The Real Divorces Of The “Real Housewives”

I was going to write a post this morning about “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” Reunion Special that aired last night. But honestly, I can’t donate any more brain space to those women and their inane fighting. (Exception: I love Adrienne Maloof, even if she is apparently friendly with Charlie Sheen.) And so, I am going to turn my attention to their husbands. While there are definitely marriages that seem happy on the show—how cute are Kyle and Mauricio?—what the “Real Housewives” franchise is famous for is showing highly dysfunctional relationships. Over the years, we’ve seen the dissolution of seven “Real Housewives” marriages, plus a broken engagement. Oh, and NeNe and Gregg Leakes’ weird alienation.

The Daily Beast has a great story that looks at the show’s divorce track record and talks to several of the House Husbands about the experience of being on the show. Keep reading »

Girl Talk: I’m A Feminist, But I Think I Want To Date A More Traditional Dude

One of the defining tensions in my life has always been reconciling my feminist political beliefs, my desire for a respectful and egalitarian relationship, and my attraction to more traditional alpha males. I passionately believe in women’s equality, in reproductive rights, and in equal pay for equal work. And I want to be in a loving, intimate, balanced relationship where everyone makes a contribution, whatever that might be. So why do those things seem so hard to reconcile with my desire to feel looked after and taken care of? Keep reading »

Somebody Needs Some Toenail Clippers

This talon-footed patron was spotted in the CD section of WalMart. Fly away lady, fly away yonder to the personal hygiene section! Godspeed! [People of Walmart] Keep reading »

Don’t Tell Cookie Monster There Will Be Only 6 Kinds Of Girl Scout Cookies This Year

Unlike most of the girls I knew, I wasn’t that into being a Brownie. I thought the uniform was ugly (really, of all the colors in the world—brown?) and didn’t want to learn how to crochet in order to get a weird patch to sew onto a sash (really, sashes?). But there was one part of being a Brownie I liked—selling Girl Scout cookies. I remember walking up and down the aisles of my dad’s office bringing the promise of cookie deliciousness to his co-workers. I remember that people would take forever to study the order form before making their final selections.

Well, the decisions for Girl Scout cookie buyers this year will be much easier. There will only be six varieties of cookies to choose from in 2011. Keep reading »

Money 101: Do Good With Charitable Donations – And Get Deductions, Too!

The onslaught of tax return documents starting arriving in my mailbox a few weeks ago — from banks and places of employment (I had a few last year) — and I began to feel the familiar and perennial angst; tax day is coming! I stuck most of them in a pile to be looked at later, you know, like in March. But when I spotted a letter from my church the curiosity got to me. What I didn’t expect was to be so disappointed in myself. It listed my total donation from the past year and it was paltry! Who the heck was I donating more to – my local bartender and hair colorist?

Going forward, I resolve to donate more, but I also want to find more charitable organizations that appeal to my passions and interests. Plus, I feel incredibly guilty for using those free address labels from Smile Train and not sending a check back. For some tips on how to align charitable giving with personal financial goals and be prepared for tax time, The Frisky reached out to finance expert and author Manisha Thakor. Keep reading »

Woman Claims Yogurt Sample Tasted Like Semen

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Hello. Are you eating? Maybe stop for a second. Especially if you are eating yogurt. So, a woman in Albuquerque, New Mexico, called the police because she said a yogurt sample she was given at her local grocery store “tasted like bodily fluids” aka semen. Police arrested Sunflower Market employee Anthony Garcia, 31, on outstanding bench warrants, but are currently conducting lab tests on the yogurt in question to find out if it does indeed contain ejaculate — or just tastes like it. Speaking of… Keep reading »

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