Today’s Lady News: Pssst! Did You Hear Michele Bachmann Might Have Menopause?

  • Rep. Michele Bachmann may suffer from migraines, according to a conservative website which is possibly trying to smear the politician. The Republican presidential contender “suffers from stress-induced medical episodes that she has characterized as severe headaches,” according to The Daily Caller, which quoted “three people who have worked closely with Bachmann.” The Caller claims these “episodes” occur roughly once a week and “incapacitate” Bachmann for days at a time, occasionally landing her in the hospital. Asked one aide who spoke anonymously, “As president, when she’s in crisis management mode, is she going to have the physical ability to withstand the most difficult challenges facing America?” Some in the blogosphere are wondering if this leak is trying to insinuate that Bachmann cannot handle the stresses of leadership, possibly because she is a woman. Another theory is that “migraines” is a code word for “menopause,” which may also make Bachmann unpalatable as a candidate. Others say there is nothing sexist at all about reporting Bachmann may suffer from migraines (or whatever). What do you think? [Daily Caller, NYmag.com Daily Intel, XX Factor, Care2]

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An Ode To “Hey Dude”

Before there was “Clarissa Explains It All” and the “Adventures of Pete & Pete,” Nickelodeon made its first foray into live-action teen television with “Hey Dude,” which ran from 1989 to 1991. The show was about a nerdy ranch owner named Mr. Ernst and the cool teenagers he hired to work on the Bar None Dude Ranch over the summer. The show focused on two of them—rich bitch Brad (Kelly Brown), who despite her girliness was a champion horse rider, and the enterprising Ted (David Lascher), who was as drawn to her as he was repulsed. Also of note, the show starred Christine Taylor, now Mrs. Ben Stiller. “Hey Dude” had the best theme song ever, as you can witness for yourself above. And miraculously, the first season of the show is available on DVD as of today. Watch out for those man-eating jack rabbits, indeed. [EW] Keep reading »

Today In Terribleness: Woman Attempts To Sell Baby At Taco Bell

A woman in Washington was arrested for allegedly making a run to the border with her three-day-old son. Officials responded when they received a 911 call reporting that 36-year-old Heidi-Lynn Knowles had approached a patron at the local Taco Bell and tried to sell her a baby for $500. The woman and her infant were located by cops at a local motel, where the child was immediately taken into custody. I know Taco Bell has a value menu and all, but whether it was birther’s remorse or a desire for drug money, Knowles should have been asking way more for her baby burrito. In all seriousness, WHAT? Let’s hope this sweet baby is placed in a loving home soon. [Seattle Times] Keep reading »

July 19: What Are We Wearing Today?

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Two things to know about today’s “What Are We Wearing?” First, JULIE DEBUTS HER NEW HAIR COLOR. I put that in all caps because it is that striking. Secondly, I have already concocted a scheme to steal Intern Kamilah’s shoes, so don’t bother. Keep clickin’ to see what we’re wearing today!

Sexspresso And Rock Hard Coffees May Contain Viagra, Health Authorities Warn

Coffees with sexual enhancement properties do come with some, um, perks. But Australian health officials say to put the java down. Food Standards Australia New Zealand said the coffee brands Sexpresso and Rock Hard contain “analogues of sildenafil (Viagra),” which are “not declared on the label,” the Herald Sun reports. Sexual aids should not be added to food products, the health officials said, because it’s unclear how all the ingredients will interact. That’s too bad. After a few shots of Sexpresso in the morning, a dude could be up for anything. [Herald Sun AU] Keep reading »

Lady Gaga, There’s Only Room For One Mermaid In A Wheelchair In Hollywood

Lady Gaga‘s newest alter ego has emerged from incubation and is already causing trouble. Gaga introduced “Yuyi,” a wheelchair-bound goth-mermaid, to her Australian fans last week at a show in Sydney. The Aussie Monsters loved Yuyi, but not everyone was as excited. Not surprisingly, disability advocates everywhere are calling Gaga out for using paralysis for shock-value. But her biggest opponent may surprise you. What on earth could have Bette Midler in such an uproar over Gaga’s mermaid get-up?

Well, in 1980, Bette did the exact same routine. Keep reading »

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