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Taiwan’s Hello Kitty Maternity Hospital

Hello Baby! Just when you thought the Hello Kitty craze couldn’t go any further … oh, yes, they really went there this time. Case in point: the Hello Kitty maternity hospital in Taiwan, where moms-to-be are attended to by nurses in pink uniforms, the newborns are swaddled in HK blankets, and bubbly Sanrio images decorate the place. To add to the creepiness, babies also get a pair of whiskers as a souvenir. The cartoony facility is supposed to ease the stress of giving birth, but the first thing that came to mind when we saw this was the horrific image of an obstetrician wearing a giant Hello Kitty head sitting between your spread legs saying, “Here kitty, kitty.” Check out some more pics after the jump! [InventorSpot.com] Keep reading »

Woman Accused Of Sleeping With The Son She Gave Up For Adoption A Decade Earlier

Umm, gross. Aimee Louise Sword, 35, from Michigan, gave her son up for adoption 10 years ago. She allegedly then found him via the internet and began a sexual relationship with the boy, whose name and age were not released. Sword is maintaining her innocence. [UPI.com]

This story reminds me of a memoir a while ago by Kathryn Harrison called The Kiss, in which the author writes about having an incestuous relationship as an adult with her estranged father. I suspect this kind of thing happens more often than many of us realize. Though in the case of Sword, it’s distinctly possible the younger party involved is a child. Either way, in cases like these, there seems to be some sort of need to replace the feeling of abandonment and/or guilt with something else and, for some, like the, um, mentally disturbed, sexual attraction is it. Completely bizarre. Keep reading »

Female Twins In An All-Girl Gang Acquitted Because No One Could Tell Who Did What

Australians Courtney and Amelia Prentice—19-year-old twins who look like bad-ass versions of Lauren Conrad—used to be part of an all-girl gang that spent a lot of time getting drunk and roaming the streets looking for fights. Last year, the group encountered two chicks on the beach and beat the crap out of them, knocking them to the ground, punching them, and yelling “Stab them! Stab them!” repeatedly before taking all their money. When the police rolled up at the twins’ house to arrest them, one of the girls punched an officer, so the whole arrest had to go down at gunpoint. Still, this week in court, the girls were sentenced to 18 months of probation instead of jail time. Why couldn’t the judge stick them with a worse punishment? Because the twins looks so darn much alike, no one could tell “who did what” during the fight. Ditto for the punching of the police officer. Keep reading »

Five Tips To Take Off Five Pounds In Five Minutes

Last week my friend told me she was skipping her husband’s annual office picnic this year. She said she’d gained at least 5–10 pounds since the last time she saw his co-workers, and couldn’t handle their judging eyes. She also said she would never want to “embarrass” her husband. WHAT? I couldn’t believe my ears. Here is a smart, beautiful, fun woman who is missing a party because of a little weight gain? Keep reading »

Serena Williams Out At The U.S. Open After Allegedly Threatening Line Judge?


Now, I don’t really watch tennis, though I did go to the U.S. Open once and it was funzies. But tonight I’m at home because it’s nasty outside and that’s how cool I am, so I’m watching a little bit because I think Serena Williams is rad. So all of the sudden, like, something happens and the referee on the side — a line judge I have read — makes a call saying Serena did something bad. In technical sports terms, the Los Angeles Times says Serena was called for a foot fault, whatever that means. But then the sports announcers were like, “Nuh uh, she didn’t do that.” Serena didn’t seem to believe it either because she started yelling at the line judge. Then the line judge was like, “Bitch, no you didn’t” and went to the main judge sitting in the big tall chair, and she told him what was going on and then Serena was like, “What? I didn’t say I would kill you!” Then the big judge docked Serena some more points and, lo and behold, Williams lost then and there to her opponent, Kim Clijsters. You can watch the whole thing above. I promise to put up a better quality video as soon as possible. Drama on the courts! [LA Times] Keep reading »

Bloody Clothes Found Stashed In The Lab Where Missing Woman Was Last Seen

Police have discovered bloody clothes stuffed in the ceiling of the lab where Annie Le, who went missing just days before her wedding, was last seen. They have denied reports that a body has also been found, though the building has been labeled a crime scene. They say that further testing needs to be done on the clothing to determine if there’s a link to Le’s disappearance. [NY Daily News] Keep reading »

No Impact Woman

Last night, I saw a preview screening of “No Impact Man,” the documentary about Colin Beavan. Chances are you know him as the guy who gave up everything from toilet paper to electricity for a year, on a quest to make himself and his family have absolutely no negative effects on the environment. After an article about him ran about him in the New York Times, a media blitz ensued and Colin became something of a celebrity (though a polarizing one), landing on “Good Morning America,” “The Colbert Report,” etc, etc, etc.

But while he may be the titular No Impact Man, the real star of the documentary is Colin’s wife, Michelle Conlin. Keep reading »

The Friday Roundup: It Happened This Week On The Frisky

The joys of Beatles Rock Band consumed our lives at night, we confess. But during the daytime, we poured our heart and soul into bringing you all the news that’s fit to be blogged, dear reader. We wrote about how Tila Tequila accused her football player boyfriend, Shawne Merriman, of choking her; how DNA tests have shown that South African runner Caster Semenya is allegedly “intersex,” with both boy and girl parts; we even hit the town for Fashion’s Night Out here in New York City! Here’s a recap of this very busy week here at The Frisky … Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Abortion Protester Killed In Michigan

  • Anti-choice activist, James Pouillon, 63, was shot and killed while protesting abortion across from Owosso High School in Oswosso, Michigan. Police have a 33-year-old male suspect in custody who allegedly also shot and killed the owner of a local gravel company. [Detroit Free Press]—It’s premature to assume Pouillon’s murder is related to being an anti-abortion activist. Yet, after the murder of physician Dr. George Tiller, who performed late-term abortions, this summer, that’s the first place the mind goes.
  • Police say there is no evidence to link Philip Garrido, the man who kidnapped Jaycee Lee Dugard, raped her and held her captive for 18 years, with eight unsolved prostitute murders in California. [NY Daily News]
  • Kenya and Zambia have banned a brand of “leaky” condoms called Hot, which are manufactured in the U.K. According to the BBC, the Kenyan government gives out over 160 million condoms each year and they feared rumors of the “leaky” condoms would hinder the fight against the spread of HIV. [BBC]
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    Erin Andrews Tells Oprah About Her Peeping Tom Nightmare


    When ESPN reporter Erin Andrews learned in July some perverted peeping Tom had videotaped her naked through a peephole in her hotel room, she did what any of us would do: she called her parents screaming. Andrews told Oprah Winfrey about her ordeal on this afternoon’s show:
    “Having to call my parents and they—they thought I was physically injured how bad I was screaming…I kept screaming [to my father], ‘I’m done. My career is over. I’m done. Get it off. Get it off the Internet. Get it off.’”

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