German Entrepreneur Trying To Trademark “Freedom Tower” Condoms

A German entrepreneur is applying for a federal trademark to use the Freedom Tower to market a line of condoms. His proposed slogan is “Freedom Tower: Make Love Not War.” Clearly this guy lacks originality; he stole his product name from the main building in the new World Center Complex that has yet to be completed, and he borrowed the tagline from the ’60s anti-war movement. Relatives of Sept. 11 victims are understandably upset, and the Port Authority, who owns the Freedom Tower, is scrambling to block his use of the name. If he needs to find an alternate name for his line of condoms, he should check our list of phallic-shaped buildings — doesn’t “Big Ben Condoms” have a nice ring to it? [NY Post] Keep reading »

In Bed With … James Franco

Born: April 19, 1978, Time Unknown, Palo Alto, California
Sun Sign: Aries
Ascendant: Unknown
Moon: Virgo
Venus: Taurus
Mars: Leo Keep reading »

Products We Should Have Thought Of: Strap Perfect

A lot of infomercials market products that are totally ridiculous — for example, the Snuggie — but this one is actually something that has Catherine and I saying, “Why didn’t we think of that?” Strap Perfect helps hide pesky exposed bra straps! With something that basically amounts to a flat, round, plastic paperclip! [StrapPerfect.com] Keep reading »

South African Anti-Apartheid Activist Helen Suzman Dies

Helen Suzman, a South African anti-apartheid activist died yesterday at age 91. During her life, she fought against government repression of the country’s black majority, serving in parliament for 36 years. On her 90th birthday, Suzman said, “I had a wonderful opportunity to use the parliamentary stage to bring the world’s attention to what was going on.” [MSNBC] Keep reading »

Star Couplings: Jennifer Garner Is Still Pregnant

  • Despite being seen entering a hospital in Los Angeles, Jennifer Garner has yet to give birth to her second child with husband Ben Affleck. Any day now! [Perez Hilton]
  • Lindsay Lohan and Samantha Ronson’s relationship continues to be rocky. The two got in a big ol’ fight at the airport on New Year’s Day. [Perez Hilton]
  • Robert Pattinson and Nikki Reed (who plays Edward’s sister Rosalie in the “Twilight” movie) are maybe dating in real life. [Crazy Days And Nights]
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    Kathy Griffin, Uncensored

    Anderson Cooper interviewed Kathy Griffin on New Year’s Eve and when some hecklers got, uh, out of hand, Kathy let them have it. While her audio was still on. Awesome. Keep reading »

    Four Strategies To Keep Those Resolutions

    If you’re already struggling with your New Year’s resolutions on this second day of the year, you’re not alone. Need a few suggestions to stay on track? “It’s exceptionally hard to make life changes,” says Alan Deutschman, author of Change or Die. According to Deutschman, even though most people have the ability to change, they rarely do, “and our efforts are usually doomed to failure when we try to do it on our own.” After the jump, four strategies to avoid failure and increase positive results in change regimens. Keep reading »

    Dear Abby: I Wear Skirts. P.S. I’m A Man

    We’ve written about men in skirts on the Frisky previously, but apparently the trend has it the epidemic level. One Joe in Pennsylvania wrote Dear Abby about his predilection for sporting skirts. “I’m a married man, confident in who I am, who wears skirts for comfort.” Um, OK. But why? “I feel that skirts are more comfortable than pants, which I find tight, restrictive and uncomfortable. I wear skirts around the house, when I’m out running errands and when I attend church. My clergyman has raised no objection to it.” My, what a liberal clergyman you have. Joe’s wife is supportive of his style choices, but their extended family isn’t thrilled. Abby pronounces: “As long as you have the testicular fortitude and shapely enough legs to wear skirts, then you have my blessing.” Well! Problem solved then. According to the Cut, 2009 is the year of the man-skirt. Keep reading »

    Naked People Have Rights, Too

    A state appeals court in Wisconsin ruled that a person who is voluntarily nude in the presence of another still has privacy rights against being secretly videotaped. This means that if you get naked with someone, they don’t have the right to tape you without your knowing. One less thing to worry about! [CBS News] Keep reading »

    Style On The Street: Button-Downs Don’t Have To Be Buttoned

    Let’s take a minute to remember the ’90s. Nirvana played on the radio, “Beverly Hills 90210″ was on TV, and you wore huge flannel shirts to school, sometimes with a kick-ass concert tee underneath. We’re not in the ’90s anymore, so this gal classed up the open-shirt look by swapping flannel for crisp, white oxford. [Weardrobe]

    1. Cotton Tailored Shirt, $34.99, BananaRepublic.com
    2. Non-Iron Fitted Stretch Shirt, $67.13, BrooksBrothers.com
    3. Wrinkle-Resistant Pinpoint Three-Quarter Sleeve Oxford Shirt, $39.50, LLBean.com
    4. City Style Button Down Shirt, $14.97, NYAndCompany.com
    5. Lauren by Ralph Lauren Broadcloth Fitted Shirt, $59, Macys.com Keep reading »

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