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Poll: Should Call Girls Kiss & Tell?

Tracy Quan at The Daily Beast poses the question in her column this week, as Spitzer’s “matchmaker,” Kristen Davis, releases a memoir, called The Manhattan Madam, about running America’s “most successful” prostitution ring. In the book she allegedly dishes about some of her famous clients — but should she just keep her mouth shut? Keep reading »

Women Who Rock: Maria Agnesi

Maria Agnesi (pronounced on-YAY-zee) was born May 16, 1718 in Milan, Italy, the eldest of the 21 (!) children Pietro Agnesi fathered with his three wives. Although women weren’t normally educated at the time, Maria’s father recognized her potential. The family wealth, derived from the silk trade, allowed Agnesi to be taught by the most learned members of the Roman Catholic Church — and she didn’t disappoint. Agnesi learned Italian and French as a youngster, and by the time she was 13, she also spoke Latin, Greek, Spanish, Hebrew and Spanish. Keep reading »

Make Ridiculous Faces, Work Out At The Same Time!

File this one under “Totally Random Videos From The ’80s That Are AWESOME.” Who knew you could workout your face or that there was even a point for doing so?! Keep reading »

Chicago Sheriff Sues Craigslist

The Sheriff of Cook County is suing Craiglist. Chicagoan Tom Dart claims the site cost his department $100,000 in prostitution prosecution in 2008. Monitoring the erotic services section of the site alone has yielded big busts, including a ring of four men who were pimping girls as young as fifteen! In fact, in June 2008 they arrested 76 people involved in illegal sexual activities. Dart says he could chase working girls on the website all day, but instead, he’s going after the webmasters, or as he puts it, “I’m trying to go up the ladder.” Keep reading »

“Help! I Swallowed My Engagement Ring!”

Your marriage proposal is meant to be romantic. It’s something you’re supposed to remember for the rest of your life. Well this couple will never forget how they got engaged. Reed Harris was trying to be sneaky when he hid an engagement ring in his girlfriend’s Frosty milkshake from Wendy’s. But when she gulped the sweet treat down fast, the ring was lost down her throat and headed for her stomach. X-rays confirmed the ring was chillin’ in her stomach — a bag of prunes and high fiber cereal later, she finally had her rock. But this isn’t the only unusual thing that’s happened to engagement rings and wedding bands. After the jump, five more weird stories that will remind you to never hide something valuable in food. Keep reading »

Optimism Will Save Your Life

The next time you think the glass is half-empty, think again because you could be killing yourself faster. Optimists live longer, healthier lives than pessimists, according to researchers at University of Pittsburgh who looked at the death rates and chronic health conditions of women participating in the Women’s Health Initiative Study, which began following more than 100,000 women 50 and older in 1994. Women who expected good things to happen to them were 14 percent less likely than pessimists to die of any cause. And they were 30 percent less likely to be killed by heart disease. They also had less incidence of high blood pressure and diabetes and were less likely to be cigarette smokers. Women who were highly mistrustful of others, called “cynically hostile” by the team of researchers, were 16 percent more likely to die during the study period of eight years compared to the least cynical of the group. They were also 23 percent more likely to die from cancer. Dr. Hilary Tindle, who led the team, said the study doesn’t prove that negative attitudes cause negative health effects, but she said more research is necessary to see if attitude modification benefits health. That’s it! I’m convinced and I’m canceling my health insurance because all I really need is a positive attitude. Wait a second…isn’t this just The Secret? [Reuters] Keep reading »

Rachel Maddow Visits “The View”

Our beloved Rachel Maddow was on “The View” yesterday morning, dishing the news with the gals, and managed to not give Elisabeth Hasselbeck any dirty looks. Our fave part of the interview is when she talks about how meeting her partner, Susan, was a lot like “Desperate Housewives.” Clip above! Keep reading »

The Boob Tube: Hot Weekend TV For March 7-8th 2009

Saturday

  • “E! News Weekend” on E! at 9 am
  • “Hocus Pocus” on Hallmark at 9 am
  • “Running in Heels” on Style at 10 am
  • “Be Kind Rewind” on HBO at 10:30 am
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    Quickies!: Lauren Conrad Led A Double Life

  • Lauren Conrad said she left “The Hills” after five seasons because she was living a double life…one that was totally scripted and another that was effing boring. Wait a minute that sounds like the same life. [US Weekly]
  • In an attempt to salvage his career, Chris Brown and Rihanna will co-author a book about domestic abuse and will go on a speaking tour. I’m sure they’ll have a ghostwriter. [Perez Hilton]
  • Allure‘s model booker gives us the scoop on who on “Make Me a Supermodel” has real potential. [Allure.com]
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    Outlaw Barbie Coming Soon

    Barbie just can’t seem to get a break, despite celebrating her 50th birthday this month. A West Virginia lawmaker, Democrat Jeff Eldridge, has proposed the Ban Barbie Bill because he believes dolls like this place too much importance on physical beauty, and not enough on intellectual and emotional development. “I just hate the image that we give to our kids that if you’re beautiful, you’re beautiful and you don’t have to be smart,” said Eldridge. Other dolls that are believed to send this message will also be banned if the bill is passed. Eldridge admits some Barbie dolls, like Doctor Barbie and Veterinary Barbie, are better, but would nevertheless be outlawed in West Virginia also. Forget the fact that Eldridge is perpetuating a sexist double standard — action figures teach little boys that aggression, physical prowess, and weapons trump intellect. If he’s looking to place blame for kids thinking beauty is the be all and end all, maybe he should look at the parents in his own state, where mothers enter their daughters in pageants like the “Toddlers & Tiaras“-featured Southern Celebrity Beauty Pageant in Charleston, West Virginia. These mothers primp, bleach, and tan their daughters, as young as six months, into sashaying and dancing living dolls. That’s got to be more damaging than child play. [MSNBC.com] Keep reading »

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