Lordy, Lordy, I hope this news story is as fake as it sounds: a 21-year-old Chinese woman identified only as Xiaoqing allegedly told the Shanghai Daily newspaper she is so desperate to win back her ex-boyfriend that she’s getting plastic surgery to look like Jessica Alba. “I want to do something to challenge myself and build a strong personality through it,” the woman allegedly said. Well, considering Jessica Alba does not look even remotely Asian, Xiaoqing’s got her (sad, sad) work cut out for her!
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Meet Eli, a 13-pound, 11-month-old chimpanzee and another sad example of how divorce tears families apart. Eli became the first chimp to appear in a court of law this past week. His parents, Michael Casey and Virginia Valbuena of Sarasota, Florida, are involved in a vicious custody battle over him. Keep reading »
So apparently, some terrorist groups around the globe are getting into the Botox biz. No, they aren’t concerned with laugh lines or crow’s feet. Only eight companies in the world are licensed to make Botox, which contains a trace amount of clostridium botulinum, a serious toxin—but now, labs are making black market versions and working with much more concentrated forms of the stuff. They can make lots of money selling their concoctions for cheap to salons. But of much more concern is that the more powerful toxin could be used as a weapon. Researchers say that any master’s degree-holding biologist with $2,000 worth of equipment could be making the stuff. No need to panic, but just one more reason to avoid cheap Botox at all costs. The bigger the market, the more chance of something nasty happening. [Washington Post] Keep reading »
Sweethearts, the candies that come out each Valentine’s Day, have been around for 145 years, but the messages on them have changed with the times. Some of the original conversation heart phrases — “Be Good,” “Be True,” and “Sweet Talk” — are still in use, while others have been discarded after only a few Februaries. NECCO, which makes Sweethearts, has thrown out the phrases “Fax Me” and “Email Me” (seriously, what girl wants a love fax?), and this year “Tweet Me” and “Text Me” will be printed on some candies. Romance is officially dead. Keep reading »
Happily married U.K. couple Caroline and Steve Cartwright really pissed off their neighbors, and it wasn’t because of some untrimmed bushes or unruly trash bins. After receiving hundreds of complaints from neighbors about their obnoxiously loud sex noises, 48-year-old Caroline was placed on four-year noise probation which she violated on various occasions. And thus she was sentenced to eight weeks in prison. Really? But why only Caroline? Isn’t Steve also partially responsible for making her scream? Go Steve! And how loud could she possibly be? The judge on her case said, “I can see how the neighbors [were] upset,” after listening to some of the tapes. Am I the only one who thinks everyone should leave Caroline and Steve alone to enjoy their amazing sex life? I think her neighbors are just jealous. Loud, frequent sex at 48 is something to show off. We are hoping she will write a book with some tips after she is released from prison. [Mirror] Keep reading »
Freedom of choice is a by-product of modern life, and with more choice comes misery, claims a new study. Having to make choices like what foods we eat, which movies we rent, or where we vacation cripples middle-class Americans with indecision and makes us unhappy, according to this study conducted by Stanford University. The depressed feelings can grow out of uncertainty or regret for the choices we’ve made. Basically, too much variety is a bad thing because we become obsessed about what our decisions say about us. Then, we worry whether we’ve made the right choice. And it gets worse. We’re not only miserably dissatisfied, but we’re also selfish and lack empathy because we’re so darn focused on ourselves. Hmm, maybe it’s time to go back to hunting and gathering. Have you been crippled by your abundance of choices? [Impact Lab] Keep reading »
Everyone’s getting pretty excited for the Winter Olympics, which start in Vancouver on February 12th. Only one thing is missing. And unfortunately, it’s a big one—snow. None is in the forecast and it’s too warm there to let snow machines do their usual work. The Vancouver Olympic Committee is busy figuring out a plan B—they’ll be bringing in stockpiles of snow from higher elevations and maybe even shipping some in. They also plan to lay star under the existing snow to give it a base. Darn you, global warming. [NY Times] Keep reading »
This will put that mama’s boy you dated in perspective: Over 70 percent of Italians between the ages of 18 and 39 still live at home with their parents, according to recent statistics. Mama mia!
The government is even proposing a law to deal with these “bamboccioni,” the Italian word for “big babies.” Minister of Public Administration Renato Brunetta has suggested a law to force Italian children to leave home at age 18. “All these young people think they’re living in a free hotel and actually there’s a price they pay,” Brunetta said. “It allows their parents to keep control of them, emotionally, socially and financially — and deny them their freedom and the chance to mature.” Keep reading »
Foraging! Geez, get your mind out the gutter. Despite being only 4-feet tall, this Sun Bear has a foot-long tongue that’s perfect for accessing honey. [1/20/10] Keep reading »
Yesterday, the internet was aflutter with news that blondes are more determined, likely to go to war, and feel more entitled than redheads and brunettes. This news, however, was kind of wrong. It turns out that the researcher credited with the findings has never conducted a study that proves anything. Instead, Aaron Sell says his University of California study on anger found that women who consider themselves pretty and stronger than men tend to feel more entitled, regardless of their hair color. [Gawker] Keep reading »