Some people’s pets are like kids to them…and any parent would go nuts if you put their kid in the cargo hold. That’s why Pet Airways will fly your furry friend to your desired destination on their own fleet of planes on pets-only flights.
Pet Airways only flies to five cities in the U.S. and charges a flat, one-way fee of $250. But pet owners interviewed by the AP say the cost is worth the piece of mind knowing their basset hound or tabby cat will be escorted onto the flight along with about 50 other pets, checked on every 15 minutes during the flight, and given a bathroom break on the layover. Flights are already booked up for two months! Is it just me, or does this business idea sound like the really bad plot of a kids’ movie? [Or my dream job. -- Editor] [AP] Keep reading »
Yikes! A 54-year-old Californian mother of three booked an appointment with a plastic surgeon to have some work done. But when she found out how many Benjamins she’d have to lay down, she did what every thrifty American would do. (NOT!) She went online, bought a $10 vial of liquid silicone, and injected it into her own lips and cheeks. She is — shocker! — not so pleased with her new face. Keep reading »
Barbara Walters is having a very educational week. Sexually, we mean. Last week Margaret Cho visited “The View” and gave Barbara a lesson on the G-spot. Then, over the weekend, Barbara saw “Bruno” and learned more than she cared to about anal and giving oral sex. I saw “Bruno” this weekend as well and was shocked to see a man in his, I swear, 90′s, sitting front row and center. I was concerned he would have a heart attack. Anyhoo, check out Babs’ disgust in the clip above. [via Jezebel] Keep reading »
Hold that credit card! Double X excerpted a section from the forthcoming book, Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture, by Ellen Ruppell Shell, which reveals the scams at outlet malls are lamer than the kids who hang out in the food court all day.
The author visited at an outlet mall in Las Vegas with a prices and branding expert to scope out the “deals.” At a Crescent jewelry store, the ladies examine an $832 diamond-and-white-gold pendent, marked down from $3,329, which the jewelers are eager to give them “a better price on.” But back at home, Shell does a little googling and discovers the pendent’s diamonds can just barely pass as gemstones according to diamond grades. Plus, nearly identical pendents could be found on eBay for only $229!
Yeah, markups pretending to be markdowns suck. And it’s sneaky that stores selling comparatively-cheap wares at inflated prices are shacking up next to the Barney’s Co Op and La Perla so they look fancier. But…that’s business, isn’t it? Keep reading »
It turns out some women are having babies for the wrong reasons. I won’t mention any names (cough, Nadya, cough), but according to Women’s Health, the social, psychological, and hormonal benefits of getting preggers are making some women wanna pop ‘em out like there’s no tomorrow. When a woman is rockin’ a baby bump, she gets mucho attention from her friends, family, hubby, and even strangers—which makes gals feel less lonely and is heaven for those attention-starved chicks. Keep reading »
India has a rather novel idea to curb overpopulation — late-night TV! Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad wants the country to increase efforts to bring electricity to the country’s rural areas in the hopes that watching late-night TV will kill the libidos of this huge population and discourage procreation. “If there is electricity in every village, then people will watch TV till late at night and then fall asleep,” Azad argued. “When there is no electricity there is nothing else to do but produce babies.” India’s population grows about 1.6 percent annually and accounts for about 17 percent of the world population even though the country makes up only 3 percent of the Earth’s land. Azad said 80 percent of India’s population growth can be reduced by TV, which is a great medium to combat the problem. [Impact Lab]
Kudos to India for increasing its effort to bring electricity to rural areas (it’s only 2009, after all), but wouldn’t more conventional approaches like, you know, sex education and contraceptives, prove more effective in fighting overpopulation? Keep reading »
On July 16, 1969—40 years ago this week—the Apollo 11 spacecraft landed on the moon while millions of people watched on their television sets. Four days later, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took the first steps on the moon, which according to legend should still be visible since the moon has no atmosphere or wind to erase the footsteps. Most people will never forget watching the Apollo 11 astronauts skip about on the moon’s surface like little kids. That was a big one, but here are some other space firsts. [Chicago Tribune]
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Eating disorders aren’t just a teenage thing—they can happen at any age. Over the past decade, the number of women over age 30 who suffer from eating disorders has increased significantly. And peeps at the Eating Disorders Program in North Carolina have seen a 400 percent increase in patients 40-and-older since the 1990s. So what’s going on? Keep reading »
Ever say something at the wrong time? Well, rest assured that nothing you said was as poorly received as when blogger Marcy Wheeler of FireDogLake.com accidentally-on-purpose dropped the word “blowjob” yesterday on MSNBC. “And your idea is that after investigating Bill Clinton for a blowjob for, like, five years, we shouldn’t investigate the huge, grossly illegal things done under the past administration?” she said. As the b-word came out, you can hear the reporters audibly gasp right before Wheeler’s segment is 86’d. Oops. Worse? An uptight co-host then apologized on behalf of Wheeler. Twice!
What I’m wondering is—what the heck should Marcy have said that would have been appropriate for a daytime news show? A hummer? A Lewinsky? A “sexual relation?” A “creative use of a cigar?” Is the term blowjob really all that offensive? More importantly, are we still not over the Bill and Monica sex scandal? [Gawker]
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