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Quickies: Kate Winslet Is Dating John Mayer?!

  • Kate Winslet’s “steamy new hookup” is allegedly notorious ladies man John Mayer. Really, Kate? I like John’s music, but you are sooo much better than Jessica Simpson’s sloppy seconds! Oh well. Maybe these two will hit it off. Kate can show him her merkin and John can blab about it to Playboy. [Celebitchy]
  • Jennifer Lawrence from “Winter’s Bone” has been cast in the lead role in the film version of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Apparently the book series is crazy popular. Anyone read them? [The Wrap]
  • This is the best photo of Rob Kardashian in drag that you will ever see, guaranteed. [Celebuzz]

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8.9 Earthquake Hits Japan, Tsunami Warnings For Coastal U.S. And Hawaii

A massive earthquake — at 8.9 on the richter scale, it’s among the largest in record history — hit off the shore of Japan today, causing a powerful tsunami to sweep away homes, cars, people, and boats. At least 32 people are dead and that number is expected to rise. There are also tsunami warnings for the coastal U.S., particularly California, as well as Hawaii. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Japan and anyone affected by this devastating natural disaster. Please feel free to use the comments to post updates you think would be of interest. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Tales Of A Hooters Girl

  • American journalist Paige Ferrari, who lives in Tokyo, got a job at Hooters’ new restaurant in Japan and shares with us all the fascinating world behind the Hooters Girl “image training.” Hooters’ definitions of titillation versus sleaze are utterly fascinating. [Slate]
  • Frisky contributer Chloe Angyal had lasers pointed at her vagina for treatment of chronic pain during sex — and here’s her account. [Salon]
  • Nashville, Tennessee’s Metro police department is being criticized for employing officers with past domestic violence arrests. At least 10 officers were arrested for domestic violence within the past five years and eight were allowed to keep their gigs and two other cases are pending. One officer was even arrested twice for domestic violence. [The Tennessean]

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The Christmas Tree Of Our Nightmares

When I was little I used to go swimming in a freshwater lake near my parents’ house. Until one day I waded in and saw a dull white eel swimming near the perimeter of the shoreline and was traumatized. I refused to ever go in the lake again. So you can imagine how absolutely thrilled I was to see artist Kazuhiko Minawa’s eel-powered Christmas tree. Says Minawa, “If we could gather up all the electric eels from around the world, we would be able to light up an unimaginably large Christmas tree.” Sure, I’ll get right on that. [BoingBoing] Keep reading »

Japanese Inflatable Bosoms: Completely Bizarre, And Yet We Must Have Them


The following video is a bit hard to explain, but trust us, you will at first be perplexed, then mesmerized, and then in fits of laughter. It’s a demonstration of how to use Japanese inflatable, uh, boobies. Stick them on your shirt, and when you burst the inner packet, some chemical reaction occurs to make the balloons inflate. This is a gag gift, we assume. Unless you’re particularly prone to bumping into things and need airbags for your chesticle area. Either way, we’re kind of dying to try them. After the jump, check out some images and a similar (even creepier) product for guys—an inflatable swan-shaped boner to wear out of the fly of your pants. (We can’t think of any logical excuse for that one.) [Notcot] Keep reading »

Could Mattel’s Japanese Barbie And Ken Be Any More Stereotypical?

A geisha girl and a samurai warrior: these are the stereotypes Mattel used for Japanese Ken and Barbie dolls. Barbie is dressed as a geisha with lotus blossoms in her hair, a gold fan, and some gladiator heels which are badass-looking, but I’m thinking not particularly Japanese. Ken is dressed as a bare-chested samurai warrior with a small ponytail and a long sword. An ex-boyfriend who went to grad school in Japan called the Japanese Ken doll, quote, “pure Fu Manchu stereotype” — minus that nefarious mustache, of course. Surprise, surprise, Mattel has a long history of representing their Japanese Barbies as geishas. Keep reading »

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