Warning: by the time you finish reading this post, you may want to become a vegetarian. Or at least swear off hamburgers. On the front page of Sunday’s New York Times, there was a terrifying story about Stephanie Smith, a 22-year-old dance instructor who ate a hamburger her mom made her back in 2007. The next day she got sick, and thought it was a run-of-the mill stomach virus. Until she started having seizures, and convulsions so strong that doctors thought the best option was to induce a coma. Smith got E. coli and is now paralyzed from the waist down. “I ask myself every day, ‘Why me?’ and ‘Why from a hamburger?’” she said in one of the most heartbreaking statements ever. According to this article, hamburger meat is pretty darn vulnerable to contamination because it’s made of a whole lot of parts of cows ground together. A single burger patty can contain slaughterhouse scraps from, say, Nebraska, Texas, Uruguay, and South Dakota. And the government doesn’t test for E. coli—companies are required to do that on their own. Let’s just say that many don’t. Makes a barbecue sound a bit less appealing, no? While cases like this are rare, does this freak you out? [NY Times] Keep reading »
German models might soon find themselves out of work. Today, the country’s most popular women’s magazine announced that it’s banning professional models in favor of real people. Starting next year, the bi-monthly Brigitte will feature a mix of prominent women and regular readers in photos dealing with content from fashion to fitness in an attempt to fight unhealthy beauty standards and please readers who are sick of seeing models with “protruding bones,” said Andreas Lebert, the magazine’s editor-in-chief. Keep reading »
Boo to anyone who, like myself, totally mooches wireless from their neighbors. Scientists at Tokyo University have created a paint that will block wi-fi signals, thanks to aluminum-iron oxide particles which resonate at the same frequency. In other words, if your neighbor uses the paint, your little “arrangement” is dunzo. In better news: you can use it for yourself and you won’t have to worry about security breaches from the internet whiz down the hall. Cool new invention or disaster? [Tech Yahoo] Keep reading »
For the first time in a month, there are not a lot of series premieres happening this week. So, it’s time to sit back, relax, and watch the shows you already love. This week, Tyra Banks and Hilary Duff make cameos on “Gossip Girl,” Rachel Zoe has a “fashion orgasm” in Paris, Jim and Pam get hitched on “The Office,” “FlashForward” gets trippier, and Wanda Sykes makes you say hardy har har. Here’s the best of this week’s television. Keep reading »
Over-sized dress shirts on boys are cute maybe until the end of third grade. After that point, the whole “I’m wearing my big brother’s hand-me-downs” look becomes significantly less adorable. And yet it so often persists years or even decades after the third-grade mark. Clearly, something must be done.
Cue ShirtsMyWay.com, savior to scruffy men and girlfriends in search of birthday presents. The site allows you to customize men’s dress shirts from the fabric all the way to the cuff and yoke (that’s the bit at the back near the shoulders) details for about $75-100. Want black with thin white pinstripes and pale pink inner collar? No problem. Is your boyfriend always trying to stuff his broad shoulders into a too-snug top? Shut it down here and now. You’re welcome. Keep reading »
Do you remember Tricia Walsh Smith, aka the “YouTube Wife”? Last year, she made a video rant (relive the glory, after the jump) about her husband that went viral, probably because she talked about their sexless marriage and called him out on his porn stashes. Tricia’s husband is the wealthy New York president of the Shubert Organization, Philip Smith, who hid a clause in her pre-nuptial agreement that stated he could give her a “notice of termination” and throw her out whenever he’d like. And that he did. Her video didn’t get Tricia any money in the divorce proceedings, but it caused the divorce judge to accuse her of orchestrating a “calculated and callous” campaign of harassment against her ex. Oops.
Well, Tricia is back, and now she’s made a frickin’ music video. The song sounds a bit like old Pet Shop Boys, and I’m psyched for the inevitable remixes. This is a preview of the musical she’s working on called “Incredibly Brilliant Play.” Someone get this woman an agent! Keep reading »