I laughed out loud when I saw a Mental Floss article today about people who made ultra strange last requests in their wills. What tickled me so much is that the kookiest requests came from women. Take Sandra West, an oil heiress who sounds like her generation’s answer to Paris Hilton. When she died at the age of 37, her family discovered that her will dictated that she buried “in my lace nightgown…in my Ferrari, with the seat slanted comfortably.” Her family obliged her last wishes—she was buried in her 1964 powder blue roadster. Keep reading »
Roz Savage not only has the best name in the world. This 33-year-old chickadee is also a bad-ass rower. After being bored to tears at an office job, she decided to leave it all behind in 2000, and head out on a mission to row across the Atlantic Ocean. Now that she’s completed that, she is on a voyage to become the first woman to cross the Pacific Ocean solo. She’s been on her journey for 99 days now, and is writing blog posts as she makes pit stops at RozSavage.com. (That’s her passing Diamond Head in Honolulu, Hawaii, above.) Other than that, it’s just her, the seagulls, and her oars.
Roz’s mission has got me thinking—if you left your job and, uh, money weren’t an issue, what would you do? I think I’d start a gourmet ice cream cart in Central Park. Keep reading »
Everyone knows that prescription pills are available to anyone looking for them, if you know how to search online. Not that it’s a legal means—but abusing prescription painkillers isn’t all that lawful to begin with. A year or two ago, we all heard about people buying the no-joke acne medicine, Accutane, online—without a prescription or monthly blood tests to monitor your liver health—and drug abuse took a whole new turn into beauty-land. Now, The Daily Mail is reporting internet pill abuse has hit an all new, um, high, and it’s all in the name of beauty. The fight to be skinnier, prettier and clearer-skinned knows no bounds, apparently. We all know buying anything off the internet or eBay comes with a certain level of danger—you always wonder, is it the real deal? But buying MD Skincare peel pads is way different than purchasing something you actually ingest—right? Keep reading »
Usually reserved for sappy greeting cards or inspirational mass emails, the saying “learn something new everyday” had lost its glowing appeal for me. But a new site is making the truism hip again. You’d better believe I’ll be visiting Learn Something Everyday for an adorably illustrated daily lesson. This week alone, I learned that Thomas Edison, inventor of the light bulb, was afraid of the dark, that reading about yawning will make you yawn (hey, I just yawned writing the word!), that Picasso’s first word was “piz” (a shortened version of the word “pencil” in Spanish), and that words containing the letter “K” have been proven to make us laugh more than words without. Holy krap … that’s krazy kool! Can anyone say, “Future trivia champ?” [Learn Something Everyday] Keep reading »
Carrie Prejean is determined to keep her name in the news — and make some money while she’s at it. We told you in July that she inked a book deal. Now, the ousted beauty queen runner-up is suing Miss USA California pageant co-directors, Shanna Moakler and Keith Lewis, for slander, libel, public disclosure of private facts, intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress, and religious discrimination. Keep reading »
R.I.P., Chanel. The wire-haired dachshund whom the Guinness Book of World Records crowned the “World’s Oldest Dog” at a birthday party last May is dead. She lived to the ripe old age of 21, which equals about 147 in dog years. The secret to her longevity? She exercised daily, and had chicken with her dog food. She also had a weakness for chocolate, which—wait, isn’t that toxic for dogs? “She once ate an entire bag of Reese’s peanut butter cups,” her owner says. Chanel’s passing is super sad (will the summer of death stop already?), but this just proves to me that cats are where it’s at. The world’s oldest cat is 36. [AP via Yahoo News] Keep reading »
Talking about girls and women are two different stories. Keep reading »
While it’s wonderful that Jaycee Lee Dugard was found alive, after spending 18 years of her life as a prisoner of Phillip and Nancy Garrido, many are starting to question why on earth she wasn’t found sooner. Law enforcement missed multiple opportunities to find Dugard. In 2006, an anonymous caller phoned police and said that Garrido was “psychotic” and that they had heard children’s voices in the backyard — where Dugard was being held — yet police never even searched his property. And then in 2008, the police did a sweep of registered sex offenders in Garrido’s area, yet they only visited his home but never searched it.
There may have been a third opportunity as well. Police are now searching for forensic evidence which links Phillip Garrido to the deaths of 10 prostitutes in the mid-to-late-90s. Several of the bodies were found near an industrial park where Garrido worked at the time. For the sake of argument, let’s say Garrido is responsible for these killings. Had Garrido been caught, Dugard likely would have been rescued 10 years ago. But unfortunately, when prostitutes are victims of violent crimes, their cases are not treated as high priority. How else to explain why the search for a serial killer has gone unsolved for so long? Keep reading »
As every day goes by, we learn more absolutely terrifying details about Phillip Garrido, the man who kidnapped Jaycee Lee Dugard and held her for 18 years. The latest: Garrido’s first wife, Christine Murphy, did an interview with “Inside Edition” where she said Garrido beat her and kidnapped her when she tried to leave him; police think Garrido also may have been involved in the disappearance of another little girl in Lake Tahoe named Michaela Garecht who looked remarkably like Jaycee; and a bone fragment was found on his property that could be human.
Perhaps most disturbing was an interview on “Good Morning America” this morning with Katie Hall, whom Garrido kidnapped and raped in 1976. He was sentenced to 50 years for the crime, but only served 11. Keep reading »