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How To Fall Out Of A Plane And Not Die

I’m not a huge fan of flying. I’m better about it than I used to be, but, you know what? Sailing 30,000-plus feet over the ground in a flying sardine can driven by forces I do not have the intellectual capacity to understand is not what I would refer to as “soothing.” More like “terrifying.” Sometimes, I wonder, mid-flight, what I would do if the plane suddenly exploded. And I was still alive. And I’m sailing down to earth trapped in my seat. You know, like, waiting to crash. What would I think? What would I do? Then, I try and think about something else. But fear no more! Thankfully, Popular Mechanics has taken the time to explain to you how to fall 35,000 feet through the sky — and survive. Keep reading »

Gift For Gab: Your Best Comments For The Week Of January 29th 2010

We here at The Frisky live for celeb gossip, chocolate, and your comments. What can we say? You crack us up! Each week we’re going to shout out to our smart, sexy, and incisive readers, who aren’t afraid to talk smack on the internet. And you can get in on the action too. Tell us your favorite comments of the week below. Keep reading »

I Need A Man With A Big Tank

In this, um, very creative recruitment video for the Austrian army, prospective soldiers learn about the perks of enlistment: If you thought a hot sports car got you a lot of chicks, wait until you see what happens when you show up in a tank, man. You will have to swat the broads away with a stick! I know that if I saw a guy driving a tank down the middle of my street, the first thing I’d do would be to run after it and try and get my hands on the big-gun operator trapped inside. I mean, wouldn’t you? Apparently, the video isn’t an original. It looks as if it was ripped off one that the Ukranian armed forces did first. Check it out after the jump. Keep reading »

Cute Alert: Inside Out Teddy Bears!

Adorable! Boing Boing points us to photographer Kent Rogowski‘s weirdly cute portraits of teddy bears that have been turned inside out. According to Rogowski, “These bears, which have lived and loved and lost as much as their owners, have suffered and endured through it all.” In other words, they’re just like us, “revealing their inner core [so we] might we better understand our own.” I wonder what happened to my Pooh? [Boing Boing] Keep reading »

Ditch Your Running Shoes For Bare Feet?!

Runners who prefer going barefoot are less likely to experience serious injury than their shod peers, according to new Harvard research. Researchers found that barefoot runners land on the balls or middle of their feet first, which causes virtually no impact collision. Runners wearing shoes hold their feet differently, and their heels tend to hit the ground first. “Most people today think barefoot running is dangerous and hurts, but actually you can run barefoot on the world’s hardest surfaces without the slightest discomfort and pain. All you need is a few calluses to avoid roughing up the skin of the foot,” said Daniel Lieberman, one of the researchers. He and his colleagues studied runners who always wore running shoes and runners without shoes. They found that the barefoot runners had a springier step and used their calf and foot muscles more efficiently. But don’t abandon your running shoes just yet. The transition has to be gradual in order to strengthen the calf and foot muscles. Evolution is in the barefoot runner’s favor though, since humans have been running long-distance for millions of years. The modern running shoe wasn’t even available until the 1970s. [Reuters] Keep reading »

What?! Chinese Woman Wants Plastic Surgery To Look Like Jessica Alba

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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Eli The Chimp Embroiled In Vicious Custody Battle

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 »

Botox Terrorism?

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 »

Conversation Hearts Get A Lackluster Update

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 »

Woman Jailed For Loud Sex

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 »

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