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From women’s health to feminism to politics – news that’s real and relevant to you.

Help Me Be The Best Bridesmaid Ever!

Three of my friends recently got engaged, and I’m feeling a little overwhelmed. I’m a bridesmaid in one of the weddings and want to be as helpful to all three of them as I can, but I’m not sure what I’m supposed to be doing. In fact, I actually picked up a copy of Modern Bride last weekend when I was in a nail salon, because I thought it might give me a clue! It did not. Since many of you Frisky readers have been in friends’ weddings, or at least gone to one, I’d love for you to share the tips and tricks you’ve picked up along the way in the comments. Keep reading »

Quickies!: Celebs Join The “Girls Are Not For Sale” Campaign

  • The organization GEMS (Girls Education and Mentoring Services) is teaming up with celebs such as Beyonce, Halle Berry and Demi Moore to launch their new “Girls Are Not For Sale” campaign. [Feministing]
  • Not only did Senator John Ensign of Nevada have an affair – he recently admitted that his parents paid his “mistress” $100K.[Examiner] — Note to self: don’t get involved with politicians!
  • Jennifer Aniston gave the entire cast and crew of her new movie, “The Bounty,” a four-day weekend, instead of three-day, footing the bill for everyone’s salary during their extra day off. [People] – Even if her love life isn’t where she wants it to be, her heart is in the right place.

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The Friday Roundup: It Happened This Week On The Frisky

Another busy week at The Frisky! We had our work cut out for us following all the Michael Jackson-related news, but we found time to blog about a few other important things, like Gwyneth Paltrow‘s detox. If you missed it the first time around, here’s what we were talking about this week. Keep reading »

Some Hope For Laura Ling And Euna Lee

Finally, some good news has come from North Korea about detained journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee. Despite being sentenced to 12 years of hard labor last month for illegally entering North Korea, the pair is currently staying at a guest house in the North Korean capital, Pyongyang. This update comes just days after Lisa Ling received a relieving phone call from her sister. According to political scientist Han Park, “North Korea’s move not to carry out the sentence suggests that it could release them through a dialogue with the United States and they could be set free at an early date, depending on the U.S. gesture.” Keeping my fingers crossed for their safe return! [Yahoo News] Keep reading »

An 83-Year-Old Couple Parties Way More Than You Do!

I go out once a week, maybe, and my mother still sends Alcoholics Anonymous pamphlets and shows concern for the fact that I’ll never meet my future husband unless I stop being such a party girl. Meanwhile, over in Rotherham, UK, a pair of 83-year-olds named Jack and Jean Atkinson are raving three nights a week until 3am. The couple has been married for 64 years—they met in 1945 and got married 15 days later. They have three kids and four grandkiddies, but nothing can keep them from living their lives to the fullest. Which, to them, includes clubbing. As Jack says, “Where is it written that when you reach a certain age you can’t do this or shouldn’t do that—it’s rubbish it is all in the mind…We’re old in age but young at heart.” Keep reading »

Damn! Calorie Restriction Makes Monkeys Live Longer

According to a new study done on (cute!) rhesus monkeys, calorie restriction—i.e. eating way far fewer calories than is currently recommended—has been shown to slow the aging process. The monkeys whose caloric intake was reduced by about one-third lived longer than those on a regular diet. Calorie restriction also slowed the loss of gray matter in the brain, which is the part of your noggin that responds to stimuli… Keep reading »

Were The Gifts Obama Gave The Pope Better Than The Gifts He Gave The Queen?

The Obamas are in Europe this week for the G-8 summit, and while in Italy, the president met Pope Benedict for the first time. As is custom for visiting world leaders, the Pope and the American prez exchanged presents.

This reminds us of the time that Obama brought presents when he and the First Lady met the Queen of England. That got us wondering: were the gifts Obama gave the head of the Catholic Church better than the gifts he gave the head of the British monarchy?

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Sacha Baron Cohen On The Late Show. Swoon.

Yes, we’ve done a lot of posts about “Bruno” in the past two days. No, we’re not planning on stopping anytime soon. The other night, Sacha Baron Cohen went on “The Late Show With David Letterman” as…(gasp)…himself. He describes getting an interview with an actual terrorist for the movie. Any chance he’ll divorce Isla Fisher and marry me? Keep reading »

Fountain Of Youth Found: 10 Reasons NOT To Live Longer

Scientists are developing a “fountain of youth” pill from a chemical found in the soil on Easter Island. In testing, animals have lived 38 percent longer than expected as a result of the chemical. The development of an anti-aging pill sounds like a great idea — Juan Ponce de Leon dedicated a great deal of his life looking for the fountain of youth — but this pill will also have major repercussions for society. We wonder whether this pill will improve the life of those living or just delay death. If the body continues to fail, but life continues, people on this medication could experience a whole host of problems as a result of living well-beyond 100. After the jump, why we actually wouldn’t want to live for years beyond the usual time frame. Keep reading »

Is A Rapist Lower Risk Once They’ve Been Castrated?

TJ Hoen MacKenzie, a convicted child rapist, recently won his third attempt to be reclassified as a lower-risk prisoner after medical treatments left him with a less raging libido. While MacKenzie still has a twig, his berries were plucked after being diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2005. MacKenzie was arrested in 1991 for the rape and intent to rape of two girls under the age of 16. But Lady Justice Arden of the UK Court of Appeal thinks his new physical “shortcomings” will prevent him from ever repeating his heinous crimes. He’s now a Category B prisoner, but MacKenzie is in no way out the door. His lower-risk status only allows him access to courses for a release application from his current life sentence. Treatment or not, the man got what he deserved. [Daily Mail]
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