Good morning! Let’s get this week off to a pleasurable start, shall we? Here’s an awesome supercut of Meg Ryan’s fake orgasm scene in “When Harry Met Sally” spliced with other sighs, moans, oohs and ahhs from movies. It is vaguely NSFW so use headphones. [via Vimeo]
Over the weekend, beloved Arizona representative Gabrielle Giffords announced she will leave Congress to focus on her health. Her resignation comes nearly a year to the day after Giffords was shot in the head during a deadly shooting rampage that claimed the lives of six people at an event in Tucson, Arizona. In the video announcement, Giffords admitted, “I don’t remember much from that horrible day, but I will never forget the trust you placed in me to be your voice. Thank you for your prayers and for giving me time to recover. I have more work to do on my recovery. So to do what is best for Arizona, I will step down this week.”
Giffords’ incredible post-shooting recovery — and the love affair between she and her astronaut husband Mark Kelly — was pretty tearjerking. Not that we were crying while watching this video or anything. [YouTube]
I simply must commend the wise minds behind “Dr. Drew’s Lifechangers” for concluding that Alana, our latest muse from “Toddlers & Tiaras,” was worthy of appearing on a show with such a name. In the episode airing Feb. 2, Alana shares her love of pageants with Dr. Drew, who also gives her Go Go Juice a try. Honey boo-boo child, I cannot wait for this!
In three minutes, David Cross — taking over for Joel McHale on “Talk Soup” — manages to completely decimate the entirety of cat videos on the web, covering both adorable kittens, and cute fat cats. He also gets the sad desperation one feels when one wants to completely eat all the cats in the world. [YouTube]
Rebecca Hains, best be known these days as the woman who got busted by the TSA for trying to take a red velvet cupcake through airport security, is, in her real life a media studies professor at Salem State University and author of Growing Up With Girl Power; Girlhood on Screen and in Every Day Life. She is also mother to a little boy who loves “My Little Pony,” a show, Rebecca says on her blog, that, like the beloved Powerpuff Girls, appeals equally to both sexes, defying the notion that boys/men won’t watch stories about girls/women.
I have to admit I’m not a “My Little Pony” aficianado — my daughter was never into them and I recalled the old show as being inane, and largely about selling toys (the fact that the ponies were revived for the Hub, a TV station owned by Hasbro, and are skinnier and “prettier” in their new incarnation only reinforced those impressions). Creator Lauren Faust writes on the Ms. Magazine blog that she was not initially a fan, either:
[Shows based on girls’ toys] did not reflect the way I played … I assigned my ponies and my Strawberry Shortcake dolls distinctive personalities and sent them on epic adventures to save the world. On TV, though, I couldn’t tell one girl character from another and they just had endless tea parties, giggled over nothing and defeated villains by either sharing with them or crying – which miraculously inspired the villain to turn nice. Keep reading »