Every Track From Taylor Swift’s 1989, Ranked

We first heard inklings that life-size Precious Moments statue Taylor Swift was moving in a new direction on 2012’s smash, Red. It was singles like “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” “22,” and “I Knew You Were Trouble” that saw the starlet shedding her country curls and flirty sundresses for all the faux-edginess that accompanies a pair of Forever 21 leather shorts. But it’d take Swift two more years to bury those country roots and pursue the pop stardom she’s flirted with forever.

The official announcement came via Yahoo! stream in August that Swift’s next album, 1989, would see the singer embark on a pop sojourn with a trusted fleet of producers including Max Martin and Shellback. The news was accompanied by the release of her music video for the album’s first single, “Shake It Off.”

Once the screams of fervent Swifties died down, many casual fans were left to wonder if the album would be all brand: Would her trademark ballads of heartbreak and triumph be swapped for an album shilling 13 songs that sounded like a Diet Coke ad? “Out of the Woods” offered hope, but nothing was certain until the album’s midnight Monday release.

We’ve done you the courtesy of ranking the album’s songs from best to meh, in order to make the Swift fanfare easier to parse. Keep reading »

6 Questions Women Who Date Older Men Are Sick Of Hearing

Landing An Older Man
Almie Rose has some advice for getting your own grey-haired hottie. Read More »

Since my dating history only began after college, I never believed I had a specific physical type. I met a guy in high school that remained my boyfriend throughout most of college, which means my dating history didn’t start until I will well into my twenties. After a slew of brief flings and a first date that ended in a flat tire and me on my back, jacking up his Toyota Camry on the side of the highway in the pouring rain, I realized that perhaps I needed one — I just never expected my ‘type’ to include older men. Keep reading »

This “Little Mermaid” Wedding Is Your Fairy Tale

This Little Mermaid Wedding Is Your Fairy Tale

If you dreamed of having a Disney princess wedding when you were little, this Little Mermaid fairy tale come true is for you. Traci Hines, who has a YouTube series where she plays a hipster Ariel, made her mermaid transformation official when she (pretend) tied the knot on the beach. Unfortunately, this wedding was just a photo shoot, which makes sense because I can’t think of a boy alive who would be down for this, unless Ariel was his ultimate fantasy. Read more on College Candy…

This German Shepherd Puppy In A K-9 Unit Vest Is Everything

A commenter pointed me toward this picture of a police puppy in training trying on his future grown-up vest, and I almost melted when I saw it. Little Batman is only nine weeks old and is being considered to join the Boston Police Department K-9 unit when he gets older, but it looks like he’ll have to grow much bigger by then. His picture will be featured in the 2015 calendar for Massachusetts Vest-A-Dog, which provides bulletproof vests to the Boston Police Department’s dogs. [CBS] [Image via Jonathan Kozowyk/Vest-A-Dog]

What’s Worse Than Dressing Up As Domestic Abuser Ray Rice For Halloween?

Dressing your child up as domestic abuser Ray Rice, complete with a Janay Rice doll. So fucked up. [Feministing]

Martin Lawrence Is Over Before They Even Really Began

  • Jennifer Lawrence must have realized that a month of listening to Coldplay is too much, let alone a lifetime, because she and Chris Martin are dunzo. [Dlisted]
  • Dame Helen Mirren, GODDESS, is the new face of L’Oreal. [Huffington Post]
  • A mother of four was shot and killed in Oakland in what’s being described as a road rage incident. So sad. [SFGate.com]
  • Here’s the Paul Rudd look-alike who took down the Dallas airport homophobe. [Death & Taxes] Keep reading »
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