In one Colorado neighborhood, people aren’t loving thy neighbor. This community is hating on the Pierces—a nudist couple who have no qualms about gardening in the buff. After their neighbors started complaining about their nakedness in the yard, Mrs. Pierce began wearing a thong and pasties while tending her plants. But since her house has no fence and is across the street from a school, the landlord says that’s not enough and is threatening to evict them. The Pierces say this is discrimination. [AP via Yahoo News]
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Hey, want a little scoop on how things might be different on the third season of “Mad Men,” which (hopefully) returns to AMC in the fall? Click past the jump for a couple stills from an episode that was recently shot. You’ve been warned once, but just in case — SPOILER ALERT! Keep reading »
Gossip Girl author Cecily von Ziegesar reminded us of how petty and jealous high schoolers can be. Now, she’s tackling college campus life in a series of adult novels, but she’s not taking Blair Waldorf or any other familiar character back to school, despite what some have written. Von Ziegesar has created a whole new gang who meet Freshman year at a fictional Maine college and soon find themselves wrapped up in interpersonal drama. The first of the two books published by Hyperion should be out this year and is titled Cum Laude — with a title like that there should be some steamy college sex. Like Gossip Girl, the new novels will be based on von Ziegesar’s life. “I’ve mined my high school years for all they’re worth, and now I’m moving on to college,” she admitted. Keep reading »
Cocaine use in England rose sharply in the five years leading up to 2008, according to a report released Wednesday. The average of English individuals aged 16 to 59 who had used cocaine at least once in their lifetime was 55.7 per thousand people in 2002-2003, but over five years it rose to 72.5 per thousand people. And leading the rise are women, whose consumption of coke almost matched the men’s. The amount of women aged 10 to 25 who had used cocaine in their lifetime was 4.8 percent in 2003, compared with 8.2 percent of men. In 2006, the percentage of women was 6.66, compared with 7.2 percent of men. The study cites three reasons for the rise in use: cheapness, availability, and increased social acceptance. About $70 now buys a gram of coke in England, whereas in the ’80s, a gram cost about $160. “We’re very much in an age of chemical enhancement and a pill for every ill,” said Jim McVeigh, head of substance use at the Center for Public Health at Liverpool John Moores University. So, he added, cocaine is just viewed as another accepted chemical compound. Researchers also say women used cocaine as they became more independent and drank more — drinking and snorting going hand in hand. [Reuters] Keep reading »
“Hard Ball”’s Chris Matthews dropped by Craig Ferguson’s show to promote his new book for twentysomethings, The Hardball Handbook: How To Win At Life. In it, Matthews applies politicians’ techniques to everyday problems politicians don’t care about, like your love life. Since it’s “The Late Late Show,” Chris gets down and dishes the dirt on former-President Bill Clinton. How did he do it, and by “it,” we mean all those women? At the two minute mark, you’ll find out.
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“Gossip Girl” obviously has the right idea—a new study from the University of Michigan shows that chitchatting might be good for your health. In the study, which ran in this month’s Hormones and Behavior journal, 160 women paired up and completed a computerized card game. Afterwards, half of the groups were instructed to discuss 16 questions like “Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?” while the rest of the groups proofread a botany article. The participants who talked experienced a rise in their levels of progesterone, a hormone that signals bonding and closeness, while participants in the control group actually experienced a decline in progesterone. And more progesterone means reduced stress and anxiety, and ultimately better health. So moral of the study: water cooler talk can be good for your health! Still, that’s no reason you should tell everyone in your office that you slept with the hot guy in accounting. [Daily Mail] Keep reading »
While “Hitched or Ditched” is quite possibly the most terrible show on television, I have found myself watching it on more than one occasion. The show gives a couple who seem to be ready for marriage but are avoiding it the chance to have their dream ceremony. Over a period of four days, they have to decide whether they should indeed get married, or split up for good. Of course, drama ensues, exes are brought back to life, and in-laws do embarrassing things. Keep reading »
Is it possible to c**k block safe sex? Yes, say public health advocates who are going after CVS for sometimes locking its condoms behind glass cases!
Advocates For Youth and CureCVS are rallying people based on the findings of a Change To Win study, which investigated CVS branches in five major metropolitan areas. They found condom lockage is three times more likely to occur in areas where minorities live—which obviously is discriminatory and needs to stop immediately. Keep reading »
Watch out (or celebrate), Iran, Zahra Rahnavard may be your next Hillary Clinton. She’s an artist, a politician, and also the fire behind husband Mir-Hossein Mousavi’s presidential campaign. From what I’ve seen, it appears she might even have more followers than he does — crowds of women (and men) roar when she shows up to an event.
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