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Barack Obama To Talk About Being A Papa

Sasha and Malia Obama must be two of the only girls on in the country who aren’t embarrassed by their father. Sure, he makes a corny joke every now and then, but come on—in addition to the whole being president thing, he dresses well, plays a mean game of basketball, and got them the puppy they’d been begging for all year. Not to mention that, about a week before being inaugurated, he wrote an open letter to them in Parade Magazine. “I know that you’ve both had a lot of fun these last two years on the campaign trail, going to picnics and parades and state fairs, eating all sorts of junk food your mother and I probably shouldn’t have let you have. But I also know that it hasn’t always been easy for you,” he wrote. “When I was a young man, I thought life was all about me—about how I’d make my way in the world, become successful, and get the things I want. But then the two of you came into my world with all your curiosity and mischief and those smiles that never fail to fill my heart and light up my day. And suddenly, all my big plans for myself didn’t seem so important anymore. I soon found that the greatest joy in my life was the joy I saw in yours.”

Yeah, that made me a little teary, too. Barack Obama takes being a father very seriously. Which makes sense considering that his own dad—a Kenyan man who fell in love with a white midwestern woman while studying at the University of Hawaii—left when Barack was two. Keep reading »

Lessons From Dad: Believe In Yourself

Thanks to reader Daron for sharing her dad’s advice! Keep reading »

Lessons From Dad: Drink Up (But Be Careful)

Thanks to reader Anna for sharing her dad’s advice! Keep reading »

Super Sperm

I love the scene in “Look Who’s Talking” where the basic rule of human reproduction plays out on screen: the fastest sperm wins the race to the egg. But in the animal kingdom at large, that is not always the case. Scientists have found an ancient species called Ostracods where the largest sperm won. Even though Ostracods were kinda snail like and less than centimeter long, the males produced sperm nearly ten times their size. I can only imagine that super sperm would make reproduction mega painful, but fear not! Evolution endowed the female sea critters with huge cavities (pictured above is an X-ray image of one cavity half filled with the massive man juices) nearly a third of their body size, to store the mammoth sperm. Well now you know: when it comes to the big O (O, meaning “Ostracod”), bigger is better. [IO9] Keep reading »

Lessons From Dad: Don’t Be Afraid To Do “Manly” Stuff

Thanks to reader Catie for sharing her dad’s advice! Keep reading »

Lessons From Dad: Be Generous

Thanks to reader Jacqueline for sharing her dad’s advice! Keep reading »

Quickies! Joe Jonas Reveals Miley Cyrus Is Dating His Brother Nick

  • Joe Jonas slips up and reveals that his brother Nick and Miley Cyrus are dating (gag), during an interview with Larry King. [PopEater] — The awkwardness that ensues is almost too much to take (watch the video to get the full effect.)
  • Ryan Reynolds is a fine actor, but even more impressive are his style skills. The man is lookin’ suave. [Asylum] — To all the men out there, this is how you should dress.

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The Boob Tube: Hot Weekend TV For June 20th-21st 2009

    Saturday

  • “2009 MTV Movie Awards” on MTV at 10 am
  • “Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion” on TBS at 10:45 am
  • The Real Housewives of New Jersey” marathon on Bravo at 2 pm

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Trailer Park: “The Proposal,” “Year One,” And “Whatever Works”

It’s a big week for action movies. Not. Sure, this week’s new releases won’t get your adrenaline pumping with big explosions or elaborately-choreographed chase scenes. But they they will take you on a trip into Alaska, ancient times, and Woody Allen’s brain, respectively. It’s beautiful outside (unless you live in New York), but it’s also kinda hot, so get yourself some movie tickets and soak up the theater AC. Here’s a look at this week’s movies. Keep reading »

Women Fined $1.9 Million For Sharing 24 Songs Illegally

The big bad Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has once again committed an act of evil. This time, the victim is a mother of four from Minnesota who illegally shared 24 songs on the site Kazaa.com. (I know, right? Send that woman to jail, stat.) Jammie Thomas-Rasset was the first person taken to trial by the RIAA in 2003 and after six years and one mistrial, she has finally received her sentence: $1.9 million in piracy damages. Keep reading »

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