The recession is no laughing matter. Or, maybe it is? Since the economy went down the tubes, more and more people have started pursuing careers in comedy. A lot of unemployed peeps are looking for work and they’re lining up outside places like New York City’s Gotham Comedy Club for a chance in the limelight. Open mic nights at the Laugh Factory in Hollywood are booked solid. But before you quit your day job, you should do your research or, at least, read the rest of this article. Because it turns out comedy isn’t an easy career to crack. Keep reading »
In India, people think having their baby dropped off a roof and onto a sheet 50-feet below will bring good luck and health to the kid’s family. It’s pretty terrifying and also quite dangerous, considering that babies are carried up a steep wall in sacks dangling from some dude’s back. [DailyMail UK]
But this isn’t the only crazy ritual involving children out there. Keep reading »
Betty Lichtenstein, a 56-year-old in Connecticut, is a really great nurse. So great, in fact, that she was dubbed “Nurse of the Year” by the Connecticut Nursing Association last year. The association spent lots o’ cash setting up a celebratory dinner to bestow Lichtenstein with their top nursing honor. Only, it turns out…she wasn’t actually a nurse. Betty Trudel (her real last name) never went to nursing school and had been posing as a registered nurse for years. [Yahoo News]
I won’t lie—any time “Catch Me If You Can” is on television, you can be pretty sure I’ll be watching it. I’m fascinated by people who assume fake lives and do it so freaking convincingly that no one notices for years. So this got me thinking … are there any other women out there like Betty? Keep reading »
What’s the craziest, weirdest text message you’ve ever received? I know I have a bunch of zingers. There’s the buddy who sends me a random text message every six months that just says, “Hippopotamus.” Or there was the time a friend I hadn’t seen in a while replied to my friendly, “How r u?” text with a shocking, “I’m gay, deal wit it!” And of course there are the more fun, unmentionable texts I like to refer to as “sexts.” Use your imagination for those. Well, British graduate student, Caroline Tagg, was so fascinated with texting that she has become the first person to receive a Ph.D. looking at the language of text messaging. OMFG, how dope! Keep reading »
We are still reeling from the July 26 accident in New York, where a woman with a minivan full of kids drove the wrong way down the Taconic State Parkway for almost two miles before crashing into another car, killing herself and seven others, including her daughter and three nieces. Earlier this week, it was revealed that Diane Schuler was drunk, at about twice the legal blood-alcohol limit, and high on marijuana at the time of the accident. This incited outrage for obvious reasons—the cover of the New York Post for the day read, “How Could She?” But what has us so grimly fascinated with this case is that, aside from being horrific, it makes no sense. Diane Schuler’s husband, Daniel, claims his wife was not an alcoholic and only smoked weed occasionally. She was an executive at Cablevision and the ultimate responsible chick. So what happened? Keep reading »
Mazel tov to Bai Yun, a mommy panda bear at the San Diego Zoo who gave birth to a four-ounce panda cub on Wednesday morning. The baby’s gender will be unknown until the mama lets zoologists near her cub, who was the size of a stick of butter when born.
Bai Yun has given birth to a cub every two years since 1999. That is rare for endangered panda bears, since the lady bears are only in heat and ready for some sweet lovin’ for about 48 hours a year. With only 1,600 panda bears left on earth to begin with, a newborn baby panda is a big deal. (Especially if you’re obsessed.) Keep reading »
Why is this pug puppy stuck in a toilet while its owner films him? Well:
“I wanted to snag her up out of that toilet immediately but I thought this was too priceless not to videotape, not to mention I don’t think she’ll ever do it again, LOL! Seriously guys … don’t leave the toilet seat up!! Especially if your pug is used to hopping up onto it while you brush your teeth!! Otherwise tragedy like this could happen!”
[Unique Daily] Keep reading »
Moist is a word a lot of people seem to hate. In an article on GOOD, the writer resurrects a word-aversion discussion about that and other words.
Back in 2007, Salon covered the “moist” debate, pointing out that women might not like it because it reminds us of yeast infections or sexual arousal, rather than cakes baked to perfection. For whatever reason, there are certain words that people love to hate. They just don’t sound right, or they bring about bad memories.
Moist doesn’t bother us so much, but there are a few other words that get our panties in a twist, including panty (singular is worse than plural). Keep reading »
So, a 32-year-old South Korean hypnotist walks into a bar, or something, and offers to put his 27-year-old blind date (which was arranged by a matchmaking service) into a trance. She finally agrees and he starts “hypnotizing” her by saying, “Black hole! You will plunge deeper into a trance. You will feel thrilled all over your body and if my hand touches your body, you will feel intense pleasure.” Only she’s not hypnotized, and when the “hypnotist” swoops in for the kiss, the woman freaks out and pushes him away. And files a sexual harassment suit and the guy gets fined three million won. Which might just be $2,453, but that’s still one seriously expensive kiss! [AP]
Sure, it’s a sleazy method of seducing a lady, but if a date trying to kiss you is sexual harassment, I’ve got a long day of legal matters to settle. What do you think: Is faux hypnosis totally deplorable or do you think this punishment is a tad harsh? Keep reading »