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What Will Farrah Fawcett’s Obit Picture Be?

As you’ve probably read, Farrah Fawcett has terminal cancer and isn’t doing well. While Fawcett and those around her are praying for a miracle, it’s likely she’ll pass away soon. But what photo of her will they use for her obituary: something glamorous or less so? The one of her posing in a red swimsuit is her most famous, but it doesn’t exactly seem appropriate.

According to a study of obituaries in the Plain Dealer, the number of “age-inaccurate” photos accompanying obituaries has more than doubled since the late 1960s. In 1967, about 17 percent of obituary photographs in the paper showed the deceased at least 15 years younger than they were when they died. In 1997, it was 36 percent. Keith Anderson, an assistant professor of social work at Ohio State University said the results reflect society’s views on aging and appearance: “Our findings suggest that we were less accepting of aging in the 1990s than we were back in the ’60s.”

Yep, we’re all afraid of getting old. When someone dies, you don’t want to think of them at their worst. Instead, you want to remember the good old days. It’s likely that this is even more true of Hollywood stars, especially those who are most well-known for work they did earlier in their lives. [LiveScience] Keep reading »

Dell’s Della: A Computer For Women

Dell recently unveiled the Della, a small, lightweight laptop made for chicks. Basically, it’s the same as any other laptop, except the Della comes in a variety of pastel colors and styles and has a bunch of cutesy accessories to go with it. Like, oh mi gawd! Why do companies market products to women by emphasizing style and trendiness rather than something substantial—like, say, function? The deets on the new Dell after the jump … Keep reading »

Food For Thought: New Food Reality Show Wants To Shame Americans

“American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest and British chef Jamie Oliver have announced they’re teaming up for a big challenge. In their upcoming reality show that’s expected to hit the airwaves next year, the dynamic duo plans to battle obesity in the U.S. Oliver is going to hit the “fattest cities” in an attempt to salvage their diets. Clearly, they’ve got a superhero complex, but aren’t they going to give the rest of us a real complex?

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Pfizer To Give Out Free Viagra To The Unemployed

In this economy, a lot of people are suffering, but at least one corporate giant doesn’t think our sex lives should. Pharmaceutical company Pfizer announced it will give “free prescription drugs — including its anti-impotence drug, Viagra — to people who no longer have jobs and health insurance.” Pfizer is offering about 70 other prescription drugs, which will all be available for free for up to a year to anyone who has been laid off since January 1st. But sorry, guys — to qualify, you need to have already been taking the drugs before you lost your job. [via NYDailyNews] Keep reading »

Quickies!: The Feds Try To Take A Tot’s Illicit Drugs

  • The Food and Drug Administration is demanding Cheerios change its advertising that says the cereal will reduce cholesterol by 4 percent or risk being removed from market shelves. [Dumb As A Blog] — Way to get in bed with the drug industry, FDA!
  • Tahlia Brookins, 18, from the most recent cycle of “America’s Next Top Model” is pregnant. “I was told multiple times over and over that I couldn’t get pregnant … My initial reaction to my pregnancy was shock,” she said. [PopEater] — Good thing she was eliminated.
  • Judge Wade McCree in Detroit has a rather novel idea for sentencing fathers who don’t pay their child support. He makes them watch “Maury Povich” at least once a month instead of going to jail. “Some of these men in my court watch the show and see how ridiculous some of the deadbeats look, and then they realize it’s them,” he explained. [Perez Hilton]
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    Israeli Women Compete In Truck-Pulling Contest For The First Time Ever

    For the first time ever three women competed in an annual Israeli truck-pulling competition. The female contestants had to pull a 7.5-ton truck (about 16,535 lbs.) 30 meters (about 98 ft.). Vera Spaniev, a 32-year-old former weightlifter, won the ladies competition. Check out the video above to see women with bulging muscles and painful looks of determination and focus. [Reuters] Keep reading »

    Would The Financial Crisis Have Happened If More Women Were In Charge?

    As we’re all trying to figure out what went wrong in our banking system to cause the recession we’re in, we’re blaming just about anyone and everyone involved, especially the men at the top. Yes, I said the men. Not many of the folks getting blamed on the news are women, so it leads us to wonder, would we be in this position if there had been more women leading the banking industry?

    German news magazine Der Spiegel interviewed Mary Ellen Iskenderian, the president and CEO of Women’s World Banking, an international micro-finance organization, and she addressed this. While she didn’t come out and say the recession wouldn’t have happened if women were in charge, she does say the story line might have played out differently… Keep reading »

    Will You Watch “Hitched Or Ditched”?

    Hitched or Ditched” is a one-hour reality show in which couples in long-term relationships are challenged by a friend to set a wedding date in a week’s time. The couples not only have to plan their wedding in seven days, but they also have to address whatever issues were keeping them from making the leap into marriage — from fixing relationships with future in-laws to dealing with feelings of jealousy. When the wedding day comes, the couples will have to choose whether to tie the knot or call everything off. So if they decide to get married, then their prize is a free wedding, but if they decide not to get married, then they breakup and have to deal with the ensuing heartache. That sounds a little unfair. But I guess if they know the marriage won’t work, then they’ll be better off in the long run. Will you watch “Hitched or Ditched” when it premieres May 26? Keep reading »

    Craigslist’s New “Adult Services” Is The Same ‘Ol “Erotic” Thing

    After the whole Craigslist Killer thing, everyone’s fave website has been getting serious heat to regulate the ads on their site. So yesterday, the company announced it was nixing the “erotic services” section, and morphing it into “adult services.” The diff? The company will now review each post before it goes live. How they’ll do that with a staff of 28 people has yet to be clarified. For kicks, let’s compare and contrast the two sections. Just like in high school English class. [Washington Post] Keep reading »

    World’s Oldest Erotic Sculpture Found

    Yesterday, archaeologists unveiled a 35,000-year-old ivory sculpture of a rather buxom woman that was discovered in a German cave. The sculpture depicts a woman with large breasts, curvy thighs, and a full belly, but she has no feet or head. The archaeologists believe it to be the oldest known carving of the human form. The sculpture suggests that ancient humans, who settled in Europe around 40,000 years ago, were smart enough create symbolic representations of themselves, much they way modern humans do, said University of Tuebingen archaeologist Nicholas Conard, who along with a team discovered the figure in September. Archaeologists don’t know for sure about the purpose of the figure, but they have some ideas…. Keep reading »

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