When I was applying to college, I thought it was kind of sweet and very “green” that I could do the whole thing online. But now, peeps have taken things a bit too far. Four schools—Tufts, George Mason, William and Mary, and St. Mary’s College of Maryland—are encouraging students to submit a video application in lieu of writing the old essay. About 5 to 10 percent of their applications came by way of video this year. In other words, these kids took the easy way out. But, hey, I’m not too upset because some have gone viral and are now available for our viewing pleasure online. For example, check out Amelia Downs’ “Math Dances” above. Keep reading »
Discount European airline Ryanair has decided they will charge $1.50 for their passengers to use the toilet. The idea is part of the “Ryanair Cost Saving Proposal,” which they put in their in-flight magazine. The logic is that people should use restrooms in the airports before getting on the plane. This will also allow them to take out a couple of toilets from each plane, allowing up to six extra seats in the cabin and reducing fares by about 5 percent. [Newser]
I guess that European flights are shorter than the trip from LAX to JFK. However, if they’re charging for bathrooms, I think bathroom sex should probably be allowed. But seriously, remember when we got warm cookies and champagne on flights? Or, like, free peanuts? I’m sick of things being taken away until we have to pay for everything, not just on airplanes but everywhere. Here are a few more examples of ridiculous fees. Keep reading »
There are three things any person, anywhere in the world, who uses the subway is deathly afraid of happening:
- The subway gets stuck underground while the mariachi band is inside your car.
- A crazy guy pulls a knife on you.
- You barf.
Most people will be lucky enough to never experience their public transportation worst nightmare. But not me. No, not me!
On Tuesday afternoon, thanks to a startling lack of common sense on my part, I went into the New York City subway system when I had food poisoning. Keep reading »
Sex addiction. Shopping addiction. Psychic addiction? This week in The Daily Mail, British TV executive Samantha Brick wrote all about her obsession with consulting psychics—between the ages of 18 and 36, she spent almost $40K consulting them, getting so dependent on their guidance that she couldn’t so much as paint her hallway without getting a reading. (Her psychic’s premonition: yellow.) Oh, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg with the decisions Samantha let psychics make for her. When she was 33, a psychic told her that she was going to move to Los Angeles and that her marriage was over. She initially balked. But when a week later, she got a job offer in L.A., she took it—and had divorce papers drawn up, since her psychic must’ve been right about the marriage, too. And that’s not all. When a psychic said her sister’s marriage was in decline, she spread the rumor to her family. Only it wasn’t true—and her relationship with her sister was forever damaged. When a psychic told her to quit her job and start her own production company, she did it and refinanced her house to raise the funds. Two years later, she was bankrupt and her home was in foreclosure. Keep reading »
Hold on to your tiles, people. Scrabble has changed its rules. Starting in June, if you buy a new Scrabble board, proper nouns will officially be fair play in the classic word game. A Scrabble spokesperson explained that this is to “introduce an element of popular culture into the game.” They continued, “This is one of a number of twists and challenges included that we believe existing fans will enjoy and will also enable younger fans and families to get involved.” It’s the first change in the game’s rules since 1948. [BBC]
So what names, places, and brand names should you start playing? After the jump, a handy cheat sheet. Keep reading »
Nicole Hughes, a former stripper for the Penthouse Executive Club, is suing for “mental anguish, emotional distress, humiliation and loss of reputation” and an undisclosed amount of money after being portrayed on a billboard as a Scores stripper. “I just felt so betrayed. How could they do all that and not tell me?” Hughes says. She claims that she signed a contract saying that she would receive $4 per photo and they would only be used in association with the Penthouse name. Her first mistake was selling her pics for $4—a really bad business decision, but I digress. The club’s management said that they were legally able to do whatever they wanted with the pics. Even though she was allegedly never paid her $4, what upset her most was that she didn’t want to be seen as that kind of stripper. She feels Penthouse has a much more reputable image than Scores. Really? Does this strike anyone else as kind of funny? A stripper is a stripper is a stripper, right? Apparently not. Keep reading »
First, there was Spider Pig. Then, there was Spider Cat. Now, there’s … Pig Cat! It’s totally cuter than Spider Pig and Spider Cat combined. [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »
Not sure how I missed this one last week, but according to a New York Times Magazine article, animals can be gay, just like humans. The Laysan albatross, which is considered one of the most monogamous species of birds in the animal kingdom, is not always as heterosexual as scientists once believed. As it turns out, many of these lovebirds are lesbians, or … lesbirdans? (Sorry, had to.) But the albatross isn’t the only example of a homosexual creature in the animal kingdom. Various forms of same-sex sexual activity has been observed in over 450 animal species including flamingos, dolphins, bison, beetles warthogs, koalas, and orangutans. So, basically, almost any kind of animal imaginable can be gay, although it’s less common in some species than others. And scientists have been keeping this kind of under the radar. Why? Keep reading »
I saw this photo, and I was like, “Man, I feel really bad for this Brenda chick.” When I look at something like this, I wonder what the back story is. Let’s say the guy’s name is Elron. And he lives in Michiana. And he went to high school with Brenda, but he only admired her from afar, because she was sort of popular in a nerdy kind of way, and he was one of those guys who hung out behind the gym smoking cigarettes, looking angry and kicking at the dirt. One time, Brenda glanced at him, but that was it. Then, 15 years later, he was on this dating site, and he looked through what must have been 2,679 dating profiles — until, one day, he came across a special one. He clicked on it. It was Brenda. The Brenda. The love of his whole damn life. So, he sat down, and he wrote her a 5,349-word email, proclaiming his love for her, that he would die for her, that he would tattoo her name all over his body, if only she would respond and agree to marry him. He was so sure that she would respond in the affirmative that he got her name tattooed on his back, like, 100 times. When he got back home, he found out that she had blocked his profile. After that, the rest of his life pretty much sucked. That is, until, one day, he met another woman, and, get this, it turned out her name was Brenda, too, and they got married, and had kids, and everything worked out in the end. [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »
A body paint competition called Body Canvas took place recently in Australia, with proceeds from the event going to the country’s National Breast Cancer Foundation. While some of the human canvases turned out kinda scary (we can’t show you most of them since the models are in fact nude), it’s certainly an attention-grabbing way to raise money for a good cause. Keep reading »