Do you recognize the name Daniel Powter? I didn’t. He was the guy who sang the song “Bad Day,” which you’ve heard everywhere in the last couple years (“‘Cause you had a bad day, you’re taking one down/You sing a sad song just to turn it around…”). Since Daniel Powter’s not really famous, and “Bad Day” was no “Umbrella,” what made it so popular? The BBC’s magazine investigated…
There’s very little detail about the “you” in the song. He/she stands in line for coffee, and goes for a ride, and that’s about it. This makes it universal.
It’s about a sort of bad day, not one that involved people dying or not having money to buy food.
The song structure is extremely simple, and the lyrics use “we.” Both of these are things that attract advertisers to a song for use in commercials.
And that’s about it. I apologize for getting the song stuck in your head. [BBC] Keep reading »
Now and Then is one of those classic girls-coming-of-age movies. Most of the action takes place in the 1970s, so actresses Christina Ricci, Thora Birch, Gaby Hoffmann, and Ashleigh Aston Moore got to wear some pretty sweet clothes. (I hope I’m not the only one to think cut-off jean shorts, plaid shirts, and the most basic sneakers ever are awesome.) Exchange your usual flip-flops for canvas sneaks, and channel your favorite of the four girls — I’m a Samantha (Gaby Hoffmann). Keep reading »
Jude Law circa Gattaca was so hot I would have given my left breast if he’d just feel up my right one. Dapper, charismatic, and as sexy as his movies are long, Law of course broke the rules of romance and my heart. When he cheated on his fiance with the nanny, I felt cheated too, betrayed. How could my dreamboat be such a bastard?! Jude’s real life bad behavior made him look just that. Suddenly my superstar crush was super undesirable as he morphed in to a fugly philanderer. And you know his cheating crime snowballed with his ex-fiance Sienna Miller, who dumped her fiance Rhys Ifans and housebroke with Balthazar Getty. It’s a trail of tears! And now my movie star idolatry is Law-less. After my fine guy fantasy turned ugly, I just can’t seem to find him attractive anymore, even in his new ad campaign (above). So tell me, ladies, does a celebrity’s bad behavior make you find them less attractive? Keep reading »
So, The National Enquirer is claiming that John Edwards has a mistress and a love child and that he was totally caught visiting with them at a hotel recently. All this while his wife Elizabeth is still dealing with cancer. Now, this is the National Enquirer we’re talking about, so this is hardly FACT, but politicians stepping out on their wives is hardly an original rumor. Besides, despite the fact that my Grandma calls it “the trash”, they have been right on more than one occasion. Our lovely intern Annika revisits the Enquirer‘s moments of “A-ha! We told you so!”
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According to Dr. Sue Johnson (not to be confused with the old Sex Talk’s silver fox, Sue Johanson), there are three types of sex. Short and sweet, long and aerobic, drunken and sloppy? Well, that’s what we thought! But the doc breaks it down a little more scientifically. Sue says emotional presence is the biggest aphrodisiac and it defines the degrees of intercourse. The freedom of speech you can achieve with a partner actually informs your Big O. With that in mind, here are the sexy levels of sex — whether you’re in a relationship or not — as Doc Johnson sees it, after the jump… Keep reading »
Look, we know they are expensive. Think of these as an ULTIMATE crave, one of those completely impractical but totally drool-inspiring items that you would buy if you were Bill Gates, only a fashionable version. But even if you can’t afford these boots (we can’t), a lesson can be learned from them and that is that gray and hot pink are one of those color/neutral combinations created perfectly by the heavens. If you’ve never paired them, PLEASE DO. [$725, Botkier] Keep reading »
“We found a great rhythm. Contractions started kicking in. I sat there with her, right between her legs. We got tribal on it, we danced to it! I was DJ-ing this Brazilian music.” — Matthew McConaughey, on the birth of his son Levi. Keep reading »
Our usual “Hot Outta The Oven” chef, Teri Tsang Barrett, is on vacay this week, so our lovely intern Annika stepped up with this recipe for a take on a Greek salad. Clearly this one should not be hot outta the oven.
Since, the Food and Drug Administration announced last week that tomatoes are safe to eat again, I thought this recipe for a tomato salad with feta and cucumbers sounded refreshing on a hot summer evening. Tomatoes contain powerful antioxidants, like vitamin C, vitamin E, beta carotene and lycopene. This salad is not only healthy, but would be perfect for a picnic date, just add the Sangria or beverage of choice. Keep reading »
Someone in Milford, MA, has a lot of time on their hands and the desire to annoy everyone in town. This person is leaving dozens of pairs of pantyhose, almost always black and queen sized, are frequently left near a school bus stop. Some pairs are new, some used. One day, Milford resident Laurie Warich picked up 43 pairs. The police are investigating the case, however, the only crime being committed is littering, and the city’s police department doesn’t have the resources to focus on the case. Shouldn’t they just ask drugstore cashiers if anyone’s bought them out of pantyhose lately? [AP via CBS News] Keep reading »
While watching Project Runway‘s season premiere and the promo videos for tonight’s episode, we noticed that some of the contestants (and Heidi) have awesome personal style. Others, on the other hand, have questionable style. Now, this doesn’t mean the clothes they design are awful, but I think it does say something about a designer when he sports a rattail. After the jump, we judge Project Runway‘s style… Keep reading »