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Athletes’ Ovaries

Some really successful female athletes rarely or never get their periods. We would say this is unfair, except we’re not really into working that hard, physically. These athletes’ loss of periods was traditionally thought to be the cause of ridiculous training sessions and strict diets (and many still believe this to be true), but now some researchers think polycystic ovary syndrome may be the cause. Magnus Hagmar, a researcher at the Karolinska Institute, found that polycystic ovaries were much more common in athletes training for the Olympics compared with the average woman. Not only that, but this syndrome causes an increase in testosterone, which can result in a competitive advantage by helping women build muscle mass and absorb oxygen more easily — but they also might have excess body hair and acne. Ah, the price of gold. [BBC] Keep reading »

Latex Condoms: Longer & Stronger

A South African man has proved that condoms can save your life, in more ways than one. The 37-year-old jump master, Carl Dionisio, made a bungee chord out of 18,500 prophylactics. That’s more rubbers than even Jenna Jameson’s market share, but Dionisio took an even deeper plunge — almost 100 feet. “It was difficult as the condoms are slippery,” he said about making the rope. Perhaps they should have used the ones without lubricant. [IOL]

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Annoyance Of The Day: Facebook Wedding Ads

If your status on Facebook is “engaged”, you get inundated with various bridal and wedding B.S. on your profile page. As if you need a reminder that you’re supposed to be planning a friggin’ wedding, not adding “tanning, indoor gardening, and mac ‘n’ cheese” to your interests. Ugh. Keep reading »

Madonna’s Hard Candy Gets Leaked

A bunch of tracks from Madonna’s not-yet-released new album, Hard Candy, were leaked this weekend. What do you think of her latest effort? We think a lot of the tracks seem to be more of a Justin Timberlake/Timbaland show than a Madge-spectacular, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. [Oh No They Didn't] Keep reading »

Poll: Are Celebs Helping Their Causes?

Celebs like Oprah, Bono, Angelina Jolie, and even Jessica Simpson try to do good by backing certain causes, but according to a Harris Poll, 51 percent of Americans say celebrities make little to no difference to the issues they support. Younger people are more likely to believe famous people have a positive influence, as are Democrats. For me, it really depends who the celeb is and whether it seems as though they really care about the cause they’re touting. Remember when Paris Hilton said she wanted to “use [her] fame in a good way”? Well, now she’s supposedly hosting a dog-grooming show in the U.K. [Reuters, Washington Post, AHN] Keep reading »

The Daily Squeeze: Successfully Quit Smoking, See Elijah Wood Covered In Spaghetti, And More

  • Women who attempted to quit smoking before hitting the ovulation part of their cycle were more likely to smoke again than those trying to quit at other times. [BBC]
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    Danica Patrick Tells The Boys To Eat Her Dust

    We don’t know jack about car racing, but this has got to be amazing news. Danica Patrick became the first woman to win an Indy race, taking the Indy Japan 300 on Sunday. Kick ass. [AP] Keep reading »

    Gossip Girl Cast Puts On Tighty Whiteys For NY Mag

    Best Show Ever, indeed. Gossip Girl is back on tonight, in a new time slot (8pm) on The CW (Catherine is still pissed). The show has a lot to live up to, considering this cover, those super horny OMFG ads, and that gay rumor. No pressure! XOXO! [New York Magazine]

    UPDATE: And now even Vanity Fair is obsessed. What is going on with the world? [Vanity Fair] Keep reading »

    Romance On TV: Jim Plans To Propose To Pam On The Office

    Watching The Office simultaneously thrills and upsets my inner romantic, because I sort of think that Pam and Jim are way cuter than me and my fiance. Seriously. They are totally cuter than your relationship too, just face it. I mean, I know they are fiction, but nothing makes me more squealey than these two. Especially on Thursday’s episode, when Pam joked with Jim that she wouldn’t move in with him until they were engaged and Jim joked back that a proposal was coming. Only he’s not joking. ZOMG!!! [NBC: The Office] Keep reading »

    Two Shots For Tequila

    On April 22, Tila Tequila is getting a second shot at love…and by love we mean a reality TV game show. Even after she jilted her hot lesbian flame, firefighter Dani for macho meathead Bobby, MTV has agreed to give the bisexual body-shot lover another chance to drink and wive. OK, we get why Flava Flav and Bret Michaels have dating shows — they were both in popular ’80s bands and somehow manage to still have groupies. But Tila? Her claim to fame is having a lot of MySpace friends, which, let’s face it, takes more slutty pictures and free time than talent. Honestly, if that is what it takes to get your own TV show, maybe we should all start accepting those never ending friend requests from creepy old dudes and crappy bands. [MTV]

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