Things I’m Afraid Of: Paul Janka

Because I think it’s important to face your fears, I did something today that terrifies me. I signed up for Paul Janka’s website. In case you aren’t familiar with the Jank, he’s a notorious Brooklyn pick-up artist and compulsive dater. Here are a few gruesome facts about him… Keep reading »

Female Iraqi Wrestlers Face Hardcore Opposition

Girls on Iraq’s first all-female wrestling team in Diwaniya are being threatened and ostracized because people believe their participation in this sport is a “transgression” and could lead to promiscuity, loss of femininity or worse. Four girls have already quit out of fear, and I’m not surprised. One sexist tribesman said those who continue to wrestle should be “slaughtered.” Keep reading »

20 Words That Gross Us Out More Than “Moist”

Moist is a word a lot of people seem to hate. In an article on GOOD, the writer resurrects a word-aversion discussion about that and other words.

Back in 2007, Salon covered the “moist” debate, pointing out that women might not like it because it reminds us of yeast infections or sexual arousal, rather than cakes baked to perfection. For whatever reason, there are certain words that people love to hate. They just don’t sound right, or they bring about bad memories.

Moist doesn’t bother us so much, but there are a few other words that get our panties in a twist, including panty (singular is worse than plural). Keep reading »

Quickies!: “Sixteen Candles” Director John Hughes Dies Of A Heart Attack

  • Beloved director John Hughes died today at the age of 59 from a heart attack. John delighted audiences young and old with movie classics – “Sixteen Candles,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” “Pretty In Pink,” and “The Breakfast Club.” Thanks for all the good times John, we won’t forget about you. [Chicago Tribune]
  • Justin Timberlake’s new Givenchy cologne ads are set to come out next month in the September issue of several magazines. Even though JT is the face of the cologne “Play,” the sexy singer recently told People that his favorite scent is just “a person’s skin”. [People] – I’d be happy to let Justin smell my perfume.
  • Jennifer Aniston won an iParenting Award for narrating a children’s book with her father. Loukoumi’s Good Deeds was granted the media award in the “Outstanding” category. [Us Magazine] – Congrats Jen, but still confused that a single, childless actress won an award for parenting.
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The Strong Marriages Of Euna Lee And Laura Ling

The two journalists who were freed from a North Korean prison and the horror of a possible 12 year sentence of hard labor (through the private diplomatic efforts of Bill Clinton), are women who have personal and private lives. Besides being known worldwide for their ordeal, both Euna Lee and Laura Ling are wives, daughters, sisters, and daughters-in-law. Euna is also a mother. While all the relationships mentioned help define us as individuals and offer their own sources of strength, today’s article addresses how a supportive marriage can be a source of strength to us in times of crisis. The husbands of both journalists certainly prove this fact true. Continue reading Keep reading »

An Iraqi Girl Almost Becomes A Suicide Bomber

Rania Ibrahim, a 15-year-old girl, was found carrying a vest filled with 33 pounds of explosives in Baqouba, Iraq, last year. Those are the facts of the story we know. But there are two very differing accounts of how she got there. The U.S. patrol in Iraq says that Rania turned herself in after female relatives in her husband’s family strapped her down and put the vest on her against her will. But Iraqi police claim that they stopped Rania on the street because she was acting suspicious, and that’s when they discovered her explosive apparel. Keep reading »

Sweating In Style: Cool Yoga Mats And Bags

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Famed Koala Killed By Chlamydia

A tough-ass koala that survived predators, life in the wild, and even the terrible brush fires that devastated 2,000 homes and killed hundreds of Australians, couldn’t beat chlamydia. Samantha, the four-year-old eucalyptus-loving koala, sadly passed away today from the STD. After surviving the traumatic blaze, Sam became a symbol of hope for the country that suffered so much loss when a firefighter rescued her burned body live on television. Keep reading »

Quick Pic: Anna Paquin Flashes Some Fling

Looks like Stephen Moyer proposed with a ring as old, er, vintage as Bill Compton. [Los Angeles, 8/6/09] Keep reading »

Will And Jada Fire The Headmaster Of Their School Over Scientology Curriculum

Will Smith and his TMI-spewing wife recently fired the headmaster of their private school. Allegedly, the educational feud with Jacqueline Olivier was over the curriculum for a “Study Technology” class at the New Village Leadership Academy. Will and Jada have denied that the school is all about Scientology, but the word is that Olivier wanted to do some tinkering with the course, even though it was designed by L. Ron Hubbard, which wasn’t cool with Will and Jada. Guess they’ll have to find a new headmaster to teach their kids science fiction?

But wait a second. Let’s back up. Will and Jada Pinkett Smith have a school? And they aren’t the only ones. [NY Daily News] Keep reading »

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