The second episode of Secret Diary of a Call Girl aired last night on Showtime, and Belle came out of it as a really endearing character. Basically, she goes to a sex party with a creepy, clingy guy. At the party, she meets and starts hooking up with her favorite author and a couple other people (yes, an orgy). She ditches her date, the guy who paid her to go with him to the party (he’ll get a refund, I’m sure) to go home with the author and his friend. As they’re getting into the car, she gets a bunch of messages from her family saying her sister’s having a baby. She abandons the hot author and the prospect of having an orgy, and goes straight to the hospital wearing her feather-accented outfit. I was really proud of Belle for leaving, even though her sister was pissed that she wasn’t there for the actual birth. Keep reading »
Jenn Thompson at Mental Floss is on a roll! After yesterday’s “Origin of Wedding Traditions” article, today she’s got a follow-up on wedding laws that are still on the books. Would be guilty or not guilty of these ridiculous crimes?
1. In North Carolina, it’s against the law to check into a hotel room pretending you’re married. But what about all the harmless husband and wife role-playing games? Verdict: GUILTY.
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Ayveq, a 2,700-pound Pacific walrus who lived at the New York Aquarium passed away on Sunday of a bacterial infection. Ayveq loved to whistle and flip his flippers at the glass to attract attention, but he may be best known for regularly masturbating. “Ayveq’s frequent public self-gratification made him the Coney Island institution’s singular attraction,” wrote The Brooklyn Paper. May you find a mate in heaven so you can give your fins a rest, Ayveq. [The Brooklyn Paper via NYMag.com] Keep reading »
According to an AP article, some busy singles are asking their parents to find their spouse for them. Why spend time going on endless bad dates when you can have your parents select your soulmate? Proponents of arranged marriages say the process takes the guesswork out of picking a partner, relieves the stress of having too many choices, and puts your future in the hands of those whose experience you may trust more than your own. While this way of matching people is popular among certain cultures, I can’t imagine asking my mother to find me a husband. I’d rather mess up on my own than blame my mother for picking someone I may or may not like, even if that means six months of bad dates. [AP via AM New York] Keep reading »
An American hiker stranded in the Bavarian Alps used her sports bra as a signal, and she attracted the attention of lumberjacks. She had attached it to a cable and when the cable car started moving up the mountain, the bra reached a worker at the base. “She’s a very smart girl, and she acted very resourcefully,” said Berchtesgaden police officer Lorenz Rasp. “She kept her shirt and jacket for warmth, but thought the sports bra could work as a signal.” This Lily of France bra could save your life one day. [AP] Keep reading »
Boston-based band a’tris got their early musical inspiration from an unusual source — Sesame Street. Lead singer and pianist Mason Taylor started his musical career pounding away at one key on his Sesame Street keyboard, that of Oscar the Grouch, conveniently our favorite Muppet as well. Since then, the collaboration between music and what’s on screen has developed into songs that are really a soundtrack to life in general. That’s why it’s so fitting that a’tris’ playlist hits all the notes of love’s emotional rollercoaster. Check out their 10 picks, after the jump, and look out for their latest record, Lensing… Keep reading »
The possible pregnancy pact story continues! One of the pregnant teens, 17-year-old Lindsey Oliver, told Good Morning America there was, in fact, no pact, just as reader Go-To-Girl suspected. “No. There was definitely no pact. There was a group of girls who decided that they were gonna … they were already pregnant before they decided this. That they were gonna help each other with their kids so they could finish school and raise their kids together, to do the right thing was their decision. Not, let’s get pregnant, like, as a group,” she said. Her boyfriend said she was on birth control, and they weren’t planning on getting pregnant. It’s interesting to hear his perspective. Andrew Psalidas is 20 and goes to community college. “It was definitely hard to begin with,” Andrew said. “Now, we have to deal with everybody knowing that she is having a baby … now it’s like, she’s ‘one of those Gloucester girls having a baby,’ so it’s like we’re doing something wrong when we’re trying to do everything we can to make it right for the mistake that we made.” He actually sounds really mature and makes a good point. [TheBostonChannel.com] Keep reading »