According to 105-year-old Texas grandmother Pearl Cantrell, the thing we should all be doing to stay alive forever is eating bacon. That’s what’s kept Pearl going strong. She loves bacon so much that she eats it every day. Because of her dedication to cured meat, the Oscar Meyer Weinermobile showed up on Pearl’s doorstep with a crap ton of bacon and a ticket to ride. I don’t know what more there is for a bacon enthusiast to experience in life once they’ve taken a ride in the Weinermobile.
Sadly, I suspect that bacon may not be as beneficial to the rest of us as it has been for Pearl. Rumor is that it clogs your arteries and stuff. [Huffington Post]
Everyone has a dream. Snoop Lion wanted to be a pimp when he grew up. And 23-year-old Tammy Jung wants to hit 420 lbs. so she can be a high-roller fat fetish model.
Jung has been eating 5,000 calories a day in the hopes she’ll pack on the roughly 40 extra pounds she needs. How much is 5,000 calories? Well, a woman of her size should be eating about 1,800 to maintain an average weight; Olympic athletes burn roughly 5,000 calories in a five-hour long workout. And like Olympic athletes, she’s consuming amounts of food it gives other people a stomach ache just to think about — like, say, funneling milk shakes down her throat. She can eat whole boxes of donuts, buckets of fried chicken, or “a few burgers” in one sitting. Her boyfriend Johan is called a “feeder,” meaning that he gets off on feeding Jung so she grows in size. And so do the people online — fat enthusiasts — who watch her gorging herself online and make requests for what she should eat in videos. Doing this, she earns roughly $1,500 a month. The larger she is, apparently, the more she can earn. Keep reading »
A women’s studies class at the University of Saskatchewan made this provocative video which questions commonly perpetuated stereotypes about gender in media. Pointing out that women are often in a subjugated position — turned into objects themselves, along with whatever object they’re supposedly selling, placed in prone, sexually provocative poses — the video connects violent images in the media with their real-life consequences. From the beginning of advertising, there have been ads that have capitalized on female sexuality, gender stereotypes and violence against women. (Seriously, some of these ads would make even Pete Campbell blush.) While it’s tough to say just how much advertising is responsible, it’s pretty clear that violence against women is rampant and more women than ever are going to extreme lengths to pursue a “perfect” body. And even men are not immune — as the video notes, media images have been linked to a recent increase in depression among men, too. Keep reading »
Following in the steps of Paris’ lawn-mowing sheep, Chicago O’Hare recently announced a two-year plan to hire a herd of goats to keep grass trimmed on airport grounds. The adorable (and eco-friendly!) goat grounds crew will be able to access areas that are hard for landscaping machinery to get to, and happily chow down on invasive plants and weeds. Other airports have successfully used goats and sheep to maintain their green spaces, and O’Hare spokesperson Karen Pride says the new goat employees align with Chicago’s greater goal to be the most sustainable airport in the country. The bad news? Passengers probably won’t get to admire the goats. “It might be possible upon approach or take off to see the goats, but unlikely,” says Pride. Well, I think it’s still worth a trip to Chicago to find out for sure. [NBC]
Really now, what would you do with yourself if I wasn’t around to tell you about the goings on in my favorite state, Florida? You’d be lost, I know. Yesterday, I told you about a woman who cut her boyfriend for cutting the cheese. Today, the big Florida news involves exotic meat tacos.
At Tampa’s Taco Fusion restaurant, you can enjoy a beaver, camel, otter or even lion taco for $35 a piece — the price of 11 regular tacos.
I’m sure you’re wondering what the issue is. That you spend an entire paycheck trying to get full? Yes, that’s a problem. But an even bigger problem is that lions are being reviewed for the endangered species list, which has some customers concerned that it’s unethical and possibly illegal to serve the lion tacos. Keep reading »
Did you guys see this crazy picture of rabid Miami Heat fan Filomena “Phyllis” Tobias flipping off Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah? It’s pretty crazy, right? Well not nearly as crazy as Phyllis’s back story. See, in 2008, she was accused of murdering her husband.
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Every spring at my high school, as girls would start showing up to school dressed in shorts and skirts, the school administration would busy itself trying to regulate and police what female students were wearing. Shorts and skirts had to be of a certain length or you’d be sent to the nurse’s office and told to wear a pair of school-issued sweatpants. Boys’ clothing offenses typically had to do with T-shirt ,logans which they were forced to wear inside out. But girls’ clothing — the length, the cut and even the fabric — was regulated under the guise of female bodies being “distracting.” The above poster was put up in a high school recently (we’re trying to figure out which one), featuring a saying that’s been floating around Tumblr lately: Keep reading »
On April 24, a garment factory in Bangladesh collapsed, killing more than 1,000 people. On Thursday, 17 days after the five-story building fell to the ground, a final survivor was discovered. Reshma Begum, a seamstress at Rana Plaza, was pulled from the rubble, after rescue crews heard her banging on a pipe. “I heard the sound and rushed towards the spot. I knelt down and heard a faint voice. Sir, please help me, she cried,” said Abdur Razzaq, an army sergeant who was involved in the rescue.
Workers furiously worked to remove debris from the area, and 40 minutes after Razza first heard Begum’s voice, she’d been freed. Dehydrated and missing clumps of hair, but otherwise in good health, Begum said she’d survived by scavenging for food in the rucksacks of dead colleagues. What were the conditions like for Begum? On a typical April day in Bangladesh the weather is around 95 degrees, with 80 percent humidity. Keep reading »
Ladies and gentlemen, meet the Wheelmate steering wheel desk. According to the product description, the Wheelmate is “light enough to carry, but sturdy enough to support a notepad, lunch, or even a laptop.” In the very last sentence, the company cautions against using the product while driving (apparently it’s made for parking lot lunch enthusiasts), but it’s hard to imagine that every tech-addicted workaholic will heed that suggestion. Luckily the product has already been skewered by Amazon reviewers with their trademark brand of sarcasm and satire. “Now I can drive my children to soccer practice without having to choose between their safety and my coke habit,” says one. Another appreciates the Wheelmate’s efficiency: “All the things I can get done while driving – a perfect way to use otherwise wasted time!” There are over 900 more (mostly bogus) reviews where that came from. If you have some free time today, I highly recommend scrolling through. But please pull over first. [Amazon]