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Is Height The New Weight?

Lately we’ve been talking a lot about height. Ali has written two pieces in the last few days, about how to amplify your height (if you’re on the shorter side) and the height issues that can come up in relationships. We also posted part of an essay from a woman about being tall and how it impacts her dating life. Many of your comments on these posts had to do with your own insecurities about your height, whether you’re “tall” or “short.” Meanwhile, Meryl Streep, who plays Julia Child in the upcoming film “Julie and Julia,” says about the famous chef’s 6’2 height, “I mean, it’s like having club foot … it was a handicap of sorts, certainly in the world where she was born.” Keep reading »

Is That A Squirrel In Your Bra?

We never saw this on “Law & Order.” While a detective was interviewing this woman as a character witness for a murder suspect, he got a big surprise—she was carrying a living squirrel in her cleavage! Every time the little rodent popped out of her breasts, she shoved him back in… as if this were a completely normal thing. Now Miss, may I suggest that if you wanted a squirrel to stay in your cleavage, maybe you should not have worn such an ill-fitting, low-cut shirt? And who can trust a woman with a squirrel living between her breasts? Keep reading »

Mark Sanford’s An Even Worse Husband Than We Originally Thought

When is this Mark Sanford guy gonna get a clue? First the governor of South Carolina gets caught having an affair and now he’s opening up about how he’s had questionable encounters with several women while married. “There were a handful of instances wherein I crossed the lines I shouldn’t have crossed as a married man, but never crossed the ultimate line,” Sanford said in a press conference with the Associated Press. Um, what exactly does that mean? Email flirting? Semi-regular BJs? Why voluntarily spout this information to the media?! Your unlucky kids are going to have to read about what a pig you are.
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Pukey Microsoft Explorer Commercial

What the hell was Microsoft thinking when they approved this commeecial for Internet Explorer 8? The premise is that men are looking at nasty porn on the internet and their product will make it so they can hide that fact from their extremely squeamish wives. We know sex sells, but does vomit? Keep reading »

Freezing Eggs Now Does Not Mean A Baby Later

A doctor in England is bursting the bubble for women who are thinking of freezing their eggs. Robert Winston calls egg freezing a “confidence trick” on women, since there is only a 6% chance of conceiving through a frozen egg. The process, originally developed for cancer patients wanting to conceive after chemotherapy treatments, has more than doubled in popularity with women hoping to wait for a few years before jumping on the baby train, so that they can get super comfortable in their career or clock a little time with Mr. Right solo before having a baby. Lord Winston warns that “social freezing” is a risky procedure and more research about freezing eggs and the long-term genetic effects of children born via frozen eggs is needed before clinics make freezing services more widely available. The European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology will discuss the eggy process in an upcoming meeting. As women pile more and more things on their plate, do you think it’s safe to save your eggs in one frozen basket? [Daily Mail] Keep reading »

Pina Bausch, Revolutionary Modern Dance Choreographer, Dies At 68

Pina Bausch, a modern dance choreographer credited with revolutionizing the stage, died yesterday, only five days within being diagnosed with cancer. Bausch was one of the leading women in the field of dance, who transformed German art (which then extended to the rest of the world). She was known for eliciting controversial and emotional reactions so strong that audiences routinely left her concerts. Her dances often portrayed masochism and as a woman, she tested boundaries by utilizing speech, movement, and the pain of her own dancers. In contemporary culture, Pina played the role of La Principessa Lherimia in Federico Fellini’s “And the Ship Sails On,” and also performed in Pedro Almodovar’s film, “Talk to Her.” Out of respect as a former modern dancer, I leave it to the New York Times to sum up Bausch’s influence: “In thinking of the Bausch works that might have been, you imagine aspects of beauty, humor, big-scale visual imagination, as well as darkness, sarcasm and intensity. And the simplest way to feel her loss is to reflect that now there will be no more Bausch pieces for us to argue about. The scene is smaller without her.” [New York Times]
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“NYC Prep”: Episode Two Brings On Awkward Drama

Last night’s episode of “NYC Prep” aimed to bring the viewer “deeper” into the Upper East Side world, or at least that’s how some fancy schmancy producers would term it. What you really saw was how awkward high school really is, even when the people who go there claim to be “mini-adults” and how everyone just has to be in everyone’s business. Yet there were a few moments fairly reflective of teenage problems: PC brings us into a therapy session (weird), Camille’s desperation hangs more and more on her every word, and Kelli’s life is rattled by insecurities.

Read on to get a full rundown of the second episode. Keep reading »

Make Yourself Hawt And Popular With A “Boob Circle” Photo

With the proliferation of MySpace and Facebook have come a slew of ridiculous pictures that chicks (usually obnoxious tweens) take so they can post them and show everyone that they are popular and hot. First, there was that one armed picture, usually taken while pouting or with mouth suggestively open. Then there was the peace sign pose, almost always taken with another girl. Bonus points if one or both girl’s tongues were sticking out. Next, came the sexy body picture taken by aiming a camera at your dirty bathroom mirror. When we thought it couldn’t get any worse, faux lesbian pics cropped up everywhere. And now, our worst nightmare has come to pass. The dreaded “boob circle” has hit Facebook photo albums across the globe. [COEDMagazine]

After the jump, a step by step guide to making your friends think u r omg soooo hawt with a boob circle photo! Keep reading »

Quickies!: Is This The Next Chris Brown?

  • Aubrey “Drake” Graham, Rihanna’s rumored boyfriend, has scored a record deal with Young Money and Universal Republic. And like Rihanna, he has collaborated with Kanye West and Jay-Z. [Perez Hilton] — At least he doesn’t have that deranged baby face look like Chris.
  • Neverland will host a huge memorial service for legions of Michael Jackson fans. [PopEater] — Hmm, I guess this means Chris Brown can also win back his fans, regardless of his legal troubles.
  • Some woman was being questioned by police about a murder, and what do you know, a squirrel popped out of her cleavage. And she promptly pushed it back in. [Dlisted] — I’m sure that’s animal abuse somewhere.

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Throw Your Child A Swine Flu Party!

We’ve heard of chicken pox parties, where parents get their healthy kids together with ones who have the pox hoping that they’ll pick up the germies. The idea is, since you can only get chicken pox once, to get it over with so that kids can build up their immune systems and avoid getting chicken pox vaccines. Yeah, we don’t think it’s a good idea, but at least it makes slight logical sense.

However, we just don’t get why some mothers are thinking about throwing swine flu parties. Same idea, different disease—they want to strengthen their children’s immune systems in case a stronger swine flu strain comes around in the fall. But a swine flu party is just outrageous! Doctors are firmly warning against the idea as several people have died from H1N1 in the months it’s been around. So mothers, if you know what’s best, skip the Swine Par-tay. Throw a Dora, Dora, the Explorer shindig instead. [CNN] Keep reading »

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