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It’s Official: Cat Painting Contest Will Be The Most Brooklyn Thing Ever

Just when you thought the streets of Brooklyn were safe again, cat people had to go do something ridiculous: on November 24th, there will be a Brooklyn Cat Painting Takedown held in a gallery space. What happens at a Cat Painting Takedown? Unlike past Takedowns where competitors try to make the best soup or bacon, artistes use their allotted time to paint the best cat picture possible. If this sounds too much like an elementary school class, guests can enjoy some (no doubt craft-brewed) beer and (vegan soy free range) chili while watching the Picassos do their art. Paintings will be auctioned off at the end of the event, with proceeds going to animal shelters. Awww! I renounce my snark, I like this cat painting thing after all. [Brokelyn]

[The above feline beast is my favorite Internet cat, Pudge, who I would paint if I participated in the Takedown.]

Teen Carrying Dead Fetus In Bag Arrested For Shoplifting At NYC Victoria’s Secret

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Today in Horrible Things I Would Rather Not Know: a 17-year-old girl was arrested  for shoplifting at a Victoria’s Secret in midtown Manhattan yesterday and was carrying a dead fetus inside her bag.

Two 17-year-old girls were pulled over by security guards inside the Victoria’s Secret in Herald Square because they were seen stealing lingerie. Then they noticed  a “strong odor.” They found a dead male fetus inside one of the shopping bags, which appeared to be six or seven months along. One girl is believed to be the mother. She told police she had a miscarriage the day before and had posted on Facebook on Wednesday, “These Cramps, SON.” Police are currently investigating the cause of death. Keep reading »

NYC “Silver Man” Shares Some Words With A Security Guard

Silver Man...

The “silver men” of Times Square and other such tourist hotspots have one job and one job only — to stand completely stationary, no moving, no blinking, like a statue, as droves of out-of-towners, some less affable than others, photograph, video tape, pose with, and otherwise dehumanize them. (And, no, that doesn’t even begin to include the abuse they endure from security guards, as seen here.) Simple! For $75 an hour plus tips, you might be convinced to give it a shot, too. Witnesses are unsure as to what, exactly, may have provoked this particular silver man’s unceremonious exit, but one thing is for certain: he’s getting the fuck out of there. [via Gothamist]

Jew Learn Something New Every Day: On Mitzvah Campaigns And “Bageling”

If you live in New York City, or if you’ve ever paid a visit to the fair metro during a Jewish holiday, there’s a good chance you’ve witnessed this fairly common practice: an Orthodox Jewish man, or perhaps two or three, dressed in traditional garb, stands on a street corner, asking select passersby if they’re Jewish. More often than not, they are — New York, for whatever reason, attracts a high concentration of Jews all over the spectrum, from the unobserving reform to the extremely religious Hasidic.

Having lived, worked, and otherwise existed in Manhattan and Brooklyn for the past few years means I have been called on my heritage by these guys (“mitzvah campaigners,” to be proper) many, many times. I’m never surprised, because although I’m only half Jewish, my dad’s Russian genes are hella dominant — I have thick, dark hair, dark almond-shaped eyes, fair but not freckled skin, and a prominent nose. Y’all have seen me. These features, in conjunction, add up to what any Orthodox Jew on the corner of Bedford Avenue would call a safe bet to shake the lulav during Sukkot. (Sorry guys, I’m in a rush.) But I’ve seen them also make some pretty damn good calls on Jews that, well, don’t look as obviously Ashkenazi as I do. Keep reading »

NY Judge Allows Abortion To Be Used As Evidence In Custody Case

Lisa Mehos NY judge allows abortion used as evidence in custody hearing

If a woman has had an abortion, does that means she’s unfit for custody of her two children? That is what the lawyer for a high-powered investment banker appears to be arguing as she defends her client in family court.

Manuel (John) Mehos, a Houston banking bigwig, divorced Lisa Mehos after six years of marriage in October 2011. Now he has subpoenaed his ex-wife’s medical records and his lawyer wants her abortion to be used as evidence in a custody hearing. Lisa Mehos’ unplanned pregnancy was reportedly the result of a “one-time fling with a longtime friend”; she had the abortion over Easter weekend in 2012 while her mother babysat the kids and would not allow her ex-husband to watch them because it was Easter he was an “atheist.” John Mehos’ lawyer claims all this stuff about the abortion is pertinent because Lisa Mehos has said her ex-husband caused stress in her life, but the court should know she may also have been stressed by having an abortion.

Oh sure. I’m sure the stigma against women who terminate pregnancies — they’re selfish, they’re immoral, they’re slutty,  they’re unfit mothers — has nothing to do with why this might come up in a custody hearing.  Keep reading »

Cosmopolitan Blogger Anna Breslaw Masturbated On The Subway

Anna Breslaw subway masturbating

All the jokes about going downtown just write themselves, don’t they?

When a man masturbates in public, it’s creepy and it’s criminal and women feel at best grossed out and at worst violated. When  a woman masturbates in public, it’s …. a really funny article for Cosmoplitan? Keep reading »

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