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Your Computer Is Home To Many Unwelcome Friends

The toilets in public restrooms might look disgusting, but right now you’re touching something that could be even more covered in germs. A microbiologist in the U.K. examined samples from 33 keyboards and found a variety of nasty bugs, including E. coli and coliform bacteria, which is associated with fecal matter. One of the keyboards he inspected had to be removed from the office because it was FIVE times dirtier than the toilet seat and had 150 times the acceptable limit of bacteria. Gross. Basically, you have a choice: either wash your hands after going to the bathroom, or don’t eat anything after touching your keyboard. [The Guardian, U.K.] Keep reading »

Heidi Montag Continues To Run Her Mouth On Letterman

Heidi Montag went on David Letterman last night and totally gave her side of the story on the whole Lauren Conrad sex tape thingy. Strangely, suddenly we kind of believe her! She comes off as weirdly well-spoken and eloquent for being such a dumb-dumb in actuality. Anyway, too bad she showed up wearing the most horrendous outfit ever made. A negligee dress and gold shoes? Girl, put it away. Keep reading »

Happy Birthday Calamity Jane!

Today would have been Calamity Jane’s 156th birthday, if scientists had ever figured out a way for humans to live forever (or at least past the age of 51, the age Jane died). Though this frontierswoman’s contribution to American History is somewhat up for debate (for example, she claimed she served under Custer, though no records exist in support of that), there’s no doubt that this lady was a renegade and a friggin’ bad ass. Our favorite tale about her is the time she went after her old friend Wild Bill Hickok’s murderer with a meat cleaver! You go girl! Keep reading »

Good Times With Caligula

In ancient Rome, dinner parties often included “champagne rooms” with prostitutes of both sexes available for guests, but during the Roman emperor Caligula’s reign, the orgy experience was not carefree and fun. It was more like rape. As the emperor, Caligula could have people killed (or have their hands chopped off), so everyone did whatever he wanted. One of his favorite ways to entertain himself was to invite aristocratic couples to dine with him, then he would inspect the wife, lifting up her skirt to examine her legs, etc. Then, Caligula would take her to a private parlor to have his way with her, returning to the table to offer a blow-by-blow critique of her body and performance for the other guests. Thankfully, his reign only lasted four years. He was assassinated. [The Smart Set] Keep reading »

If You’re Not Competitive, You Might Be Low On Estrogen

Estrogen might be to women what testosterone is to men. Past research found that male traders made more money when their testosterone levels were high, and now new research has discovered a positive relationship between the level of estrogen and the unconscious need for dominance in women. “Estrogen is very behaviorally potent and is actually a close hormonal relative to testosterone,” said Steven Stanton, who was a part of the University of Michigan study. The study, published in Hormones and Behavior, says, that the positive relationship is the strongest in single women and those not taking oral contraceptives. [Reuters] Keep reading »

The Daily Squeeze: Disney Push-Up Bras, Heart Attacks, And Banksy’s Sex Life

  • Which is more difficult for Disney to control: its licensees or Miley Cyrus’ image? [Slate]
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    Sexist Ad Hangover

    You know what makes me want to drink away my sorrows? Rabidly sexist and misogynistic ads for Belvedere Vodka in my subway station. One more, after the jump. Keep reading »

    Simon Cowell Relives His First Kiss On American Idol

    It’s easy to forget that evil, mean Simon Cowell was once a young, impressionable, and innocent nine-year-old. Tara Miller called up during American Idol last night to remind Simon (and the millions who watch the show) that she remembers him from those days — they shared their first kiss at the bottom of Simon’s garden back in England when he was just a little boy. Watch this clip carefully — he nearly blushes. Keep reading »

    Education Will Make You Healthier

    Women who are more highly educated have a healthier average weight than those who are less educated, a comparison of data from several countries revealed. BUT! this does not mean that smart women are skinnier. In countries where the majority of the population is obese, women with more education weigh less, and in countries where the majority of the population is underweight, highly educated women weigh more. I think the most reasonable explanation for this is that education costs money, and women who have enough money to pay for education also have enough money to pay for 1) food, or 2) a gym membership. [EurekAlert!] Keep reading »

    Dupre Sues Girls Gone Wild

    Getting Eliot Spitzer’s call girl, Ashley Dupre, on video was Girls Gone Wild CEO Joe Francis’ first order of business after his release from jail. However, once GGW realized they already had plenty of footage of her that they got for free, they retracted the offer. It turns out that she appeared in videos for the franchise before she was a call girl — including one where she’s a teenager, topless, and drunk. Now she’s trying to sue GGW for $10 mil in damages, saying she was underage when they filmed her. Dupre is finding out the hard way, the number one rule is get the money first, then do the job. Though she may have been underage at the time, GGW does have footage of her consenting to being filmed and stating that she is 18, so who knows if her case will hold up in court. Either way, Francis is as big a dirt bag as ever, saying, “I think it’s ironic that she charged Governor Spitzer $2,000 for sex and she wants to charge me $10 million for taking some naked pictures of her…I feel like I’m getting a raw deal.” Gag. [Celebitchy] Keep reading »

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