Betty Ford is not a First Lady most of us think about regularly (unless, I suppose, one is an addict). She lacked the glitz and glamour of Michelle Obama or Jackie O and was not necessarily a powerhouse in the White House like Eleanor Roosevelt. But when Betty Ford died on Friday at age 93, obituaries remembered a women’s rights activist who was uncommonly outspoken for her time and polled more popular than her husband, Gerald Ford. In addition to her foundation of The Betty Ford Clinic, one of the most famous rehab centers in the country, Betty Ford should also be remembered as a Republican “stealth feminist,” blogger Joanne Bamberger at PunditMom wrote.
After the jump, five things to know about Betty Ford, a surprisingly cool First Lady. Keep reading »
“I believe that I can win a national election. The people of America are desperate for positive change, and deserving of positive change, to get us off of this wrong track. I’m not so egotistical as to believe that it has to be me, or it can only be me, to turn things around, but I do believe that I can win. If it came down to the family just saying, ‘Please, Mom, don’t do this,’ then that would be the deal-killer for me, because your family’s gotta be in it with you … I think Bristol has made up her mind, and Bristol wants me to run for president. But we’re still thinking about it. I’m still thinking about it.”
—Sarah Palin keeps the will-she-or-won’t-she rhetoric going in the latest issue of Newsweek while simultaneously making it pretty clear that, duh, she will. Shall we start taking bets on when she’ll making the official announcement of her entry into the race? [Newsweek] Keep reading »
Maybe another reason to dread that first gray hair: A 52-year-old former real estate branch manager says she was fired because she wouldn’t dye her hair. She claims her boss ordered her to hide her gray hair and wear “younger fancy suits” when the branch moved to an upscale area. When she refused, she says she was quickly replaced with a woman 10 years younger, reports the Houston Chronicle. Read more… Keep reading »
Parasites and sex typically aren’t two things you want to think about together, but according to new research parasites might be responsible for sex as we know it.
PhysOrg reports that Indiana University biologists have affirmed the “Red Queen hypothesis” — the idea that human beings reproduce through sex because we’re, well, keeping up with the parasites, the ones that threaten to potentially harm us.
The hypothesis gets its name from a line in Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass: “It takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place.” Read more… Keep reading »
Synesthesia is a neurological condition wherein your senses become scrambled and one sensory experience becomes confused with another. So those who suffer from it may “see” sound or “hear” smell. This short film by video team Terri Timely attempts to capture the condition, in an arresting, musical, food-obsessed way. [YouTube
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This a-hole took screwing around at work to a whole new level: Stephen Pottinger, an employee of the Houston Independent School District, is in trubs for signing up his co-worker for a mail order bride website. During company hours. “He had mentioned that he wanted to get back into dating,” Pottinger said. “We have a long-standing joke that when [the co-worker] starts talking, a lot of people start falling asleep. So I said, ‘Maybe you should start dating someone who doesn’t speak any English. They can just nod and smile.’” So the Michael Scott of Texas signed his colleague up on a website that matches Russian women with American men and forwarded responses to the guy during work hours.
Well, that is quite the prank. Keep reading »