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Soap Opera Among War Correspondants

60 Minutes reporter (and former swimsuit model) Lara Logan supposedly had two relationships while covering the Iraq war, and one was with a married man. Joe Burkett’s wife is claiming that Lara seduced him and has also teamed up with Joe to try to take away their 3-year-old daughter. AND, there are people saying Burkett once defended Lara’s honor in a fight with CNN war reporter Michael Ware. Angelina Jolie will play the role of Lara Logan in an upcoming film (we’re speculating). [NY Post] Keep reading »

The Place With A “No Boys Allowed” Policy

Women have had to break through some employment barriers over the years, and men still dominate in many sectors. But there is one area that men haven’t been able to crack: studying female-exclusive aspects of various cultures. Robert M. Baum, a University of Missouri religion professor who has done extensive fieldwork in the Diola community in Senegal, hasn’t been able to learn about or enter the primary women’s fertility shrine there, as its only accessible to women who have given birth. “[A powerful female religious leader] told me that the day I give birth to a child, I should come to her and she would explain everything about Ehugna,” Baum said. “That night, I dreamed I was pregnant. I told her about the dream; she laughed and said it was not good enough.” [EurekAlert!] Keep reading »

The Daily Squeeze: Cucumbers, Gypsies On The Runway, And A Gay Kiss

  • Should the EU sell bent cucumbers? Seriously, should they? [Spiegel]
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    Wednesday Quickies!

  • A documentary covering Heidi Fleiss’s attempt to open a legal all-male brothel for women in Nevada premiere’s July 21 on HBO. [W]
  • A 15-year-old in Canton, OH (where I grew up!) sends or receives about 15,000 text messages a month. She has an unlimited texting plan. [WEWS Cleveland]
  • Did you know that grooms in Korea will ask their successfully married friends to carve them two wooden ducks to bring good luck? [MentalFloss.com]
  • Dear Jake Bronstein, remember the time Maxim took a photo of you and Amelia together for a story about you trying to sleep with as many women as possible in a week and Amelia was supposed to represent one of the women and she had a mild panic attack about it right before it went to press because she didn’t really want America thinking the two of you slept together? Well, we really like your new website and would love to work with you. Have your people call our people, okay? Love, The Frisky [Zoomdoggle via Daily Bedpost]
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    Rejected: Federal Funding For Abstinence

    There’s a first time for everything. And when it comes to federal funding for teaching abstinence programs, the pun is intended. In what feels like an unprecedented protest, more than half the states in the country are turning down offers of national tax money to teach teens abstinence. Just this week, Iowa and Arizona added their names to the long list of states staying, “no, thank you!” Only 28 states still accept the cash to encourage chastity. You’d think a president named Bush would at least know how to talk about it, but alas, his plan to tell students to stay virgins is getting more rejected than a pubescent boy. As Elke Shaw-Tulloch of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare says, “There was mounting evidence the abstinence programs weren’t proving to be effective.” Idaho alone saw an increase in underage pregnancy over the past two years after they tried to tell teens keeping it in their pants was the only option rather than explaining the facts. Luckily, in the case of America’s future crotches, money may talk, but knowledge is power. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »

    Made Up Song Saves Pregnant Mom’s Life

    A three-year-old saved her pregnant mom’s life by calling 911 and giving the dispatcher details about her house and other landmarks all because her mom had made up a song called “911 green” that the toddler learned the week before. (The title comes from the fact that to call 911 on a cell phone, you have to press the three numbers and then the green button. From what I’ve found, the lyrics of the song are simply, “911 green, 911 green.” But there might be a remix coming out in the next month or so.) [AP] Keep reading »

    Chuck E. Cheese Does “Love In This Club”

    Add this video, of the Chuck E. Cheese Band performing Usher’s “Love In This Club”, to the list of things that make us extremely happy. Thanks to Andrew for sharing this rendition with us. Keep reading »

    The Daily Squeeze: Marilyn Monroe’s Receipt, Casual Sex, And A Tragic Death

  • A hair salon receipt from the Beverly Hills’ Elizabeth Arden salon signed by Marilyn Monroe (who paid $15 for a treatment) will be auctioned today at Christie’s, with its estimated value between $1,500 and $2,000. What exactly does one do with something like this, hang it beside her dressing table? [Christie's]
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    Tuesday Quickies!

  • Check out this internet dating-inspired wedding cake. [Engadget]
  • American Idol winner Ruben Studdard just applied for a marriage license in Alabama. Will he sing at his own wedding? [AHN]
  • The best boutique department store in the world, Paris’ Colette, is coming to the U.S.! [Fashionista]
  • Chinese government bans lesbians from donating blood. [Boinkology]
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    Obama & McCain Condoms: Protection You Can Count On

    The November elections seem close, and now the political powerhouses of John McCain and Barack Obama are getting even closer to the things that matter most to us. Both are faces imprinted on a line of condoms — but we gotta ask…who would you rather have protecting YOUR crotch? [ObamaCondoms.com and McCainCondoms.com] Keep reading »

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