One of my weird quirks (that I forgot to mention last week) is that I very, very, very rarely get a receipt when I take cash out of the ATM. (I do when I make deposits so that I have a record.) I don’t want to know my balance, even if I know I have money and I don’t need to worry about being overdrawn. I just don’t like to see how much money I have in the bank. However, I would get a receipt and frame it if my balance was $99,864,731.94, like this Capitol One ATM receipt indicates. The website Dealbreaker said the receipt– which was found sticking out of an ATM on Long Island — reportedly belongs to billionaire hedge-fund manager David Tepper, though he implied in a response that it wasn’t his, saying that he hasn’t touched an ATM “since Lehman” and “would never do something as irresponsible as leaving $100 million in a savings account.” Whatever, Tepper, don’t call my soon-to-be new boyfriend — if I can find him — “irresponsible.” [NY Post] Keep reading »
For the most part, TLC’s “Freaky Eaters” hasn’t lived up to the bizarre bar set by the toilet paper munching woman of “My Strange Addiction.” But Sunday night’s episode (sorry, behind on my DVRing) brought us Kimberly, a 50-year-old woman who is addicted to ice cream bars. Kimberly eats about 40 a day and very little else. In total, she eats about 10,000 ice cream bars per year. In other words, she’s single-handedly keeping Creamsickle afloat. Why does she love ice cream bars so? “They caress my throat all the way down to my stomach. It’s like having a lover,” she explains. Keep reading »
Let me preface this depressing news by saying that I’ve never felt anything but supreme joy when eating a doughnut. However, according to the British Dietetic Association, doughnuts are dangerous to our mental health:
“We tend to crave sugary and fatty foods [like doughnuts] for a quick mood fix, but the sugar crash that follows could make you feel worse … Information is carried between the cells by chemicals such as dopamine. Rising levels of dopamine can boost mood; falling levels are linked to sadness.”
I refuse to accept it. Sorry. Other alleged depression triggers are hot weather, the Internet, vegetarian food, and coffee. So basically, most of the things that bring me joy in life. [Daily Mail UK] Keep reading »
Anyone can make a beer ad: boobs, butts, more boobs, and an ice cold brewski. Don Draper, we have a winner! It turns out that monkey advertising is very similar to that of their two-legged ancestors: sex sells. According to New Scientist, researchers will soon study the effect of ads on monkey behavior modification. Laurie Santos, the Yale University primatologist, and Keith Olwell and Elizabeth Kiehner, two New York ad execs, plan to advertise a tasty treat to brown capuchin monkeys who live in captivity. (They will probably use JELLO.) One treat will be advertised on “billboards” inside the monkeys’ enclosure and the other won’t be; when the capuchins are presented with the desserts, the researchers want to see if the advertising had any effect. But just how does one market JELLO to monkeys? Keep reading »
When I was a kid, I begged my parents for months to get me a “Mothers The Pony.” They’d go to toy store after toy store, and no one would have any idea what they were talking about because I’d gotten the name wrong—I, of course, meant that I wanted a My Little Pony. Apparently, Bill Clinton knows more about the pastel ponies than I did. Over the weekend, Peter Sagal interviewed Bill on NPR. After asking some fun questions like, “What is more fun—being president or former president?” and “Did Hilary have to give you any lessons in standing to the side and gazing adoringly?,” Peter got to the segment of his show called “Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me,” where he asks people questions about a topic they really shouldn’t know all that much about. The category he decided to give Bill: My Little Pony. Keep reading »
Stephanie Robinette, a teacher in Delaware, has been charged with resisting arrest and assaulting police officers. But it’s the weapon she used that is highly unusual. On Saturday night, Robinette attended a wedding where she had too much to drink. After hitting her husband several times, she darted for their car and locked herself inside. When police officers arrived and tried to get her out of the car, she told them that she was a breastfeeding mom. At that point, she unleashed one of the girls from her dress and bra and began spraying the officers with breast milk. She was arrested on the spot. Though she did apologize for the incident saying, “I have no criminal record; I take these charges very seriously and I absolutely intend to seek help for substance abuse with alcohol because alcoholism does run in my family,” she plans to plead not guilty. Though I guess technically, it’s assault with a life-giving weapon rather than a deadly one? [10TV, Newser] Keep reading »
An unfaithful father makes for an unfaithful husband. You may now add this to your handy list of relationship adages to live by right next to, “If he treats his mother like crap, he will probably treat you the same way.” According to a new study done at Charles University in Prague, men were found to be far more likely to cheat if they grew up with a father who was unfaithful. The daughters of cheaters, however did not suffer a similar fate. The researchers’ conclusion was as follows: Good-looking parents produce good-looking children. Said attractive children have more opportunities to stray if they are men but more opportunities to snag a genetically desirable mate if they are women. But the attractiveness theory doesn’t quite cover the rest of the population. I mean, ugly people cheat too. How do they explain that? Well, it’s all about the motivation for the infidelity. The study found that of the cheating men surveyed, most were motivated to stray by sex and sex alone, while the cheating women only wanted to explore their sexual options if they were unhappy in their relationships. And that will be all for your “Differences Between Men and Women 101″ lecture today. See you next week for more interesting discoveries about how men are really into sex and women are really into feelings. [Daily Mail UK] Keep reading »
Is it possible for a pet to have an identity crisis? Behold, a pair of dogs who think they are pandas, thanks to a little hairdye from their owners. Normally, I’d say this was cruel … but do you see how freaking cute they are?
After the jump, a dog who thinks he’s a tiger. Keep reading »
By day, she’s a certified nursing assistant in Griffin, Georgia, but by night, Phyllis, a grandmother in her 60s, has a shocking secret: She’s addicted to doll collecting.
She has more than 50,000 of them, according to the A&E series, “Hoarders,” which featured Phyllis on the season premiere episode that aired on June 20. Her explanation for keeping the dolls — which are in varying degrees of decay and shabbiness — is simple.
“When I see their sweet little faces, it makes me happy,” she said. “I don’t collect them because they’re valuable. I just like their company.” Read more… Keep reading »
I sort of love the idea of richie rich celebrities gathering in swank hotel rooms for illegal high-stakes poker games with an $100,000 minimum buy-in. Apparently, this is what Tobey Maguire, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, and other assorted Hollywood high-rollers have been up to. I imagine there were lots of cigars at these games, not to mention tomfoolery that would make a gossip columnist drool all over themselves.
So how did we find out about these underground poker games? Because Maguire, along with Nick Cassavettes (the director of “The Notebook”) and Gabe Kaplan (the star of “Welcome Back Kotter,” who I’m guessing is like the crazy older uncle of the group) just got sued over them. Keep reading »