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10 Animals So Ugly They’re Actually Cute

On Wednesday, we mourned the passing of Heidi the cross-eyed possum, a creature so ugly she actually swung all around the spectrum to being cute again. We suspected Heidi was not the only critter in the animal kingdom with such charms. Nature’s bounty may be filled with golden retriever puppies and newborn kittens, but it’s also filled with two-snouted pigs and spineless hedgehogs.

Here are 10 critters only a mother … or a zookeeper … could love:

Today’s Lady News: FBI Definition Of “Rape” Criticized

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  • The FBI’s working definition of “rape” was roundly criticized on Friday at a meeting of police chiefs, sex crime investigators, and victims’ advocates. The definition of rape used by the FBI is “the carnal knowledge of a female, forcibly and against her will.” But that definition does not take into account sexual assault cases where the victim was penetrated against their will orally, anally, with an object, under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and male victims. Therefore, the number of sexual assaults released by the FBI’s annual crime report are drastically under-reported. In response, the FBI has agreed that the definition of “rape” should be revised. A subcommittee will take up the issue at an Oct. 18 meeting. [New York Times]
  • Filmmaker Roman Polanski has apologized, sort of, to the woman he  drugged and sodomized as a 13-year-old girl. “She is a double victim: my victim and a victim of the press,” Polanski told reporters at the Zurich Film Festival. That’s probably as good as it’s going to get, sadly. [Videogum]
  • Visiting Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show today, Rep. Nancy Pelosi condemned audience members’ booing of a gay soldier at a recent GOP presidential debate. [Think Progress]

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Saudi King Spares Woman 10 Lashes For Breaking Driving Ban

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Saudi Arabia is on a roll with this not-treating-women-too-much-like-2nd-class-citizens thing! Earlier this week King Abudllah announced that women could vote and run in elections. Then on Wednesday, a member of his staff told the AP a Saudi woman will be spared a punishment of 10 lashes for flouting the country’s ban on women driving.  The woman, Shaima Jastaina, was found guilty of driving without a license (as Saudi Arabia only issues such licenses to men) and sentenced to 10 lashes. Geez Louise, hold onto your testicles, boys, because it is like the office of Ms. magazine over there!  Just kidding: the official speaking to the AP declined to elaborate about the amnesty, which may signify the king is trying not to draw attention to it and risking angering Saudis who oppose the expansion of women’s rights. But two grand, pro-women gestures in one week is still something to celebrate. [Al-Jazeera]

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Dwarf Drama: Hollywood’s Biggest Little People Scandals

Celebrity miscreants like Charlie Sheen get the lion’s share of the limelight. No one remembers the scandals of the little people, dammit! And yes, I mean literally, the little people. Dwarfism is well-represented enough in Hollywood that even they have their embarrassing scandals.

Let’s take a gander at Hollywood’s biggest little people scandals!

Welcome To The New(ish) Frisky!

So, as I mentioned on Tuesday morning, The Frisky has undergone a little bit of a new look. Not a full facelift, of course, but a bit of Botox that we believe will make our 3.5-year-old site run faster, easier to use, and more fun to read. For the last few months, our fabulous tech team in LA has been working hard on migrating The Frisky from our old blogging platform to WordPress and pimping it out with a whole bunch of custom-designed features. I know that change takes some adjustment — and there are still a few kinks to work out — but like a great new haircut, we’re sure you’ll love it as much as we do. Thanks again for all of your patience, loyalty, and support — it means so much to us.

Tiger Cub Gets Annoying Kiss From Mom

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Tiger Cub Gets Kiss From Mom

“Mommmmm, stopppppppp!” is what this tiger cub’s perturbed expression seems to be saying. My expression upon viewing this photo, on the other hand, decidedly says, “Squeeeeeeeeeeeee!” [Buzzfeed]

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