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Let’s Set A Frisky World Record

When I was kid, my dad (a stock broker at the time) had a client who either A) set a world record for pogo-sticking up the stairs of the Statue of Liberty, B) wanted to set a world record for pogo-sticking up the stairs of the Statue of Liberty, or C) mentioned something about pogo-sticks and the Statue of Liberty, and I melded these two things together into one idea. Regardless of which option it was (Dad, do you remember?), I was very impressed. Ever since, I’ve really wanted to set a world record. I thought about things I could do—build the world’s largest rubber band ball, turn the most somersaults in a row, hum the most songs backwards. For years, my theory was that if I could just find something obscure enough that I’d have no competition, I could do it. But you’d be surprised at what counts as “obscure.” Everything I’ve thought of has already been done, and by someone who could do it better/longer then me.

That is, until yesterday, when I saw this story about a group of students in Wales who set the world record for having the most people dressed as Smurfs in one place—2,510 of them to be exact. Seriously, each person did nothing but paint themselves blue, put on a silly hat, and show up to some night club. [Telegraph] Keep reading »

Abercrombie Doesn’t Think A Prosthetic Arm Is Very “All-American”

So maybe it’s time Abercrombie & Fitch reviewed its “Look Policy,”  which requires employees to project a “natural, classic, American-style.” It sounds cute, but their insistence on it is becoming costly. A&F has already shelled out millions of dollars to employees who felt discriminated against by the policy — and they just might be paying more. Riam Dean, a 22-year-old disabled British student who worked for A&F’s London flagship store, claims she was forced to work in the stockroom because her prosthetic arm didn’t fit the company’s “look.”  But perhaps Dean shouldn’t have been so surprised by A&F’s shallowness.. When she interviewed for the job, she says “All they seemed interested in was taking my photograph to make sure I had the right image.” [Daily Mail U.K. via Jezebel] Keep reading »

Is The Real Life Romance On “True Blood” Too Hot For TV?

Last night, the second season of “True Blood” premiered and I could not have been more excited. I find it to be one of the sexiest shows on television, a true guilty pleasure, and the over-the-top acting and ridiculous plot lines make it even more sinfully delicious. And the center of the show are the characters of Sookie Stackhouse and vampire Bill Compton, portrayed by real life couple Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer. The two met and fell in love on the set, a fact which has injected a real, tangible heat to many of their scenes. For some this is not entirely enjoyable. Keep reading »

The Five Worst Movies To Watch Together On Father’s Day (Or Any Other Family Holiday)

Celebrating holidays with a family movie night is a great American tradition. There’s basically no better way to spend time with family than to sit in a room, not talking or even looking at them. It really takes the pressure off. Yet, pick the wrong flick, and you may open a can of worms. If you’re contemplating movies to watch with the clan for Father’s Day (or any other future family holiday), you should be sure to blacklist the following…
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Can “The Today Show” Stop Fawning Over The Duggars?

Jon and Kate Gosselin have eight children. Nadya Suleman has 14. Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar have 18 and no intention of stopping anytime soon. The Gosselins and Suleman get nothing but bad press, it seems, but Meredith Viera and the rest of “The Today Show” crew practically piss themselves with joy every time the Duggars are on their show. Can someone explain that to me? Today eldest son Josh and his wife Anna were in the studio (with the rest of the clan via satellite) to find out whether they were expecting a girl or a boy, by cutting a cake! The cake was pink which means they are having a girl! And Meredith kept hinting that they should name the first Duggar grandbaby after her, which I suppose, explains all the insane ass kissing. The Duggars are complete loonies. Meredith seems relatively sane. So what’s with the obsession? Keep reading »

The Many Feuds Of David Letterman

As you know, David Letterman’s been getting a lot of flack for opening up his trap about Sarah Palin and her family. He won’t shut up about it. She won’t shut up about it. And obviously we can’t shut up about it. So after the jump, I’d like to take you on a trip down memory lane to reminisce about some older Letterman feuds that people also couldn’t shut up about. Keep reading »

Frowny Face: Women Are Way More Bummed Than We Were Thirty Years Ago

A new study conducted by the National Bureau of Economic Research and the University of Pennsylvania and presented by economists Betsey Stevenson and Justin Wolfers, shows that both sex’s happiness levels have decreased over the past few decades, but women’s “subjective well-being” has declined “absolutely” and in relation to men. This is only a big deal because the same study was done in the 1970s and women reported higher levels of happiness than they do today! Is it because they were stoned out of their minds? Is it because feminism never really worked out? The research study didn’t come up with any conclusions but had loads of hypotheses…but not as many that have come up since it was released last month! Read on to hear the theories. Keep reading »

Quickies!: Celebs Use Their Fame For Good

  • Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz have teamed up with other celebs to promote the NO H8TE Campaign. [Perez Hilton] — When celebs use their fame for good, the world is a happier place.
  • Sienna Miller, who hasn’t appeared on a magazine cover in two years, snags the cover of Vogue’s July issue. Inside, she dishes about her love life. [Pop Sugar] — And if you want your love life to be successful, you should probably ignore any tips she gives.
  • Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, and Sheryl Crowe stepped out on Thursday night to support OmniPeace and “Stamp Out Violence Against Women and Girls of the Congo.” [People]

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The Boob Tube: Hot Weekend TV For June 13-14th 2009

“True Blood” is finally back, y’all and I have to say it’s been a looong six months. I re-watched most of season one recently, which didn’t help my desire to see my favorite vampire and waitress steam up the small screen. So I decided to read the first Sookie Stackhouse novel Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris, but that didn’t help either. I feel sorry for anyone who is a fan of this show, but hasn’t read the books because they’re much more sexual and Bill Compton is more carnal. If you thought the f**k fest in the dirt from season one was stimulating, you haven’t read anything yet. Sookie and Bill have way more sex scenes in the novels, and when I read Bill saying, “May I enter you?” and the time when they climaxed together when he bit her…Woo! I thought I was right there. (And yes, both of my hands are on my keyboard.) My sex life is virtually non-existent right now. So I figure I can read the novels during the week to hold me over until Sunday when new “True Blood” episodes air on HBO at 9 pm. And for those of you that haven’t watched or read about Sookie and Bill’s relationship, please realize it’s not all about sex, but is a great story too.

Oh yeah, and check out this weekend’s TV schedule after the jump. Keep reading »

Trailer Park: “Imagine That,” “The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3,” “Food, Inc.,” & “Moon”

Okay, so I just peeped weather.com and apparently every single state is cloudy this weekend. No, seriously. Don’t even bother looking out the window. Just get in your Prius and drive to the movie theater. What’s even opening this weekend? Funny you should ask because Eddie Murphy’s playing a loony (again) in “Imagine That,” John Travolta is a bad ass in “The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3,” your food is killing you, if you’re curious how, then watch “Food, Inc.,” and if you’ve ever been isolated to the point of insanity, then “Moon” might push you back over the edge. And if these movies sound crappy, there’s always last week’s flicks! Keep reading »

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