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There’s A Story Behind Every Scar

When I was 15, I went white-water rafting at camp down some really calm rapids. The tour guides practically promised us that we weren’t going to fall out of the raft. But of course, half way through, I was thrown from the boat and totally humiliated as I was hoisted back in. My knee was all bloody from hitting a rock, and to this day I have a scar on my left knee the size of a dime. I’m sure most of my friends don’t remember that white water rafting trip very well, but I remember in in astute detail because of that scar. The same goes for most scars, as I learned from a piece in the NY Times about how scars tell the stories of our lives. Some people even find their scars so meaningful that they have them made into jewelry. Since scars can hold such strong meaning, I’ve asked around for folks to share their scar stories. I guarantee that some of them will remind you of many of your own life experiences… Keep reading »

15 Things We Wish The Recession Would Get Rid Of

The recession has been blamed for a ton of things, from an increase in sex work to a decrease in the fabulousness of Fashion Week (and pretty much everything in between). But, to its credit, the recession has also produced some very welcome casualties, like the imminent death of those awful Crocs…and Hummers (and at least 12 other terrible things). After the jump, 15 more things we wish the recession would get rid of. Keep reading »

Muslim Woman Lashed For Having A Beer

Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno, a 32-year-old Muslim model, has committed a crime against Islam—she had a beer in a night club. She didn’t get deliriously drunk, mind you, she had a single beer. And now she will be flogged for her indiscretion—literally, lashed six times with a cane. Shukarno was at a Pahang nightclub in Malaysia when police raided it. She plead guilty to drinking a beer, probably expecting to be fined, which is the usual punishment for an alcohol offense. But hard-core judge Abdul Rahman Yunus told papers that Shukarno’s beating punishment serves as a “lesson to all Muslims.” In all, this single beer will cost her $1,400 and six lash marks on her body. While Shukarno will probs never touch the stuff again, her harsh punishment will not keep all Muslims from taking down a cold one. Sorry, Judge Abdul, but this punishment does NOT fit the crime. [Daily Mail] Keep reading »

Quick Pic: “Ugly Betty” Inspires Ugly Diet Coke Bottle

Now “Ugly Betty” fans can sip soda from a pink leopard-print Diet Coke bottle designed by Patricia Field. They even come with stickers that you can put anywhere! For now, these bottles are only available in the U.K., but Patricia Field’s boutique and “Ugly Betty” are both based in New York City, so we know it’s only a matter of time before these tacky things come here. [Metro UK] Keep reading »

Chris Brown’s Apology Video: Too Scripted, Too Vague, Too Irresponsible

Chris Brown released an apology video to Rihanna on his YouTube page last night and it’s hella random.

Unlike the other YouTube video he put out in May, where he plugs his new album and tells his fans, “I ain’t a monster,” this video is a clearly scripted and exactly two minutes long. He looks remorseful. He pleads for sympathy. He apologizes to Rihanna, his fans, and everyone else he disappointed when he assaulted her earlier this year. He even says he hopes to be worthy of the phrase “role model” some day. It’s the PR-iest of PR scripts a PR person could dream up.

Maybe you ain’t a monster, Chris, but you could have done a lot better. Keep reading »

What We Can Learn From The World’s Happiest Man

A Tibetan man named Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche has earned the title of “the happiest man in the world.” But how did he get that way? Rinpoche says he suffered from anxiety when he was a kidlet, but cured himself through meditation. He’s done a bunch of years-long (ack!) meditation retreats with Tibetan masters, who’ve done between 10,000 and 50,000 lifetime hours of meditation themselves. Now Rinpche can laugh off anything, including the honor of “happiest man.”

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Would You Want To Know If You’re High Risk For Cancer?

We know we’re supposed to head to the lady doctor once a year for a gyno and breast exam to catch any signs of cancer early. But these days, women can even go one step further—they can get genetic testing. Women who get tested for BRCA gene mutations will know if they are 60% more likely to develop breast and/or ovarian cancer over the course of their lives. It’s a great step in cancer prediction and prevention, but for women who test positive it also presents serious issues and some heavy decision-making. [CNN] Keep reading »

Circumcision Offers Men, Not Women, Some Protection Against AIDS

Researchers recently had to scrap a trial they hoped would confirm that circumcision protects men and women alike from AIDS. They found that while it does help protect uninfected men from contracting the disease, it doesn’t reduce transmission between HIV-infected males and their female partners. But the researchers say that removing the foreskin cells of a penis, which are easily infected by the virus, protects men so well that women may benefit in the long run because it will prevent the virus from spreading. One small cut for man, one giant leap for mankind! [Reuters] Keep reading »

Quickies!: Joe Jackson Used In Child Abuse Ad

  • A center for victims of child abuse in São Paulo has used a newspaper clipping of Joe Jackson in its ad, saying Michael got the ultimate revenge by leaving his father out of his will. [Copyranter]
  • Beastie Boy Adam Yauch recently announced he has cancer, and that the Beastie Boys tour will therefore have to be postponed. [Pop Eater] — Yauch will be getting surgery next week, and we hope he gets better!

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iPhone App For Movie Goers With Small Bladders

It’s well known amongst my friends that I can pee, only to need to pee again. I live by the “Sit Or Squat” application on my iPhone that tells me the nearest location of public restrooms. In the month or so since “Sit Or Squat” has been on my phone, I’ve utilized it more than any other app. And now I’ve come across the next best application: “RunPee!” The app lets you know exactly when you’re clear to head to the restroom during a movie without missing a major plot point. Along with the time, “RunPee” provides a description of what will be going on in the scene, so you know it’s definitely the right moment to, well, run ‘n’ pee. Plus, they have a write up of what you’re going to miss while away from the screen. Perfect reading material while you’re in the loo! This just skyrocketed on my list of must-get apps. [RunPee] Keep reading »

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