Cross-Eyed Opossum Stole My Heart

I’ve been completely skeeved out by opossums until now. Cross-eyed Heidi changed everything for me. I feel an undeniable kinship with this quirky, little marsupial. And so does the rest of the world. As a new addition to Germany’s Leipzig Zoo, Heidi became an online celebrity the moment the world saw her face. [The Daily What] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Are “Chinese Mothers” Superior?

  • The Wall Street Journal ran a controversial op-ed by Yale Law professor Amy Chua about “Chinese mothers,” or more broadly, a sub-set of strict parents who expect excellence from their children and force them to both study and rehearse instruments for hours a day. “Chinese parents can get away with things that Western parents can’t. Once when I was young — maybe more than once — when I was extremely disrespectful to my mother, my father angrily called me ‘garbage’ in our native Hokkien dialect. It worked really well. I felt terrible and deeply ashamed of what I had done. But it didn’t damage my self-esteem or anything like that.” She continues to explain her own parenting style with her two young daughters. It’s though-provoking, to say the least. [Wall Street Journal]
  • A former investment banker told BusinessWeek all about his mail-order bride business called Hand-In-Hand which “pairs” women from Eastern European countries with American men. These ladies are “unspoiled by feminism,” said Joseph Weiner. “You take a beautiful woman from the Czech Republic and you bring her into your home, she does all your cooking and cleaning and ironing.” [NYmag.com]

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Giada De Laurentiis Is A Traditional Wife

“I think it can be hard for any man to sometimes be upstaged by his wife. So when I’m home, I work very hard to be Todd’s wife and Jade’s mother. I have no problem going back to those traditional roles. I try to be Giada, the young girl that he met 20 years ago and fell in love with. All men want to be treated like kings in a relationship, and I think if women don’t indulge that sometimes, their men are likely to stray and look for someone who can give that to them.”

– Giada De Laurentiis is into traditional gender roles in her marriage, so that her husband doesn’t feel overshadowed by her fame (as a celebrity chef). I think this is pretty lame, but to each their own. However, I would love to know what the hell Todddddd does on his end. How hard does he work to be Giada’s husband and Jade’s father, and what exactly does that entail? [Redbook via Huffington Post] Keep reading »

The Boob Tube: Television Highlights For The Week Of January 10, 2010

With the exception of Brad Womack’s apology and the vampire wannabe on “The Bachelor,” it’s been a quiet few weeks on the television front. Thank goodness, things are starting to pick up. This week, meet the new set of “Teen Moms,” check out new series “Off the Map” and “Lights Out,” and pick up where you left off with the Hendrickson wives of “Big Love.” Previews and more after the jump. Keep reading »

Ooh, Burn! Bristol Palin Calls Out Her Mom On Twitter UPDATE: It’s A Hoax

As Jessica said, “Baby bear isn’t gettin’ any freshwater salmon tonight.” Wonder what the story is here… [BuzzFeed]

UPDATE: Turns out this is a hoax. I guess we should have known that no one messes with Mama Grizzly. [Mediaite] Keep reading »

God Save The Tastykake!

When you think of your typical store-bought snack cake, you probably think Hostess or Entemann’s. But if you live in Philadelphia you’ll immediately think of Tastykake, a Philly-based, equally delicious local snack company. As anyone who has ever had a Butterscotch Krimpet (which is basically like a bizarre wavy-shaped piece of cake with vaguely butterscotch icing) or a Peanut Butter Kandy Kake (tiny rounds of cake coated in peanut butter and dipped in chocolate) after chowing down on a Wawa Shorti hoagie knows, Tastykakes are great–and an integral part of the city. Their freaking bakery is located right on the Philadelphia Naval Yard. So we were sad to hear that the Tastykake corporation is having financial troubles and may be going under. Lagging sales of Krimpets, Koffee Kake and Kandy Kakes mean the company is possibly looking for another buyer. We really hope that Tastykake stays alive and well–while there are a lot of great snack cakes out there, there’s nothing like eating the one you grew up with.

Is there a local or regional food you love that you’d be sad to see go? [Philadelphia Daily News] Keep reading »

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