Do You Want To Know Where Your Sweater Comes From?

Most meat-eaters prefer to not think about the previous life of their duck confit or the origins of their rack of lamb. Similarly, most of us don’t put too much thought into where our clothes really come from (we can’t advocate the use of fur, but do admit to wearing a bit of leather). Maybe that’s because most fabrics seem non-threatening. But now you might wince the next time you wear your winter wool sweater. Liz Jones of the Daily Mail explains that the wool in your clothing probably came from sheep raised for slaughter, not garments, as wool is now a devalued fabric.

Jones took the case one step further by taking in some sheep headed for the slaughterhouse, and making her own sweater (pictured) from the pets. Umm…
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I Want Her Hair: Diane Kruger’s Side-Swept Ponytail

Diane Kruger has one hell of a hair stylist. Every single time she’s photographed on the red carpet, she’s rocking a new, genius look. Side braids, retro and sculpted waves, casual and side-pinned, a low chignon sprinkled with tiny braids throughout—nothing ever looks too shellacked or forced. In fact, she always looks like she just may have done it herself. (We know that isn’t true, though. Still!) Sure, the Jennifer Aniston‘s of the world will always have a nice-looking blowout, but there’s just something to be said for taking the chance and switching it up. So when I saw Diane’s hair from a red carpet event in Sydney today, I had to give her a shout out for two reasons. It looks great, but also, since one-shouldered dresses are everywhere now but I never know how to fix my hair when I wear them, I’m stealing her idea. How it’s done, after the jump! Keep reading »

Oh No! A New HIV Strain Has Been Discovered

While treating a 62-year-old Cameroonian woman in Paris, scientists discovered a new strain of HIV. This strain is from gorillas, not chimpanzees, and cannot be detected by conventional HIV tests. Scientists suspect the woman caught the virus from another human, not by eating infected meat. But, since it doesn’t show up in conventional tests, the virus could be “cryptically spreading in the population.” All of this is pretty scary, but scientists don’t seem too concerned. They say the new disease can still be treated with the same drugs and they’re pretty sure that if a vaccine is invented, it will work for this strain, too. Unfortunately, the effects are probably still the same no matter which strain people contract. We just hope they figure out how to test for it. Fast. Very, very fast. [BBC]

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Eight Reasons We’re OK With Being Less Healthy Than Women Twice Our Age

If your mom is anything like mine, she’s in better shape than you are. Instead of feeling bad about having a mother who is more fit than yourself, know that this isn’t uncommon these days, according to a U.K. study of 4,000 people. Researchers found that the average 25-year-old consumes more than 2,300 calories a day, exercises three times a week, and consumes 12 types of junk food each month. The average 50-year-old, on the other hand, takes in 1,990 calories a day, does at least four different types of exercise on a weekly basis, and eats just one piece of junk food each week. But these findings aren’t all that surprising to us. Aren’t you supposed to be reckless when you’re young? After the jump, why we think it’s OK to be unhealthy in your 20s. [Marie Claire U.K.] Keep reading »

You’re Urnbelievable: Facing Your Fear Of Death

Michael Jackson’s memorial brought about some insane products, but now the average joe can find the crazy to fit their budget. Cremation Solutions, which already offers a creative line of diamonds, jewelry, and glass paper weights all fabricated from your loved one’s ashes, is now using 3D imaging to make one-of-a-kind urns that look just like the deceased. All the grieving family has to do is send in two photos of their dearly departed and then, through the miracle of computers and $2,600, a super realistic sculptural likeness of his or her head is created to double as a jar for their ashes. Can you imagine trying to have sex on the sofa with this dude staring down at you from the mantle? Alternatively, this would make a great cookie jar for those on a diet. [Metro U.K.] Keep reading »

The Five Worst Reproductive Evolutionary Designs

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Some animals have rather illogical ways of bringing young into the world. Imagine your mom having such strong lady parts that you could be crushed while traveling through the birth canal. Or consider being dropped several feet out of a vagina. Or meeting an untimely death before being born because your siblings were hungry. Click through for the five worst reproductive evolution designs and thank your lucky stars you’re human. [Wired via Impact Lab]

“True Blood” Recap: Godrick Saves The Day!

Last night’s episode of “True Blood” was mega exciting. In a nutshell: Bill was stuck in a hotel room with his maker Lorena and we were treated to another flashback, though this one was less bloody and sexual. I wonder if, as time goes on, we’ll get to see flashbacks of all the vamps in different time periods. Aren’t you just dying to see what Eric looked like in the ’70s? I know I am! Keep reading for more recapping excitement…

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Rape A Serious, Serious Problem In South Africa

In South Africa, lesbians have it tough. There’s a whole category of heinous crimes there known as “corrective rape,” where power trippin’ men who rape lesbians to turn them straight or just to punish them for their preferences. Corrective rapes happen all the time, yet only 31 cases have been reported since 1998. Why? Because women don’t trust the system and don’t want to out themselves. Of those 31 reported cases, two have made it to trial and there has been just one measly conviction. But hopefully, that sad number is about to double. On Wednesday, three a-holes who raped openly gay football sportswoman, Eudy Simelane, will go to trial and the outcome of the case will send a very strong message—hopefully in the right direction. Keep reading »

Sex Without A Condom = Good For Your Mental Health

It’s no secret that condoms are no fun to use, but a new study says that having unprotected sex may actually be better for your mental health.

When Stuart Brody of the West of Scotland University, Paisley, asked 99 women and 111 men about sexual pleasure, he found that the ones who go bareback handle stress better and experience less depression. Humans might be biologically programed to enjoy unprotected sex, Brody theorized, since we were boinking for thousands of years without Durex Pleasuremax.

There are lots of other theories, though. Maybe people who don’t use protection want to start families and are at an emotionally-ready and healthy place to begin with. Or, maybe unprotected sex, while more risky, just feels more intimate and that makes everybody happier! [Scotsman]
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Girl’s Family Sues KFC For $8 Million Over Brain Damage

Four years ago, Australian girl Monika Sumaan ate a “Chicken Twister” from a KFC and, boy, did it really did twist her life up. The day after her fast food excursion, she got violently ill. Turns out that she got salmonella poisoning from the bad meat, and it’s caused her serious brain damage. Now that she’s 11, she’s confined to a wheelchair with spastic quadriplegia. Her family is suing KFC for more than $8 million in damages. They’re in court as we speak. Keep reading »

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