The Cattiest Place On Earth: Camp Bravo


Bravo shows are kind of like the beach reads of television programming. So I like that for the past few summers, the channel has gathered its stars and made a big promo featuring all of them. This year Andy Cohen, Bethenny Frankel, et al pack up and head to Camp Bravo, where Patti Stanger drops Jill Zarin in a trust fall exercise and Teresa Giudice shoots an apple off Kyle Richards’ head. Fun! Keep reading »

Doll-Hoarding Grandmother Forced To Face Facts


By day, she’s a certified nursing assistant in Griffin, Georgia, but by night, Phyllis, a grandmother in her 60s, has a shocking secret: She’s addicted to doll collecting.

She has more than 50,000 of them, according to the A&E series, “Hoarders,” which featured Phyllis on the season premiere episode that aired on June 20. Her explanation for keeping the dolls — which are in varying degrees of decay and shabbiness — is simple.

“When I see their sweet little faces, it makes me happy,” she said. “I don’t collect them because they’re valuable. I just like their company.” Read more… Keep reading »

Food I Need To Try: Fried Kool-Aid

In general, my favorite fare comes from the state fair. As a kid, I fell in love with deep-fried Oreos and Mars Bars and pickles. More recently, as fryers got more creative, I marveled at deep-fried Coca-Cola. And now we have the next frontier: deep fried Kool-Aid, a treat that Charlie Boghosian whipped up for the San Diego County Fair using cherry Kool-Aid, flour, and water dunked in oil. While the Washington Post isn’t into it, I think it sounds delicious. Though for the record, in years past, Boghosian made deep-fried butter which doesn’t sound nearly as appealing. [Washington Post] Keep reading »

Harry Potter: The Cupcakes

Just three weeks until “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” arrives in theaters. To tide you over, here are some Harry Potter cupcakes. Ron Weasley and Voldemort look especially delicious, no? Wouldn’t it be funny if one of these were a horcrux? Keep reading »

Would You Decorate With Your Own Face?

There’s even a name for it: Autodecorating. And Gawker’s calling out the worst offenders: Along with Lindsay and Paris, Kanye West, Padma Lakshmi and “The Real Housewives of Atlanta”‘s Kim Zolciak are guilty of filling their houses with paintings, photos and — most notoriously — pillows with their likenesses. Now, I kind of understand celebrities’ motivation here: These are people who are accustomed to seeing their faces on billboards and in magazines. They’re desensitized to it. Right? Or maybe because they make their living off of their faces they’re just excited to pay tribute to their moneymaker. In any case, it’s hardly surprising.

I’m more interested in the rules of face-centric decorating for us normal, non-famous people. So I turned to two friends who own self-portraits. Hear them out! Read more… Keep reading »

Crap You Don’t Need: Jelly Belly Scented iPhone Case

Something new to file under “Crap You Don’t Need”: techies can now choose what their smartphone will smell like. ESI Cases is selling five new cases, each scented like a different flavor of Jelly Belly jelly beans — Strawberry Cheesecake, Very Cherry, Blueberry, Berry Blue and Licorice. The cases sell for $15 a pop and are available for the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPod Nano, and Blackberry. Honestly, I wouldn’t want my iPhone case to smell like any of these flavors because then I’d be constantly craving sugar. But Marc Jacobs perfume? Fresh figs? Jasmine? I could dig it. If you had a scented smartphone case, what would you want it to smell like? [Gizmodo] Keep reading »

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