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“Wheel Of Fortune” Wonder Offers Explanation

Fashion editor Caitlin Burke wowed Pat Sajak and the world last week when she managed to solve a “Wheel of Fortune” puzzle with only one letter in place. In a new interview with Esquire.com, she explains just how she was able to make such a miracle solve: the process of elimination. Burke, who grew up watching “Wheel” with her dad, was familiar with the game’s structure and habits, and employed a process of elimination to guess the winning phrase. As author Chris Jones explains,

“[Burke's] brain has a one-way valve built into it. Eventually, everything gets distilled, each puzzle boiled down to its most likely combination — two-letter words, three-letter words, and so on. Burke has trained her brain so that the impossible falls away, never to return, and eventually, out of the crowded ether, only a handful of solutions emerge.”

Burke’s one regret: that she didn’t pick a “G” or a “T.” She would have walked away with more money, but then again, she wouldn’t have had the distinction of solving the puzzle with only one letter. All in all, Burke walked away with $53,000 in cash and prizes — and proof that a natural gift, plus study and refinement, will create truly stunning results. [Esquire.com] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Aussies Won’t Let Lesbian Teen Take Her GF To School Dance

  • Hannah Williams, 16, of Melbourne, Australia, says she can’t bring her 15-year-old girlfriend Savannah Supski to the school’s formal dance, but that she could bring a male date instead. Girl, you should call up Constance McMillen, that Mississippi lesbian who got the ACLU to sue her school district and won! [Queerty]
  • Rev. Flip Benham, a conservative pastor in North Carolina, was found guilty yesterday of stalking abortion providers. Benham is responsible for putting up posters which read “WANTED” over the faces of doctors who do abortions and give out addresses. Benham claimed the posters were allowed under free speech, but doctors said the Wild West-style posters are a threat. [Charlotte Observer]
  • For the first time ever, more women than men earned doctoral degrees during the ’08-’09 school year. The ladies also earned six out of ten master’s degree that year. [Washington Post]

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Gay Activists Stage “Kiss-In” Protest In Barcelona

In Barcelona, 200 gays and lesbians gathered at the Sagrada Familia church this past weekend to do lots of kissing. Why? To make a statement to Pope Benedict XVI who just happened to be passing through for mass. The “kiss-in” was a peaceful protest against the Catholic Church’s stance against divorce, abortion, same-sex marriage, and condom use and a comment made by the Pope that homosexual acts are “intrinsically disordered.” That’s right, people, lock lips. Make love not hate. [L.A. Times] Keep reading »

An STD App? For Real?

So, when I first saw this story, I thought it was science fiction. But apparently it’s real, or at least may be real in the near future. A group of doctors and technology experts in the U.K. are working on developing an app to let people test themselves for STDs. Testing chips would be sold in drug stores, vending machines, and supermarkets. You place a drop of urine or saliva on the chip—like a less messy pregnancy test—then you plug it into your computer or phone and, within a few minutes, get a diagnosis. Hopefully of the negative variety.
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What’s The Craziest Diet You’ve Ever Been On?

Twinkies for breakfast, lunch and dinner? Sounds kind of gross (and, OK, delicious) to us — and it’s also the diet Mark Haub used to shed more than 27 pounds. The Kansas State University nutrition professor ate a steady diet of Twinkies to prove that it’s calorie consumption — not nutritional content — that makes us lose weight. Now, before you run out to the grocery store and purchase every Twinkie in stock, you should know that Twinkies were just part of Haub’s diet. He also took vitamins, ate a can of vegetables and a protein shake a day — and decreased his caloric intake from 2,600 to 1,800 calories a day.

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Could You Become A Politician Or Have You Shared “Too Much” On The Internet?

I think it’s safe to say I don’t have a future in politics, and if the climate stays the same — where anything and everything from your past can and will be used against you or the person you love — then any future spouse of mine doesn’t either. For the last three years, I’ve shared a lot on the internet as the editor of The Frisky, as well as on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. Given what’s happened to political candidates like Krystal Ball (whose funny but racy Facebook pics were unearthed by her rival in a Virginia congressional campaign) and Delaware senatorial candidate Christine O’Donnell (whose fairly chaste sleepover with a guy three years ago was described in an anonymously penned expose on Gawker.com), people who would be out to smear me wouldn’t know where to begin with what I’ve willingly put on the web. Keep reading »

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