years ago. [CNET] Keep reading »

Hiccup Champ Arrested For Murder

Perhaps the hiccups made her do it: We’ll never know. In 2007, Jennifer Mee made headlines when she suffered from uncontrollable hiccups. Over the weekend, Mee was arrested and charged with first degree murder. Mee has been charged in the shooting death of 22-year-old Shannon Griffin. According to police, Mee lured Griffin to a seedy part of St. Petersburg, FL (of course, Florida), where Lamont Newton and Laron Raiford robbed and killed him. She’s currently being held without bail in Pinellas County Jail.

Three years ago, Mee, now 19, suffered from an extended bout of hiccups — sometimes hiccuping more than 50 times in an minute. Her hiccups were cured after several weeks and in the media frenzy over her strange disorder she reconnected with her biological father. [MSNBC] Keep reading »

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