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1860s Inventor Creates Creepy “Wife Taming” Box

Harry Tap had a little problem with his wife, who was always bugging him to do things around the house, like re-shoe the horses and get water from the well or whatever. So he came up with a batcrackers invention to keep his wife in check: A “Wife Taming” box. Part coffin, part cradle, this creepy-as-hell box was designed for “henpecked husbands.” If, after you’d cleared the gutters, done the wash and made dinner, your wife still nagged you, you and your mates could shove her in the box and rock her to sleep. Tap made six such “Peace Boxes” — one of which has survived. It’s inscribed down the side: “Hen Pecked Club’s Peace Box No. 6, Patent Cure for a Cross Wife.”

And no, it’s not available for sale (thank God) — it’s preserved and on display at a British museum. [Neatorama] Keep reading »

If You Don’t Buy Panda Cheese, This Panda Will Make You Sorry

Boing Boing posted this hilarious roundup of commercials for Panda cheese in which a very quarrelsome yet totally silent panda bear demonstrates what will happen to you if you don’t eat Panda cheese. Even though he seems like a real handful, I would like to have this panda around. He seems like he’d be a good bodyguard. Or enforcer. [Boing Boing] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Back In 1938, Disney Only Allowed Women To Trace

  • Back in 1938, women weren’t allowed to contribute in the creative process to bring Disney cartoons to the big screen. Check out the rejection letter one woman received when she applied for the company’s trained school, in which she was told she was only eligible to be a tracer. [BuzzFeed]
  • A food writer wonders why so many (er, all?) so-called “girly” drinks are sickly sweet. Good question! I’m a chick and Cosmos and Appletinis make me gag. [The Atlantic]
  • The editor of lady blog The Gloss thinks it’s cool that Lady Gaga made a video about repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” but isn’t stoked that the singer asked pervy photographer Terry Richardson to direct. Check out her open letter to Gaga, asking her to not hire the photog for any future projects. [The Gloss]

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All The Single Ladies … Are Closing The Gender Wage Gap!

Go on girls — women under 30 have made great gains on their male counterparts in the workplace. Single working women under 30 now make eight percent more than their comparably aged male counterparts — and as much as 21 percent more in some cities.

According to an analysis of Census data by Reach Partners, women are making such leaps thanks to an influx of educated women in the workforce. Women are now graduating from college at a rate of 1.5 times more than men — and that means that women are seeing particularly large gains in cities with knowledge-based economies. Keep reading »

Inmate Sues The Kardashian Sisters For Emotional Distress

A Pennsylvania inmate, D.J. Goodson, is suing the Kardashian sisters for extreme emotional distress after being forced to watch “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” and “Kourtney & Khloe Take Miami” while incarcerated. Clearly, the idea of a genius Corrections Officer. Keep reading »

Meet Zlata, The Sexy Human Gumby


The whole time I was watching this video of beautiful, blond contortionist Zlata, I couldn’t stop yelling, “Zlata, no! No! Stop it, Zlata! Stop!” Yet I did not turn it off. The secret to Zlata’s extraordinary flexibility? Her ligaments are like that of a baby’s, which have not hardened, and thus her full range of motion is way beyond that of an adult. Watch as Zlata is able to sit her ass down — on her head. [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »

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