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Name-Calling Blogger Sues Google For Revealing Her Identity

Rosemary Port, the blogger behind “Skanks in NYC,” is suing Google for $15 million for revealing her identity to model Liskula Cohen, whom Port called a “psychotic, lying, whoring … skank” on the blog. Initially, Cohen was going to sue Port for defamation, but then she realized she knew this angry blogger and decided to call her up and sort things out without clogging up the legal system. We thought the whole saga was over. Until Port said, “I’m ready to take this all the way to the Supreme Court.” Keep reading »

Weep, Ladies! The Man Of Our Dreams Is Off The Market

I can’t eat, I can’t sleep—I am overcome with heartbreak knowing that the man of my dreams is off the market. This unemployed father of seven children by seven baby mamas is preparing for a shotgun wedding to the eighth! Being single is hard, and when I think of the kind of guy I’m looking for, I know that Brit Keith MacDonald embodies all of the qualities that I dream of. I only ask myself why I couldn’t have met him before his fiancée, 20-year-old Claire Bryant? The story is sooo romantic. Check out the swoon-worthy details after the jump. Keep reading »

Sold! Someone’s Getting Buried On Top Of Marilyn Monroe

Someone wanted to be on top of Marilyn Monroe really, really badly. Earlier this month, the crypt above Marilyn was emptied out to make room for a new “resident.” The grave space was auctioned off on eBay, and it’s sold for a modest … $4.6 million. In my opinion, that’s too much money to kick it with someone who is already dead, but apparently others didn’t share my sentiments. The spot in Los Angeles’ Westwood Village Memorial Park got 21 bids. I wonder if the winner of the spot in LA knows they have to share Marilyn with Hugh Hefner, who has dibs on the vault next to her. [eBay.com] Keep reading »

Guests At The Standard Hotel In New York City Give Quite A View

Earlier this summer, New York City opened the much-touted High Line, a former elevated railroad turned into a lovely urban park, for tourists and locals alike to enjoy. People flocked. It turns out it’s not only the trees and comfy lounge chairs that people eagerly line up for. Overlooking the park is The Standard Hotel, where guests can frequently be seen from the park below performing sex acts in front of the hotel’s floor-to-ceiling windows. “Disgusted neighbors say they’ve seen men masturbating, professional porn films being shot and couples engaging in sex in full view of the stunning High Line park path running alongside.” Huh, no wonder my out-of-town wedding guests couldn’t stop raving about the park when they visited it last month. Keep reading »

A Diet Lip Balm?

Talk about a lip balm that promises to change your life. If you’re craving gooey, cheesy, and fried things, it’s time to reapply Burner Balm, a lip balm that promises to boost your energy and suppress your appetite. The $6.99 balm contains soy oils, caffeine, green tea extracts, and hoodia—which some think is a speedilicious appetite killer, but without a whole lot of proof. The company’s website encourages you to reapply under lipstick up to six times a day, but warns that the caffeine might keep you up at night. Meanwhile, people actually concerned with your health are afraid that the company is exploiting women’s fears about gaining weight. [Metro] Keep reading »

NY Times Tells Writer It’s Not OK To Call J.C. Penney Shoppers “Fat”

Remember the J.C. Penny scandal of the week before last? Recap: New York Times style writer Cintra Wilson managed to offend the masses by calling Middle Americans fat, J.C. Penney shoppers fat, and even managed to insult their mannequins with the barb, “[J. C. Penney] has the most obese mannequins I have ever seen. They probably need special insulin-based epoxy injections just to make their limbs stay on.” She apologized for her behavior once with the rawtha dismissive: “You know I didn’t mean it that way, so please remove the knot from your panties and when you’re ready, join me for a cigarette and several Pucker martinis,” followed by a more “heartfelt,” “I very much regret that my J. C. Penney article in the Times caused any wounded feelings whatsoever, particularly to people who already feel they take more than their share of abuse from our very shallow and ridiculous society. I sincerely apologize.” Er, yeeaahhh… Keep reading »

King Of Pop News Drop: Official Says Michael’s Death Was A Homicide

Ever since Michael Jackson died, there’s been a steady stream of folks who have said that he was murdered, most of them bearing the last name Jackson. LaToya was quick to tell News of the World newspaper, “Michael was murdered. It was a conspiracy to get his money. We don’t think just one person was involved.” And a week before that, the King of Pop’s lawyer divulged to Life & Style, “He feared somebody wanted to kill him. He was even concerned people would kill him to somehow try to take control of the Beatles back catalog.”

It sounded far fetched. But it now looks like they could be right.
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Man Steals A Virgin Mary Painting. To Pay For An Abortion. For The Girl He Raped.

This is one of those stories that involves so many layers of nastiness that it sort of resembles a rotten onion. In 2006, a Nebraskan dude named Aurelio Vallerillo-Sanchez raped a 14-year-old girl. When he found out that the young girl was pregnant, he realized he was in deep trouble and was very likely going to get caught. So he asked his son to serve as a look-out while he stole a 300-year-old portrait of the Virgin Mary worth about $100K from Omaha’s St. Cecilia Cathedral. He then grabbed the girl he’d raped and fled with her to Mexico, where he sold the painting for $3K and took the girl to an abortion clinic. When he discovered an abortion wasn’t an option, he kept the girl there until she gave birth and forced her to give it up for adoption. Luckily, this horrible guy got caught, and plead no contest to the charges of first-degree sexual assault and theft. Hopefully, when he’s sentenced this week, he’ll get the full 70 years. [Fox News] Keep reading »

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Just Another Reason To Stay Home If You’re Depressed

If you’ve ever experienced anxiety or depression, you know the appeal of simply staying home and hiding in your bed forever. Sounds kind of dangerous right? Maybe not. Scientists in the UK were trying to come up with alternative ways—other than flippantly prescribing meds—to treat anxious and depressed patients, who often have to wait over a year to visit a shrink. And they came up with the idea of virtual therapy—essentially, IMing a shrink. Turns out, it’s just as effective if not more so than actual talk therapy. The study looked at 297 people, half of whom had 10 sessions of therapy, each lasting about an hour, where they used instant messaging to chat one-on-one with a trained therapist. The results? About four in 10 people who had online therapy improved to the point where they were no longer depressed. Only two in 10 people recovered without any therapy. Keep reading »

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