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Man Receives Store Card Addressed To Suicide Bomber

Boots, a pharmacy company in the U.K., has some explaining to do after Andrew Adams received a store loyalty card addressed to: Dr A Suicide Bomber. Boots supposedly has certain words flagged in its system, and it seems that someone wasn’t paying attention well enough to stop the card from being sent. The funny thing is that Adams says he rarely shops at Boots and didn’t apply for the card. Boots has launched a full and detailed investigation into the incident, but I wonder if an acquaintance of Adams works for Boots and sent this as a practical, not funny, joke. [South Wales, 08/26/10] Keep reading »

What Do These Images Have To Do With Breast Cancer?

The Breast Cancer Foundation’s latest campaign encourages women to prioritize regular breast checks over fretting about less important worries like pimples, weight gain, and frizzy hair. Check out the beautiful (and NSFW) way in which they conveyed that message, after the jump… [OIC Singapore via BuzzFeed] Keep reading »

Um, Yeah, Right: Man Magically Transforms Into A Woman, Gives Birth To Baby

Coo-coo-bananas story of the day time! A man in Ghana claims he woke up one day to discover he had transformed into a woman and subsequently gave birth to a baby girl. Kwanbena Benie, 24, a “fetish priest,” the West African name for a spiritual advisor, says that when he was 13 years old, he was possessed by some sort of god who told him to become a priest. That same god told him that he shouldn’t have sex with women. Flash forward 20 years, and Benie married a woman and had sex with her, going against the warning he said he was given as a kid. And that‘s when his penis began to hurt. Keep reading »

Rant: When Is It Time To Say Goodbye On Facebook?

Just a moment ago, I excitedly clicked on my Facebook page to see that I’d gotten a message in my inbox. I clicked on it, and was annoyed to see yet another invite to J’s band’s show. Great. There’s another thing I won’t be doing Friday night. J., you see, was a guy I dated for a month about two and a half years ago — and I haven’t seen him, in person anyway, since. But he still regularly sends me invites to band gigs. Because we’re Facebook friends.
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Frisky Readers Split Down The Middle On Drinking While Pregnant

Earlier this week, Ami posted about a recent article that said it’s becoming more common for women to have the occasional drink while pregnant. We polled you on what your drinking policy would be when you’re pregnant and over 4,700 of you responded. I suspect the results were shocking no matter how you voted, in that it was basically split down the middle. Over 48.5 percent of you indicated that you would drink while pregnant anywhere from only “on special occasions” (22.85 percent) to “every now and then” (24.1 percent), with 1.5 percent (74 of you!) vowing to imbibe even more regularly — though I hope you’re joking (as we were) about “passing the smokes.” Meanwhile, over 51 percent of you said you would have a zero tolerance alcohol policy while pregs. So what gives? Keep reading »

Girl Talk: I’m Plagued By UTIs

For all the ladies out there who have ever had issues with UTIs, here is my story and experience with treatment. Feel free to weigh in on what you’ve found that works for you (or doesn’t).

I’m beginning to think my vagina is a lemon.

On most fronts, it actually functions quite normally. Yet, there’s one stinging flaw—it’s particularly prone to urinary tract infections. Here’s the deal: no sex, no problem (except for that I’m depressed that I’m not having it). Sex, and I’m often in a world of pain (which I negotiate for a few seconds of ecstasy). Keep reading »

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