Some really awful things have happened this week and, unfortunately, a huge percentage of them happened to women. We know you don’t exactly enjoy reading about this kind of stuff but, hey, it’s important. So here it goes.
- Okay, this story is really awful. A Massachusetts woman named Darlene Haynes, 23, was found dead in her closet after neighbors complained of a smell coming from her house. Worse still—the woman’s 8-month-old fetus had been cut out of her body. The baby could have survived, but would have needed medical attention ASAP. It looks like someone may have literally stolen her baby. Horrible. [CNN]
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I knew tanning beds weren’t a great idea, but I didn’t realize they were this bad! People who start fake-baking before age 30 have a 75 percent higher chance of getting cancer and are eight times more likely to get melanoma. [Guh-reat. -- Editor] But, wait: It gets worse. Asbestos, arsenic, radium, and cigarettes are all as carcinogenic as the UV light found in tanning booths. Some tanning salons say they use UV-A light, which was previously thought to be safer, but the committee that conducted this study says, “Hell, no.” No matter what type of UV radiation you’re exposed to, you’re in trouble. Stay away, girls. Stay far, far away! I wonder if tanning salons will have to put some kind of warning signs on their front doors, like you see on packs of ciggies. [LA Times]
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“Jennifer’s Body,” a horror flick starring Megan Fox and written by Diablo Cody, is out September 19, which means it’s time for another article postulating: “Why Do Women Like Horror Movies?”
Nice try, Entertainment Weekly, but, no, us girls don’t like horror flicks for the “strong female leads,” whomever those might be. Or because we can cuddle with a man during the cover-your-eyes parts.
No, I love horror movies because they make me feel bad-ass, like I’m “one of the boys,” so to speak. It takes a strong stomach to sit through two hours of shocks, jolts, and adrenal surges, and not every cream puff can hack it. I might paint my nails baby girl pink and sleep with a teddy bear sometimes. But I saw the zombie flick “Quarantine” in theaters twice, and my boyfriend, who says scary movies keep him up at night, wouldn’t dare watch it once. Keep reading »
Is Rihanna going to single-handedly bring back fake, acrylic, prom-style nails? Take a look at her fingers, specifically her freakishly-long nails. Not only do they have some major length, but check out the shape. Most people rock the square with rounded edges look. Not RiRi. Her nails are almost filed into a point. Very Elvira. And this isn’t the first super-long sighting. Back in March, she went long with green polish! I find it hard enough keeping my shorter-than-my-fingertips nails clean. Imagine the crap that accumulates on the underside of her claws. Grody. Do you miss long nails, or would you rather see them stay in the past where (as anyone who types on a computer most of the day knows) they kind of belong? Keep reading »
Next week, get ready for a day off. Well, not actually a day-off day off, but a day off from incessant coverage of Megan Fox. On August 4th, manly websites across the blogosphere will stop giving the “Transformers” starlet so much attention. Doug Sheckler from 205th.com explains, “She needs to do more to earn our undying praise and affection. For instance, she hasn’t even returned any of my calls this year asking for a date. What’s up with that?”
Seriously, Megan, what is up with that? Can you believe that in the past year alone, her face was plastered to the front of Esquire, Empire, Maxim, GQ, Entertainment Weekly and Elle? If that’s not reason enough to boycott her, check out this video at Asylum on why blogs are choosing to put stories about the toe-thumbed actress on hold. [NY Daily News]
As for the Frisky, we’re totally psyched about this media blackout movement against Fox. In fact, there are a few other “celebrities” we think are deserving of blackout days. Mark your calendars. Keep reading »
We love theBalm makeup collection’s Hot Mama — it’s the perfect compact for emergency beauty touch-up sessions when you’re out and about. The best part? It’s a blush, eyeshadow, and highlighter all in one, leaving lots more room for accidental purchases in your bag. The idea behind Hot Mama is that you can look good with minimal effort just like the hot mamas already out there, multitasking their busy lives with their beauty routines. [$12.99, Urban Outfitters] Keep reading »
I own 14 pairs of jeans and can pretty much sort those pairs into two piles: the fat jeans and the skinny ones. Of course, I never actually get rid of the latter because there’s always the eternal hope that I will one day fit back into them. Rag & Bone has now come out with these handy numbers, which allow you to combine your piles into one. Feeling chunky? Leave ‘em unzipped. Just recovered from a week-long stomach flu? Zip ‘em up skinny style. [$287.40, Shopconfederacy.com via NY Mag] Keep reading »
Swine Flu never really lived up to its potential as a grade-A apocalyptic disaster. We send all those infected our best wishes and hope they have a speedy recovery, but we have a word or two for those of you who have contracted Swine Flu Madness. This condition differs from the flu in that its symptoms are mental (in every sense of the word) and manifest in several ways. Oh yes, Swine Flu is the new Twinkies defense. When some of the strangest incidents to come across our desks in a long time all linked back to the piggy fever, we figured it was time for a roundup for all the strange things Swine Flu is apparently responsible for. After the jump. read about the weird and wacky incidents attributed to the Swine Flu. Keep reading »