I’m a vegetarian, so it doesn’t take much animal cruelty to get me up in arms. But I always thought places like Sea World were havens for injured animals, which made me fully support them. Well, yesterday, I vowed to never visit another Sea World again after seeing the documentary “The Cove.” I feel tricked and lied to by all of the aquariums I’ve visited. Trust me, the animals you see there do not have “Free Willy” tales. Read on to see just how brutal the dolphin trade is. [Update: Found video that does not auto play, hooray!] Keep reading »
We love this Super Sampler Camera from Lomography! Not only does it take four pictures at once, but it’s also super affordable. The two settings let you snap moving pics in two different speeds — four photos in 2 seconds or 0.2 seconds. This is the fastest way to tell a story and spice up that scrapbook. [$44.95, Adorama] Keep reading »
Cambodia put the kibosh on a “Miss Land Mine” beauty pageant today, forbidding women who have been injured by land mines to strut their stuff.
According to the Miss Landmine Cambodia 2009 web site, 20 women, ages 18 to 48, who had been disabled by a land mine sometime since 1979, had hoped to compete. Pageant officials say the Miss Land Mine pageant, which took place in Angola last year, not only raises awareness about land mines, but it gives disabled women with prosthetic arms and legs a once-in-a-lifetime chance to vie for a beauty queen crown. Keep reading »
Even though he’s sweaty and dressed like an Average Joe in basketball shorts and a white tank, Common still looks hot enough to eat. And he matches! [NYC, 8/2/09] Keep reading »
Trina Thompson graduated in April with a bachelor’s degree from Monroe College in New York. It’s now August, and she still hasn’t been able to find a job. Now, Thompson is suing Monroe, saying the Office of Career Advancement hasn’t provided her with the leads and career advice that was promised.
There are two sides to every story, and we’re not sure which to take here. From what she’s been quoted as saying in an interview with the New York Post, Thompson comes across seeming as though she expected the career services department to do all her job-searching for her. We have no idea what Thompson has done in her attempts to get a job, but a position doesn’t fall into a girl’s lap simply because she completed her degree. Career services can only do so much. Whatever university you attend—be it Harvard or a community college—can merely give you some tools. It’s up to you to put them to use. Keep reading »
During his concert in Philly on Saturday, Elton John dedicated a song to Reese Witherspoon, who was there with her BF, Jake Gyllenhal. Before he started playing “Tiny Dancer,” Elton said, “Reese, this one’s for you.” We think it was pretty random of the singer to shout out Reese, but musicians are always busting out weird dedications. After the jump, check out a few more. [NY Daily News] Keep reading »
It’s about time guys starting taking part in the whole circle-of-life thing. I mean, it’s us girls who have to deal with getting our periods, taking birth control, getting pregnant, having a baby, and just generally being super awesome. Oh wait, that last one isn’t part of reproduction. Well, anyway, men may soon be able to ease our burden, because scientists are one step closer to unlocking the secret of male contraception. They’ve identified the gene mutation that prevents dudes from being able to make babies. Guys who are infertile have sperm that aren’t good swimmers. And, if a dude doesn’t have the Michael Phelps of man fluid, well, those little guys just aren’t going to make it to the egg. The good news is—this discovery could help scientists develop birth control for men. If they could just figure out how to replicate this mutation in fertile men and make sure it’s reversible, us ladies could stop taking those little pills every day. [Women's Health] Keep reading »
Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett not only died the same day, but now they’re also being remembered by Vanity Fair at the same time. The September 2009 issue will be available on Aug. 5 in NYC and LA, and Aug.11 nationally. [8/3/09] Keep reading »
I could have just said “I don’t know” or deflected the question. I didn’t have to say anything. But when my boyfriend’s parents asked me over a family dinner the other night what I might want write a book about, I answered honestly: my struggles with depression.
Surprised, I think, neither parent said anything in response, which made me feel nervously awkward. But then another relative chimed in with her own depression story. She said when she started taking anti-depressants, she would sleep all day, so I shared that Lexapro used to make me conk out, too. Then the relative kept on talking, and pretty soon, the dinner convo had veered onto other topics entirely.
I’m not ashamed that sometimes I feel unbelievably sad and my life is temporarily derailed. My extended family knows about it, my roommate knows about it, even my boss knows about it. But I woke up the next morning and asked myself, “Did I really just tell my boyfriend’s parents that?” Keep reading »
A recent study concerning our attitudes about beauty as we age shows “surprising results,” according to a press release anyway. Drumroll please: When asked to specify what part of their bodies they were most concerned about, thirtysomethings ranked their abdomen/hip area as number one, whereas women of all ages expressed concerns about their faces. This highly informative survey was conducted and brought to you by The American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. No, really. (Sigh.) [EMediaWire] Keep reading »