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Where Are The Wrinkles And Zits?

Magazines tamper with photos to make women appear skinnier, more busty, and wrinkle-free. That’s a given. But in movies, you can sometimes see a little breakout or some crow’s feet on an actor’s face when there’s a closeup shot. It might be a little mean or insensitive, but I find it reassuring to know that even really attractive people get zits every now and again. Sadly, though, these minor blemishes in movies will be going the way of the double-chin in magazines. With Photoshop-like programs, post-production companies can correct or change colors, erasing frown lines, and shave off 5-o’clock shadows, and it’s happening more often now that the cost has gone down. Digital coloring specialist Stefan Sonnenfeld told NPR that he had touched up Tom Cruise’s face in Mission Impossible: III and Johnny Depp’s in Sweeney Todd, and some stars even have digital coloring written into their contracts. Perhaps this will negate the need for Botox? [NPR] Keep reading »

The Daily Squeeze: Online Shopping, Sticky Hair, And Rat Research

  • Men spend more money shopping online than women and are less likely to return items. Supposedly, men need to do things quickly because they value their time more. Or women just enjoy shopping and men see it as something that needs to get done before they can play Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
    [WSJ via Chicago Tribune]
  • A 21-year-old woman has filed a $200,000 lawsuit against American Airlines, saying they failed to protect her after a male passenger moved to a seat next to hers and reportedly masturbated beside her. The woman awoke on the flight with “a substantial amount of an extremely sticky substance in her hair.” [AHN]
  • Low sperm count and some other issues associated with male fertility might be determined in the womb. In a study of rats, researchers at the University of Edinburgh found that the levels of male hormones in a mother’s womb may determine the future reproductive health of her offspring. [BBC]
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    Even Politicians Love A Ménage À Trois

    It may seem like we’re overly focused on Northeastern U.S. political scandals here at The Frisky, but if Northeastern politicians would stop indulging in such pervy personal business, we would stop. The latest from the region that was proud to call Eliot Spitzer “The Love Gov”? That other dilly-dallying Governor — former NJ Governor Jim McGreevey — has even more skeletons in his closet…though it seems to be more of a strike against his ex-wife Dina Matos. McGreevey famously resigned from his post a couple of years ago because a former aide accused him of sexual harassment — he later came out as a homosexual. His ex-wife Matos (whose fashion sense we admired only a few days ago) wrote a book about her “sham” of a marriage and said she was totally blind-sighted by her husband’s admitting that he was gay (he claims she knew all along). Well now the former driver for the couple says that he used to have threesomes with the pair every Friday night — and McGreevey has backed up the claim as TRUE. Might Matos’ tell-all be as big a sham as her marriage? Hope she still has that powder blue suit and pearls — this scandal is far from over. [Yahoo! News] Keep reading »

    Fly Girl Too Sexy

    The U.K.’s daily newspaper, The Sun, proudly runs a bare-breasted model every day called the Page 3 Girl. A brainchild of media mogul Rupert Murdoch, it’s been a topless tradition since the fitting date of 1969 and the magazine’s sales rose 40% in a year. As we all know, sex sells. Ryan Air, a budget European airline, was also hoping to bank on sex appeal with a new ad for spring breakers that featured a model dressed in midriff revealing schoolgirl uniform. Unfortunately, the totally safe for work ad has raised libidos and concerns from the British Advertising Standards Agency. Ryan Air, who has had a whopping nine ads banned, tops the ASA’s list of offensive advertisers. The agency claims this ad inappropriately sexualizes underage schoolgirls, but oh baby, baby, didn’t Britney Spears already do that a decade ago? A spokesperson for Ryan Air released a statement giving the ASA the proverbial middle finger and refused to withdraw any of their ads. [Brand Republic via Jezebel] Keep reading »

    It Tastes Like Pork

    There is a restaurant in China that serves penises. And not just one kind — the Guo-li-zhuang restaurant serves water-buffalo penis, goat’s penis, bull’s penis tip, dog’s penis, and more. The flavor is “mainly of pork braised in hot stock,” writes Stefan Gates, in an excerpt from In the Danger Zone. While it strikes us as almost cannibalistic for men to consume any of these dishes, supposedly eating a good portion can sustain them for hours in the bedroom. And with the texture of squid, what’s not to like? Well, except for the fact that I’m a vegetarian. [Times Online, U.K.] Keep reading »

    The Last Of The Bordellos

    The oldest bordello in Hamburg, Germany, is closing this April, but it isn’t the customers who frequented Hotel Luxor who are at a loss. No, it’s the four remaining prostitutes. “The end won’t be easy for me. I’ve been in the business since 1988. I like to pole dance and get guys excited,” said “Nicole,” one of the final four. “But in all the other striptease clubs, the dancers aren’t allowed to weigh more than 60 kilograms (132 pounds), and I’m clearly a good bit over that.” This is one of the more heartbreaking stories I’ve heard. Not only is Nicole losing her job, but she says she’s going to have to go on a diet before she can even look for a new one.

    Hotel Luxor is closing because sex isn’t lucrative in Hamburg anymore. “These teenagers aren’t our clientele; they just couldn’t afford it,” said Waltraud Mehrer, the establishment’s madam. “The Internet is also a real competitor,” she added. “Many men prefer to download porn and gratify themselves in that way.” Along with the privacy of their own home, men also prefer the peace and quiet of a hotel room along with a call girl, rather than the busy scene of a bordello. [Spiegel Online] Keep reading »

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