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An Extra Special Star Trek Wedding

Star Trek nerds (Me! Simcha!) rejoice — GeekSugar discovered that the “Star Trek Experience” attraction at the Hilton in Las Vegas offers not one, not two, but five Star Trek-themed wedding packages for geeky visitors wishing to have a Jean-Luc Picard lookalike conduct their ceremony. And, depending on the package, up to four other Star Trek characters will be in attendance. Do you think that instead of saying “I Do” you’re supposed to say “Aye, Aye Sir” instead? [Star Trek Experience] Keep reading »

Real Chick Lit: Love & Life Lessons From Young Adult Novels

During my junior high/early high school years, I consumed young adult series like my life depended on it. Maybe in a way, it did. I read obsessively about my favorite characters and their packed weekend social schedules of dances, pool parties, tropical vacations, exciting dates, beach parties….trouble was that I was spending my weekend nights reading about these events. The conundrum is that the girls reading these books were the bookish, indoor type — not the ones out and living this life.

My books were my only clues to how to meet and talk to boys. In my endless pawing over my glossy-covered series, my impressionable mind sensed some distinct themes. Keep reading »

Lesbian Kiss Gets A Finger Wag In Seattle

A lesbian couple taking in a Seattle Mariners game were told by an usher that they would have to stop their PDA if they wanted to watch the remaining innings — a woman nearby had complained that there were children nearby, as if two people smooching is akin to an X-rated movie. You know what’s lame about this? Last time I was at a Yankee game, I saw a couple exploring each other’s tonsils for, like, 30 minutes and no one said a thing. And I didn’t care either for the record, I love to watch people and laugh. According to Sirbrina Guerrero, one of the women in question, “There was a couple like seven rows ahead making out. We were just showing affection.” The usher said that parents shouldn’t have to explain to their kids why two women were kissing. I disagree. They absolutely should. They should say, “Yes, those two people are kissing. Probably because they like each other or even love each other. Isn’t that nice? Now stop staring and pay attention to the game. These tickets cost me $50.” Well that’s what I would say anyway. [CNN.com] Keep reading »

Drinking Young Means A Higher Risk Of Dependence

You probably started drinking before your mom, or at the very least your grandmother. On average, women born before 1944 started drinking at age 20, while those born after that started drinking at age 17. Unfortunately, it’s not all champagne dreams and beergoggles for us, though. Women born after 1944 also have a greater risk for alcohol dependence than those born before that time. Richard A. Grucza, assistant professor of psychiatry at Washington University and one of the study’s authors, wonders whether lowering the drinking age would have any effect on women’s alcohol dependency, because genetic predispositions can’t have changed so much over such a short period of time: “Our findings would suggest that from a public-health point of view, lowering the legal drinking age might lead to increased rates of alcohol dependence.” Somewhere, a high school student is groaning (and asking a sketchy neighbor to buy her a case of Natural Light). [Newswise]

Previously: Should You Drink To Your Health? Keep reading »

The Daily Squeeze: Old TV Is New, Nicole Richie Designs, And The French First Lady Sings

  • The ’70s TV shows The Newlywed Game and The Dating Game are getting updated and will air on GSN, the Game Show Network. [BuzzSugar]
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    Numbnut — Can You Please Use That In A Sentence?

    So the kid who won the National Spelling Bee this past weekend, was asked to spell a word that, to him sounded like numbnut. I literally just spit my coffee all over my keyboard. Keep reading »

    Anderson Cooper Ain’t Nobody’s Boo

    Last night on 360 with Anderson Cooper, when the reporter tried to get his guest, Donna Brazile, to cough up some personal information on the candidates, she coyly said, “But Anderson, you’re not my boo.” Which led ol’ Anderson to start using the word too, with hilarious, adorable, or horrifying results, depending on your perspective. Check out the clip above! Keep reading »

    Barack & Michelle Obama Share A Fist Pound

    Barack Obama basically clinched the Democratic nomination for President last night and before he gave his monumental speech (he’s the first African-American to ever win the nomination for President of the United States), he and his insanely awesome, hot, purple-clad wife Michelle (we told you purple was on the up-and-up!) shared a fist bump. For some reason, this made me squeal in delight. I never realized how romantic and respectful and mutually appreciative and loving a frat-tastic fist bump could be. Could it be the new peck-on-the-cheek? Keep reading »

    We May Own Mobile Phones, But We Still Sit At Home

    You’d think cell phones would have freed us up to do whatever we wanted, wherever we wanted since we no longer have to wait at home for the land-line to ring. Well, a study by researchers at Northeastern University found that most cell phone users stay within a 37-mile radius of their home, and almost half of them remained within a six-mile circle. Now, this study was conducted outside the U.S. because the FCC would never allow access to cell phone tower info, so perhaps we move around more than other people, but probably not. Even on a good day, the most I travel is 12 miles. It might be time for a road trip. [AHN] Keep reading »

    Are “Women’s” Books Necessary…Or Just Lame?

    Do women really need special “women’s” products? Sure, women have different needs when it comes to things like vitamins, but I use men’s razors and wear a men’s watch, and things have worked out okay for me. Jessa Crispin writes on The Smart Set that the for-women book category has gotten out of control — from travel books just for girls (that are largely anecdotal and not really “guides”) to women’s erotica. Keep reading to see five of the most stupid upcoming books that are just for us, no boys allowed. [The Smart Set] Keep reading »

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