A Long Island surgeon doesn’t want to fight his estranged wife for the million dollar pad they shared. Instead, he wants the kidney he donated to her. But he’ll settle for $1.5 million compensation. Keep reading »
Viola Davis doesn’t have top-billing on “Doubt” movie posters or the website. But the Tony Award-winning actress has been generating a great deal of award buzz for her role as Mrs. Miller, a mother who makes a surprising decision when confronted with the accusation her son may have been molested by a priest. Although she only appears in the film for 11 minutes, she has been nominated for a Golden Globe and there is talk of an Oscar win for Best Supporting Actress. Davis said she felt gawky acting opposite Meryl Streep (Sister Aloysius) in rehearsals. However, she holds her own in one of the movie’s most powerful scenes, even if she was a little embarrassed when she first watched it. She said on “The View,” “When I first saw the scene…I took to my bed…’cause I saw all the boogers coming out my nose.” Keep reading »
Pink equals girl, blue equals boy. That’s the widespread association with those two colors, but it wasn’t always that way. In the early 1900s, blue was for girls and pink was for boys. Back then, the British magazine Women’s Journal explained: “That pink being a more decided and stronger colour, is more suitable for the boy, while blue, which is more delicate and dainty, is prettier for the girl.” DressMaker magazine agreed. “The preferred colour to dress young boys in is pink. Blue is reserved for girls as it is considered paler, and the more dainty of the two colours, and pink is thought to be stronger (akin to red).” No one knows when the change took place, but by the time Adolf Hitler was in power, the switch had been made, as he labeled homosexuals with a pink triangle, which associated them with femininity. [BBC] Keep reading »
Too lazy to go to the bathroom and weight yourself? Soon you may be able to do both at the same time! Designer Haikun Deng designed this toilet seat with a built-in digital scale, so, basically, you’ll be able to see how much weight you lose each time you relieve yourself. It’s only a concept at this point, because, well, it would be kind of gross to be able to see how much your waste weighs, but it could be very useful for lazy people who are trying to watch what they eat. However, the seat/scale might be a little too useful for people with eating disorders — completely thwarting the “Bulemia is curable” toilet seat ad campaign. [Gizmodo] Keep reading »
We get a lot of mail from readers, some insanely flattering, some helpful (thanks for doing a little free copy-editing for us, guys!), and plenty of nasty hate mail. With that in mind, we’re going to post some of the best reader mail we get from time to time, because we totally appreciate that you even take the time to write!
Date: Wed, Jan 7, 2009 at 1:33 PM
“Ok, so you’ve got some of the low lifes down. Do you have any original ideas on the right guy? Or do you, just like all women man haters, know what you don’t want but havn’t a clue what a good guy is. Let me take a guess on the guy your looking for… Very rich, Brad Pitt looks, drives a Lamborghini. People who are not in a good relationship, or have never had a good relationship shouldn’t be giving advice on the matter. Good hunting…”
Judy McGuire got this one in response to one of her “Dating Don’ts” columns and asked me to fact check this hater’s slanderous statements. For starters, Brad Pitt is not her style. She’s more of a Richard Belzer girl. And a Lamborghini? Puh-lease. Is this the ’80s, Patrick Bateman? She’d rather date a guy with a chauffeured limo, natch.
[Note: Spelling errors were left, um, because.] Keep reading »
Director Roman Polanski’s now notorious sex case is making news again because his attorneys filed a request to dismiss the charges against him in December 2008. Tuesday, Los Angeles prosecutors filed a motion stating they will fight the dismissal. In response, Polanski’s lawyer accused the Los Angeles Superior Court of bias and prejudice against the director and is seeking to move the case. Although Polanski’s sex case is notorious, I’m sure there are some people, myself included, that don’t know what actually happened so many years ago. Keep reading »
Americans living in London don’t have to miss out on Inauguration Day Obama-mania. The Madame Tussauds wax museum across the pond is offering Americans the chance to see the new president, albeit the wax version, for free on Jan. 20. Obama’s wax figure is still getting the finishing touches put on it, but he will most definitely be ready in time for the big day. [AP] Keep reading »
Wow, some people really will do anything to get laid. In Australia, a particularly desperate man broke into an adult toy shop to have sex with blow-up doll. Apparently, he smashed the store windows and, um, squeezed through the tight hole. The shop owner say this isn’t the first time he’s broken into the shop and had his way with their merchandise, claiming there’s been at least one unreported break-in before this. “He has been taking the dolls out the back and blowing them up and using the dolls and leaving them in the alley,” he reported. Specifically, he’s been “using” a doll named “Jungle Jane,” which he’s stolen on both occasions. And if that isn’t enough of a gross-out image for you, consider this: the burglar “also had the ‘weird’ habit of cleaning up the mess he had made after entering the building.” Thankfully (?), he didn’t clean up nearly well enough; traces of DNA were left on the doll to help police track him down. “It is a real concern that someone like that is out on the street,” the shop owner said. We couldn’t agree more. [News.com.au] Keep reading »
Adfreak Copyranter points to this anti-bulimia ad campaign in Europe that employs toilet lid stickers to stop girls from purging themselves. In Düsseldorf, Germany, ad firm red cell created the hot pink and blood splatter stickers posted on toilets in local college women’s bathrooms and bars. They read “Bulimie ist heilbar,” or “Bulimia is curable,” and include contact information for the ProMädchen, or “ProGirl,” organization. Copyranter muses: “I’m thinking these lovely labels may have actually put an until-then dormant purge urge in some of the young ladies’ minds.” The F-Word opines: “I think this is a clever and effective way to specifically target those who need help the most.” What do you think? Do toilet lid stickers help fight eating disorders, or does this campaign give young woman an incentive to puke? [ANIMAL] Keep reading »