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Michelle Obama To Set Jumping Jack World Record

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Michelle Obama is our hero. She is using the get-lots-of-people-to-do-a-simple-thing strategy in order to set a Guinness World Record. More specifically, she is teaming up with National Geographic Kids to break the world record for the most people doing jumping jacks in a 24 hour period, beginning on October 11 at 3 p.m. and ending on October 12th at the same time. To break the record, they will need a minimum of 20,426 people to do a minute of jumping jacks—so they are recruiting groups of kids all over the world. Hundreds of kids in DC will even get to do their jumping jacks on the South Lawn of the White House. We bet the Secret Service is not too thrilled  – after all, that’s an awful lot of kids to frisk. [Newser]

10 Mothers Who Tried To Sell Their Babies

If only babies came with an exchange policy, then we’d never have to hear about another mother trying to sell her newborn for $15,000. Bridget Wismer is the latest baby seller to get caught. She allegedly planned to take a trip to Disney World with the bank she made from her baby. Her asking price seems a little low, doesn’t it? Disney World is not that fun.

Click through to see some more mothers who tried to sell their babies. I’m sad that there are enough of theses stories for a full slideshow … but, alas, there are. [USA Today]

Today’s Lady News: Scott Brown Comments On Elizabeth Warren’s Body

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  • Massachusetts Governor Senator Scott Brown made an obnoxious comment about his opponent Elizabeth Warren’s body. (Thanks to commenter  PhD_Bookworm for the correction!) [Slate]
  • Meet Angella Reid, the first-ever woman to become the White House’s Chief Usher. [Madame Noire]
  • On the movement to stop shackling female prisoners during childbirth. [Colorlines] Keep reading »

Sexist Beliefs Are Passed Down From Mom, Study Finds

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Children learn more than just ABCs at their mother’s breast: a new study of 1,455 adolescents and their parents in Spain finds that mothers are the parent most likely to socialize traditional gender roles and therefore pass along sexist beliefs.

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Saved By The Boob: 6 Woman Who Owe Their Lives To Breast Implants

A 40-year-old woman in Moscow must be extremely happy with her decision to get silicon breast implants five years ago. And not just because her tatas look great in a tank top. Apparently, her implants saved her life. When she and her husband got in a fight earlier this week, he flew into a rage, picked up a knife and stabbed her in the left breast, apparently going for her heart. But because of her implants, the knife didn’t reach her vital organs. Her surgeon confirmed that if she hadn’t had a boob job, she would have died in the stabbing. Egads. [Gawker]

Bizarrely, this isn’t the first woman who owes her life to her implants. More cases after the jump.

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Quadruple Rainbow For The Win

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We all know about double rainbows thanks to Paul “Bear” Vasquez’s You Tube video. Triple rainbows are far more rare but have been documented. The motherload of all rainbows is the elusive quadruple rainbow, which had yet to be seen until this week. Behold the image of the first quadruple, or quaternary rainbow, ever photographed in the countryside of northern Germany. It may not look like much — it’s basically impossible to capture all four rainbows in the same picture, hence you can only “see” two –  but it takes a whole lot of scientific serendipity to make a four-bow happen. It requires a quadruple bounce of light on raindrops for the multicolored beams to appear in the sunward part of the sky respectively 40 and 45 degrees from the sun.  In lay terms, this bitch is worth four pots of gold for the “rainbow chaser” who caught her. I look forward to the auto-tuned meme by the Gregory Brothers. [MSNBC]

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