Surprise! These 10 Pairs Of Famous Folks Are Cousins

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This week, everyone is excitedly talking about Prince William and Kate Middleton‘s best man and maid of honor selections, even though they are totally duh—he chose brother Harry while she chose her sister. I am much more interested in this story—apparently, Ellen DeGeneres and Kate are distant cousins. The New England Historic Genealogical Society wrote a note to Ellen saying, “Our trusty genealogists have been at work on Kate Middleton’s genealogy. As we were doing the research, we discovered that you are related to Kate via a man named Sir Thomas Fairfax and his wife Agnes Gascoigne. You are distant cousins – 15th – but cousins still the same.” [I wanna get a letter saying I'm related to someone awesome, famous, and rich! Pout. -- Editor] Now, of course, Ellen wants an invite to the royal wedding. “Cuz, let me know where you’re registered,” she joked on her show. “I have a Pier 1 and a Target real, real close to my house.” [People]

These two aren’t the only unexpected famous cousins. After the jump, some pairings that may surprise you.

Quickies: Justin Bieber Fans Attack Esperanza Spalding’s Wikipedia Page & Pets In Sexy Lingerie

  • Justin Bieber fans attacked the Wikipedia page of Best New Artist Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding last night, so distraught were they that there’s nothing to Belieb in anymore! [Dlisted]
  • Christina Aguilera fell onstage during last night’s Aretha Franklin tribute at the Grammys. Girl can’t catch a break, can she? [PopEater]
  • A mysterious illness has struck the Playboy Mansion! Relax: it’s a respiratory infection, not the type of infection that you treat at Planned Parenthood. [Los Angeles Times]
  • The lookbook for Rachel Zoe’s clothing line is out. Some of the looks are pure Rachel, while others are just meh. [Styleite]

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Today’s Lady News: You Mean Everyone Can’t Afford To Be A Stay-At-Home Mom?

  • While cutting funding for a Head Start program for disadvantaged preschoolers, elected officials in Frederick County, Maryland, made appallingly ignorant comments about how their own wives took time off of work to stay home with their kids when they were young, so why can’t other moms? [TDB.com]
  • A subcommittee of Iowa’s state House of Representatives approved a bill that would define life as beginning at conception and ban all abortions, including in cases of rape or incest. [Chicago Tribune]
  • Double X argues that the lack of female engineers cannot be attributed to sexism. I know we have some lady engineers who read The Frisky, so I’d love to hear what you have to say about this post in the comments. [Slate]
  • Is it possible to celebrate Valentine’s Day in a — dare I say it? — feminist way? [Ms. Magazine]

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Let Them Eat Beefcake!

My mom never had a collection of Playgirl magazines. Thank God! The idea that she once got off to Burt Reynolds’ mustachioed mug would be too much for me to handle. But we know Burt, Mark Harmon (who?), and other ’70s and ’80s studs graced the covers of Playgirl during the mag’s hey-day and they’re lovingly collected on a bitchin’ new — mostly-SFW — Tumblr called Let Them Eat Beefcake. As mesmerizing as those cheesy ‘staches are, I love the articles touted on the cover of the 1977 “Special Valentine’s Issue,” like “The 60-Second Period” and “The Boy-Rapist Next Door.” Beefcakes, like cheesy reading, truly never go out of style! (P.S. Do you think, 20 years from now, our daughters will be wondering what we saw in Levi Johnston?) [Let Them Eat Beefcake Tumblr] Keep reading »

Shopping Guide: In The Trenches

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Yes, it’s still crappy cold winter out, but like the Girl Scouts taught us–or the Boy Scouts we crushed on–it’s good to be prepared. So with that in mind, we’ve already started scoping out our spring outwear picks. At the top of the list, something we’ve never ever been able to quite master: The perfect trenchcoat–one that makes us look suave and sophisticated, instead of pervy and Inspector Gadget-y. Key to picking the perfect trench: Finding the right length–at both the body and cuff–and details, details, details! Whether its adorable buttons or a sweet lining, trench coats can take any outfit up a classic notch.

A High-Fashion Baptism

Backstage during Fashion Week, hairstylists and makeup artists often have to improvise. This model — who’s being prepped to walk in the Tommy Hilfiger show — got a quick hair rinse, likely because of product buildup from the other wacky hairdos she wore that day. Keep reading »

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