Playing a video on the prevention of HIV and other STDs for people while they’re waiting to be seen in an STD clinic can reduce the likelihood that they’ll get such an infection. In a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study of more than 38,600 people, and the rate of STIs was under five percent for those who saw the video, while it was nearly six percent for those who hadn’t. Guys seemed most influenced (they are supposed to be very visual learners, aren’t they?), and were 13 percent less likely to develop an infection if they’d seen the video. Perhaps this worked because, unlike health class, where you can fall asleep or take the hall pass and wander around, these people were in STD clinics and were probably quite nervous about being tested and whatnot. Plus, the magazines in waiting rooms are generally crap and 16 months old. [Ivanhoe] Keep reading »
Add this video, of the Chuck E. Cheese Band performing Usher’s “Love In This Club”, to the list of things that make us extremely happy. Thanks to Andrew for sharing this rendition with us. Keep reading »
One of the weird side effects of being engaged, I’m discovering, is that I cannot watch weddings on TV anymore. In movies it’s okay, because they are fictional (hence, I loved 21 Dresses), but last night, as I was thumbing through the channels, I stopped on some “Celebrity-Inspired Real Wedding Extravaganza”-type show on the Style Network and attempted to tune in. I was doing okay for awhile, but when the scene cut to the actual wedding day, I had an uncontrollable urge to change the channel. FAST. I seriously could not let myself watch the actual ceremony. It felt like skipping to the end of a book or something and reading the ending. I watched A Shot At Love II instead.
Then this morning, I was doing my usual, eat-a-yogurt-and-watch-The-Today-Show routine, when Matt, Meredith, Al, and Ann cut to the plaza where The Today Show wedding was about to be performed. And I had to turn it off AGAIN, even though I kind of wanted to see what the bride’s dress looked like. It’s hard to explain, but the idea of watching the actual ceremony in one of these reality weddings feels, like, not allowed. What’s the deal with that? Keep reading »
Mais oui, the two-toned jacket totally works on him. Zut alors! [Givenchy party, Paris, France, 6/24/08] Keep reading »
The November elections seem close, and now the political powerhouses of John McCain and Barack Obama are getting even closer to the things that matter most to us. Both are faces imprinted on a line of condoms — but we gotta ask…who would you rather have protecting YOUR crotch? [ObamaCondoms.com and McCainCondoms.com] Keep reading »
There’s a new nominee for Four Star General and she kicks some serious butt! Lt. Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody worked her way up over a 33-year career in the Military to being in charge of supplies and rations and is already the top-ranking female in the US Military. But she didn’t stop there! Now, Ms. Dunwoody is officially the first female to be nominated for the position of Four Star General. “I am very honored but also very humbled today with this announcement,” said Dunwoody about the tribute. “This nomination only reaffirms what I have known to be true about the military throughout my career… the doors continue to open for men and women in uniform.” [CNN] Keep reading »
I hate to be redundant, but when this dude gets picked as the HOTTEST BACHELOR by People, I need to step in and say something, and of course present their very own grotesque pictorial as evidence of just how not hot he is. The magazine photographed Mario posing in various iconic images, including this one, as the blond boy from Blue Lagoon. Total dry heave moment. Luckily, some good will come out of this: Radar put together a slideshow with Mario transplanted into other iconic images. The laughing that ensued helped control my urge to barf. Keep reading »