When you are a former Dreamworks exec like Lisa Hamilton Day, and have friends in high places, even your Facebook status updates are potential money makers. Lisa posted an update on her page that read, “Lisa Hamilton Day’s Pomeranian raided Chinese takeout bag overnight, opened and ate a fortune cookie. Her fortune: You have strong spiritual powers, and you should develop them.”
Who cares, right? Well, Lisa’s friend Christy Fletcher, who just happens to run an important New York literature agency does. Now, Fletcher has teamed up some other powerful people to do a tween series about a pomeranian named Charlotte. The dog uses its superpowers to save her unemployed owner’s house so they don’t have to move in with the owner’s rents. As far removed as this story line is from the original status update, the deal somehow means that companies have to buy the rights to Lisa’s status message and to her doggie’s life story. So wack. [Publishers Weekly] Keep reading »
Hipsters would call these concept bindis “art.” We would call them “ugly.” To begin with, we’re pretty sure the whole bindi/sari/Gwen Stefani thing happened in 1999 and stayed there. Second, how exactly, do you expect to be taken seriously when you have hair, cloth, or stones stuck to your face? The sets of body stickers by Face are each one of a kind, organized by themes, some of which are translatable like the Hot Topic set with a plaid circle and a glass bead with a fishnet pattern. Others, like the Space Bindi set are more esoteric with a half circle attached to yellow feathers and a tan teardrop. For the truly desperate attention-seekers, there’s also a set of reflective eyebrow stickers. Different? Yeah, you could say that. [$48, Face, Newhighmart.com] Keep reading »
An estimated 26 percent of the population of Swaziland in Africa is HIV positive. But instead of instilling fear with grim AIDS campaigns, the Population Services International charity has introduced a new technique for raising awareness: The “love test.” (Check out the clip above.) Keep reading »
It’s June now. The election was eight months ago. It’s kind of a random time for Robin Givhan at The Washington Post to pen a heady thinkpiece about What Michelle Obama, As A Black Woman, Means.
But whatever. I feel like I’m back at the Gender Studies department again!
Givhan, herself a black woman, has written a thoughtful analysis of the precedent Clair Huxtable on “The Cosby Show” set for Michelle Obama, who was and continues to be the foremost black woman in a starring role on a major mainstream TV show.
America’s never had a black president or a black First Lady. But Givhan asks us not to forget about the boob tube, either: the last time Clair Huxtable was on TV was an astonishing 17 years ago. Keep reading »
Okay, I will totally admit it. Once when I was a teenager, my friend and I ate a whole lot of nutmeg because we heard it gives you a minor high. It didn’t work—we both ended up with really upset stomachs and orange tongues. So I’m not too surprised to hear that, these days, kids are chowing down on morning glory seeds. Evidently, the seeds contain a chemical called LSA that’s similar to what’s found in acid? A guy in Boston who runs a garden store noticed that lots of high schoolers were dropping by and buying morning glory seeds in bulk, supposedly for their moms. But then one kid squealed that they were actually crushing the seeds, soaking them in water, and drinking the resulting concoction. So now this guy has a strict policy—he won’t sell morning glory seeds to anyone under the age of 18. Even if they’re with a parent.
Drinking morning glory seed juice just doesn’t sound like a good idea. The seeds are treated with mercury and all kinds of other nasty chemicals that don’t do a body good. See the full report, after the jump. [My Fox Boston] Keep reading »
As it turns out, Hillary Clinton is not a robot. You see, robots don’t break bones. They don’t even have bones. They have gears. So Clinton’s recent elbow fracture after a fall in the State Department garage (what exactly was old Hil doing down there, we wonder…) is unequivocal proof that she is, in fact, human. Nice to know, right?
In the spirit of this new discovery, we’d like to offer Hillary our cast-y condolences. What would you write on her cast? Let us know in the comments. Keep reading »
Earlier this month, when extremely explicit, triple-X photos of gay “Milk” screenwriter Dustin Lance Black were leaked onto the internet, Perez Hilton (real name: Mario Lavandeira) was one of the first bloggers to post them, in their NSFW entirety. Well, over on Huffington Post, Mike Alvear is calling Lavandeira a traitor for elevating Black “to the hook pinatas swing from” and that posting those photos — “guaranteed to repulse Straight America” — for everyone to see “took a guy who’s helping millions reconcile faith and family with their sexual orientation and turned him into a porn star.” I couldn’t agree more, but it should come as no surprise to anyone that Lavandeira is a creep. Keep reading »
There’s lots of literary esteem to be held for classic coming-of-age stories like Little Women or Jane Eyre. And while The Babysitters Club and Sweet Valley High may not qualify for a place in the cannon of American literature, there’s no denying the iconic impact of the YA series you grew up with. If you feel like you’ve outgrown those paperbacks of yesteryear, consider these picks, some old, some new, that are surprisingly grown up. Keep reading »
Someone get Juno off her hamburger phone! A hamburger purse with all the fixings is what the cool kids are wearing these days. But just in case the Whopper is not your junk food of choice, Garudio Studiage in the U.K. also sells savory chicken leg and hot dog handbags, each with a zipper and long chain. Maybe don’t wear any of them around the dog, though. [Garudio Studiage, $46] Keep reading »