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Menstrual Cramps Not Only Cramp Your Style, But Maybe Your Brain, Too

Severely painful menstrual cramps may alter your brain‘s grey matter, according to researchers at the Institute of Brain Science at National Yang-Ming University in Taipei, Taiwan. Business Week reports that IBS’ brain scans suggest “repeated bouts of excruciating aches make the brain unusually sensitive to pain — in effect, making the experience of pain worse.” The scans revealed decreased activity in the areas of the brain that probably handle pain processing, pain modulation, and emotional regulation, among other things. In this way, the pain of severe cramps can alter your brain in the same way doctors suggest chronic pain does. Keep reading »

Daily WTF: 8-Year-Olds Now Getting Bikini Waxes

Yes, we know, the headline to this post makes us want to gag, too, but apparently it’s a real thing that’s happening in waxing salons around the country. Now moms are taking their prepubescent daughters to get their legs and bikini lines waxed.

“But young girls don’t even have bikini lines,” you say. Right. But according to some aestheticians, waxing pre-pubescent legs and pubis’ helps prevent future hair growth. Oh. Well, in that case …
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Cats Stroll The Catwalk In a Cat Fashion Show Explosion

Take a good look at that face: That’s what pure, unadulterated contempt for humanity looks like. It’s also the face of an adorable wittle kitty participant in last night’s Cat Fashion Show at New York’s Algonquin Hotel. The event was held in honor of the hotel’s resident kitty, Matilda, and featured a hilarious parade of furry, fluffy, nattily attired felines. Check out a full gallery of ridiculous adorableness over at Gothamist. Keep reading »

A 15-Year-Old Beauty Queen Loses Crown After Dyeing Hair Brown

Here in the good ole U.S. of A., it takes a lot for a beauty pageant queen to be dethroned. For Carrie Prejean, it didn’t happen until eight nude photos surfaced. Even Tara Conner, who tested positive for cocaine and heroin use, was able to keep hers. But that is not the case for 15-year-old Olivia O’Neil, Miss Teen Wanganui in New Zealand. Three months after winning her title, she decided to dye her brown and posted a photo of her new look on Facebook. Keep reading »

Does Hooters Hurt Women?

Cardiff, Wales, is the center of a raging battle over sexism, feminism and the right to wear flesh-toned shiny panty hose. It seems the Hooters chain of delightfully tacky short-shorts-wearing waitresses and wings wants to open a new location in the Welsh town, and feminists are enraged. They say that having a Hooters will “will contribute to sexual harassment of women in the city” and have begun a petition to prevent the chain from opening there.

So far, around 231 have signed a Facebook petition to “Say No to Hooters in Cardiff.” Founder Sally Hughes says, “Hooters brands itself as a sports themed bar, but what it actually is resembles a strip club more closely and has been called a ‘breastaurant’ by the media.” Hughes is part of the Cardiff Feminist Network that believes that a Hooters will increase the overall objectification of women and increase sexual harassment in the city. Keep reading »

Quotable: John McCain And Snooki Sitting In A Tree

“I kind of think she might be too good looking to go to jail.”

— John McCain on Snooki’s recent legal woes. Snooki recently called McCain “really cute.” Ew. [via New York Daily News] Keep reading »

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