You’re Looking At The Biggest Balls In The Animal Kingdom

After seeing Cisco Adler’s sack circulating on the interwebs, I thought there was no bigger baller. However, leave it to scientists at the University of Derby to actually do the research and find the animal with the largest scrotum. Keep reading »

Ladies, You Don’t Want A Recommendation Letter To Call You “Kind”

Bad news, ladies: being described as “caring,” “sensitive,” “kind” or “nurturing” in a recommendation letter can work against you. According to research published in the Journal of Applied Psychology, of 624 letters of recommendation submitted on behalf of 194 applicants for eight positions at a university, women are more likely to be described with stereotypically “feminine” adjectives by both male and female letter writers and they are less likely to get offered the job if tainted with these “feminine” descriptions. Researchers took the letters, removed identifying, gendered information, and controlled for things like papers published and honors received. The search committee rated the letters in which the subject was described as “feminine” the lowest for both men and women, but women’s letters of recommendation letters are where these descriptors were most likely to appear. What are some of the words more likely used to describe men? “Confident,” “aggressive,” “ambitious,” “independent,” and “daring.” According to Inside Higher Ed, scholars who analyzed the research said there are “clear patterns” of word choice in recommendation letters. Keep reading »

Jessica Simpson Is Totally Happy For Nick Lachey, She Swears!

“I am extremely, extremely happy for him. I couldn’t be more happy for Nick. I don’t know where all those rumors came from. My mom actually called me and told me that everybody was saying that I was ‘saddened.’ And I was just in complete shock. You know, our relationship was over a really long time ago, so it would be nice if everybody could move on with us and really just celebrate the love between him and Vanessa. I do, and I wish them nothing but the best.”

Jessica Simpson called into Ryan Seacrest’s radio show to shoot down rumors that she was “saddened” to hear that her ex-husband Nick Lachey is engaged to Vanessa Minnillo. Personally, I never thought Jessica might be bummed that Nick was getting remarried because she, like, misses him. I just thought she might be upset because he got remarried first. But I guess I was wrong. [via Dlisted] Keep reading »

Scarlett Johansson’s New “SNL” Promos

I’ve been pumped for this weekend’s “Saturday Night Live” since it was announced that Scarlett Johansson is hosting and Arcade Fire will be the musical guest. And the new promo, with Scarlett and Jason Sudeikis, gives me even higher expectations. This might be the best pairing ever. Keep reading »

Behold! J.Crew’s Spring/Summer 2011 Lookbook

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One of my fave fashion blogs, The Vie Society, got a hold of J.Crew’s spring/summer 2011 lookbook and, well, let’s just say, this is “What I’ll Be Wearing” in six months. Keep clicking to see 14 super awesome looks and my immediate reaction to them, plus one that proves even my beloved J.Crew can have a FAIL moment. [The Vie Society]

Share Your DIY Gift Ideas!

With the holidays right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about gifts. Unless you’re my mom, in which case you started thinking about this year’s holiday gifts on December 26th of last year. But for the rest of us, mid-to-late November is a sane time to get the ball rolling. And if you think you might like to make any homemade gifts, you should probably get cracking pronto — at least on the planning. In the comments, I’d love to hear your ideas for DIY gifts — things you’ve done in the past, ideas you’ve seen elsewhere and would like to try, things you’ve received and loved — especially if they don’t require too much in the way of sewing, knitting or crafty skills. After the jump, a few ideas to get things started. Keep reading »

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