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Home Laser Gun To Destroy Wrinkles Or The Planet?

If there were ever two words that shouldn’t go together in a sentence, it’s home and laser. But Johnson & Johnson and their hair removal medical supply partners, Palomar, are teaming up to turn out home laser wrinkle treatments for consumers. The FDA has just approved their skin-smoothing machine, but it sounds more like a plot for world domination. While the companies are keeping the product info plans top secret, and they won’t describe the device or even the release date, they do admit the price will be high.

Each ray gun wrinkle remover is going to cost hundreds of dollars, but the equipment won’t require that hard-to-get dermatological appointment or even a prescription. That’s right, let’s just put lasers right into people’s hands! With the popularity of the Snuggie proving that millions of Americans can’t work a simple blanket, is this head zapper really a safe idea? Well, we bet it would at least make an awesome sci-fi movie plot. [Boston Globe] Keep reading »

James Bond Was One Gentleman Who Preferred Brunettes

Britain’s most famous secret service agent doesn’t prefer blondes. James Bond is way more likely to bed a brunette, according to a group of researchers who set out to determine what traits 007 liked in his women. The researchers assessed the physical traits of 195 female actresses who had spoken or appeared in two or more scenes in each film from “Dr. No” (1962) to “Die Another Day” (2002)—20 films in total. The team contrasted the characteristics of the 98 Bond Girls who ended up in the spy’s arms with the 97 female characters that weren’t so lucky. “Every Bond film has multiple female characters who variously tempt, distract, and assist James in his latest mission,” said team leader Kimberly Neuendorf, a professor at Cleveland University. “At least one ‘Bond girl’ is particularly striking—a woman with an adventurous nature, cunning attributes, strong potential for romantic entanglement with Bond, and a sense of self-assurance, whose name—Pussy Galore, Honey Ryder, or Holly Goodhead, for example—is as provocative as the character she portrays.” Check out the researchers’ unexpected findings after the jump. Keep reading »

Magazine Aims To Sex Up The Bible

Be honest, when was the last time you cracked open a Bible? I read it for the first time in college and only because my professor made me. But peeps from a publishing company called Illuminated World want to make God’s diary more…enticing to the unsaved. These publishers have created Bible Illuminated: The Book. This glossy, magazine-style book (which retails for $35) has given the Bible a major facelift. With big photographs and pop culture references galore, this sexy page turner is meant to appeal to more than just religious folk. Recognizable characters have been replaced with celebs like Angelina Jolie, Bono, and Muhammed Ali and concepts like pain and suffering are illustrated by recent photos of sickness in Africa instead of Jesus on a cross. What do you think? Is turning the Bible into a glossy magazine blasphemy or brilliant? [Bible Illuminated] Keep reading »

Liveblogging “The Bachelorette” For June 8th 2009

Another episode, another two hours of Angry Dave’s crazy eyes, Wes’ twang, and Jillian’s fabulous style, but vaguely questionable taste in men. See ya back here at 8pm, y’all! Keep reading »

Quickies!: Heidi And Spencer Pratt Are Not Being Tortured.

  • Heidi and Spencer’s Costa Rican experience has certainly not been the pampered one they’re used to, but it doesn’t constitute “torture,” either. [TMZ] — Just check out their sweet digs above.
  • Tila Tequila wrote on her MySpace account that she is angry about false pregnancy reports…even though she was the one who allegedly started them. She then said, “Maybe I was pregnant, or maybe I wasn’t pregnant.” [People] – Is anyone else as confused as I am?
  • Mariah’s latest movie, “Tennessee,” hit an all-time low, averaging just five viewers per showing. [Perez] — Stop making movies, Mariah. Isn’t having a five-octave vocal range enough?

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John Stamos Bringing “Full House” To A Theater Near You

John Stamos is bringing down the house…more like “Full House.” The sitcom’s star is working on a plan to bring Uncle Jesse and the gang back to the big screen for a “Full House” movie, but don’t expect Ashley and Mary-Kate to take turns sucking on a pacifier. Stamos is recasting the show for the film version, which he told The New York Daily News “would probably take place in the early years of the sitcom,” which graced TVs across the country from 1987 to 1995. Stamos hopes James Franco will slick up his hair and take over his role as Uncle Jesse. He’d love for Steve Carell to channel Bob Saget as papa Danny Tanner, and for Tracy Morgan to get goofy as best friend Joey Gladstone. After the jump, some of our suggestions for Stamos and whatever lucky writer gets to pen this script. Keep reading »

Remote Control: “Weeds,” “I’m A Celebrity,” “Top Chef Masters,” And “True Blood”

Back in the day, summer television was all repeats and the only reason to watch was to finally see that episode of “Melrose Place” your VCR messed up recording. Luckily, the dark ages are over and summer nights are now filled with good shows. Okay, so it may not classify as “good,” but “I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here” has your back Mondays through Thursdays. Meanwhile, two of our favorite shows, “Weeds” and “True Blood” are both starting up this week. And you’ll want to catch the premiere of “Top Chef Masters,” which is kind of like regular “Top Chef” mixed with “Iron Chef.” After the jump, your television sked for the week. Keep reading »

Libya’s Leader Wants A Party With 700 Italian Woman

Libya’s leader, Muammar Gaddafi, is going on a Roman holiday. And he’s made a very interesting request for the Italian government—he wants a party with 700 Italian women, including Italy’s Equal Opportunities Minister (and former model) Mara Carfagna, and other female politicians, business women, and cultural movers and shakers. It looks like Italian leaders are going to oblige him, since Italy ruled Libya in the colonial era and lately they’ve been trying to make nice by issuing a formal apology and giving $5 billion in restitution. Even more interesting—this isn’t the first time Gaddafi has made a request like this. Two years ago, when he traveled to Paris, he held a meeting with 1,000 French women, in which he bemoaned the, “tragic conditions of the woman in Europe, forced sometimes to do work which she refuses…I want to save the European woman who is struggling.” Huh?

We’re just not sure if Gaddafi is progressive or pervy. He is credited with liberating the women of Liberia, but then again he has a troop of bodyguards that is women-only. Either way, that’s a lot of Italian ladies in one room. I won’t say anything of their fiery temperament, but I kinda hope they give him lots to think about. [TheTimes] Keep reading »

My Period Is Not A Natural Disaster, Thank You Very Much

Yesterday, as I was flipping through People, I came across an advertisement that scared me to death. What was it marketing? Feminine hygiene products, of course. Because, I mean, what could be scarier than a period?! The Always Infinity ad features a dangerous tornado-like whirlpool swirling ominously into a gigantic maxi pad. A pad that, apparently, has the power to absorb ten times its weight— “so your heavy days won’t spin you out of control.” (If you care to see the full, 3-D, moving visual, check it out here.)
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A New Jamaican Dance Craze Is Leading To Broken Penises

Okay, mon, so this one really blew my mind. There’s this new dance craze in Jamaica called “daggering”—check out a very G-rated version in this Mr. Vegas video so aptly entitled “Daggering.” Basically, imagine a dude using his erect penis as a…er…dagger and trying to stab it into unaccommodating places on a woman’s body (i.e. anything but a hole). Um…basically simulating sex. Some geniuses are taking this craze into the bedroom—same idea only this time, they’re getting injured. Bending the penis when it’s at attention can cause it to fracture. The guys get a sudden, sharp pain and then their thing gets black and blue. Doctors in Jamaica are freaking out because the number of penis fractures in the country has tripled. As a result, government officials have banned any type of media promoting daggering.

Sheesh, until recently — thanks “Grey’s Anatomy”! — I didn’t even know penises could break. Warning dudes: always exercise caution with your dagger. [Newsweek]
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