When we read the Time headline “‘Urkel’ Is Now a Verb,” we assumed this had something to do with hipster dress, which often takes after Steve Urkel fashion with tight pants and over-sized glasses. But no. Apparently, “getting Urkeled” is what the kids at Westside Middle School in Memphis, Tennessee, say when someone gets penalized for baggy pants. The school’s principal “has teachers armed with zip ties patrolling the halls for sagging pants. When a guilty student is identified, the teacher quickly fastens the zip ties to the belt loops and raises the pants up to the waist and beyond,” aka the act of getting Urkeled. Apparently these scare tactics are working as infractions have dropped from some 80 to 18 or so per week.
This seems like kind of a cruel and embarrassing way to get kids to dress right. (Not to mention invasive! Who wants their teacher grabbing their pants to give them a wedgie?) Although we’re almost more bothered by the fact that the baggy pants trend of the ’90s has resurfaced (or never left in certain parts of the country?). [Time] Keep reading »
I’ve gotten some pretty bad gifts over the years. Some standouts include the time my grandma got me a size small sweater for Christmas and challenged me to fit into it by New Year’s, and the friend who presented me with her travel diary from a trip to Mexico, which at first seemed like a lovely gesture of intimacy but was actually composed mostly of detailed descriptions of her bowel movements. Click through to read some more gifting horror stories from Frisky staffers, and please share your own in the comments!
“I just felt like I was around all these kids who were fulfilling their destiny, and you can tell when you look at someone like Christina Aguilera and she’s 12 years old and she’s got that voice. She’s right where she’s meant to be. I didn’t feel that way. I can sing, but I’m not like Christina. These people were child prodigies and a child prodigy I was not. I think the ‘Mickey Mouse Club’ even wondered how I got there. I didn’t work very much on that show. I think I saw some regret on Mickey’s immobile face.”
— Ryan Gosling on his experience as a Mouseketeer on “The New Mickey Mouse Club” alongside pop tarts like Christina, Britney Spears, and Justin Timberlake. Cheer up, Ryan! You’re the only one who has been nominated for an Oscar. [PopEater]
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I used to hate Andrew W.K.–his whole “party hard” schtick was really grating and annoying. And then I interviewed him a few years ago and found him to be one of the sweetest and most genuine rock dudes out there. I still don’t really want to listen to his music, but I get his appeal. With that in mind, I present to you Andrew W.K. doing the holiday classic “Silent Night” — in a way you’ve probably never seen before. [A.V. Club
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It’s time again for “Dear Wendy Updates,” a feature where people I’ve given advice to in the past let us know whether they followed the advice and how they’re doing today. After the jump, we hear from “Three’s Company,” a senior in college who was feeling lonely after seemingly alienating her two former roommates/friends during a rough junior year. She said she’d apologized for her actions when they lived together but one former roommate was still holding a grudge and giving the other roommate a hard time when she hung out with our letter writer. Find out how she’s doing today after the jump. Keep reading »
Sad news: Sylvie Cachay, the designer behind swimwear line SYLVA, was found dead yesterday in a hotel room at the Soho House, a swank members-only hangout in Manhattan’s meatpacking district. The sad scenario sounds either highly suspicious or the making of a bad accident—the 33-year-old woman was discovered submerged in the room’s bathtub. Her body showed some bruises, which police are trying to identify the causes of (strangling, for example). She had checked into the room with her younger boyfriend, who had been described as a deadbeat with a hard partying side. The couple had apparently been fighting or had just broken up before her death. He was not in the room when Cachay was found and denies any connection with the death.
A tragic loss for the fashion world. Cachay was a rising star who was getting attention at Fashion Week for her luxe swimwear designs. [New York Daily News] Keep reading »