Crave: Mood-Changing Doormat

Lovely friends stopping by for a drink? Put out the welcome mat. Ex-boyfriend coming over to pick up his stuff? Flip it around. [$27.50 at Unica Home] Keep reading »

Lip Taken Out Of Service

The 670,000 women in the British service industry won’t let you call them sweetheart — or baby, or darling, or sweet cheeks, or even honey. Just like the women in 9 to 5 sans the ball-gagged boss, Women and Equalities Minister Harriet Harman is putting an end to womanizing in overlooked workplaces. Minister Harman has used her new position to create a statute that will require bar, restaurant, hotel, and even gym managers to be responsible for protecting their female employees from sexual harassment. Since service industry jobs are known for their client lip service, the change is expected to cost British companies 10 million pounds to enforce, according to the government office. So while sexist comments might make the employees feel cheap, the repercussions certainly aren’t. Keep reading »

Anne Boleyn’s Changing Reputation

Who was Anne Boleyn, exactly? Whoever she was, she is portrayed differently according to the time period, writes University of Kentucky professor Susan Bordo in the Chronicle Review. Back in the early 20th century, Bordo says that Anne was depicted as a martyr to Henry and his quest for a male heir. These days, in this “post-feminist” era, Anne can be depicted not as a victim, but as a sly, sexual woman. That’s why in both The Tudors on Showtime and The Other Boleyn Girl, Anne is portrayed as a seductress. She wears dresses “designed more for a Pussycat Doll than a Tudor queen,” Susan writes. (We’re not sure the Pussycat Dolls would wear anything made with that much fabric, but we get your point, Susan.) Apparently, this rendition isn’t too far from what people in her own time period thought of her, because her enemies called her “the Great Whore.” [Newswise] Keep reading »

Her Love Will Go On

Stories about old people in love make us go awwww, even when they’re slightly creepy. For the last 14 years, 75-year-old Wan Fengxia has reportedly been writing letters to her husband, who has been dead the whole time. “If I tell people around me all the time about my feelings, they might get bored,” she explained. “But the letters won’t.” How sad is that? Mostly, she writes about their life together and her current life, and what’s going on in the world. She even keeps him informed about things like the Beijing Olympics and the launch of a space shuttles because he had always followed big news events. [AHN] Keep reading »

Here Comes The Underage Bride

Las year, Arkansas accidentally passed a law making it legal for anyone — even newborns — to marry as long as they had parental consent. The bill was supposed to have made 18 the legal age for marriage, but there was an extra “not” in the bill — oops! Lawmakers decided their error would make it easy for pedophiles to take advantage of the law, and repealed it this week, reinstating 17 as the legal age for men and 16 for women. While the whole “marriage-with-parental-consent” thing is bizarre, the fact that men and women can’t get married at the same age is truly strange. That, and laws making it legal for kids in Missouri and Hawaii to get hitched before they have their driver’s license. I guess they’d have a limo anyway. [USA Today] Keep reading »

Slideshow: Smokin’ Hot Celebrity Beards

Our post on beards was so popular, we thought we’d give you more Paul Bunyon-inspired beards to drool over. Enjoy! Keep reading »

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