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Commercials Sexualize Ovens And Stoves To Sell Products

I scratched my head the first time I saw this Quizno’s commercial for the Toasty Torpedo sandwich. I wasn’t confused by the homoerotica. Hey, sex can sell anything! What was perplexing was that it seemed as though the Quizno’s employee had had sex with the talking oven. As it turns out, I was a little behind the times. People having sex with objects (and I’m not talking sex toys) is nothing new. Keep reading »

Miss California Prefers “Opposite Marriage”

In what is quickly becoming the YouTube moment of last night’s Miss USA Pageant, Miss California answered a question from guest judge Perez Hilton about the legalization of same sex marriage. Asked whether every state should follow suit since Vermont became the fourth state to legalize same sex marriage earlier this month, Miss California replied that she thinks it’s “great” that Americans can choose between same sex marriage or “opposite marriage,” but that in her country, she believes marriage should be between a man and woman. Isn’t California still part of America? On his blog, Perez called Miss California’s response the “worst answer in pageant history.” While I agree it was pretty bad, who can forget Miss South Carolina’s disastrous answer in the Miss Teen USA Pageant a couple years ago? Relive that moment, after the jump. Keep reading »

Woo Hoo! Americans Can Visit Relatives In Cuba. Will The Rest Of Us Be Able To Go Soon?

For 40 years, Americans have been banned from traveling to Cuba. But this week, Barack Obama eased travel restrictions for people with relatives in the communist country. Raul Castro, who took over when little brother Fidel was hospitalized in 2006, said, “We have sent word to the U.S. government…We are willing to discuss everything—human rights, freedom of the press, political prisoners, everything.” [CNN] Keep reading »

Where’s The Party At? The University Of Miami

The University of Miami was voted the top party school in the U.S. by none other than Playboy, which has been rating party schools for 20 years. This year, the schools were ranked according to five criteria — campus life, sports, sex, “brains,” and bikini. That last criteria was a combo of weather, guy-to-girl ratio, and cheerleaders. And “brains” means academics, because “you are in college for a reason, to get an education,” said Playboy Assistant Editor Rocky Rakovic. Playboy used a scientific equation that quantified GPAs, freshman retention, and Princeton academic reviews to figure out the brainpower of American college students. In order to make the list, the fun had to happen on campus, so colleges where the partying took place on the fringe of campus or in nearby cities were excluded. One surprise result was the University of Wisconsin’s sixth place ranking because the “bikini” criteria favored schools in warm climates. They must party hard, snow or shine, in Wisconsin. After the jump, the full list. [Playboy via Reuters] Keep reading »

America’s Malls In Crisis: Our Fave Mall Moments

Oh no! The country’s second-biggest mall operator is totally bankrupt! General Growth Properties, which manages more than 1,500 malls across the country, is $25 billion in debt. With vacancies at a 10-year high, many malls are being converted into offices or going dark. Is this the end of the mall as we know it? [NY Times]

What’s a teen girl to do without a place to buy shoes, cookies, and a bra—all at the same time? After the jump, a list of our favorite mall rights of passage we’re sad tomorrow’s kids will miss out on.
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The Lip Schtick Behind Mary Kay Cosmetics

Historically speaking, when the economy tanks, makeup sales rise. That’s why two million Mary Kay salesgirls are roping their friends into makeovers for extra cash. The cosmetics company is doing so well they bought ads during the Superbowl and the Oscars to recruit more personnel. Sound nuts? You bet your blush! Peep this ABC News investigation and keep reading for four fast facts on the Mary Kay craze. Keep reading »

Quickies!: Mind Your Manners On Facebook

  • Watch Timmy and Alice’s bad Facebook behavior to learn what not to do. [Your Tango] — Totally hilarious!
  • Kate Moss caught a fungal infection in her toe from a New York nail salon. She’s on antibiotics, so she has to lay off the booze. [Dlisted] — Note to Kate: If you can afford a swanky salon, then avoid the skanky ones.
  • The lawyer defending Tyra Bank’s alleged stalker says Tyra is so “detested” she’d probably lose a jury trial. [Media Takeout] — He’s probably right.
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    The Boob Tube: Hot Weekend TV For April 18-19th 2009

    Cancel all your Saturday night plans because “Grey Gardens” premieres on HBO at 8 pm. If you just have to go bar trolling on Saturday, then catch the encore on Sunday at 6 pm. Keep reading »

    Gift For Gab: Your Best Comments For The Week Of April 17th 2009

    We here at The Frisky live for celeb gossip, chocolate, and your comments. What can we say, you bitches crack us up! So in honor of you, our smart, sexy, and incisive readers, who aren’t afraid to talk smack on the Internet, we’re giving away prizes! Each week we’ll award you an awesome internet chatty Cathy’s a little something special. This week five winners will receive three TweeCards. So, without further adieu, here are the lucky winners of this week’s Gift For Gab… Keep reading »

    Sarah Palin Once Considered Abortion

    Speaking at a “right-to-life” event in Indiana yesterday, former Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin told the crowd that she has “just for a fleeting moment” considered an abortion when she learned her youngest son, Trig, would be born with Down’s Syndrome: “That blew me away, it rocked my world… It was a time I asked myself, was I going to walk the walk?” she said. In the end, obviously, she chose to continue the pregnancy. Trig turns one year old tomorrow.

    Hmm. This is the second time that Palin has acknowledged that abortion is an issue of choice. Last summer she said she was proud of pregnant daughter Bristol’s “decision to have her baby.” Now she’s saying she considered having an abortion, but chose not to. Clearly, both she and Bristol chose what was right for them and their families, but they had a choice. Palin, of course, is a staunch supporter of revoking Roe V. Wade. If she got her way, the two options SHE considered would be whittled down to one — for the rest of us. [AOL News] Keep reading »

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