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Why Is Hockey Player Chris Pronger Wearing A Skirt?

This was how Philadelphia Flyers hockey player Chris Pronger appeared in a poster from Tuesday’s print issue of The Chicago Tribune. He was Photoshopped to wear a woman’s skirt (or figure skating outfit?), with the caption “Chrissy Pronger: Looks like Tarzan, skates like Jane.”

I guess comparing a manly-man hockey dude to a woman is, like, the worst insult there is. It’s not like there are women’s hockey teams or anything! Nooooo. [Chicago Tribune] Keep reading »

BP Oil Spill Reinacted By Kittehs

I’m having a really hard time wrapping my brain around the extent of the BP oil spill crisis. WTF is going on here?! Nothing can take away the absolute horror ravaging the Gulf, but these furry, lovable, political cats can at least try and make sense of it. [Dangerous Minds]
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Today’s Lady News: South African Women Get 30,000 Free Condoms For World Cup

  • A South African doctor is giving away 30,000 free “Rape-aXe” condoms for women in South Africa before the start of the World Cup soccer games. The “Rape-aXe” condom has tiny hooks on it which attach to an attacker’s penis and can only be removed by a doctor in a hospital, where he would be identified as a rapist. The latest version of the condom does not pierce the skin, so the transmission of AIDS is not a concern. [Metro]
  • Women kicked ass in last night’s primary elections across the nation! Meg Whitman, the former CEO of eBay, won the Republican gubernatorial nomination in California and Carly Fiorina, former Hewlett-Packard CEO, won the state’s Republican Senate primary. In South Carolina, Nikki Haley also won the Republican’s gubernatorial race. [CBS News]
  • But it’s not all good news: South Carolina’s Democratic nominee to challenge the incumbent senator was arrested in November and charged with showing obscene internet photos to a female University of South Carolina student. Records also say Alvin Green, 32, talked about going to the young woman’s room at a university dorm. The woman’s identity is unclear. Green’s felony charge carries up to five years in prison. [AP]

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You Can Live in Obama’s Old Apartment

Well, it certainly isn’t the White House, but this one-bedroom New York apartment might be the closest any of us get to shacking up with Barack Obama. The Upper West Side pad recently hit the market, boasting hard wood floors, office space, and a chance to inhabit a place where the President once paced. The ad for the apartment claims that the man in charge lived there with a roommate during his junior year at Colombia University in 1981. If you are interested in living at Obama’s old place, it will cost you $1,900 dollars a month. But if you are just interested in taking a peek, we’ve posted some pictures after the jump. Don’t expect much, because even though he is the President now, Obama looks like he was once a broke college kid just like the rest of us. [Gawker] Keep reading »

Bye For Now: A Few Words About Catherine On Her Last Day At The Frisky

Two and a half years ago — wait, even longer than that! — I was hired to conceptualize and edit The Frisky and the first person I hired to join me in my blogging hen house was Catherine Strawn. I had met Catherine only a month or so before, while temping in the research department of a men’s magazine. I instantly recognized that Catherine was incredibly smart and possessed a talent that should have been focused on writing and editing her own material, not fact-checking the work of others. When it came time to fill an editor position on The Frisky, she was the first person I thought of. In her time at The Frisky she has proven my initial instinct about her tenfold, which is why I am so very sad to report that today is her last day at The Frisky. Catherine is moving on to Country Living magazine, where she’ll be a Senior Associate Editor. I urge you all to check out the first issue she works on, because it will no doubt possess all of the wonderful qualities she’s brought to The Frisky — style, substance, and wit among them.

After the jump, Catherine’s fellow Frisky staffers chime in with what they love and will miss most about her, even though we’re super excited for her and the new challenge she’s embarking upon.
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Hump Day Cuteness: So Cute Little Birds!

I don’t know what kind of birds these are, but, dang, they’re cute. [Digg]
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