In June, journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee were sentenced to 12 years in a labor camp, after crossing into North Korea while working on a story for Current TV about the sad lives of the country’s female refugees. Hillary Clinton is hustling to try to get the two released, but so far things aren’t going very well. The only good news in the story is that Laura’s sister, Lisa Ling, who you probably remember from “The View,” got a call from her last night. “It was a tremendous relief to hear Laura’s voice. The silence has been just so terrifying and deafening,” Lisa told a radio station this morning. “She was very specific about the message she was communicating and she said, ‘Look, we violated North Korean law and we need our government to help us. We’re sorry about everything that happened, but now we need diplomacy.” Let’s hope it works. [AFP via Yahoo News] Keep reading »
I’ve heard about creepy old men trolling the internet to lure in underage girls, but I’ve never heard about a woman doing this… until now. Sarah Wilson, 21, seduced a 15-year-old girl whom she met in a chat room. Over the course of six months, Wilson comforted the lonely teenager through text messages, emails, and phone calls. When the two decided to meet in London this past January, the teen ditched school for the day. The school called to inform her mom that she was missing and she called the police. The cops spotted her at the Kings Cross station, before she got in contact with her 21-year-old suitor. Then, using the girl’s cell phone, the police were able to target and arrest Wilson. Keep reading »
The kind editors over at Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary have updated the tome, adding in about 100 new words. Some of the words that made the cut: frenemy, webisode, waterboarding, locavore, vlog, flash mob, shwarma, green-collar, staycation, and reggaeton. To get added to the dictionary, editors have to see evidence that lots of people are using the word. Given this list, I’m kinda surprised that vajayjay didn’t make the cut. Maybe next year? [AP] Keep reading »
This week I was reading an article in the New York Times called “She’s a Director Who’s Just Another Dude.” It’s about Lynn Shelton, who directed a movie called “Humpday,” yet another bromance comedy. The writer spouts off about why Shelton is so cool—citing “masculine” tendencies such as enjoying alcohol, showing confidence, and feeling powerful as reasons why she rocks. The article wasn’t too offensive but it got me thinking: why, for us gals, does being compared to men constitute a compliment? Keep reading »
Actor Kal Penn of “Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle” has left the show House for the White House and starts his new job this week. Now before you go on laughing at the funnyman, this UCLA grad and UPenn professor is more than qualified. He will be stepping in as the Associate Director in the White House’s Office of Public Liaison & Intergovernmental Affairs. As an Indian-American he is the perfect liason between Obama and the Asian community. Happy first week Kal! Keep reading »
It’s been a lovely summer. I’m living in my favorite city in the world, writing at The Frisky, living with my boyfriend, and relaxing in the Berkshires on the weekends. All is fine, dandy, and I’m as easy and breezy as a cover girl…until I see a new email in my inbox. As soon as I open it, the walls around my perfect summer start to crumble: The season is ending and I’m about to begin graduate school. In Scotland. Cue multiple panic attacks.
Do I know anybody? Nope. Have I any clue where I am going and what am I doing? Eh, no. Will I be smart enough? Will I make any friends? What if people don’t like me? What if I’m not good enough? But wait, I’ve thought all of this before. Truth be told, I have variations of these thoughts all the time, but I’ve had this specific anxiety attack before. In fact, it was the summer before my freshman year of college. If you feel similarly, follow the jump for your coping strategy. Keep reading »
Sacha Baron Cohen sat down for an interview with Matt Lauer on “The Today Show” this morning, only, as expected, he did it as “Bruno.” Awkwardly hilarious from the get-go. Keep reading »
I vividly remember walking into the interview. I was a junior in college and had scored a meeting with Joshua Lyon, an editor at Jane Magazine, the publication I’d been dreaming of working for since the first issue had appeared on newsstands and I skipped school to read it cover-to-cover. The interview went well, and an hour later, I got the phone call that he had picked me to be his intern. I was elated.
Josh and I worked together for the next four years. Turns out that, for two of them, he was almost always high on prescription pain killers.
Josh has written a fascinating book, Pill Head, about the whole ordeal. It’s part memoir, and part sociological exploration of why so many people in the United States—48 million of them to be exact—have used prescription pills for non-medical purposes. After the jump, Josh tells us everything from how he got his hands on his first Vicodin to why prescription pain killers are especially popular with the ladies. Oh, and why you owe it to grandma not to try them. Keep reading »
British scientists have found a way to create fully mature, functioning sperm in a lab. Researcher on the project, Professor Karim Nayernia explained, “The work is a way of investigating why some people are infertile and the reasons behind it.” And the pay off is that women or couples who’ve had fertility issues not only have more hope now, a single lady can get pregnant without the aid of a real-live-man. Some scientists are skeptical over Nayernia’s project though. Prof Azim Surani, from Cambridge University, described the lab samples as “a long way from being authentic sperm cells.” Still, kind of amazing, right? [Metro.co.uk] Keep reading »