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Are These Fat Of The Land Ads Offensive Or Motivational?

You may have to look very closely to figure out what’s happening in this ad. Still clueless? Well, the biker is trudging up the hairy belly of an obese man, warning us that if we don’t “stay in shape,” we’ll end up a sedentary slob. That’s my take on the ad, anyway, not that I agree. I think a more successful ad would have been to show overweight people that they can still do activities like riding a bike, not shame them. Or maybe SPW Bike’s goal was just to get attention in a clever way. What do you think? See the female version of the ad after the jump. [Copyranter] Keep reading »

Quickies!: Sarah Jessica Parker And Matthew Broderick’s Twins Are Born

  • Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick’s twin daughters were born yesterday via a surrogate. The babies’ names are Marion Loretta Elwell Broderick and Tabitha Hodge Broderick. [Quickies] — That first name sucks ass, even if it has familial significance.
  • Mattel is releasing “Twilight” dolls in the likeness of Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson’s characters, Bella Swan and Edward Cullen. [Perez Hilton] — OK, Kristen officially has to give up her I’m-so-awkward-I’m-cool shtick because nothing spells conformity like M-A-T-T-E-L.
  • How did Tanner P. from “The Bachelorette” know that Jillian’s feet were “softer than s**t?” [E! Online] — I guess he’s had a ton of crap in his life.

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This Is What A Woman With Five Husbands Looks Like

While we struggle to get men to commit to one date, an Irish woman has managed to bag four husbands by age 23, five by 31. Sure, the courts are calling her a “very predatory female,” but we would like to take this moment to congratulate this totally average looking chick on suckering marrying so many men. How does she do it? Is it just the luck of the Irish? Is it her resemblance to Keanu Reeves in “The Matrix?” Find out her story after the jump!

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Obama’s War On Cancer Sticks

Obama may puff on a cigarette every now and then, but that doesn’t mean he thinks it’s okay for you to do it. On Monday, he signed a bill that will seriously regulate cancer sticks. Under this bill, the Food and Drug Administration gets to rule over tobacco companies with an iron fist. By January, cigarette companies will have to register with the FDA and offer up a list of the ingredients in everything they’re making. The president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids called this “the strongest action the federal government has ever taken to reduce tobacco use.” [USA Today] Keep reading »

Chace Crawford Set To Star In Footloose Remake

Chace Crawford is now, sort of, one degree from Kevin Bacon — he has officially signed on as Ren McCormack in the new “Footloose” remake. Not only will he actually have to sing, but he’ll also have to keep up with his leading lady, played by “Dancing With the Stars”‘ Julianne Hough. Kenny Ortega, also behind “High School Musical,” was one of the three main filmmakers involved in the decision to cast Zac Efron in the leading role. Efron later dropped out after being advised to stay away from musical roles so that he can build up versatility. While we hope Chace Crawford is as good a song-and-dance man as Zac Efron or Kevin Bacon, Crawford says, “I don’t know if the gymnastics [high bar] scene is going to make it, I’ve got some movement in me, but I’m not a dancer. I need to start stretching now.” In case you haven’t seen this cult classic, in a nutshell: mysterious new guy moves to ultra-religious Midwestern town, introduces teens to rock ‘n’ roll, and trouble ensues when hot girl’s preacher dad shuts down the fun. I don’t know about you, but I hope they do justice to this rebel with a cause. Keep reading »

Album Drop: The Latest From Regina Spektor, Deer Tick, Dinosaur Jr., And The Mars Volta

It’s Tuesday and you know what that means. It’s new record release time! This week, Dinosaur Jr. farms some fresh produce, Regina Spektor takes an adult naptime, Deer Tick stings our heart, The Mars Volta strips down, and God Help The Girl saves musicals. Keep reading »

Harry Potter And His Hogwarts Friends Sing

Around The Frisky office, I get mocked for being mildly obsessed with Harry Potter. Sure, the series isn’t as sexy as vampire stories like “True Blood” or “Twilight,” but Harry’s glasses turn me on. Needless to say, I am excited to watch “Harry Potter the Musical,” a parody created by Potter fans, while I await the July 15 release of “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.” [via Flavorwire] Keep reading »

Have You Ever Shoplifted?

This statistic absolutely blew me away: according to the Guardian, women in the U.K. are nine times more likely than men to shoplift. And they’re good at it, as only one in 48 shoplifters gets caught!

Why is it that shoplifting is such a female-heavy crime? Is it because shoplifting is criminal, but not aggressive, which could be an attribute women want to avoid? Or is it because women earn less money than men do so we’re trying to make up for what we can’t afford to buy? Keep reading »

Teens Aren’t Keen On Using Contraception, But That Doesn’t Mean They’ve Stopped Going At It

It’s a good thing abstinence-only advocates are tweaking their message, because the old one didn’t seem to be working. According to a study from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and the Guttmacher Institute, teens’ contraceptive use declined 10 percent from 2003 to 2007, but their level of sexual activity remained the same. The study’s authors believe the findings suggest a link between the decrease in contraceptive use and the rise in abstinence-only education during former President George W. Bush’s administration. Unsurprisingly, the proportion of births to unmarried women also saw an increase. [Medical News Today] Keep reading »

Five New Names For “Jon And Kate Plus 8″

Hello, perhaps you’ve been in a coma and are finally waking up after five months of unconsciousness. Allow me to get you up to speed: we have a new president, gay people can get married in Iowa now, your mom probably started Twittering, the world went ape-s**t over a Scottish woman with a nice voice and overgrown eyebrows, and that reality show on TLC with all the kids? The one with the sextuplets? You know, the show where the wife’s a real bitch and the husband’s totally lazy and they fight all the time in front of the kids? You haven’t heard of it? Well, it’s all anybody talks about these days — even more than the recession (yeah, that’s still going on)! Anyway, last night Jon and Kate — that’s the husband and wife on the show — announced that they’re separating and today TLC announced that they halting production of the show until August. Production will resume with the kids living at the house full-time, and Jon and Kate alternating. All of this makes me wonder whether the show will be renamed when it returns. I mean, how can they still call it “Jon and Kate Plus 8″ when there’s not “Jon and Kate” anymore? After the jump, a few suggestions for a new title. Keep reading »

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