While you were eating your breakfast this weekend, a Pennsylvania woman was being assaulted by hers. The 51-year-old was rushed to the emergency room after her 11-year-old son attacked her with a toaster pastry. Because that’s what you do when you get into a verbal altercation with your mother, you strike her in the face with a Pop Tart. I’ve never thought of using a Pop Tart as a weapon, but I suppose they are rather dense. Hopefully this argument didn’t start because the boy hated his breakfast. Maybe next time she’ll serve him something less dangerous … like scrambled eggs. [Boing Boing]
Times are looking tough for Tokyo’s cat cafes, where feline aficionados can drop in for tea and some time with a cat.
At most such establishments, it’s the post-work rush that brings in the most cash, with tired and harried professionals dropping by on their way homes to pet and play with the animals as a way of relieving stress.
But now the purrs of delight may be getting quieter. Read more…
I once read a survey that claimed that a third of American women won’t leave the house without their makeup on. As a mother who is just happy to have a kid whose teeth are brushed and clothes on when it’s time to get going most days, I’m going to be honest with you. The luxury of fixing one’s self up in the comfort of my own bathroom is over-rated!
Those of us with too little time on our hands have perfected the art of getting our beauty rituals on anywhere but the house. Case in point: I carry tweezers everywhere because when you find a few seconds to pluck, you take advantage of them – wherever you are. But a quick eyebrow grab at a stoplight has nothing on some of the crazy makeup fixes some of my friends have copped to. Trust me … you have to read ‘em to believe ‘em. Read more…
You already buy your coffee tables, pillows, couches, bookshelves, and meatballs from IKEA — are you ready to take the next step and buy your house there too? Ready or not, it will soon be an option: IKEA has teamed up with design firm Ideabox to produce eco-friendly prefabricated homes. The one-bedroom units are built with green materials, come fully furnished in IKEA design schemes, and are actually kind of a steal at $79,500. Obviously this is huge news for those of us who’ve been wanting to take our “500 Days Of Summer” roleplaying to the next level, but anyone who enjoys decorating their own space is probably going to take a pass.
How about you? Would you live in an IKEA house? [Babble]
Attention those of you who have always dreamed of owning your very own village in France. For the reasonable price of $369,930 the entire village of Courbefy, located in the region of Limousin, can be yours. The Credit Agricole bank had to repossess Courbefy after a downturn in the farming industry led to its decline and eventual bankruptcy. Your new village would come complete with 200 people, 19 buildings, a swimming pool, horse stables and a tennis court. Surely there’s some celebrity out there whose ego would be fed by this sort of thing. Or some rich person. Or some not rich person who wants to live a more “Downton Abbey” lifestyle. Who wants to lend me a few bucks? [Newslite]
Dental nurse Kerry Trebilcock has eaten 4,000 sponges and over 100 bars of soap, but it hasn’t been in the name of oral hygiene.
The Sun reported that Trebilcock, 21, suffers from pica, a rare disorder that causes sufferers to crave non-food items. In Trebilcock’s case, this means washing sponges and organic soap. She told the Sun that she began to have these bizarre cravings in 2008, after contracting hookworm in Morocco. “I didn’t want to tell anyone as I felt like a freak,” she said. “But after a week I’d eaten nine sponges and over a pound of organic soap.” Read more …