Any physical activity is good activity is the message behind the federal guidelines for physical activity, which the Department of Health and Human Services released this month. The core guideline is that Americans should get at least 150 minutes of moderately intense activity per week, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend that time in the gym. For the first time, a variety of activities, including daily chores and physically-demanding occupations, count toward physical activity, which can lower the risk of early death, heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure. But thankfully, the feds have realized that physical activity isn’t one-size-fits-all, so after the jump find recommendations for adults, seniors, children and teens. [New York Times] Keep reading »
“Adult product” companies aren’t the only ones making dolls in Sarah Palin’s likeness. Those chubby-faced Cabbage Patch Kids are trying to stay relevant, or make us nostalgic, by producing four one-of-a-kind dolls in the likeness of Barack Obama, John McCain, Joe Biden, and Palin. Starting Thursday, the dolls will be auctioned on eBay with the proceeds benefiting the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. The Palin doll scares us — it’s outfitted in a red suit, high heels, frame-less glasses, and an American flag pin. “Kids” should not be allowed to wear stilettos. Keep reading »
Last night’s episode of “Mad Men” was a rough one. Rough because it was the last one of the season — but the show has been picked up for season three — and rough because I didn’t think my heart could break any more for Betty Draper. The dichotomy between her life and Peggy’s was glaring — Betty has found out she’s pregnant and despite hinting to her doctor and to her friend that she “cannot have a baby right now”, she does not have the right to choose. Her doctor says she is a woman of means; her friend seems deaf to Betty’s hint that she wants to end her pregnancy. And so, in the end, she screwed a guy in a bar powder room and then took Don back.
If you’re dressing up for a Halloween party or carving a pumpkin this weekend, be safe! A talking jack-o-lantern and his friends Corey, Corey’s dad, Jeremy, and Jessica give you some tips in this awesome educational film from 1985. We don’t want you to be the one who accidentally cuts off part of her finger and has to be rushed to the emergency room, now do we. Keep reading »
“They seek him here. They seek him there. Those Frenchies seek him everywhere. Is he in heaven or is he in hell? That damned elusive Pimpernel.” But you can find the English nobleman that saved many French aristocrats from Madame Guillotine when “The Scarlet Pimpernel” airs on TCM on Sunday at 8 am. I’m actually considering waking up at that ungodly hour to watch this historic romance starring Jane Seymour. You might also like to check out “17 Kids and Counting” marathon, which chronicles the lives of the Duggar family. Also, the Outrageous Pumpkin challenge on the Food Network will definitely get you in the mood for Halloween. Keep reading »
How sad are you that Polaroid is discontinuing its trademark instant film? As much as I love my digital camera, the pictures I take on it aren’t nearly as artful as they would be if I were using a Polaroid. But now I can make all of my snapshots look amazing with the Poladroid Image Maker program (currently only available for Macs, though a Windows version is in the works). Poladroid converts any photo into a Polaroid-like photo, changing the coloring and adding a white border. The makers tried to replicate the Polaroid experience as best they could, so you even have to wait for your photo to “develop” and are only able to convert 10 photos per session because Polaroid cartridges contain that number of exposures. Hooray for pretty pictures that look like they were taken in the ’70s! [Poladroid via The Modern Materialist] Keep reading »
The guys at AskMen.com unveiled their list of the “49 Most Influential Men of 2008″ and the results, voted on by their readers, may surprise you. Check out the full list and then, over the next two weeks, check out our picks for the “10 Most Influential Women of 2008″ — The Frisky picked a female counterpart for each of the men in AskMen’s Top Ten. We hope you agree with our choices!
#8 — Our Pick: Sarah Haskins
AskMen’s Pick: Rob Kay
We had to make a bit of a leap with this pick, as Rob Kay is the dude who created the video game Rock Band and I could not, for the life of me, think of any female video game influencers because, duh, we, in general, don’t play video games. But we do like VIDEOS! One of our favorite web video stars is Sarah Haskins, who has her own show, “Target Women”, on Current. Every few weeks she tackles a new topic facing women with her hysterical, dead-pan, feminist perspective. Whether she’s talking about women and pooping or women and Sarah Palin, she always hits the nail on the head. Yes, we have a girl crush. And just because we have a lot of girl crushes, doesn’t mean the one we have on her isn’t extra special. Keep reading »